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

NCA v M (2019)

Successfully resisted a £500,000 account freezing order application brought against a...

West Yorkshire Police v Y (2019)

Challenging an account forfeiture order brought against a Chinese...

Tom Broomfield: FCA v Abdel-Malek & Choucair

On Thursday 27th June, former UBS compliance officer, Fabiana Abdel-Malek, and trader Walid...

Re: Chevron Pembroke Explosion

Mark Ellison QC acted for Chevron in relation to the lengthy police and HSE investigations related...


French DPAs - considering the first guidelines

This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Corporate Crime on 24 July 2019.    Corporate Crime analysis: Kathryn Hughes takes a closer look at the first guidelines on the convention judiciaire d'intérêt public...

Using impact statements for business in corporate and financial criminal cases

Nicholas Griffin QC and Kyan Pucks outline the benefits of corporate crime practitioners utilising ISBs in the interest of their clients. The article which was published by LexisNexis can be viewed here .   ...


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....