Stephen Pollard


Pollard, Stephen
Stephen Pollard is a seasoned litigator with more than 25 years of experience on the full spectrum of business crime and securities enforcement work. He represents members of the investor community including senior managers, brokers and traders facing allegations of insider trading, market manipulation and market abuse, particularly in proceedings brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). He also has extensive experience in handling high-profile matters requiring press and reputational management.

Mr. Pollard represented the former Barings trader Nick Leeson, as well as a defendant in the FCA's first criminal prosecution for market manipulation. He has particular experience in the defence of financial services fraud, multi-jurisdictional white collar crime allegations, corruption allegations, competition/cartel allegations and internal investigations. Mr. Pollard acted for the former Commercial Director of British Airways in relation to allegations of price fixing, which resulted in an acquittal after the collapse of the trial. He also represented Vincent Tchenguiz in his successful challenge to the SFO investigation relating to the collapse of Kaupthing bank. In 2012, he secured the acquittal of a company director accused by the SFO of conspiring to corrupt the Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam.

He is currently representing a number of individuals in the SFO/DOJ LIBOR and FX investigations, and in a number of DOJ/SEC investigations into alleged corruption. He also has clients in the current SFO investigations into Barclays (payments to Qatar), Alstom (alleged corruption), ENRC (alleged corruption in Africa), Serco (alleged overcharging), and Bertling and Rolls Royce (alleged corruption). He is involved in a number of internal investigations for corporate clients.

Mr. Pollard speaks regularly on criminal and regulatory issues.

Honors & Awards

Chambers 100 UK, a list that identifies the top 100 lawyers in the UK who excel in both technical legal ability and in client service, named Mr. Pollard in its 2013 rankings. Mr. Pollard is also one of only two “Band 1” individuals recommended for white collar crime fraud work in Chambers UK, with sources describing him as an “excellent tactician” and an “exceptional practitioner” with “an excellent track record of acting on behalf of individuals in high profile investigations conducted by regulators.”

The 2017 edition of Chambers UK described Mr. Pollard as "a phenomenal tactician" who is "a highly intelligent, very calm man" who can "assess all evidential developments quickly and rationally," and is "a skilled operator" with a "very shrewd, very good understanding of how to deal with cases." Past editions of Chambers UK described Mr. Pollard as "very, very bright and energetic, has the right level of involvement and is very quick to take in information." The guides report he is "highly talented," "'brilliant'" and "is 'very sophisticated in his advice, and he gives a lot of thought to legal and tactical situations.'" He was also commended for his "grasp of the way to deal with individual clients under great stress," and sources reported "he has got marvellous strategic sense, so he can see beyond his own client and the politics of the matter," and is "legendary … He has the perfect combination of commercial litigation skills and a criminal law background, and always fights his client's corner well,” and he “offer[s] a Rolls-Royce criminal fraud service.” He is also listed as a leading practitioner for his financial services work and cartel defence practice.

In the 2013-2016 editions of The Legal 500 UK, Mr. Pollard is described by clients as a "polished and dedicated class-act," "simply the best man to have in a crisis," "excellent at representing individuals," and a "consummate professional" who is "vastly experienced" and "highly tactical." He is recommended as an "elite" individual in the corporate and commercial - financial services and crime, and fraud and licensing - fraud categories, and was also recognized in previous editions.

Mr. Pollard was honored by Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom as the 2012 and 2014 London Fraud Lawyer of the Year, and is consistently recognized in the financial services, litigation and fraud practice areas.

Mr. Pollard was selected by clients and peers as being among the world's most highly regarded investigations lawyers in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of Global Investigations Review's Who's Who Legal: Investigations, and was also recognized in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of The International Who's Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers. Sources recently said he is "simply excellent" and "boasts a brilliant track record."


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LPC, University of the West of England, 1982

BA, Jurisprudence, Pembroke College, Oxford University, 1980

Bar Admissions

England and Wales, Solicitor





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