Rhys Meggy > Chambers of Adrian Darbishire KC and Selva Ramasamy KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adrian Darbishire KC and Selva Ramasamy KC
QEB Hollis Whiteman
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Rhys Meggy both prosecutes and defends, often appearing alone in complex and serious cases as well as advising pre-charge in the fields of financial crime, regulation and general crime. Much of his work involves allegations of criminality or regulatory Impropriety in the course of business on the part of professional people and corporates. His recent work has included cases of: bribery and corruption; tax evasion; insolvency offences; anticompetitive behaviour; serious fraud and false accounting; money laundering (both inside and outside the regulated sector); health and safety offences; environmental offences; and regulatory misconduct in the financial services sector. He also has particular experience of considering the adequacy of preventative systems and controls and policies and procedures. During 2015-2016, while maintaining his practice in court, he was seconded as counsel to the anti-financial crime department of a leading investment bank being subjected to regulatory scrutiny. He regularly advised on the efficacy and enhancement of systems and controls across the fields of anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, and the new corporate criminal offences of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. Prior to joining QEB Hollis Whiteman, Rhys worked at an offshore law firm in the British Virgin lslands. Rhys has presented on a variety of topics relating to corporate and financial crime and financial services regulation, particularly with regard to bribery, the facilitation of tax evasion, money laundering and regulatory misconduct.




Call, 2009. BVC, BPP. LLB, London School of Economics


Native Welsh.


Financial Services Lawyers’ Association; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association; Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association;

Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association; Criminal Bar Association


Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf; The London School of Economics (LLB Law); BPP Law School (BVC); Inner Temple, Exhibition Award and Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Rhys Meggy – QEB Hollis WhitemanHe is bright and hard-working and his written work is outstanding. He inspires confidence in his clients and in those who instruct him.’

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Rhys Meggy – QEB Hollis Whiteman ‘Rhys is an exceptional barrister who never fails to deliver. He is a phenomenally-intelligent advocate, is extremely bright, tenacious and strategic in his approach.’

‘Home to a vast array of exceptional talent in both financial and general crime’,  QEB Hollis Whiteman remains a market-leading set for defences and taking instruction in high-profile prosecutions and investigations. Ben FitzGerald represented a defendant accused of conspiracy to cheat the revenue of £109m through sham carbon credit trading scheme. In one case part of the SFO’s long-running fraud and false accounting prosecution involving the British government contractor Serco), Rhys Meggy acted alone as a junior defending an individual, following a deferred prosecution agreement.

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Rhys Meggy QEB Hollis WhitemanRhys is an exceptional barrister who never fails to deliver. He is a phenomenally intelligent advocate, is extremely bright, tenacious and strategic in his approach. He is well suited for serious fraud and complex cases. His ability to handle and steer his client through a difficult and serious business crime fraud over many weeks is impressive.

Focused heavily on business crime and regulatory matters, QEB Hollis Whiteman includes a number of senior members regularly instructed by the SFO, FCA, and NCA, as well as by high-profile defendants, in complex and heavily-scrutinised cases. The set is regularly involved in cross-border cases, with instructions from Magic Circle and major US firms, including international bribery and corruption, trade and sanctions, and corporate fraud proceedings. Former First Senior Treasury Counsel Mark Ellison KC primarily bases his practice around private financial crime defence, primarily internationally, including currently representing an ex-global head of compliance at Alstom relating alleged bribery in Hungary, as well as continuing to represent ENRC in its SFO bribery investigation. Adrian Darbishire KC handles high-profile frauds, bribery and corruption and serious financial misconduct cases, including a standout involvement on behalf of a former Unaoil executive, appealing their conviction for bribery, a case which also saw a major role for Mark Aldred . ‘First rate juniorRhys Meggy continues to establish himself in the financial crime space, regularly defending clients against SFO prosecutions.