UK Bar: Criminal Fraud 2019

In this chapter we highlight 40 silks and 14 juniors for their expertise in a range of matters spanning white-collar crime, money laundering and corruption, including regulatory and compliance matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Patrick Gibbs QC  Three Raymond Buildings 
2. David Perry QC  6KBW College Hill 
3. Adrian Darbishire QC  QEB Hollis Whiteman 
4. Alexander Cameron QC  Three Raymond Buildings 
5. Clare Montgomery QC  Matrix Chambers 
6. Mark Ellison QC  QEB Hollis Whiteman 
1. Neil Saunders  Three Raymond Buildings 
2. Ben Watson  Three Raymond Buildings 


Three Raymond Buildings illustrates its strong criminal fraud offering this year with six silks recognised here.
Patrick Gibbs QC is “a class act” in the criminal fraud space say peers who describe him as “supremely eloquent”. One source says, “If I were ever in trouble, I’d go to Patrick.”
Alexander Cameron QC stands out as a “top-notch” and “incredibly effective” advocate who is well known for his impressive work handling bribery, corruption and economic crime proceedings.
Hugo Keith QC is a prominent figure at the UK Bar who is highlighted by market respondents for his “excellent” work on criminal and corporate liability, as well as extradition matters.
Helen Malcolm QC is “one of the very best” in the criminal fraud space and is “excellent to work with” say peers, who describe her as “clever, pragmatic and very experienced”.  

Cloth Fair Chambers also performs well this year, with five silks highlighted in this chapter.
Alison Pople QC is praised for her first-rate corporate crime and criminal fraud practice by peers who note she has “star quality”. They commend her “very clear and succinct advocacy style” and add that she is “a great cross-examiner”.
John Kelsey-Fry QC is “a very good advocate” with a strong reputation for his expertise in corporate crime proceedings and related investigations.
Clare Sibson QC is described by peers as “very smart” and an “excellent” advocate. She is highlighted for her top-notch work on fraud and financial crime.

QEB Hollis Whiteman sees three silks recognised here.
Adrian Darbishire QC draws high praise from market sources who commend his “excellent submissions” and note he is “so on the ball with case details”.
Mark Ellison QC is “a very experienced and thorough advocate” who stands out for his excellent work on bribery, corruption and criminal fraud cases.
William Boyce QC is “a well-known leading practitioner” in the field of corporate crime defence, say sources who note he is “the very best for criminal regulatory matters”.

Matrix Chambers also achieves three listings in this chapter.
Clare Montgomery QC enjoys “a stellar reputation” among peers and clients who consider her “a top choice” for criminal fraud matters and praise her “cogent advice”.
Alex Bailin QC receives effusive praise from respondents who commend his “technical and mathematical brilliance” as well as his “attention to detail and knowledge of the markets in financial services cases”.
Tim Owen QC is “at the top end” of the market, say sources, who point to his impressive work on criminal investigations and allegations of fraud.

6KBW College Hill’s David Perry QC is “a standout name” and a “serious heavyweight” in the criminal fraud space, according to sources. They comment that “his skills are legendary” and that “he is on a level above everybody else”.
Duncan Penny QC is “a very determined advocate” according to peers who “rate him very highly” and commend his “excellent legal brain”. 
Louis Mably QC is well known in the criminal fraud space for his first-class practice, which spans corporate crime investigations, bribery and corruption claims.

At 2 Bedford Row, William Clegg QC is highlighted as “a senior statesman” at the UK Bar who “has done a lot of fraud-related work”. Sources note he is “exceptionally good, and brilliant with a jury”.
Brian Altman QC is recognised for his “problem-solving approach” and draws high praise from peers who say he “combines tremendous authority, intellect, strategic awareness and meticulous attention to detail”.
Jim Sturman QC is “always great to deal with” opine sources who praise his ability to “pick out the key issues and strip away the complexity” of a case.

Jonathan Laidlaw QC at 2 Hare Court is “an excellent practitioner” who focuses his practice on a wide array of financial crime, fraud and corporate criminal defence matters.

At 9-12 Bell Yard, John McGuinness QC is highly sought after by clients for his work in the criminal fraud space, noting that he is “very relaxed and in complete command of all of the details”. They add, “He inspires confidence from the judge.”

33 Chancery Lane’s Martin Evans QC stands out among peers for his top-tier handling of fraud and corruption claims relating to money laundering and SFO investigations.

Henry Blaxland QC at Garden Court Chambers continues to impress market sources with his “fantastic” work handling complex fraud and criminal defence proceedings.

Richard Kovalevsky QC at Stewarts is “a top name” in the market who wins high praise for his “truly excellent” work relating to financial crime, bribery and fraud.


Three Raymond Buildings sees five juniors recognised in this chapter.
Neil Saunders is a “first-rate” advocate who is highlighted by peers as “a personable and extremely experienced heavyweight” in the criminal fraud space. They exalt his impressive work representing both individuals and companies in contentious matters.
Ben Watson is “an articulate and polished advocate” who possesses “very good legal knowledge” when it comes to extradition and high-profile criminal cases.
Saba Naqshbandi is a well-recognised junior at the Bar who is commended for her “excellent” work on criminal fraud proceedings and related investigations. 
Nicholas Yeo is regarded by peers as “a classy and intellectual advocate” with “strong legal knowledge” of economic crime and fraud investigations.
Rachel Kapila wins high praise from sources for her superb work on corporate criminal matters, an area in which they consider her “a real star”.

25 Bedford Row’s Nathaniel Rudolf is “an incredibly good and hard-working lawyer” who is “great at getting to the key issues” of a case. He is recommended for his “client-focused approach”.
Miranda Hill at 6KBW College Hill is “a class act”, say peers, who highlight her top-tier work on business crime and related investigations.  

At Carmelite Chambers, Richard Furlong is “very good with the jury”, comment respondents, thanks to his first-rate money laundering and corporate crime expertise.

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