'Brings high levels of expertise and experience of UK and international jurisdictions to its provision of advice and representation' Legal 500 2016
'Regularly sought out to handle high-profile matters' Chambers UK 2017
'Frequently called upon by key investigating authorities such as the SFO and FCA to act in significant matters' Chambers UK 2015
Corporate & Financial Crime
The go-to set for corporate and financial crime, QEB Hollis Whiteman has been and continues to be involved in almost every high-profile case within this field; we are frequently at the forefront of ground-breaking decisions and changes in the law.
QEB Hollis Whiteman is a widely-acknowledged leader in corporate and financial crime, ranked in Tier 1 in Chambers UK for Financial Crime and with a proven track record both home and abroad for prosecuting and defending individuals and corporates. We act from a case’s inception, pre-charge, through to the top tier of our legal system, in appeal. Members of all levels of seniority are consistently ranked as leaders in the field.
Chambers is equipped with a group of highly talented barristers whose experience of corporate offending, financial regulation, and bribery and corruption ensures that they are astute to every argument and responsive to every requirement of their clients. Counsel act regularly for agencies such as the SFO and FCA in high-profile cases. They also work with top-tier national and international law firms representing individuals and multinationals. This breadth of experience means they are always attuned to the tactics of their opponents.
Members of Chambers are adept at managing complex cases (often from the investigation stage) overlapping with civil and commercial law. All counsel practising in this field have considerable experience in cross-jurisdictional investigations and presenting evidence from multiple jurisdictions. Members also have extensive experience of disclosure.
Members of Chambers have acted in many of the most significant corporate and financial crime cases of recent years, examples include: instructed for the prosecution and numerous defendants in the SFO’s investigation and prosecution of French multinational engineering giant Alstom for corruption offences; successfully defended Ryan Reich in the US dollar Libor rigging trial; instructed to defend in the investigation into Euribor rate manipulation; instructed to defend various individuals and a global corporation in an investigation into whether dealings between the corporation and a sovereign wealth fund involved bribery and corruption at the highest level; instructed for various senior parties in the investigation into corruption at Rolls-Royce; instructed to defend Tesco directors accused of fraud in relation to the supermarket's £263m accounting scandal; successfully prosecuted the FCA’s largest ever market abuse trial of Operation Tabernula; prosecuted in the first (Standard Bank plc) and second (XYZ Ltd) Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the UK; advised firms and individuals in relation to more than 120 FCA enforcement investigations and associated proceedings in the RDC, Upper Tribunal and High Court; instructed in the first successful prosecution by the SFO of a company involved in overseas corruption and breaches of sanctions relating to the Iraq ‘Oil for Food’ programme in Mabey & Johnson; successfully defended two individuals prosecuted by the OFT in the first trial of a cartel offence under s188 Enterprise Act in the Virgin/BA price-fixing trial; successfully defended in a sanctions case involving the alleged trade of high-tech arms to Iraq.
There is not an area in this field that the corporate and financial crime team have not explored; we have unrivalled expertise and talent.
'Delivering quality at every level.' Chambers UK (2018)
'It has the benefit of a fantastic corporate City premises and represents an impressive set-up that is perfect for blue-chip, white-collar crime clients.' Chambers UK (2018)
'The very talented barristers here are known for their superior advocacy skills and their approachability.' Chambers UK (2017)
'Highly respected set that has considerable understanding of the interplay between crime and regulatory work. It is regularly sought out to handle high-profile matters.' Chambers UK (2017)
'An exceptional, ‘top-end’ set with a long-standing reputation for professionalism and efficiency.' Chambers UK (2017)
'A very fine set of chambers with “high-calibre counsel,” who “clearly know what they are doing and don’t waste your time."' Chambers UK (2016)
'Offers an impressive breadth of expertise in financial crime.' Chambers UK (2016)
'The set has ‘a very impressive depth of counsel’; it is ‘ahead of the curve in terms of identifying new legal areas and developments in the market’, and continues to attract leading names.' Legal 500 (2016)
'Members continue to appear in groundbreaking trials including LIBOR fixing and money laundering cases.' Legal 500 (2016)
SFO v XYZ (2016)
Zoe Johnson QC led Paul Raudnitz in the second ever deferred prosecution agreement which set the bench mark for such agreements and was approved by the Court in June 2016.
Luton Airport Operations LTD
Mark Ellison QC instructed to defend London Luton Airport Operations Ltd in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive related to a death outside the terminal.
British Airways / Virgin Price-Fixing Trial (2010)
William Boyce QC was Instructed by British Airways PLC in the first trial of of a charge under the cartel offence (section 188, Enterprise Act). The prosecution offered no evidence and all defendants were acquitted.
SFO Saudi Corruption Investigation
Mark Ellison QC Instructed to advise the director of Airbus Industries subsidiary in relation to SFO corruption investigation related to Saudi National Guard contract payments.
Sean Larkin QC and Jocelyn Ledward successfully represented the former Chief Executive Officer...
Mark Ellison QC is currently advising a former senior employee of Rolls...
Ben FitzGerald appears for the prosecution against two defendants admitted perverting the course...
Part 2 of a special two part analysis by Nicholas Griffin QC, Jason Mansell, Tom Broomfield and Rhys Meggy.
Part 1 of a special two part analysis by Nicholas Griffin QC, Jason Mansell, Tom Broomfield and Rhys Meggy.