Leila Gaafar

Leila Gaafar advises on all aspects of white collar crime and regulatory and criminal investigations. Her practice focuses particularly on matters involving allegations of bribery and corruption. 

Ms. Gaafar has represented clients in investigations and enforcement proceedings initiated by the Serious Fraud Office, the UK Financial Conduct Authority, the National Crime Agency and the US Department of Justice. Ms. Gaafar has a broad base of both civil and criminal trial experience, and has represented both witnesses and suspects at trial.  

Ms. Gaafar is currently instructed by senior individuals in a number of Serious Fraud Office investigations. She recently represented the former chief compliance officer of Alstom, Jean-Daniel Lainé, who was acquitted at retrial of corruption offences. She also represents several witnesses in connection with a joint Serious Fraud Office and US Department of Justice corruption investigation. Ms. Gaafar has represented multiple individuals in regulatory and enforcement proceedings brought by the Financial Conduct Authority. In addition to these individual representations, Ms. Gaafar has considerable experience representing large corporations, particularly financial institutions, in complex cross-border investigations.

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  • Education

    • Legal Practice Course, BPP University, 2013

    • Graduate Diploma, Law, BPP University, 2012

    • BA, English and Modern Languages, University of Oxford, Magdalen College, 2011

  • Admissions

    • England and Wales, Solicitor

  • Languages

    • French

    • Spanish