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

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

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Alison Geary

Counsel

+44 (0)20 7872 1036 (t)

alison.geary@wilmerhale.com

Firth, Lloyd

Lloyd Firth

Senior Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1014 (t)

lloyd.firth@wilmerhale.com

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David Rundle

Senior Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1607 (t)

david.rundle@wilmerhale.com

Gaafar, Leila

Leila Gaafar

Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1053 (t)

leila.gaafar@wilmerhale.com

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Anna Gaudoin

Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1016 (t)

anna.gaudoin@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), Barclays (payments to Qatar), Alstom (alleged corruption), Serco (alleged overcharging), ENRC (alleged corruption), Rio Tinto (alleged corruption) and a member of the separate investigations connected to corruption investigation into Unaoil.

Publications & News

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October 17, 2017

Culture and conduct through the lens of the UK's Senior Managers and Certification Regime

An article by Lloyd Firth and Anna Gaudoin, published by Economia and on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

October 12, 2017

The Legal 500 UK Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2017 Edition

In the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 UK, WilmerHale is named a top-tier firm for dispute resolution - international arbitration and crime, fraud and licensing - fraud: white-collar crime, and is recommended in four other practice areas. The guide also names five partners to its "Leading lawyers" list, and recognizes a total of 11 of the firm's London-based lawyers.

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 15, 2017

Alison Geary Named to Global Investigations Review's “40 Under 40” List

London-based Counsel Alison Geary has been named to Global Investigations Review's prestigious “40 Under 40” listing of the world's leading young investigations lawyers.

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.

August 4, 2017

A Tired Proposal: Should We Worry (Yet Again) About the Future of the UK's Serious Fraud Office?

An article by Alison Geary and Lloyd Firth, published in Of Counsel, discusses the perceived precarious future of the Serious Fraud Office.

June 2, 2017

The Law Society: Restoring Balance in Criminal Investigations?

A blog post by Michael Roach, published 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.

May 15, 2017

WilmerHale, Waivers and When to Stop Investigating

In this interview with GIR, Boyd Johnson and Stephen Pollard discuss how the WilmerHale's investigations practice has developed over the past five years, and how they foresee the law and practice of investigations taking shape over the next five years. This article was first published on GIR's website.

May 8, 2017

Cyber-resilience—a repeated regulatory message

A blog post by David Rundle, 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 and 2017 editions of the Chambers UK guide, with clients saying they are "very pleased with the service and relationship" and that 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