UK Bar: Criminal Fraud 2018

This year we recognise 47 standout barristers who are considers leader in the field of criminal fraud. They are highlighted for their expertise in a range of related matters including white-collar crime, money laundering, corruption and regulatory and compliance matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. David Perry QC 6 KBW College Hill
2. Nicholas Purnell QC Cloth Fair Chambers
3. Clare Montgomery QC Matrix Chambers
4. Adrian Darbishire QC QEB Hollis Whiteman
5. Patrick Gibbs QC Three Raymond Buildings
1. Jonathan Barnard Cloth Fair Chambers
2. Neil Saunders Three Raymond Buildings
3. Ben Watson Three Raymond Buildings


CLOTH FAIR CHAMBERS sees five eminent silks recognised this year for their expertise in areas relating to criminal fraud, especially as it relates to commercial and business crime.
Nicholas Purnell QC is “very much the elder statesman of the criminal fraud world” and highly regarded by peers and clients alike. He has a wealth of expertise on areas including regulatory and professional disciplinary matters.
The “excellent” Alison Pople QC is widely acknowledged by respondents as a leader in the field. Her practice covers corporate fraud, insider dealing, criminal cartels and money laundering.
John Kelsey-Fry QC has an exceptional practice, and is renowned for his particular knowledge of areas including business and financial crime as well as issues concerning defamation.
Clare Sibson QC is noted for her work in criminal prosecution cases and financial regulation and is described by respondents as “a highly intelligent silk”.
Ian Winter QC has an eminent practice that includes specialist knowledge of fraud and financial crime. He has great insight into complex issues and is highly regarded by sources.

THREE RAYMOND BUILDINGS achieves six nominations this year.
Patrick Gibbs QC is one of the foremost criminal fraud advocates at the UK Bar who wins high praise for his world-class practice, which encompasses a wide array of criminal and regulatory proceedings.
Hugo Keith QC is rated highly by peers who commend his excellent practice which spans international criminal and corporate liability and cartel fraud extradition.
Alexander Cameron QC is widely respected by peers and is described as “excellent” and “very thorough”. He has an insightful command of issues relating to bribery, extradition, insider dealing and market abuse.

QEB HOLLIS WHITEMAN’s excellent criminal fraud offering is reflected this year as three silks achieve nominations.
Adrian Darbishire QC is well known at the Bar for his work in the area and sources “rate him very highly”. He has a specialist defence practice that covers such areas as anti-competitive behaviour, corruption and market abuse.
Mark Ellison QC has a wealth of experience that he brings to his first-class practice. He has particular knowledge of areas including regulatory and criminal law, serious fraud and corruption cases.
The “extremely good” William Boyce QC is acknowledged by peers for his vast knowledge of criminal fraud matters. His practice covers money laundering, confiscation procedures and insider dealing.

6KBW COLLEGE HILL sees two distinguished silks recognised in this chapter.
David Perry QC is one of the standout silks in our rankings this year. His eminent criminal fraud practice encompasses corporate crime and matters relating to the proceeds of crime.
Duncan Penny QC is described by respondents as “a very determined advocate with an excellent legal brain”. He has deep expertise in commercial and banking fraud cases, cartel investigations and corruption issues.

MATRIX CHAMBERSClare Montgomery QC has renowned expertise in regulatory, criminal and fraud law. She has worked for individuals and governments in a number of domestic and international cases concerning criminal fraud and appeals.

FOUNDRY CHAMBERSMukul Chawla QC is an outstanding silk whose eminent practice covers such areas as insider dealing, corruption and anti-money laundering compliance.


THREE RAYMOND BUILDINGS sees five outstanding juniors highlighted this year for their exceptional work in the field.
Neil Saunders is described by peers as “a definite inclusion for nomination”. His first-rate practice includes such areas as regulatory crime, mortgage, tax and derivate frauds.
One of the top juniors in our rankings this year, Ben Watson is highly sought after by clients for his impressive expertise in extradition, criminal fraud and public law.
Saba Naqshbandi is highly regarded by respondents who consider her an insightful junior and commend her excellent work on bribery and corruption, insider dealing and money laundering issues.
Nicholas Yeo is a leading junior at the criminal fraud bar whose work specialises in areas including money laundering, confiscation and civil forfeiture.

CLOTH FAIR CHAMBERSJonathan Barnard is an outstanding junior who comes very highly rated by sources this year. He is well versed in handling a range of criminal fraud matters including money laundering, medical insurance fraud and Ponzi fraud.

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