UK Investigations and Criminal Litigation LITIGATION/CONTROVERSY

Our UK Investigations and Criminal Litigation lawyers advise on all aspects of criminal and regulatory investigations, working across jurisdictions on white-collar crime matters such as fraud, insider dealing, market abuse, bribery and corruption, cartel defence, and corporate investigations. We are experienced in acting for multinational companies, corporate executives, high-ranking public officials and in-house counsel. We deal with investigations by a wide range of agencies and prosecution authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the National Crime Agency (NCA), the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), as well as overseas agencies such as the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The UK group is headed by Stephen Pollard, a highly experienced practitioner who is widely recognised as one of the leading white collar defence lawyers in the UK. Pollard and his team have particular experience in the defence of financial services fraud, multi-jurisdictional white-collar crime allegations, corruption allegations, criminal cartel allegations and sanctions/export control work. The UK team works closely with colleagues in the United States and Europe to provide a seamless global service. The group also has experience in conducting internal corporate investigations on behalf of companies that suspect employee misconduct or where there is a risk of exposure to a formal criminal or regulatory investigation.

The team is currently instructed on most of the significant SFO and FCA matters including the investigations into manipulation of benchmarks (Libor and FX), Barclays (payments to Qatar), Alstom (alleged corruption), G4S and ENRC (alleged corruption in Africa).


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Jonas, Stephen A.

Stephen A. Jonas

Chair, Investigations and Criminal Litigation Practice Group

+1 617 526 6144 (t)

Pollard, Stephen

Stephen Pollard


+44 (0)20 7872 1006 (t)

David, Christopher

Christopher David

Senior Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1015 (t)

Geary, Alison

Alison Geary

Senior Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1036 (t)

Proudlock, Elly

Elly Proudlock

Senior Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1016 (t)


David Rundle


+44 (0)20 7872 1607 (t)

Publications & News


June 16, 2014

UK Banking Regulation Addressed in Mansion House Speech

The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivered a speech on the state of the British economy, as is customary at the Lord Mayor of London’s annual dinner. In the wake of a number of high-profile investigations into the fixed income, commodity and currency markets, Mr. Osborne announced a number of proposals to strengthen UK banking regulation.

May 21, 2014

UK: Updated BBA Anti-Bribery and Corruption Guidance Launched

On 6 May 2014, The British Bankers’ Association published its updated Anti-Bribery and Corruption Guidance (“the Guidance”). When first published in December 2011, the Guidance provided advice to the banking industry on the establishment and implementation of adequate policies and procedures required to meet the legal and regulatory requirements arising from the UK Bribery Act 2010. The Guidance has now been expanded to incorporate additional regulatory expectations, focusing primarily on those of the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”).

February 24, 2014

UK Deferred Prosecution Agreements: A Practical Guide

The introduction of Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the UK has been hotly anticipated and the law finally comes into force today.

December 19, 2013

The Lawyer Ranks WilmerHale Among Top 10 Global Litigation Practices

The Lawyer has ranked WilmerHale among the top 10 litigation practices in the world in this year's list of the Global Litigation Top 50—an annual analysis of which of the world's largest firms are generating the most fee income from disputes.

December 10, 2013

Serious Fraud Office Dahdaleh Trial Collapses

On December 10, 2013, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) offered no evidence in its case against Victor Dahdaleh in relation to allegations of bribery and corruption. With the SFO not presenting any evidence, the judge at Southwark Crown Court in London instructed the jury to return verdicts of not guilty on all eight charges. The jury was then discharged.

November 6, 2013

Chambers Recognizes Top WilmerHale UK Lawyers and Practices

Chambers UK: A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2014 ranked six WilmerHale lawyers and one practice for outstanding work and reputation.

September 30, 2013

WilmerHale Receives “Top Tier” Ranking in 2013 Legal 500 UK

The Legal 500, the United Kingdom's guide to outstanding lawyers, has announced its annual rankings selecting WilmerHale as a top tier law firm in dispute resolution - international arbitration, and highly recommending the firm in nine other categories.

September 20, 2013

WilmerHale Response to Deferred Prosecution Agreements: Consultation on Draft Code of Practice

A response by Stephen Pollard, Christopher David, Alison Geary, Elly Proudlock and Kelly Thomson.

August 15, 2013

UK Bribery Act Prosecutions

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) has brought charges under the UK Bribery Act 2010 for the first time.

July 15, 2013

Gary Born and Stephen Pollard Ranked Among The Chambers 100 UK

Partners Gary Born and Stephen Pollard in the firm’s London office have been ranked highly in the 2013 edition of The Chambers 100—a new list that ranks the top lawyers throughout the United Kingdom.

DPA Guide

Deferred Prosecution Agreements: A Practical GuideThe introduction of Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the UK has been hotly anticipated and on 24 February 2014 the law finally came into force.

Our practical, working guide covers the process through which Deferred Prosecution Agreements are offered, arranged and, if breached, terminated. The guide also explores current DPA trends in the United States.

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