In this chapter, 36 of the top investigations barristers currently practising at the bar are recognised. They regularly represent individuals and corporations across a variety of sectors in complex international and domestic investigations and inquiries.
Most highly regarded
Cloth Fair Chambers impresses with six listings for its silks this year.
Nicholas Purnell QC has amassed more than 40 years of experience advising clients on complex investigations undertaken by a range of domestic and international regulatory bodies.
Clare Sibson QC is lauded for her two decades of experience handling large-scale fraud and financial crime investigations.
Alison Pople QC enjoys a strong reputation as a go-to name for corporate criminal investigations.
The “excellent” John Kelsey-Fry QC receives plaudits as a “highly intelligent” silk with a strong white-collar crime practice.
Matrix Chambers performs well in our research with five listings.
Clare Montgomery QC is identified as “the doyenne of investigations work” by impressed peers.
Alex Bailin QC is “very practical and pragmatic in his approach” and “great with detail without losing sight of strategy and the bigger picture”.
Sir Anthony Hooper possesses “a superb legal brain” and is “experienced at advising boards on some of the most complex investigations work, including self-reports, corporate criminal liability and deferred prosecution agreements”.
Three silks at QEB Hollis Whiteman are highlighted here.
Adrian Darbishire QC is recognised as “a great investigations advocate, particularly for sanctions-related work”.
William Boyce QC is heralded for his 40-plus years of experience handling fraud, bribery, corruption and sanctions investigations.
Mark Ellison QC is singled out for his fine track record in bribery, corruption and fraud investigations.
Three Raymond Buildings sees three silks listed this year.
Patrick Gibbs QC is appreciated as “a really, really excellent barrister” with three decades of experience representing clients in complex investigations and inquests.
Sources claim there are “none better” than Hugo Keith QC when it comes to investigations advocacy, thanks to his extensive experience representing companies and individuals in high-profile proceedings.
James Lewis QC is described as “a great practitioner” with considerable expertise representing investigatory bodies in a range of complex matters.
David Perry QC at 6 KBW College Hill is a leading barrister, recognised for his prolific profile in inquests and public inquiries.
Duncan Penny QC garners widespread acclaim for his expansive know-how regarding criminal fraud investigations.
Richard Lissack QC with Fountain Court Chambers earns extensive commendations for his first-tier practice, which sees him regularly advising clients from the financial services industry in high-profile investigations.
At Serjeants’ Inn Chambers, Sarah Clarke QC is a favourite among respondents who highlight her detailed knowledge of financial services and healthcare investigations.
Three Raymond Buildings is home to three juniors listed this year.
Saba Naqshbandi is a top-tier junior who excels in bribery, corruption, and money laundering investigations.
Nicholas Yeo is singled out as a key name for investigations matters, highly sought after for his skill in financial crime and police inquests.
Ben Summers is readily endorsed by peers for his expertise in public inquiries, business crime and financial services investigations.
Miranda Hill at 6 KBW College Hill receives wide-ranging recommendations for her extensive experience representing blue-chip corporations in SFO investigations.
Rachel Kapila at Cloth Fair Chambers earns acclaim for her “strong attention to detail, commitment and ability to digest large amounts of complex information” in high-profile investigations.
Sources say Rachna Gokani of QEB Hollis Whiteman “should be well up on any list of investigations specialists” thanks to her expert handling of private prosecutions and financial crime proceedings.
Tom Doble maintains a stellar practice, encompassing the full gamut of financial and corporate crime matters.