UK Bar: Investigations 2018

We highlight 32 leading barristers for their impressive work handling criminal and regulatory investigations, including allegations of bribery, corruption and money laundering instigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

Most Highly Regarded
1. Clare Montgomery QC Matrix Chambers
2. David Perry QC 6KBW College Hill
3. Clare Sibson QC Cloth Fair Chambers
1. Saba Naqshbandi Three Raymond Buildings
2. Rachna Gokani QEB Hollis Whiteman


THREE RAYMOND BUILDINGS boasts the foremost investigations offering at the UK Bar, achieving eight nominations this year.
Alexander Cameron QC is highlighted by sources for his excellent work on high-profile investigations, an area in which he is considered “truly brilliant”.
Hugo Keith QC draws high praise from commentators for his outstanding work in the investigations space, as well as his extensive experience acting before the High Court and Supreme Court. 
Patrick Gibbs QC is a criminal law specialist, recognised for his top-tier work handling a wide array of money laundering, corruption and fraud proceedings.
James Lewis QC stands out for his first-rate practice which encompasses criminal regulatory matters, an area in which he acts on behalf of both corporates and individuals.
Helen Malcolm QC is widely recognised for her excellent work on international criminal law matters relating to a wide array of authorities including the FCA and the SFO.

CLOTH FAIR CHAMBERS also performs well in this edition with six individuals nominated.
Clare Sibson QC is one of the most prominent investigations experts at the UK Bar, winning high praise from peers, one of whom notes, “She is a very careful lawyer – nothing gets past her.”
Nicholas Purnell QC is a highly sought-after barrister recognised for his exceptional expertise in criminal law-related matters, including business crime and regulatory investigations.
Ian Winter QC is a well-respected figure in the market, commended for his leading work dealing with complex fraud and economic crime matters.

MATRIX CHAMBERS sees five barristers recognised this year for their strong expertise handling high-profile investigations.
Clare Montgomery QC is “a top name” in the investigations space, and wins great praise from market sources who describe her as “unrivalled in court”.
Alex Bailin QC is “excellent in all he does” according to peers, and gains recognition in this chapter for his impressive financial crime practice.
Tim Owen QC is “a very good tactician and strategist” according to peers who note, “He is also excellent at ancillary issues that come into investigations work.”
Lord Ken Macdonald QC stands out as “a senior figure” at the UK Bar, who is “really excellent” when it comes to serious economic crime investigations.

QEB HOLLIS WHITEMAN receives three listings in this chapter.
Adrian Darbishire QC is a business crime expert, recognised for his impressive defence work on behalf of professionals when it comes to criminal investigations.
Mark Ellison QC focuses his first-class practice on complex criminal law matters, and is well known among peers and clients alike for his expert handling of related investigations.

6KBW’s David Perry QC is one of the most highly regarded investigations silks in our research this year. He comes “highly recommended” by sources for his outstanding work in criminal law proceedings.

Lord Goldsmith QC at DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON is a highly respected figure among peers who commend his exceptional handling of corporate investigations.

33 CHANCERY LANE’s Andrew Mitchell QC continues to impress peers and clients alike who highlight his strong expertise in proceeds of crime matters.


Saba Naqshbandi at THREE RAYMOND BUILDINGS is the leading junior at the Bar in the field of investigations, and is highly regarded by peers who describe her as “a fantastic advocate”. 

At QEB HOLLIS WHITEMAN, Rachna Gokani is one of the leading juniors in the investigations space. Her outstanding practice encompasses a wide array of matters from fraud to financial and corporate crime.

Miranda Hill at 6KBW focuses her top-tier practice on investigations and corporate crime matters, areas in which she is considered one of the most impressive juniors at the Bar.

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