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QEB Hollis Whiteman

Financial Crime

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QEB Hollis Whiteman retains its reputation as a leading chambers in the financial crime market, housing as it does an impressive bench of leading silks and juniors experienced in both the prosecution and defence of complex and high-value cases. Members are regularly called upon to represent their clients in investigations into allegations of bribery, corruption and fraud, and are noted for their expert handling of cases involving international elements. Private prosecutions continue to be a key area of strength for the team. Recent instructions undertaken by the set's barristers include acting for the SFO in respect of its DPA with Airline Services, and defending the CEO and company who were allegedly involved in one of the largest international counterfeiting rings against a private prosecution brought by clothing company Supreme.

Client service:

"The clerks are an absolute delight to work with - everyone in the clerks' room is obliging and efficient." "The clerks are very helpful, quick to respond to queries and are able to recommend barristers at the last minute. You can trust them so you know they are recommending someone who will be the best person for the job." "The senior clerk Chris Emmings and first junior clerk Faye Stimpson are exactly what you look for in clerks - they're easy to get hold of and work efficiently."

Strengths:

Adrian Darbishire QC
Adrian Darbishire QC is a highly popular silk known for his winning approach in white-collar crime cases. According to commentators, he is excellent on the paperwork and has strong advocacy skills. They further praise him for his lateral thinking and superb interpersonal skills. He acts for high-level executives and professionals in all areas of fraud and financial crime, and has recently worked on marketing manipulation and accounting fraud cases. Darbishire is valued for his advice to corporates on a range of financial crime matters.
"One of the pre-eminent white-collar crime silks. He is a deep thinker and an impressive advocate." "He is a star - a go-to for top-end crime work." "An absolutely top-flight barrister. He is incredible, his drafting is beautiful and he is a very persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in SFO v James Jardine, a major SFO prosecution relating to fraud in the provision of a billion-pound government contract.

Strengths:

Alexandra Felix QC
Alexandra Felix QC is a new silk who is well regarded for her handling of complex financial crime and professional discipline matters. She acts for both the prosecution and the defence and offers expertise in high-value money laundering and fraudulent trading cases.
"She is a pleasure to work with and extremely hard-working."
Recent work: Instructed to defend an individual in a large Trading Standards prosecution.

Strengths:

Ari Alibhai
Ari Alibhai focuses his practice on the private prosecution of criminal intellectual property infringement. He is regularly instructed by major corporate clients in the broadcast media, film and sport sectors, as well as several trade organisations.
"His advice is very sound and practical and he always has his clients' objectives in mind." "Has great attention to detail and is a very hands-on barrister - he works in collaboration with instructing solicitors and is very much a team player. He's also extremely technically proficient."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the anti-piracy organisation FACT to prosecute a defendant who was alleged to have developed and distributed software 'apps' which enabled users to access subscription television services without payment.

Strengths:

Ben FitzGerald
Ben FitzGerald is lauded for his great command of the facts in a case, his strong work ethic and his leadership skills when part of a team. Cases involving money laundering, banking and tax frauds feature regularly in his workload. He provides capable counsel to clients at a pre-charge stage, as well as when appearing at trial, and is noted for his impressive strategic approach to cases.
"He is very bright and practical - always a pleasure to work with." "He is incredibly sharp." "He is phenomenal and a very lovely, measured advocate. He wins the trust of judges easily and his drafting is second to none."
Recent work: Represented a former finance director at Serco in the SFO's prosecution of two executives on fraud and false accounting charges.

Strengths:

Crispin Aylett QC
Crispin Aylett QC is a highly regarded criminal barrister who is noted for his expert handling of both heavyweight general and white-collar criminal matters. While he has considerable experience of acting for and advising major corporate clients facing SFO investigations and criminal charges such as bribery and corruption, Aylett is also regularly called upon to act for the regulators in complex and high-value cases and DPA negotiations.
"Very fair, meticulous and incredibly well prepared." "He is well liked by judges and is an excellent trial lawyer." "A master of his craft."
Recent work: Defended Barclays Bank against criminal charges brought by the SFO in respect of fund-raising in Qatar at the time of the financial crisis.

Strengths:

David Groome
David Groome is regularly instructed in private prosecutions, and has considerable expertise in cases concerning intellectual property rights infringements, fraud and consumer protection. His clients include several major corporations in the sports, film and broadcast media industries.
"He has a remarkable ability to take a complicated area and distil into something clear and understandable for the court and jury."
Recent work: Instructed as leading junior in a multimillion-pound confiscation hearing.

Strengths:

David Spens QC
David Spens QC is a veteran criminal barrister recognised for his expert representation of individuals facing high-profile bribery and corruption charges. His matters are largely international in character, covering alleged wrongdoing in a wide variety of jurisdictions.
"Very persuasive."
Recent work: Represented the managing director of a group of metal trading companies in appeal proceedings following his conviction for conspiracy to cheat the Revenue after a six-month trial.

Strengths:

Jason Mansell
Jason Mansell's background as both a solicitor at a magic circle firm and a regulator at the FSA means that he has great insight into how best to approach financial crime cases. He has recently advised a number of corporates on cross-border corruption issues, and counselled financial institutions facing inquiries into rate manipulation. Commentators regard him as being a go-to barrister for cases with criminal and regulatory crossover elements. His broad-based practice also includes notable strength in money laundering matters and insider dealing cases prosecuted by the FCA.
"Very strategic." "Really hard-working and knows his stuff. He's also creative, thoughtful and super responsive, which is what we want from a barrister."

Strengths:

Jocelyn Ledward
Jocelyn Ledward is a highly rated criminal junior with an increasing focus on significant financial crime cases. She is valued for her representation of clients in cases alleging varieties of fraud, in particular tax fraud. She is also experienced in money laundering cases.
"She is fantastically hard-working and has great judgement. She also has excellent people skills." "She is incredibly knowledgeable about criminal procedure and she is very good at preparing written submissions."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in Oleg Deripaska v Vladimir Chernukhin, a private prosecution for perverting the course of justice brought by a Russian oligarch.

Strengths:

Karen Robinson
Karen Robinson is an experienced junior who is noted for her expertise in financial crime investigations. She is regularly instructed by prosecuting entities in connection with fraud matters.
"Extremely clever and hard-working." "Very professional and efficient."
Recent work: Instructed in R v Nicholas Woods and Another, a case involving allegations of fraud and false accounting brought by the SFO against two former executives at Serco.

Strengths:

Mark Aldred
Mark Aldred is a talented barrister who is noted for his expertise in significant SFO investigations. He is commended for his ability in major fraud cases, and is particularly experienced in international bribery and corruption cases.
"He is fiercely clever and very dedicated to his clients." "He has good judgement and real strategic sense. He knows how to run a case strategically in front a jury."
Recent work: Instructed to defend a former manager of Unaoil, a company which acted as an agent for corporates tendering for contracts to develop the oil infrastructure in post-invasion Iraq.

Strengths:

Mark Ellison QC
Mark Ellison QC is the current head of chambers and a highly experienced criminal prosecutor who was a former First Senior Treasury Counsel. Nowadays, he tackles a broad mix of publicly and privately funded criminal defence work, including SFO and FCA prosecutions concerning suspected bribery and insider dealing. Most of his recent briefs have significant international elements, and have involved alleged wrongdoing in jurisdictions including Hungary and Saudi Arabia. He is sought after for his high-calibre representation of corporates in international bribery and corruption matters.
"He is very bright with a lovely manner." "A very charming advocate."
Recent work: Instructed as leading criminal counsel to ENRC during the ongoing SFO investigation into the company's mining acquisitions in Africa.

Strengths:

Paul Raudnitz QC
Paul Raudnitz QC is a sound and dependable barrister who prosecutes and defends, and regularly provides companies with pre-charge advice. Investment fraud, bribery and money laundering cases all form part of his practice. He provided counsel to the SFO on its pioneering use of deferred prosecution agreements.
"He has a very easy manner in court and is personable with clients. He understands cases very quickly and is able to provide excellent advice very early on." "Really professional in his approach, very hard-working and has a good strategic brain."
Recent work: Defended an individual who faced an indictment charging numerous counts of confidence fraud, money laundering and perverting the course of justice.

Strengths:

Peter Finnigan QC
Peter Finnigan QC is a former Standing Counsel to HMRC who has broad experience of cases concerning bribery, money laundering and MTIC frauds. His recent caseload has included high-profile work prosecuting international bribery matters. He has also defended in market manipulation proceedings related to the rigging of LIBOR.
"He has a lovely understated manner and is so hard-working." "An absolute delight to work with - he has the ability to bring a sense of calm and values the solicitor's opinion."

Strengths:

Philip Stott
Philip Stott is an experienced criminal barrister who regularly appears in complex fraud, bribery and corruption cases. He has experience acting for both the prosecution and the defence, and has recently acted as sole junior in two major SFO prosecutions.
"A charming and dependable junior." " Judges listen to him and he's a good advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in R v Barclays Plc, Barclays Bank Plc, Varley, Jenkins, Kalaris and Boath, a case concerning alleged corruption in relation to a multibillion-pound capital raising in 2008 from Qatari entities.

Strengths:

Polly Dyer
Polly Dyer has a broad criminal and regulatory practice that takes in fraud and money laundering cases. She also has experience in private prosecutions.
"She is excellent and provides very concise advice."
Recent work: Instructed privately to represent an individual in contested confiscation proceedings.

Strengths:

Rachna Gokani
Rachna Gokani exhibits capabilities beyond her years and has an attractive advocacy style, as well as an extremely impressive ability to recall the facts of the matter at hand. She is highlighted by sources for her enviable combination of raw talent and diligence. Allegations of corruption and accounting fraud are a regular feature of her caseload. Her practice includes work on both the defence and prosecution sides, and she has a record of acting in private prosecutions. Gokani is noted for her expertise in cases involving international matters.
"She is the most hard-working barrister at the Bar and goes the extra mile every time. She is exceptional." "She is one of the most exemplary juniors at the Bar and has an absolutely fantastic legal brain. Her drafting is superb and concise, and she's very eloquent in both written and oral submissions."
Recent work: Acted for the Serious Fraud Office in respect of its Deferred Prosecution Agreement with Airline Services Limited.

Strengths:

Rhys Meggy
Rhys Meggy has a fast-growing reputation for defending individuals facing financial crime proceedings, and also provides counsel to corporations on compliance questions. His practice spans tax fraud, money laundering and corruption matters. Meggy is experienced in SFO, HMRC and FCA investigations.
"He is a great lawyer - always meticulously prepared, creative and user-friendly."
Recent work: Defended the CEO of a national electrical engineering company accused of conspiring with the procurement manager of Coca-Cola Enterprises UK to obtain £14 million in engineering contracts from Coca-Cola.

Strengths:

Sean Larkin QC
Sean Larkin QC prosecutes and defends high-value money laundering, investment and tax frauds. He has a proven record of defending individuals prosecuted by bodies including the SFO, HMRC and the FCA. He also provides compliance counsel, self-reporting and pre-charge support to corporate clients. Larkin wins praise for his client care skills as well as his impressive style on his feet.
"A premier league player in serious fraud and a great barrister." "He is a superb advocate and has all the qualities you could want in a silk." "Utterly delightful to work with and has great judgement."
Recent work: Defended a Barclays trader/manager in the first Euribor trial in which there were allegations of rate rigging and unfair profits.

Strengths:

Selva Ramasamy QC
Selva Ramasamy QC prosecutes and defends cases involving professionals and companies charged in criminal, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. He has recently worked on a number of tax fraud proceedings against HMRC, and has also acted in crossover fraud and professional disciplinary matters involving the SRA and the General Dental Council. His financial crime practice also takes in bribery cases.
"He is very calm and thoughtful - juries like him." "He is very conscious of getting the best outcome for clients." "He is amazing - such an experienced and well-versed criminal advocate." "A lovely mixture of intelligence and charm. He doesn't give up."
Recent work: Acted for an entrepreneur who faced allegations of dissipating company assets in the context of complex and protracted insolvency proceedings relating to his business in manufacturing specialist parts for Aston Martin and Jaguar.

Strengths:

Tom Broomfield
Tom Broomfield is a well-regarded junior recognised for his particular expertise in FCA matters. He is regularly called upon to prosecute insider dealing cases.
"His drafting is very good and he is excellent on his feet."

Strengths:

Tom Doble
Tom Doble handles high-quality work in the financial criminal arena and is admired for his expertise in HMRC and SFO investigations. He is an expert in cases involving interest rate manipulation and tax fraud, as well as those relating to high-profile bribery and corruption. Doble wins plaudits for his strong technical grasp of complex points of law.
"Extremely bright, committed and very hard-working."
Recent work: Acted in SFO v Simon Marshall and Another, proceedings brought by the SFO involving an alleged multimillion-pound fraud on the MoJ.

Strengths:

William Boyce QC
William Boyce QC is a highly effective silk with an impressively persuasive manner in front of judges and juries. Although a former Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court, he now has a strong defence practice and has been instructed in some major cases, including market manipulation matters and high-profile FCA and CMA proceedings. He is adept at fraud, bribery and corruption cases.
"He is a master strategist, a very thoughtful lawyer and a brilliant advocate." "Very insightful and his judgement is remarkable."

Financial Crime

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Financial Crime


Adrian Darbishire QC
Star Individuals
Alexandra Felix QC
New Silks
David Spens QC
Band 2
Mark Ellison QC
Band 1
Paul Raudnitz QC
Band 4
Peter Finnigan QC
Band 3

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