QEB Hollis Whiteman

Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals Department

London (Bar)
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QEB is recognised for its strength acting for high net worth clients in an array of white-collar cases. It is described as "a go-to set for defendant matters in big financial prosecutions" and the members have lots of experience handling major investigations brought by the SFO, the FCA and HMRC.

The barristers are praised for their ability to deal with complex and high-value disputes and a peer states that "if you had a major issue in this area, this would be one of the sets you would go to." Chris Emmings is the senior clerk and Faye Patis is the first junior clerk.

Adrian Darbishire QC handles all aspects of financial crime work. A solicitor states that "he is a go-to name and someone we instruct time and time again." He regularly deals with complex fraud cases on behalf of corporate executives and a market source says: "He is very good at drafting and is very tactical. I was really impressed by the way he deals with clients." Another notes: "He is very intelligent, very focused on outcomes and has significant expertise in this area." He is further praised as "a standout silk" who "acts in lots of criminal trials with ultra high net worths who are in trouble."

Ben FitzGerald handles a broad spectrum of defence work for high net worth clients, including bribery, money laundering and fraud cases. He regularly acts for City executives in high-value litigation against HMRC and other governmental authorities. Sources note that "he is a top junior" and "very good at this." One barrister enthuses that "he is a leading name for sure and absolutely excellent."

Jason Mansell is well regarded for his expertise in large-scale financial investigations brought by national authorities. "He is very good on FCA work," comments one peer, whilst another notes that "he is also very good at financial and regulatory issues." He has previous experience as both a solicitor at a magic circle firm and a regulator at the FSA, and is described by a senior silk as "a good fit for this arena." The silk adds that "he is well regarded, has good commercial sense and does a lot of very decent work here."

Karen Robinson has significant experience with white-collar defence matters and handles major financial investigations in relation to fraud and regulatory issues. She also has experience in money laundering cases and is praised by a peer as "very good and a top-level junior."

Mark Ellison QC is head of chambers and a highly regarded silk who is praised as being "a top name." He is known for his experience in significant white-collar defence work, notably in connection with large-scale FCA and SFO investigations. Ellison's broad expertise is highlighted by one source who notes that he is a "very able prosecutor and he worked at the Treasury," and another agrees that "he is fantastic on both sides and his reputation precedes him."

Recognised as a "top junior," Rachna Gokani regularly represents high net worth defendants in a multitude of multi-jurisdictional fraud and bribery cases. One lawyer says that "she is very, very good indeed" and another fellow barrister states: "I would certainly endorse her." Her legal skills are praised and a senior QC remarks that "she is strong on trial work." An interviewee also notes that "she does private prosecution work and is very clever and very hard-working," adding that she is "a standout junior."

Sean Larkin QC deals with a broad range of financial crime work and has experience defending high net worth individuals in complex and high-profile fraud cases. One source remarks that "he's a real high net worth guy and successfully defended a lot of major executives."