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UK Bar: Criminal Fraud 2016

This year 45 practitioners have been identified by our research as the leaders in the field.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Leading Silks
Adrian Darbishire QC QEB Hollis Whiteman
Mukul Chawla QC 9-12 Bell Yard
Alexabdra Healy QC 9-12 Bell Yard
Clare Montgomery QC Matrix Chambers
William Boyce QC QEB Hollis Whiteman
Leading Juniors
Ben Watson Three Raymond Buildings
Louis Mably 6 King's Bench Walk
Neil Saunders Three Raymond Buildings
Miranda Hill 6 King's Bench Walk


Three Raymond Buildings has an excellent reputation for criminal fraud work and is home to seven leading silks. Alexander Cameron QC is a “seasoned expert” who is described as a “stellar advocate”. He has vast experience in bribery, corruption, money laundering, insider dealing, market abuse and price fixing cartels. Patrick Gibbs QC is “stellar” by all accounts. He has an “understated manner” and “wins great favour with judges”. Helen Malcolm QC is particularly well known for her work in bribery and corruption cases as well money laundering. She is “tenacious” and “highly dedicated to her work”. James Lewis QC is a “go-to” for complex and difficult cases with peers describing him as “first in class”. James Hines QC is a “high-profile” silk who is currently instructed by the Serious Fraud office to prosecute in the Libor trial of Barclays employees. Hugo Keith QC is “simply brilliant” and earns huge respect for his experience in corporate liability. His current workload includes advising in connection with the Alstrom corruption inquiry, the Autonomy/Hewlett Packard investigation, and the SFO Barclays/Qatar investigation. Trevor Burke QC is a “fraud specialist” who is currently working in the Cayman Islands.

Matrix Chambers sees four silks selected for inclusion. Clare Montgomery QC is a “guru” in criminal fraud matters and is “highly sought-after” for her expertise. She is a “great strategist” and clients appreciate her “insight and experience” which she brings to cases. Tim Owen QC is a “great advocate”. Peers describe him as “approachable and calm under pressure” and someone “able to get to the heart of a complex issue”. Julian Knowles QC is a “revered scholar” who is “without parallel in the courtroom”. Matthew Ryder QC is a “tactical genius” who clients praise for his “mastery of the trial process”. 

At Cloth Fair Chambers five silks are highlighted. John Kelsey-Fry QC is a “leading light” in the field of criminal fraud and clients appreciate his “wealth of experience” and “sound judgement”. Nicholas Purnell QC is “someone you want on your side in a complex case”. A “heavyweight silk” he is brought in for the most complex and sensitive criminal fraud matters and is “worth his weight in gold”. Alison Pople QC is “excellent” by all accounts. She has an “inspired work ethic” and is “very popular with clients”.  Ian Winter QC is well reputed for his fraud and white-collar crime work. He “gives clear direction to complex cases” and is a “great asset to any team”.

Clare Sibson QC is revered by peers for her “ability to grapple with technical issues” and “experience beyond her years”.

QEB Hollis Whiteman is represented by three silks. Adrian Darbishire QC is a “great tactician” who “puts clients at ease”. His “great eye for detail” and “stellar advocacy skills” ensure he is sought for the most complex cases. William Boyce QC receives huge praise for his “sharp intellect” and “relaxed manner with clients”. Head of chambers Mark Ellison QC is “always two steps ahead” and peers praise his “ability to think on his feet” and “predict the opponent’s next move”.

2 Bedford Row sees three silks singled out. Jim Sturman QC is a “fearless litigator” who “has a great manner with clients”. He is “ferociously bright” and “always on top of the details”. Richard Kovalevsky QC specialises in white-collar defence, corruption, fraud and money laundering and is a “distinguished player” whose “expertise is second to none”. William Clegg QC is a “persuasive advocate” who “really knows his stuff”.

9-12 Bell Yard garners two listings. Mukul Chawla QC has a leading reputation for his work in criminal fraud matters. “Excellent on paper and on his feet”, he is widely revered as a “powerhouse”. Alexandra Healy QC is “simply fantastic” and is noted her “effective and robust manner” and “ability to carry a jury”.

At 6 King’s Bench Walk we list two silks. David Perry QC is a “star” whose “hard work and commitment to winning” are greatly admired by clients. Duncan Penny QC is “quick to build a rapport with clients” and is held in high regard for his expertise in criminal fraud.

33 Chancery Lane’s Andrew Mitchell QC is the “standout” in criminal asset forfeiture and is described as a “barrister of the highest calibre”. Kennedy Talbot QC took silk in 2016 and has extensive experience in criminal confiscation and money laundering; he is “top rate”.

Outer Temple Chambers’ Richard Lissack QC is noted for his “poise” and “versatile approach in court”. He regularly appears in overseas jurisdictions and is described as “personable and user friendly”.

Red Lion Chambers’ Antony Shaw QC has an “astute legal mind” and is “extremely effective”. Clients praise his “strong grasp of the details” and “diligent manner”.

At 2 Hare Court, Orlando Pownall QC is “very effective as a cross examiner” and “extremely popular with clients”.

Jonathan Caplan QC at Five Paper Buildings is noted for his criminal fraud work in which he “excels”. He provides “clear and concise advice” and is a “gifted advocate”.

39 Essex Chambers’ Hodge Malek QC is a “fraud guru” whose practice has a strong international element. Peers praise his “great eye for detail” and describe him as a “brave advocate”.

Head of Carmelite Chambers Charles Bott QC is “consistently great”. He handles cases with “flair” and “poise”, and is “incredibly hardworking”.

At Furnival Chambers Paul Garlick QC is particularly noted for his “huge expertise” in corporate liability for criminal offences and he regularly acts in cases involving frauds, money laundering and corruption.

James Pickup QC at Lincoln House Chambers is noted for his work in commercial fraud defence. A “natural at building relationships with clients” and a “solid performer in court”, he is “in high demand”.


Three Raymond Buildings is home to four standout juniors. Ben Watson is the “cleverest man in chambers” according to his peers who note his “exemplary drafting skills” and “easy manner with clients”. Neil Saunders is a “top choice” among juniors and receives praise for his “strong intellect” and “great work ethic”. Ben Brandon is “absolutely terrific” and has over 20 years’ experience in complex commercial fraud. Saba Naqshbandi is a “tenacious advocate” who “fights for her clients”. She impresses with her “art of persuasion”.

At 6 King’s Bench Walk, two individuals stand out. Louis Mably is “extremely clever” and “strategically a master”. Miranda Hill receives praise for her “strong judgement” and experience in complex cases.

33 Chancery Lane sees Martin Evans commended for his “modest and understated manner” and “straight advice”.

Andrew Bird at 5 St Andrew’s Hill specialises in POCA work and is noted for his “ability to set direction and deliver results”.

Peers praise Gillian Jones at Red Lion Chambers as being a “fantastic junior” with a “proven track record”.

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