QEB Hollis Whiteman

Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals Department

London (Bar)
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QEB Hollis Whiteman is well regarded for its financial crime offering to high net worth individuals. Its barristers handle complex white-collar crime cases that frequently involve the SFO, FCA and HMRC.

"I think they are all good - this is a good group," says a market source. Members are regularly instructed on both domestic and cross-border matters. Chris Emmings is the senior clerk and Faye Stimpson is the first junior clerk.

Adrian Darbishire QC "is a stand-out silk - absolutely top-drawer," says a source, adding: "He is very versatile and can turn his hand to what is needed in this area, he is a class act." He is highly regarded for his work on financial crime matters. One of his peers remarks: "He is first-class, absolutely first-class. He is really clever, charming and a good advocate for the client." One lawyer says that "he is very bright. He is an enjoyable person to work with, and I think he is a brilliant QC."

Ben FitzGerald regularly acts for high net worth clients on financial crime matters including bribery, corruption and tax fraud. One of his peers notes: "He is an up-and-coming star. He is very able, has good judgement and is very bright." An instructing solicitor agrees, saying: "He is one of the star juniors in this field at the moment. He is very bright, a very effective advocate and extremely high-quality." Another solicitor enthuses: "He is very, very good. He is very clever; he is incredibly thorough, and clients really do love him. He is absolutely one of the best - top-notch."

Jason Mansell acts for individuals and corporations on financial crime matters, including bribery and corruption, money laundering and insider dealing.

Karen Robinson handles financial crime matters for affluent individuals including fraud and money laundering cases with HMRC. A source reports that she is "very able."

Mark Ellison QC is a well-regarded silk with a significant financial crime practice. One of his peers states: "I would go to Mark first. He is a deep thinker and very analytical." Another peer remarks: "He is a really excellent advocate. He is a really, really, really smooth operator." An interviewee says: "I think he is a very, very able and highly respected individual with extremely good judgement."

Rachna Gokani handles financial crime matters for high net worth individuals. One peer notes: "She is an exceptionally talented lawyer, a real standout individual." Another one of her peers says that "she works fiendishly hard, is totally dedicated and lovely to work with. She is a great junior."

Sean Larkin QC acts in high-profile financial crime investigations relating to fraud, bribery and money laundering. "He is a great investigations barrister," says an instructing solicitor, adding: "He is a brilliant strategist - he is our go-to guy." One of his peers states: "He is very good. He is very bright and very charismatic."