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.

Overview

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

The SFO offered no evidence and accepted liability for defence costs today in the trial against ex-Serco executives. Adrian Darbishire QC, Tom Doble and Zara Brawley were for Simon Marshall and Karen Robinson and Katherine Lloyd were for Nicholas Woods.

The SFO offered no evidence and accepted liability for defence costs today in the trial...

Payment Services Regulator v Y Ltd (2020 - 2021)

Selva Ramasamy QC is advising a company in relation to a major investigation by...

News

Articles

"A Trojan Horse? The FCA's Proposals on Reforming the RDC" by Jason Mansell

Jason Mansell is a barrister specialising in FCA litigation.  He has advised firms and individuals in relation to more than 100 FCA enforcement investigations and associated proceedings in the RDC, Upper Tribunal and High Court.  In this...

William Boyce QC speaks about Private Prosecutions on RPC's 'Taxing Matters' podcast

William Boyce QC speaks about Private Prosecutions on RPC's 'Taxing Matters' podcast William Boyce QC was invited by RPC to be their guest speaker in the latest (19 Feb. 2021) episode of their regular ’Taxing Matters’ podcast. ...

The not so long arm of the law - the Supreme Court's decision in R (on the application of KBR, Inc) v Serious Fraud Office [2021] UKSC 2

A Briefing Note by Jason Mansell and Kathryn Hughes . In a long-awaited judgment, the Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the Serious Fraud Office’s (“ SFO ”) claim that its powers under s.2(3) of the Criminal Justice Act 1987...

The Lawyer & Deripaska v Chernukhin: William Boyce QC and Karen Robinson write about their recent experience of a private prosecution for Briefings in The Lawyer

William Boyce QC and Karen Robinson have written in The Lawyer about their recent experience of private prosecution in the case of  Deripaska v Chernukhin and R (on the application of Deripaska) v DPP [2020]. Bill and Karen consider the...