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QEB Hollis Whiteman
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Sean Larkin QC provides specialist advice and advocacy at all stages of criminal and regulatory proceedings, with a particular emphasis on financial and serious crime, regulatory or disciplinary breaches by individuals (particularly professionals) and companies. He is described as ‘incredibly bright and industrious’ and ‘absolutely superb’. Nominated for Crime Silk of the Year (Legal 500 2017) Professional Discipline Silk of the Year (Chambers UK 2017) and, he was also Times Lawyer Of The Week following his appearance in the Supreme Court in the landmark case on the definition of terrorism.

Recent cases include: advising corporate entities, directors and other professionals facing allegations of bribery, fraud and regulatory breaches; Operation Amazon (defending a CEO in largest e-disclosure case), Operation Cotton (prosecution of FCA’s largest case), defending a trader in Euribor, providing advice in Barclays-Qatar investigation, defence of a Dr accused of sexually assaulting patients over a period of years; several cases of serious violence, sexual assault and terrorism; Dr Pandya (GP accused of FGM), advising other healthcare professionals facing allegations of misconduct;  Operation Vaulter (defending director accused of laundering £900m), defence of a former CEO for £52m pension fraud; defence of company for workplace death.

Sean’s experience includes: advising, pre-charge through to representation or prosecution at trial, a variety of professionals (including lawyers, doctors, dentists, police officers, directors, IFAs, accountants and insolvency practitioners) in a wide variety of criminal, regulatory and disciplinary offences. He regularly speaks at conferences and conducts training sessions on a variety of legal topics. More information at



Called 1987. Silk 2010




Salesian College; Queen Mary College, University of London; Law.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Sean Larkin KCQEB Hollis Whiteman

With ‘strength and expertise in depth and breadth from the junior to senior end‘, the set at QEB Hollis Whiteman often prosecute and defend professionals subject to disciplinary proceedings. Active on the defendant side, Zoe Johnson KC is representing a respiratory and intensive care consultant, surrounding allegations they signed third party prescriptions targeted at patients living outside the permitted jurisdiction. Also appearing before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal, Sean Larkin KC acted on behalf of a GP accused by four patients of sexual assault, with allegations spanning over a 14 year period. In the junior ranks, ‘immensely experiencedLydia Barnfather was instructed by the GDC in proceedings involving ‘Orthotropics’, a contested practice which relies on a theory of paediatric cranio-facial development, with the regulatory body aiming to prosecute a body of practitioners in connection with the practice.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Sean Larkin KC – QEB Hollis Whiteman  ‘His legal analysis is second to none – he has the ability to be highly creative in his arguments and interpretation. His written advocacy is absolutely first-rate.’

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Sean Larkin KCQEB Hollis WhitemanOne of the best silks in this area practising at the Bar today.’

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Sean Larkin KCQEB Hollis WhitemanSean is a fantastic advocate who brings charisma, confidence and eloquence in equal measure. He works very hard behind the scenes to ensure that he is always completely in control of events in court, and in doing so inspires complete confidence in the team he leads and his client. No matter how difficult the case or the issue he rises to it.