Leila Gaafar

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 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.

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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