Business Crime: Corporations

“City institutions can be assured that they now 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. They regularly involve themselves in causes célèbres of the day, as illustrated by their appearance in the OFT British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fare-fixing case, the FSA ‘pharmaceuticals’ case and the SFO investigation into sanctions busting in Iraq.” Chambers Directory 2012.

QEB Hollis Whiteman has an enviable reputation for expertise in representing and advising companies, corporations and individual company directors involved in criminal litigation.

Barristers have acted on behalf of businessmen, accountants, solicitors, brokers, professional advisors and companies.

Experience, knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system means that members are uniquely placed to advise throughout. Members can provide expert advice before any charges are laid, to minimise the chances of a criminal prosecution ever being brought. In the event that a criminal prosecution is commenced, the aim is to protect a company's long-term position. Expert advice and representation can be provided throughout any litigation, with the aim of keeping legal costs proportionate to the risks faced by individuals and companies.

Members have advised and appeared in cases involving:

  • Serious corporate fraud
  • Anti-competitive behaviour
  • Corporate compliance
  • Corporate manslaughter and other offences against the person.
  • Bribery and corruption offences
  • Tax frauds
  • Sanctions offences
  • Regulatory breaches
  • Product Liability
  • Intellectual Property

and are familiar with the obligations and responsibilities facing directors and senior management.

Our barristers advise and represent those under investigation by the Financial Services Authority and the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal. In addition, members have considerable expertise advising clients in money-laundering legislation, offences and notification requirements.

With wealth and breadth of experience in financial and corporate crime as well as regulatory and disciplinary matters, members are well-equipped to tailor the appropriate barrister or team of barristers to client's specific needs. Chambers is expert in the management of document-heavy cases, in electronic preparation and presentation and in managing the involvement of professional experts.

Members of chambers contribute to Fraud, Law Practice and Procedure and Blackstone's Guide to the Bribery Act 2010 and also regularly contribute to consultations and provide seminars in this field of law.

Notable cases:

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

R v Williamson and Malden Plumbing and Heating Ltd (2012)
Complex three month corporate manslaughter case at the Central Criminal Court.
Edward Brown QC

R v M (2012)
Workplace death
Sean Larkin QC

Mabey & Johnson Ltd (2011)
Corporate sanctions busting
Peter Finnigan QC

British Airways / Virgin Price-Fixing Trial (2010)
First trial of cartel offence under Enterprise Act
William Boyce QC | Adrian Darbishire QC

R v Eaton & Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings Limited (2010)
First ever prosecution under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007
Mark Ellison QC | Adrian Darbishire QC

R v Network Rail & others
The Hatfield Rail Crash
Sean Larkin QC | Adrian Darbishire QC | Selva Ramasamy

Blue Arrow
High-profile, complex corporate fraud
John Hilton QC | Peter Finnigan QC


Corporate Manslaughter
An introduction to the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 24.3.2009
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Aspects of the Section 188 Cartel Offences
Adrian Darbishire discusses aspects of the Cartel Offence, section 188 of the Enterprise Act. 27.2.2007

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