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).

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

David, Christopher

Christopher David

Counsel

+44 (0)20 7872 1015 (t)

christopher.david@wilmerhale.com

Proudlock, Elly

Elly Proudlock

Counsel

+44 (0)20 7872 1016 (t)

elly.proudlock@wilmerhale.com

Geary, Alison

Alison Geary

Senior Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1036 (t)

alison.geary@wilmerhale.com

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David Rundle

Senior Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1607 (t)

david.rundle@wilmerhale.com

Firth, Lloyd

Lloyd Firth

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

Roach, Michael

Michael Roach

Associate

+44 (0)20 7872 1608 (t)

michael.roach@wilmerhale.com

Publications & News

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February 4, 2016

Wiretaps: The forbidden fruit

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

January 28, 2016

LIBOR acquittals are a blow to the SFO, but not a fatal one

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

January 28, 2016

Ruling on Historic Foreign Corruption May Have Implications for Other Pending SFO Cases

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

January 25, 2016

FCA Powers Used at the Request of Overseas Regulators: A practical summary

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

January 21, 2016

Prison Rules: Unwarranted and self-authorised surveillance of prisoners' legal consultations

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

December 21, 2015

Recent developments strengthen the position of the SFO

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

December 18, 2015

A festive gift and a missed opportunity: the real tale of the UK’s first DPA

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

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.

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") 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.

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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