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

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David Rundle

Counsel

+44 (0)20 7872 1607 (t)

david.rundle@wilmerhale.com

Firth, Lloyd

Lloyd Firth

Senior 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

Anna Gaudoin

Anna Gaudoin

Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1016 (t)

anna.gaudoin@wilmerhale.com

Saugman, Fred

Frederick Saugman

Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1000 (t)

frederick.saugman@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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May 17, 2018

UK Parliamentary committee hears evidence during economic crime inquiry

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

April 25, 2018

FCA Enforcement - Five Years on

A blog post by David Rundle, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

April 25, 2018

Judging the Financial Conduct Authority 5 Years On

In this Law360 article, David Rundle analyzes the Financial Conduct Authority's performance since its creation five years ago, and identifies some principal challenges it may face over the next five years.

April 24, 2018

The Financial Conduct Authority's 2018/19 Business Plan

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

March 16, 2018

Lauri Love: The Forum Bar Shows Its Mettle

A blog post by Frederick Saugman, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

March 5, 2018

UK financial regulators respond to the rise of the robots

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

February 21, 2018

Case note: Bilta v RBS

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

February 7, 2018

Trouble on the horizon: what ENISA’s Report tells us about the threat of data breaches

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

February 2, 2018

UK House of Lords rejects public beneficial ownership registers for British Overseas Territories

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

January 4, 2018

How UK may be forced out of Europol

An article by Leila Gafaar, published by The Law Society Gazette and 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 and Financial Crime: Individuals in the 2016-2018 editions of the guide, with clients saying the firm is "renowned" and has "considerable experience [with] white-collar crime matters, including SFO work." Clients say 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 ranked No. 1 on the 2017 GIR 30 list of the world's leading investigations and compliance practices, and in 2016, we were named GIR's “Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year.” WilmerHale ranked second on the 2015 and 2016 GIR 30 lists.
  • 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