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 are experienced in acting for multinational companies, corporate executives, high-ranking public officials and in-house counsel. We deal with 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. 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. For insight and analysis from the group on all aspects of UK white-collar, investigations and regulatory enforcement topics, visit our WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.
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), G4S and ENRC (alleged corruption in Africa).