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Optimal Risk

Business Intelligence & Investigations

Band 5UK-wideLitigation Support 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Optimal Risk is a boutique risk management company based in Reading, England. The firm services its own clients - law firms, Fortune and FTSE 100 companies, private equity firms and investment banks - as well as subcontracting for larger risk management companies. Staffed with many former special reconnaissance and ex-military professionals, Optimal Risk is regularly trusted to assist in complex disputes with discretion, flexibility and agility.


"We use them for risk assessments in the context of litigation, as well as in the provision of close-protection services during a dispute. They're a smaller firm, which means in some sense they're more accountable. If they drop in service or mess us around on price, we won't deal with them, but they consistently meet our standards."

"They've got a great network, to be honest; they've got people everywhere. Optimal have helped us on some high-profile disputes, some really sensitive projects. So many boutiques out there say they can do this and that, I end up more disappointed than not hiring them. I would put Optimal Risk right at the very top for these smaller firms,. If they weren't very good I wouldn't use them."

Notable practitioners

Mike O'Neill had an initial career in the British Army, leaving as a major in the parachute regiment. He is a key contact.

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