Corporate Crime

A team that has breadth and depth of knowledge of the regulatory and criminal areas that corporates could potentially be exposed to; QEB Hollis Whiteman is justifiably regarded as a one-stop shop in this field.


QEB Hollis Whiteman has an enviable reputation for expertise in representing and advising both large and small companies across a wide spectrum of regulatory and potentially criminal activity.

Our experience, knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice and financial regulatory systems equip our members to provide expert advice before and during investigations to minimise the chance of proceedings being brought. Thereafter we can protect a company's long-term position throughout any litigation, with the aim of keeping legal costs proportionate to the risks.

Our Experience

Our experience is vast, varied and significant, recent examples include: advising a major financial institution regarding self-reporting bribery; acting for a number of major banks related to bribery, major fraud and market abuse, including FOREX and LIBOR; acting for a major investment company and other companies related to Financial Conduct Authority investigations and before the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal; assisting in internal investigations for major accountancy and financial services companies; acting for major oil companies, construction companies and a national airport in relation to health and safety investigations and prosecutions; advising a major oil company as an interested party in an inquest; advising a major internet service provider on data protection issues; acting on corporate compliance, insolvency and statutory reporting issues and investigations; advising on the criminal aspects of tax investigations; and enforcing intellectual property rights on behalf of major international media corporations.

Members of Chambers contribute to the textbooks Fraud: Law, Practice and Procedure and Blackstone's Guide to the Bribery Act 2010. We are routinely involved in consultations and provide various seminars in this field of law.

Our prominent profile in this area is richly deserved.

Recent Cases

R v Palombo (2018) (Euribor)

Sean Larkin QC is defending a former Baclays Bank trader, Carlo Palombo, accused of conspiracy...

SFO v Barclays PLC & Or's (2018)

Ben FitzGerald acts for Barclays and Barclays Bank in the SFO’s prosecution concerning the...

SFO v B & Others (2018)

William Boyce QC and Karen Robinson are instructed to defend one of the Senior Executives of...

SFO v A Global Corporation (2018)

Crispin Aylett QC has been instructed by a Global Corporation who are being investigated by...


Jason Mansell acting for former CEO of Sonali Bank (UK)

Mr Prodhan has referred a Decision Notice issued by the FCA to the Upper Tribunal....


Crispin Aylett QC and Rachna Gokani comment on the UK's first DPA

QEB Hollis Whiteman members Crispin Aylett QC (who represented the SFO in proceedings leading to the UK’s first Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with ICBC Standard Bank Plc) and Rachna Gokani (SFO Approved Counsel) comment on the consequences and...