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UK Bar Guide 2023
London (Bar) Financial Crime
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Band 2

8 Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Review

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Financial Crime - London (Bar)
2
Band 2

Matrix Chambers is well regarded for its handling of complex financial crime cases, and is routinely instructed to act on behalf of both major corporations and individual clients, including several bankers, directors, politicians and high net worth individuals. Members are noted for their expertise in international cases, and are active across multiple jurisdictions such as Hong Kong and ones in the Middle East and the Caribbean, among others. Areas of significant strength for the team include SFO, FCA and DOJ investigations, and advisory work concerning both politically motivated charges and bribery compliance regimes. Members recently acted for the FCA in the successful money laundering prosecution of NatWest Bank.

Client service

"The clerks are very responsive and provide regular updates as to response times."

"Senior practice manager Paul Venables is easy to work with."

Notable Practitioners

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Clare Montgomery KC
Star Individuals

Clare Montgomery KC is a widely acclaimed, top-drawer silk whose talents are in considerable demand both at home and abroad. She acts for individuals and corporations, and is an elite practitioner whose advocacy skills are employed to great effect in appellate cases. Her practice has an international range, and she has particular expertise in handling Hong Kong's most high-profile financial crime matters. She is routinely called upon for her ability to handle the most complex fraud cases.

"She is one of the best criminal silks at the Bar. She is superb in her financial and international work. She is a star barrister."

"She is an outstanding advocate of her generation."

"Clare is the number-one criminal barrister."

"She is a force of nature."

Alex Bailin KC
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Alex Bailin KC
1
Band 1

Alex Bailin KC is a popular choice of adviser for financial market-related matters who is no stranger to finance, having had a career in derivatives trading before coming to the Bar. He is applauded for being quick to grasp the facts at hand as well as for his winning interpersonal skills with solicitors and lay clients. He has considerable experience of representing blue-chip clients in rate manipulation and corruption matters.

"Alex is very responsive."

"Alex is one of the best barristers for financial crime."

"He is a great team player."

"He is thoughtful and has a good grasp of procedure with good judgement."

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Nichola Higgins
1
Band 1

Nichola Higgins has an impressive corporate client base and a strong record of acting in high-stakes corruption matters. She is also experienced in significant bribery matters. Higgins is capable of handling both government and internal investigations, including those with a multi-jurisdictional reach.

"She is incredibly smart and has an active fraud practice,"

"Nichola is very good and turns advice around very quickly."

"Nichola is really thorough and always on top of papers."

N
Adrian Waterman KC
2
Band 2

Adrian Waterman KC is a criminal silk with an established focus on financial crime cases. He is acknowledged for his expertise in all manner of business-related crimes, including bribery and fraud cases.

"Adrian is a very skilled, technical criminal lawyer."

"His delivery at court is very measured."

"He is very good with clients and explains this well."

"He is a phenomenal jury advocate."

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Vedrana Pehar
3
Band 3

Vedrana Pehar is recognised for her expertise in significant financial crime cases and has a strong track record in fraud, money laundering and corruption cases. She offers particular experience in cases with sanction issues and multi-jurisdictional matters.

"Vedrana has a fantastic work ethic."

"She has gravitas."

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Richard Whittam KC
3
Band 3

Richard Whittam KC is a distinguished former First Senior Treasury Counsel with extensive experience in criminal cases. He is noted for his expertise in defending and prosecuting fraud, bribery and corruption cases. He is also a popular choice for private prosecutions.

"Richard is well organised."

Jamas Hodivala KC
N
Jamas Hodivala KC
4
Band 4

Jamas Hodivala KC is recognised in the market for his wealth of experience acting in large financial crime investigations and prosecutions. He is well placed to handle matters involving allegations of fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering.

"Jamas has a very pleasant manner."

"He is an excellent barrister who is present in top work."

Tim Owen KC
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Tim Owen KC
1
Band 1

Financial crime is but one strand of Tim Owen KC's impressively broad practice. He is particularly good at advising listed companies on potential bribery charges, and is also valued for his anti-money laundering expertise. His practice has a notable global reach, as evidenced by his experience in fraud and extradition matters in jurisdictions including Hong Kong and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

"His advocacy is outstanding."

"Tim is clear, concise and decisive."

Ranked Barristers at
Matrix Chambers

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Silks (KC)

London (Bar)

Financial Crime

Clare Montgomery KC
Star Individuals
Tim Owen KC
1
Tim Owen KC
1
Band 1
2
Adrian Waterman KC
2
Band 2
Alex Bailin KC
2
Alex Bailin KC
2
Band 2
3
Richard Whittam KC
3
Band 3
Jamas Hodivala KC
4
Jamas Hodivala KC
4
Band 4
Financial Crime: Corporates

Alex Bailin KC
1
Alex Bailin KC
1
Band 1
1
Clare Montgomery KC
1
Band 1
Tim Owen KC
2
Tim Owen KC
2
Band 2
Financial Crime: Private Prosecutions

Richard Whittam KC
Spotlight

Juniors

London (Bar)

Financial Crime

2
Nichola Higgins
2
Band 2
3
Vedrana Pehar
3
Band 3
Financial Crime: Corporates

1
Nichola Higgins
1
Band 1