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Leila Gaafar

Associate

Gaafar, Leila

Leila Gaafar's practice focuses on UK white collar crime and regulatory and criminal investigations, predominantly 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 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and H.M. Revenue and Customs. Ms Gaafar also 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 relation to the Serious Fraud Office investigations into alleged corruption at Alstom and Rolls Royce. As well as these individual representations, Ms Gaafar has experience representing large corporations, particularly banks, in both internal and external investigations.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms Gaafar worked in the dispute resolution group in the London office of an international law firm, where she handled regulatory disputes and litigation. This work included advising a major bank on the UK aspects of a global regulatory investigation, and acting for a client in a high-profile defamation trial, which involved allegations of fraudulent accounting.

Publications & News

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November 8, 2017

A better view of “A Better View”: What Steward's speech tells us about the future of FCA investigations

A blog post by Leila Gaafar, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog on November 8, 2017.

September 19, 2017

Criminal justice: How best to stop economic crime

An article by Lloyd Firth and Leila Gafaar, published by The Law Society Gazette and on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

September 7, 2017

The likely replacement for Libor may be just as prone to abuse

An article by Leila Gafaar, published by City A.M. and on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

May 23, 2017

An overview of the OECD's Phase 4 Report on the UK's implementation of the Anti-Bribery Convention: Part II

A blog post by Leila Gaafar, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog on May 23, 2017.

April 26, 2017

An overview of the OECD's Phase 4 Report on the UK's implementation of the Anti-Bribery Convention: Part I

A blog post by Leila Gaafar, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog on April 26, 2017.

February 28, 2017

Anticipating 'Good Conduct Regulation' In The UK

A blog post by David Rundle and Leila Gaafar, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog and by Law360 on February 28, 2017.

January 31, 2017

Government’s Response to IDC Report Hints at the Direction of Future Anti-Corruption Policy

A blog post by Leila Gaafar and Michael Roach, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

November 14, 2016

Money talks: should the UK introduce financial incentives for whistleblowers?

A blog post by Leila Gaafar, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. U.K. blog.

May 26, 2016

The Inside Scoop: What does Tabernula tell us about the future of criminal insider dealing enforcement in the UK?

A blog post by Leila Gaafar, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

February 25, 2016

Court in Bloody Sunday case applies “necessity” threshold for lawful arrest

A blog post by Leila Gaafar, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

Practices

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Education

Legal Practice Course, BPP, 2013

Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP, 2012

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

Bar Admissions

England and Wales

Languages

French

Spanish

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