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. 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).


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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


November 24, 2015

High Court Reaffirms the Broad Scope of Legal Advice Privilege

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

November 23, 2015

Watchdog's waiting game

An article by Elly Proudlock, published by The Law Society Gazette on November 23, 2015.

November 6, 2015

FCA and PRA bolster protection for whistleblowers in the financial industry

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

October 30, 2015

Chambers UK 2016 Recognizes WilmerHale for Outstanding Work and Reputation

Chambers UK: A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2016 ranked five WilmerHale lawyers and two practices for outstanding work and reputation.

October 30, 2015

The FCA’s approach to anti-money laundering

An article by Elly Proudlock, published by LexisNexis.

October 26, 2015

Adequate Procedures—The Current State of Play

An article by Christopher David and Michael Roach, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

September 29, 2015

Plans to Reform Corporate Criminal Liability Shelved by UK Government

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

September 18, 2015

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP Named a Top-Tier Firm by The Legal 500 UK

In the 2015 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 six other practice areas.

September 8, 2015

Case Note: Market Abuse Proceedings in the High Court

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

September 1, 2015

Corruption Risk in the Construction Industry

An article by Lloyd Firth, published by Build magazine on September 1, 2015.


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