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QEB Hollis Whiteman

Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals

10 ranked individualsBand 1London (Bar)High Net Worth 2022 View ranking table

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QEB Hollis Whiteman is highly regarded for handling financial crime matters involving high net worth individuals. "QEB Hollis Whiteman has excellent bench strength and its junior barristers are some of the best I have worked with," says a source. Another commentator describes it as a "top-tier set for this work. One of few sets of chambers that can properly be said to be at the top end of financial crime, including for high net worth individuals."

QEB Hollis Whiteman is also recognised as having a "highly proficient clerking team." Chris Emmings is senior clerk.

Adrian Darbishire QC "is stellar, a wonderful tactician and he has a terrific practice," an interviewee comments. Darbishire is particularly recognised for handling large and complex Serious Fraud Office cases. A source remarks: "Adrian is a class act, really hands-on. He's really all over the detail."

Ben FitzGerald "is one of the stars of the junior Bar," a source reports. "Ben is very quick to roll his sleeves up and get involved. He's very responsive and very switched on in terms of what the client needs from a business point of view," says another interviewee, who adds: "On court applications he's very effective, and his written work is very good as well."

Jason Mansell "is a specialist financial services crime barrister who's sought out more than anybody else in that space," says a market commentator, who adds: "He's got huge knowledge and experience of financial services, criminal and regulatory issues. He's the first port of call for me in this area." Another interviewee says: "Jason is a very effective advocate with a strong client service ethos. He is responsive, good with clients and a pleasure to deal with. He is very happy to roll his sleeves up, get stuck into the detail and drive things forward."

Jocelyn Ledward "is fantastic and incredibly busy" acting for high net worth individuals in matters related to fraud, bribery and corruption, and money laundering.

Karen Robinson "is superbly talented, a wonderful drafter, extremely hard-working and turns stuff around with terrific speed when you need it," a source explains, adding: "She engages in both advisory and advocacy, she's fabulous at both." Another market commentator remarks: "She was so good at assimilating the information quickly and effectively. She was inspiring."

Mark Ellison QC acts in financial crime investigations relating to fraud, money laundering and bribery and corruption.

Rachna Gokani "is really smart, very modest and brilliant; a diamond," a source enthuses. Gokani is a highly respected junior who has a solid reputation for handling financial crime matters, and is particularly known for private prosecution work. One source reports: "Rachna performs well above her years. She acts at a silk level, we trust her judgement, she's a fantastic advocate and she's very nice; she gets on really well with clients." Another interviewee says: "Rachna must be one of the best, if not the best, junior barrister at the Bar: utterly exceptional, extremely nice, very capable, gets right to the point, and nothing is too much trouble. If you want a private prosecution and don't want to screw it up, she does it and she does the job properly."

Rhys Meggy "has a very nice practice - he appears as a leader more than a junior, which is not very common," says an instructing solicitor, who adds that "he holds his own against silks and comes out winning." Another interviewee says: "Rhys Meggy is very good indeed. He's a good tactician. He's very calming, and he's someone who leads rather than being led. I like him a lot, and I know our team like him and use him. He's going a long way."

Sean Larkin QC "has a calm, assured manner in both conference and court that instils confidence in the client and the team he leads," says a source, adding: "He is also a first-rate lawyer and an excellent tactician. Finally, and of no less importance in the gruelling passage of a long trial, he is a joy to work with - organised, encouraging, and with an excellent sense of humour."

Tom Doble is well regarded for his work on big financial crime cases. "His grasp of the detail and mastery of strategy is absolutely phenomenal. He's an amazing intellectual powerhouse," says a source. Another commentator explains: "His work rate is prestigious, really phenomenal. He's highly intelligent, very dedicated to the case, his analysis is careful, and always reliable."

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals


Adrian Darbishire QC
Band 1
Mark Ellison QC
Band 3
Sean Larkin QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals


Ben FitzGerald
Band 1
Jason Mansell
Band 2
Jocelyn Ledward
Band 3

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