Crime Set of the Year - Chambers UK Bar Awards 2016

QEB Hollis Whiteman is 'a top criminal set' and has a well-deserved reputation in the general crime and business crime spheres. It is hailed for its deep bench, has a 'large number of very talented barristers,' and possesses a standout track record for handling major fraud cases. Members prosecute and defend cases, and are frequently called upon by key investigating authorities such as the SFO and FCA to act in significant matters. Recent key instructions for the set have included cases involving bribery, insider trading and money laundering."
Chambers UK (2015) Financial Crime

"QEB Hollis Whiteman has ‘flourished since its move out of the Temple', and some say, ‘all tenants are of a very high quality'."
Legal 500 (2014)

"QEB Hollis Whiteman is identified as a leading criminal fraud set with a 'very corporate' approach. Its pool of 'high quality' barristers undertakes an impressive range of defence and prosecution work, with an emphasis on white-collar cases. Instructing solicitors value the chambers' forward-thinking and client-focused approach."
Chambers UK (2014) 


QEB Hollis Whiteman: a widely acknowledged leader in this field, fully armed with a hot bed of extremely talented white collar crime, business crime, bribery and corruption barristers whose expertise and experience, junior through to QC level, is consistently in great demand; evidenced by the array of cases undertaken.  Clients seeking prosecution or defence advice and representation in relation to serious fraud or corruption, financial crime, bribery in business, or any other matter reaching into the corporate crime sphere have full confidence that they are in good hands.  Expertise is vast and covers: all areas of fraud and financial crime; bribery/corruption; corporate manslaughter; sanctions; cartels/price fixing; asset forfeiture and recovery; money laundering; insider dealing; market rigging; search warrants and other orders; intellectual property; consumer liability. 

Barristers have considerable experience in dealing with all of the prosecuting agencies and many top tier national and international law firms.

Chambers and its members are consistently ranked as leaders in this field by the profession's leading legal directories. 

Instructed at the earliest stages of an investigation to assist with overall strategy and preparation of a case barristers are widely regarded as absolutely necessary components of a team, they are adept at managing complex and high profile cases that overlap with civil and commercial law, all have considerable experience in cross-jurisdictional investigations and gathering and presenting evidence from multiple jurisdictions. Members also have extensive experience of dealing with disclosure of the most sensitive kind including those involving third parties.

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"This set is noted for fraud, professional discipline and general criminal work, and in the past couple of years moved to new premises in the heart of the City of London with a view to acting in high-profile white-collar and business crime matters. Serious in its intent, the set has recently defended British Airways executives in the BA/Virgin Atlantic price-fixing prosecution, prosecuted one of the largest cases brought by the SFO and provided advice to governmental and corporate clients over issues of bribery, money laundering and international sanctions busting." Chambers UK (2013)

"QEB Hollis Whiteman's panoply of silks and juniors gives it the bench strength to advise on the full range of criminal matters."   Its "criminal fraud practice is complemented by strengths in general crime and corporate matters."   Legal 500 (2012)

"City institutions can be assured that they have on their doorstep a strong white-collar crime unit with real pedigree.  Members of the set have been handling business crime and general fraud work for more than 40 years and are well versed in all aspects of the market."  Chambers UK (2012)

“QEB Hollis Whiteman’s criminal fraud practice is complemented by strengths in general crime and corporate matters.” Legal 500 (2012)

QEB Hollis Whiteman offers specialist corporate crime barristers known for their "excellent attention to detail and immense knowledge of all things fraud-related."   Chambers UK (2011)

Notable cases:

Operation Tabernula (Dodgson, Hind, Anderson, Parvizi, Harrison) 2016
Two convicted in the ‘biggest ever insider trading trial’; Mark Ellison instructed by the FCA to prosecute.
Mark Ellison QC | William Boyce QC

R -v- Mahoney (2015)
A Northern Ireland man was sentenced to 4 years in prison at Londonderry Crown Court last week for running an internet pirac
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

R v V (2015)
Former Swift executives acquitted of corruption charges
Rachna Gokani

Operation Cotton (2015)
Operation Cotton: Case Concludes - Sean Larkin QC, Paul Raudnitz and Polly Dyer act for Financial Conduct Authority
Sean Larkin QC | Paul Raudnitz | Polly Dyer

R v Rifat (2015)
Represented the FCA at the sentencing hearing of ex Moore’s Capital trader Julian Rifat
Mark Ellison QC

Operation Tabernula (2015)
The most complex insider dealing investigation undertaken so far by the Financial Services Authority
Mark Ellison QC | Tom Broomfield

R v Nabuguzi & others (Operation Spenser) (2012-Ongoing) (2014)
Commercial scale identity fraud
Paul Raudnitz | Kerry Broome

Mark Ellison represents defendant in SFO $40m corruption case. (2014)
Mark Ellison QC represented Bruce Hall, the co-operating defendant in the SFO's $40m corruption case related to the business
Mark Ellison QC

R v Grover & Arura (2014)
Paul Raudnitz and Caoimhe Daly acted for Brent and Harrow Trading Standards in the prosecution of what is believed to be the
Paul Raudnitz | Caoimhe Daly

R v O and others (2014)
Defence counsel in a case involving the disposal of the proceeds of a £17 million fraud
Nicholas Corsellis

R -v- Somaia (Ketan) (2014)
Successful private prosecution, Ketan Somaia was convicted by a jury of 9 counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception.
William Boyce QC | Rachna Gokani


Edward Henry comments on the future plans of the SFO
Interviewed by Jon Robbins of Lexis Nexis, Ed Henry considers David Green’s recent speech in which he outlined future p 24.9.2014
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LIBOR fixing
Sean Larkin QC considers the forthcoming prosecutions following the action by regulators worldwide and commencement of civil 24.10.2013
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QEB Hollis Whiteman barrister Polly Dyer and HHJ Michael Hopmeier assess the role and likely impact of Deferred Prosecution A 20.9.2013
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OFT Consultation Analysis
OFT's supplementary consultation on proposed changes to its existing guidance note on the handling of applications for lenien 5.11.2012
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Deferred Prosecution Agreements - Draft Legislation Tabled
Deferred Prosecution Agreements - Draft Legislation Tabled - 30.10.12 Earlier this week, the Government tabled legislation t 30.10.2012
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The Bribery Act 2010 - A Short Guide
Sean Larkin QC provides a new short guide to the Bribery Act 2010 8.11.2011
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Global Reference Guide: Fraud & White Collar Crime 2011
Financier Worldwide has released an e-book. Mark Ellison QC comments on the enhanced risk of those involved in running compa 18.5.2011
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Adequate Procedures Handout - Bribery Act 2010
Sean Larkin QC and Rachna Gokani provide further guidance in relation to the Bribery Act 29.9.2010
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Blackstones Guide to the Bribery Act - Rachna Gokani - Contributing Author
QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers are delighted to announce that the long awaited Blackstones Guide to the Bribery Act has been re 23.9.2010

Fighting Bribery; New UK Legislation Explained - Sean Larkin QC
Fighting Bribery; New UK Legislation Explained - Sean Larkin QC in conjunction with Commercial Crime International. 1.4.2010
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