UK Bar: Investigations 2019

In this chapter we highlight 22 silks and nine juniors for their impressive work handling criminal and regulatory investigations, including allegations of bribery, corruption and money laundering.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Clare Montgomery QC Matrix Chambers 
2. David Perry QC  6KBW College Hill
3. Hugo Keith QC  Three Raymond Buildings 
1. Saba Naqshbandi  Three Raymond Buildings 
2. Miranda Hill 6KBW College Hill 


Cloth Fair Chambers sees five silks highlighted here.
Clare Sibson QC is “a very smart advocate” who stands out for her superb handling of high-profile corporate criminal investigations and related regulatory matters.
Head of chambers Nicholas Purnell QC enjoys “a stellar reputation” in the market for his first-class work on business crime proceedings, and SFO and FCA-related investigations.
John Kelsey-Fry QC is “well known as one of the leading practitioners” in the corporate investigations space. Sources say “he’s excellent” when it comes to complex SFO investigations.
Alison Pople QC is a well-established figure among peers and clients who commend her expert handling of corporate criminal defence and related investigations.
Ian Winter QC is “a very good advocate” who comes highly recommended for his strong expertise in high-profile fraud and economic crime cases.

At Matrix Chambers four silks are listed in this chapter.
Clare Montgomery QC stands out as “one of the very best” according to sources, who consider her “an authority” when it comes to corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defence.
Alex Bailin QC is “an extremely proactive advocate” who is recognised as “a go-to barrister on any matter that straddles civil, regulatory and criminal law”.

We also recognise four silks from Three Raymond Buildings here.
Hugo Keith QC is recommended by peers for his work on large cross-border investigations. He is “clear thinking, concise and incredibly hard-working” say sources, who note, “You will not find a sharper legal mind anywhere.”
Alexander Cameron QC is a well-known name in the investigations space where he enjoys a great reputation for his work handling complex corporate crime and fraud proceedings.
James Lewis QC gains recognition from widespread sources who note he is “a clear writer and speaker” and praise his “deep expertise” in white-collar crime and related investigations.
Patrick Gibbs QC is a highly respected advocate who is renowned for his leading expertise in corporate fraud, money laundering and corruption claims.

David Perry QC at 6KBW College Hill is one of the foremost investigations silks at the UK Bar. He is “an excellent advocate” who is “very good at dealing with clients” and always “gives a clear exposition of the law”.

QEB Hollis Whiteman’s Adrian Darbishire QC continues to impress market sources with his first-rate representation of clients in relation to economic crime allegations and corporate criminal offences.

Richard Lissack QC at Fountain Court Chambers draws high praise from peers who highlight his “vast experience, and friendly and open manner”. He is well versed in handling corruption, bribery and fraud matters.

Lord Goldsmith QC at Debevoise & Plimpton is “one of the brightest advocates around” say sources who praise his “huge gravitas” and expert handling of corporate investigation and anti-corruption proceedings.


Saba Naqshbandi at Three Raymond Buildings is a “fantastic” advocate who is highlighted for her “great” work handling sophisticated bribery and corruption cases, as well as insider dealing and fraud-related matters.
Rachel Kapila draws high praise from peers who “would definitely endorse her strongly” for her impressive work on financial crime and corporate criminal investigations.  

Miranda Hill at 6KBW College Hill is well known among peers for her excellent work on corporate crime and investigations, and is commended by sources who say she “gets her head around the facts superbly”.

At Fulcrum Chambers, Helen Garlick is a well-recognised junior at the Bar who is highly recommended for her impressive handling of complex corporate investigations. 

Raj Parker at Matrix Chambers continues to impress market sources with his top-tier work representing clients in regulatory and corporate criminal investigations.

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