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UK Bar London (Bar) Financial Crime: Private Prosecutions

This section encompasses criminal investigations and prosecutions brought by public agencies, such as the SFO, the FCA, the CMA, HMRC and the Specialist Fraud Division of the CPS, against individuals, corporations and financial institutions. It also covers internal investigations, disciplinary proceedings and private prosecutions brought by corporations and financial institutions against current and former employees. Charges relate to a range of offences, including (but not limited to) fraud, the manipulation of interest rates such as Libor and Euribor, bribery, tax evasion, insider trading, money laundering, sanctions breaches, cartel conduct, forgery, embezzlement, cybercrime and material misstatement. In addition to post-charge representation at trial this section also covers pre-charge advice.

  1. 2 Hare Court
    2 Hare Court
    Financial Crime: Private Prosecutions
    2024 | Spotlight |
    2 Hare Court offers expertise spanning the full gamut of financial crime matters. Members receive regular instructions from both individual and corporate clients across the financial services sector, and are adept at handling cases involving allegations of insider dealing, money laundering, corruption, bribery and fraud. Private prosecutions are also a key area of strength for the team. One interviewee describes its members as "market leaders in their area" and another adds that "they are as comfortable dealing with complex white-collar crime cases as with highly sensitive and serious general crime cases." Recently, members acted for the SFO in its prosecution of Glencore Energy UK for bribery in West Africa.
  2. QEB Hollis Whiteman
    QEB Hollis Whiteman
    Financial Crime: Private Prosecutions
    2024 | Spotlight |
    QEB Hollis Whiteman retains its reputation as a leading chambers in the financial crime market, housing 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. A market source says: "The set is truly second to none when it comes to handling complex financial crime matters for individuals." Recent instructions undertaken by the set's barristers include acting for former trader Tom Hayes in the CCRC review of his fraud convictions for LIBOR rigging.