UK Investigations and Criminal Litigation LITIGATION/CONTROVERSY

Multinational companies, corporate executives, high-ranking public officials and in-house counsel rely on our preeminent practice and depth of experience when facing complex and challenging criminal and regulatory investigations.


Our UK Investigations and Criminal Litigation lawyers advise on all aspects of criminal and regulatory investigations, working across jurisdictions on white-collar crime matters such as fraud, insider dealing, market abuse, bribery and corruption, cartel defence, and corporate investigations. We counsel clients through investigations by a wide range of agencies and prosecution authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the National Crime Agency (NCA), the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), as well as overseas agencies such as the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The UK group is headed by Stephen Pollard, a highly experienced practitioner who is widely recognised as one of the leading white-collar defence lawyers in the UK. Mr. Pollard and his team have particular experience in the defence of financial services fraud, multi-jurisdictional white-collar crime allegations, corruption allegations, criminal cartel allegations and sanctions/export control work. The UK team works closely with colleagues in the United States and Europe to provide a seamless global service. The group also has experience in conducting internal corporate investigations on behalf of companies that suspect employee misconduct or where there is a risk of exposure to a formal criminal or regulatory investigation.

The team's insight and analysis on all aspects of UK white-collar, investigations and regulatory enforcement can be seen on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog and on Twitter @WHWhiteCollarUK.

Contacts

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Jonas, Stephen A.

Stephen A. Jonas

Co-Chair, Investigations and Criminal Litigation Practice Group

+1 617 526 6144 (t)

stephen.jonas@wilmerhale.com

Pollard, Stephen

Stephen Pollard

Partner

+44 (0)20 7872 1006 (t)

stephen.pollard@wilmerhale.com

David, Christopher

Christopher David

Counsel

+44 (0)20 7872 1015 (t)

christopher.david@wilmerhale.com

Proudlock, Elly

Elly Proudlock

Counsel

+44 (0)20 7872 1016 (t)

elly.proudlock@wilmerhale.com

Geary, Alison

Alison Geary

Senior Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1036 (t)

alison.geary@wilmerhale.com

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David Rundle

Senior Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1607 (t)

david.rundle@wilmerhale.com

Firth, Lloyd

Lloyd Firth

Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1014 (t)

lloyd.firth@wilmerhale.com

Gaafar, Leila

Leila Gaafar

Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1053 (t)

leila.gaafar@wilmerhale.com

Roach, Michael

Michael Roach

Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1608 (t)

michael.roach@wilmerhale.com

Experience

The team is currently instructed on most of the significant SFO and FCA matters, including the investigations into manipulation of benchmarks (Libor and FX), Tesco (accounting irregularities), Barclays (payments to Qatar), Alstom (alleged corruption), Serco (alleged overcharging) and ENRC (alleged corruption in Africa).

Publications & News

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April 25, 2016

A transatlantic consideration of recent developments in corporate self-reporting

A blog post by Lloyd Firth, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog and also by Practical Law Business Crime and Investigations

April 12, 2016

An Analysis of the UK’s New Register of Beneficial Owners

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

April 11, 2016

Testing The 5th: Compelled Testimony From Foreign Regulators

A blog post by David Rundle, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog and by Law360 on April 11, 2016.

March 23, 2016

Chambers Global 2016 Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices

Chambers Global has named 28 WilmerHale lawyers among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business” in its 2016 edition. Additionally, the firm is ranked in 15 practice areas that span five regions.

March 17, 2016

The devil is in the detail: call for global standards for corporate settlements in foreign bribery cases

A blog post by Lloyd Firth, 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.

February 16, 2016

Divisional Court Confirms Lawfulness of SFO Procedures for Isolating Privileged Material

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

February 4, 2016

Wiretaps: The forbidden fruit

A blog post by Lloyd Firth, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

January 28, 2016

LIBOR acquittals are a blow to the SFO, but not a fatal one

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

January 28, 2016

Ruling on Historic Foreign Corruption May Have Implications for Other Pending SFO Cases

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

Recognition

  • Chambers UK: A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession - WilmerHale is ranked for Financial Crime: Corporates – London in the 2016 edition of the Chambers UK guide, which says WilmerHale has a "strong global white-collar crime practice recognised for its work representing clients in major SFO investigations [and they] counsel an array of corporates and individuals from various sectors including media, technology and banking."
  • The Legal 500 UK - In the 2015 edition, WilmerHale is named a top-tier firm for crime, fraud and licensing - fraud: white-collar crime.
  • Global Investigations Review (GIR) - WilmerHale's investigations practice was placed second in GIR's 2015 list of the 30 leading global investigations and compliance practices.
  • Chambers Global - WilmerHale is ranked in the 2016 edition for corporate investigations and corporate investigations: anti-corruption.
  • Law360 - Ranked WilmerHale number six in its 2015 Securities/White Collar Practice Group Partner rankings, which recognize the 100 largest and most powerful securities and white-collar practices.
  • The Lawyer - Ranked WilmerHale among the top 10 litigation practices in the world in the 2013 list of the Global Litigation Top 50.

Guides

Sentencing of Corporate Offenders in the UK: A Practical GuideSentencing of Corporate Offenders in the UK

On 1 October 2014, the Sentencing Council's Definitive Guideline for Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering Offences (the Guideline) came into force, providing for the first time a framework for the sentencing of corporate offenders in the UK. The Guideline, which was created as part of a package to support the introduction in the UK of Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs), contains a 10-step process to be followed by the criminal courts when sentencing corporations for fraud, bribery and money laundering offences.

This publication aims to provide a practical, working guide to that process, linking the reader to relevant material.

View and print a PDF of the guide

 

Deferred Prosecution Agreements: A Practical GuideDeferred Prosecution Agreements

The introduction of Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPA) in the UK has been hotly anticipated, and on 24 February 2014 the law finally came into force.

Our practical working guide covers the process through which DPAs are offered, arranged and, if breached, terminated. The guide also explores current DPA trends in the United States.

View and print a PDF of the guide