UK Investigations and Criminal Litigation LITIGATION/CONTROVERSY

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.

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).


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Jonas, Stephen A.

Stephen A. Jonas

Co-Chair, Investigations and Criminal Litigation Practice Group

+1 617 526 6144 (t)

Pollard, Stephen

Stephen Pollard


+44 (0)20 7872 1006 (t)

David, Christopher

Christopher David


+44 (0)20 7872 1015 (t)

Proudlock, Elly

Elly Proudlock


+44 (0)20 7872 1016 (t)

Geary, Alison

Alison Geary

Senior Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1036 (t)


David Rundle

Senior Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1607 (t)

Firth, Lloyd

Lloyd Firth


+44 (0)20 7872 1014 (t)

Roach, Michael

Michael Roach


+44 (0)20 7872 1608 (t)

Publications & News


February 19, 2015

Ten Major Financial Institutions Sign Up to Share Information on Suspicious Activity with UK Authorities

Keith Bristow, Director General of the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), has announced a far-reaching information sharing agreement between 10 major financial institutions and the NCA aimed at tackling money laundering within the UK financial services industry.

October 3, 2014

The Legal 500 UK Honors WilmerHale with Top Rankings in 2014 Edition

The Legal 500, the United Kingdom's guide to outstanding lawyers, has again selected WilmerHale as a top-tier law firm in dispute resolution - international arbitration, and highly recommends the firm in nine other categories. The guide also names three lawyers to its "leading individuals" list, and recognizes a total of eight of the firm’s London-based lawyers

October 1, 2014

Bribery and corruption: negotiated settlements in a global enforcement environment

An article by Elly Proudlock and Christopher David, published by Practical Law on October 1, 2014. Read the article here.

October 1, 2014

Sentencing of Corporate Offenders in the UK: A Practical Guide

On 1 October 2014, the Sentencing Council's Definitive Guideline for Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering Offences came into force, providing for the first time a framework for the sentencing of corporate offenders in the UK.

June 16, 2014

UK Banking Regulation Addressed in Mansion House Speech

The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivered a speech on the state of the British economy, as is customary at the Lord Mayor of London’s annual dinner. In the wake of a number of high-profile investigations into the fixed income, commodity and currency markets, Mr. Osborne announced a number of proposals to strengthen UK banking regulation.

May 21, 2014

UK: Updated BBA Anti-Bribery and Corruption Guidance Launched

On 6 May 2014, The British Bankers’ Association published its updated Anti-Bribery and Corruption Guidance (“the Guidance”). When first published in December 2011, the Guidance provided advice to the banking industry on the establishment and implementation of adequate policies and procedures required to meet the legal and regulatory requirements arising from the UK Bribery Act 2010. The Guidance has now been expanded to incorporate additional regulatory expectations, focusing primarily on those of the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”).

February 24, 2014

UK Deferred Prosecution Agreements: A Practical Guide

The introduction of Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the UK has been hotly anticipated and the law finally comes into force today.

December 19, 2013

The Lawyer Ranks WilmerHale Among Top 10 Global Litigation Practices

The Lawyer has ranked WilmerHale among the top 10 litigation practices in the world in this year's list of the Global Litigation Top 50—an annual analysis of which of the world's largest firms are generating the most fee income from disputes.

December 10, 2013

Serious Fraud Office Dahdaleh Trial Collapses

On December 10, 2013, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) offered no evidence in its case against Victor Dahdaleh in relation to allegations of bribery and corruption. With the SFO not presenting any evidence, the judge at Southwark Crown Court in London instructed the jury to return verdicts of not guilty on all eight charges. The jury was then discharged.

November 6, 2013

Chambers Recognizes Top WilmerHale UK Lawyers and Practices

Chambers UK: A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2014 ranked six WilmerHale lawyers and one practice for outstanding work and reputation.


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") comes 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") earlier this year, contains a ten-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 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 Deferred Prosecution Agreements 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