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UK Bar: Criminal Fraud 2017

We recognise 45 practitioners are recognised for their expertise in criminal fraud, including white-collar crime, money laundering, corruption and regulatory and compliance matters. Below, we select the leading chambers and barristers working in this highly specialised area of the Bar. 

Most Highly Regarded
William Clegg QC 2 Bedford Row
David Perry QC 6 KBW
Alison Pople QC Cloth Fair Chambers
John Kelsey-Fry QC Cloth Fair Chambers
Alexander Cameron QC Three Raymond Buildings
Patrick Gibbs QC Three Raymond Buildings
Miranda Hill 6 KBW
Neil Saunders Three Raymond Buildings
Ben Watson Three Raymond Buildings


THREE RAYMOND BUILDINGS is a pre-eminent criminal law set that sees six silks recommended in our research.
Patrick Gibbs QC is the top-rated barrister in this chapter, earning widespread plaudits from interviewees. One respondent says, "He is first-rate across the whole criminal area."
Alexander Cameron QC is clearly a leading name in the field, regularly handling high-profile and serious criminal fraud matters. He is much in demand with solicitors, who describe him as “an astonishingly good advocate” and “excellent to work with”.
James Hines QC is a specialist in both domestic and international fraud trials. One peer remarked, “His reputation as a silk is growing and growing”. He is currently leading the prosecution of Barclays employees in LIBOR-related litigation.

Renowned criminal, fraud and regulatory set CLOTH FAIR CHAMBERS achieves five listings.
Alison Pople QC specialises in financial and corporate crime and has been engaged in numerous SFO and FCA cases. Respondents describe her as “outstanding”, “a clear leader in the field” and “a go-to for private defendants”.
John Kelsey-Fry QC is one of the most instantly recognisable names at the criminal Bar. His advocacy is renowned and much in demand. He regularly defends high-profile individuals and corporates in charges brought by the SFO.
Ian Winter QC has represented corporates and individuals in complex SFO and FCA cases and is noted as “technically excellent, with a forensic mind”.

2 BEDFORD ROW specialises in all aspects of crime and criminal fraud and has four silks listed in our research this year.
William Clegg QC is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in our research. He has acted for states, corporations and individuals around the world. Peers say he is “a definite standout” with “a fantastic reputation in the market".
Richard Kovalevsky QC specialises in white-collar defence, money laundering and corruption and is regarded as one of the foremost silks in financial fraud cases.
Brian Altman QC is extensively experienced in representing high-net-worth individuals and large corporates, as well as prosecuting for the FCA and the CMA in large fraud cases. According to one peer, “He is extremely influential and carries significant gravitas.”
Jim Sturman QC specialises in financial fraud and corruption, as well as in diversion and tax frauds. He is “first rate” both in terms of his advocacy and client handling skills, say respondents.

MATRIX CHAMBERS’ fraud, financial and business crime practice is highly regarded, particularly in relation to serious economic crime.
Julian Knowles QC has experience in corporate crime cases including extradition and money laundering and is a seasoned cross-examiner. One respondent says, “He is widely regarded as one of the best and brightest in the field, who can command respect in the big cases.”
The “fabulous” Clare Montgomery QC has acted for the FCO and SFA alongside individuals and corporations and has appeared in some of the leading cases over the last two decades.
Alex Bailin QC has acted in criminal and financial fraud for clients across numerous industry sectors. One client says: "Alex has his fingers on the vital details of every case and is a hugely impressive silk in court and with clients.”

QEB HOLLIS WHITEMAN is noted as one of the country’s leading sets for criminal fraud, as well as business and general crime and professional regulation and discipline. It sees three silks listed in our research this year.
Adrian Darbishire QC is known for defending professionals in fraud and corruption proceedings. Recent instructions include the SFO yen-LIBOR and dollar-LIBOR investigations. 
William Boyce QC acts on business and market fraud including money laundering and insider trading. He is recognised as “an elder statesman who delivers on the most complex cases”.
Mark Ellison QC is an established name in serious fraud proceedings, alongside representing companies and individuals in criminal fraud and regulatory matters.

6KBW specialises in corporate crime, defending and prosecuting across fraud, bribery and corruption charges.
David Perry QC is one of the most established names in corporate crime and is regularly instructed in some of the biggest cases, both in the UK and internationally. One peer says, “He is the number-one star in his field.”
Duncan Penny QC is a widely recognised expert in criminal fraud. His experience includes worldwide freezing orders and he has been retained by the SFO in an ongoing investigation. He is a popular choice among solicitors for his “excellent client manner”.
Louis Mably QC is a newly appointed silk. She was a popular choice as junior to instruct on high-profile fraud cases in the UK and abroad.  A respondent refers to him as “seriously intelligent, high-profile junior”.

At 9-12 BELL YARD, Mukul Chawla QC is active in the prosecution and defence of serious fraud offences. He is widely regarded as “a first-division silk” by respondents.

33 CHANCERY LANE’s Andrew Mitchell QC is most widely recognised for his expertise in POCA work and confiscation law, while maintain an active practice in cross-border fraud proceedings.
Newly appointed silk Martin Evans QC was known as the one of the most highly regarded juniors in the field; he has extensive experience defending and prosecuting serious fraud cases, including for the SFO.

RED LION CHAMBERS sees the “highly effective” Antony Shaw QC listed for his expertise in serious fraud, business and financial crime.

At FOUNTAIN COURT CHAMBERS, Richard Lissack QC focuses on anti-corruption and commercial fraud both in the UK and internationally; he is described as “experienced, considered and highly effective”.

FIVE PAPER BUILDINGS’ Jonathan Caplan QC is experienced in high-profile fraud and corruption cases. He has been most recently active in the LIBOR and EURIBOR investigations. One respondent says, “He is most definitely one of the preeminent senior silks.”


THREE RAYMOND BUILDINGS sees three of its barristers listed among the most highly regarded juniors in our research.
Neil Saunders is a specialist in fraud advocacy and has acted on serious and white-collar fraud cases for both professionals and companies. One peer sums it up: “He is very good indeed.”
The “sensational” Ben Watson prosecutes and defends in relation to allegations of fraud, recently receiving instructions for the defence in the SFO LIBOR prosecution.
Saba Naqshbandi is a criminal fraud specialist and has advised governments, enforcement authorities and companies both nationally and internationally. She is recognised as an “intelligent”, “far-sighted” and “technical” barrister.

At 6KBW, Miranda Hill is one of our most highly recommended juniors and has strong expertise in business and financial crime; she has been instructed by the SFO and has experience in big-ticket litigation.

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