Alison Geary

Alison Geary's practice focuses on white collar crime involving fraud, bribery, corruption, cartels and money laundering. She acts in Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and World Bank investigations. She acts for both individuals and corporations under investigation. She has been listed in Global Investigations Review's 40 under 40, a list of “accomplished young investigations lawyers who will help shape the future of this fast-evolving area of law.” She was nominated for Best in White Collar at the Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2019, and is recognized as a Future Leader in both Who's Who Legal: Investigations and Chambers and Partners, where she is described as "extremely capable, very well researched and very commercial with her advice." 

Her casework currently includes acting for both individuals and corporations. She is currently acting in a high profile multi-jurisdictional corruption investigation for a corporation and for an individual in the SFO's high-profile investigations into ENRC. She has represented individuals in various benchmark manipulation cases, including acting for FX trader Rohan Ramchandani in both the UK and in his trial and acquittal in the United States Southern District of New York. She has previously acted for high-profile individuals in the SFO's investigation into Rolls Royce and the investigation by the Metropolitan Police into phone hacking.

Ms. Geary has extensive experience conducting internal investigations, often spanning many jurisdictions. She has conducted an investigation for a multi-national firm investigating various allegations of criminal offences committed by senior management, including allegations of sexual offences. She also advised corporations being investigated by the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency and other multi-lateral development banks. This matter was concluded with no action being taken by the World Bank.

Ms. Geary regularly provides commentary on white collar crime matters and has been quoted in publications such as The Times (London), The Guardian and Reuters. She is recommended in the 2015, 2016 and 2018 editions of The Legal 500 UK for white-collar crime.

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  • Global Investigations Review Spotlights Jamie Gorelick, Sharon Cohen Levin and Alison Geary in Women in Investigations 2018 Survey

    Global Investigations Review has included Partners Jamie Gorelick and Sharon Cohen Levin and Counsel Alison Geary on its Women in Investigations 2018 list of lawyers who are “achieving great things in a competitive and notoriously tough area of law.”

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    • Representing a key individual in the FX investigation in the UK and subsequent trial and acquittal in the United States
    • Representing an individual in relation to the SFO's high-profile investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption relating to the activities of ENRC in Africa
    • Representing an individual in the SFO's bribery investigation into a number of individuals at Rolls Royce
    • Acting for a corporation in a high profile multi-jurisdictional corruption investigation for a corporation
    • Acting for a corporation subject to an SFO raid in connection with a widescale corruption investigation
    • Representing an individual in an ongoing SFO investigation relating to creditor fraud
    • Representing a senior manager in relation to the SFO, FCA and DOJ's investigation into LIBOR and EURIBOR manipulation
    • Representing an investment bank subject to a multi-jurisdictional investigation relating to investor fraud
    • Representing a senior manager at a company currently subject to an ongoing investigation by the European Commission
    • Representing an individual subject to SFO restraint orders in relation to allegations of international fraud
    • Representing an individual in relation to US and UK investigations into a complex algorithmic trading strategy
    • Representing an individual in relation to the investigation by the Metropolitan Police into Phone Hacking
    • Acting for a corporation being investigated by the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency


    • Award Text

      Future Leader

      Who's Who Legal: Investigations—Future Leaders

      2018, 2019

    • Award Text

      40 Under 40 and Top 100 Women in Investigations

      Global Investigations Review

      2017, 2018

    • Award Text

      Financial Crime: Individuals

      Chambers UK


  • Recognized in the 2019–2021 editions of Chambers UK: A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession for her experience in significant SFO cases, alongside international investigations
  • Commended in The Times ‘Best Law Firms 2019’ guide for financial crime, fraud and regulatory
  • Nominated for Best in White Collar Crime at the Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2019
  • Ranked in Global Investigation's Review Women in Investigations 2018 list highlighting "remarkable women in the profession"
  • Recognized as a Future Leader in the 2018 and 2019 editions of Who's Who Legal: Investigations – Future Leaders
  • Named to Global Investigations Review's 2017 “40 Under 40” List
  • Recommended in the 2015, 2016 and 2018 editions of The Legal 500 UK for Crime, fraud and licensing - Fraud: white-collar crime

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  • Education

    • LPC, BPP Law School, 2008

      with distinction
    • BPP Law School, 2007

    • University of Nottingham, 2004

    • BA, Social Policy and Administration

  • Admissions

    • England and Wales, Solicitor