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UK Bar: Investigations 2016

This year 23 practitioners have been identified by our research as the leaders in the field.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Leading Silks
Alison Pople QC Cloth Fair Chambers
David Perry QC 6 King’s Bench Walk
Lord Goldsmith QC Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Alexander Cameron QC Three Raymond Buildings
Clare Montgomery QC Matrix Chambers
Helen Malcolm QC Three Raymond Buildings
Leading Juniors
Saba Naqshbandi Three Raymond Buildings


At Cloth Fair Chambers, Alison Pople QC is “first rate” and “exceptionally strong” in many “high-stakes matters” in the areas of financial and corporate crime. Nicholas Purnell QC is head of chambers and has “great aptitude and ability”, being “especially well regarded” for his experience and expertise in commercial and business crime matters. Ian Winter QC is “market-leading” and a “point of reference” in matters of fraud and financial crime as well as professional discipline.

At Three Raymond Buildings, Alexander Cameron QC is a “leading advocate” who is “highly sought after” for his expertise in criminal and quasi-criminal matters. Helen Malcolm QC is “efficient” and a “significant player in the market” specialising in areas of corporate fraud and extradition. Patrick Gibbs QC is considered a “formidable opponent” across a range of criminal, regulatory, disciplinary and public enquiry proceedings. James Lewis QC is a “key player” who is always “expresses himself clearly” in matters of civil, criminal and commercial fraud. He is “great on his feet” and appears regularly in the Court of Appeal, Privy Council and the Supreme Court.

From Matrix Chambers, Clare Montgomery QC is “extremely well respected” as a specialist on legally and factually complex cases. She is said to “always stay on top of new developments” and is a “pleasure to work with”. Tim Owen QC is a “leading light” who is “extremely well-versed” in matters of criminal, public, human rights and civil law. He is highly regarded for his “sensational” advocacy skills. Alex Bailin QC is recognised for his “wealth and breadth of experience” as well as his “dedicated and decisive approach” to a wide array of cases and areas. Julian Knowles QC is a “sophisticated practitioner” known for his “exception courtroom ability”. Clients also appreciate his “friendly and approachable” manner.

At 6 King’s Bench Walk David Perry QC is “extremely diligent and hardworking” and considered by peers as a “leading authority” in high profile criminal trials.

Debevoise & Plimpton’s Lord Goldsmith QC is “internationally renowned” as a “phenomenal courtroom advocate” and one who continues to be a strong “favourite among clients and peers alike”.

At Fulcrum Chambers Helen Garlick QC is “sensational” who is a “must for inclusion” for her specialisation in investigations and prosecutions relating to bribery, corruption and fraud.

33 Chancery Lane’s Andrew Mitchell QC is a “standout” for his “strong technical abilities” and ability to “get to the core of a matter”. Many consider him a “key player” in matters of confiscation, restraint and receivership.

At Five Paper Buildings, Jonathan Caplan QC is a “first-class litigator”  in a wide range of matters including fraud and cross jurisdictional cases. Having a large, high-profile and international practice, he is highly regarded for his “pragmatic and sound advice”.

Philip Hackett QC at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has a “great strategic mind” and has a “highly creative approach” to the most complex of cases in matters of civil and criminal commercial fraud.


At Three Raymond Buildings, Saba Naqshbandi is “incomparable” when it comes to matters to complex cases regarding criminal, fraud and financial regulation. Ben Brandon is a “top name” who is “extremely well regarded” in matters of extradition, fraud and professional misconduct.

Clare Sibson of Cloth Fair Chambers is known for being “very proactive” in area of fraud and crime, as well as for having an “astute legal mind” and “compelling courtroom manner”.

Andrew Bodnar of Matrix Chambers is a “true expert” on matters of criminal and civil asset recovery, and is peers consider him to be a “first-class” practitioner.

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