Bribery & Corruption

“The best set for business crime.”

Legal 500 2020

“Three Raymond Buildings boasts an excellent reputation for its expertise…”

Chambers UK 2021

“Amongst the handful of go-to sets…with unparalleled strength in depth.”

Legal 500 2021

“A highly respected chambers with enviable expertise across the full spectrum of financial crime work.”

Chambers UK 2020

"Recognised leader in the field…with great strength in depth and excellent counsel."

Legal 500 2020

Chambers has a long established reputation in bribery and corruption cases. We are regularly instructed to advise upon, prosecute and defend complex and high-profile corruption cases involving criminal allegations, as well as in regulatory and civil cases, judicial reviews and arbitrations.

We are known for our particular expertise in international and overseas corruption cases in which we act for governments, companies and individuals. These cases often result in cross-border investigations and prosecutions, requests for extradition and mutual legal assistance and state immunity issues, areas in which Chambers has an unparalleled reputation. These include cases in the United States, Hong Kong, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

We are frequently instructed in the very early stages of cases, such as during:

  • internal investigations by companies;
  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations;
  • other UK investigations by, eg, CPS, FCA, OFT;
  • foreign investigations and prosecutions (eg, by US authorities).

Our experience in advising and representing parties in domestic and foreign corruption cases and our proficiency in handling complex regulatory and criminal matters mean that we are well positioned to advise companies and individuals about compliance with the Bribery Act 2010 – which created a crime of strict liability for companies whose agents have bribed another anywhere in the world, subject to the defence of ‘adequate procedures’ to prevent bribery.

Members of Chambers also deliver custom-designed training packages on compliance and other issues relating to the legislation.

The first dedicated book on this subject was co-authored by Colin Nicholls QC: Corruption and Misuse of Public Office (1st ed. OUP 2006). In the second edition a chapter on the investigation and prosecution of corruption in the United States was authored by Rachel Barnes (2nd ed. OUP 2011).

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French parent company and prosecutions of UK and Swiss subsidiaries.

Anglo Leasing

SFO investigation of corruption in Kenya; mutual legal assistance request from the Kenyan authorities.

Balfour Beatty

SFO investigation into allegations of bribery over an overseas contract.

Barclays Bank & Qatar Holdings

SFO and FCA investigations.

BSG Resources Ltd

Corruption investigation re. mining rights in Guinea; judicial review of SFO decisions under letters of request.


Alleged corruption by officials at the International Federation of Football Associations.

Innospec Inc UK

(SFO) and US (DoJ) prosecutions for foreign corruption and sanctions breaches.

Johnson & Johnson

Investigation into bribery committed by an acquired subsidiary in Europe.

Operation Elveden

Various prosecutions of public officials and journalists at The Sun and News of the World for payments for confidential information.

R v Ryjenko & Another

Alleged corrupt official at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

“The best set for business crime.”  Legal 500 2020

“Three Raymond Buildings boasts an excellent reputation for its expertise spanning the full range of financial crime matters.”  Chambers UK 2021

“Amongst the handful of go-to sets for fraud and financial crime, with unparalleled strength in depth.”  Legal 500 2021

“A highly respected chambers with enviable expertise across the full spectrum of financial crime work.”  Chambers UK 2020

“Recognised leader in the field of financial crime, with great strength in depth and excellent counsel.”  Legal 500 2020

“Highly experienced trial advocates who handle a broad gamut of business and financial crime cases.”  Legal 500 2020

Bribery & Corruption barristers

Queen's Counsel

James Lewis QC

Call: 1987 / QC: 2002

Barrister - James Lewis QC

Hugo Keith QC

Call: 1989 / QC: 2009

Barrister - Hugo Keith QC

Richard Horwell QC

Call: 1976 / QC: 2006

Barrister - Richard Horwell QC

Michael Borrelli QC

Call: 1977 / QC: 2000

Barrister - Michael Borrelli QC

Trevor Burke QC

Call: 1981 / QC: 2001

Barrister - Trevor Burke QC

Michael Bromley-Martin QC

Call: 1979 / QC: 2002

Barrister - Michael Bromley-Martin QC

Simon Farrell QC

Call: 1983 / QC: 2003

Barrister - Simon Farrell QC

Patrick Gibbs QC

Call: 1986 / QC: 2006

Barrister - Patrick Gibbs QC

Helen Malcolm QC

Call: 1986 / QC: 2006

Barrister - Helen Malcolm QC

John Hardy QC

Call: 1988 / QC: 2008

Barrister - John Hardy QC

Hugh Davies OBE QC

Call: 1990 / QC: 2013

Barrister - Hugh Davies OBE QC

James Hines QC

Call: 1982 / QC: 2015

Barrister - James Hines QC

Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC

Call: 1989 / QC: 2016

Barrister - Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC

Alisdair Williamson QC

Call: 1994 / QC: 2017

Barrister - Alisdair Williamson QC

Richard Wormald QC

Call: 1993 / QC: 2019

Barrister - Richard Wormald QC

Matthew Butt QC

Call: 2002 / QC: 2020

Barrister - Matthew Butt QC

William Emlyn Jones QC

Call: 1996 / QC: 2021

Barrister - William Emlyn Jones QC

Ben Watson QC

Call: 2002 / QC: 2021

Barrister - Ben Watson QC

Rachel Barnes QC

Call: 2004 / QC: 2022

Barrister - Rachel Barnes QC
Junior Barristers

Neil Saunders

Call: 1983

Barrister - Neil Saunders

Ben Summers

Call: 1994

Barrister - Ben Summers

Saba Naqshbandi

Call: 1996

Barrister - Saba Naqshbandi

Edmund Gritt

Call: 1997

Barrister - Edmund Gritt

Ailsa Williamson

Call: 1997

Barrister - Ailsa Williamson

Guy Ladenburg

Call: 2000

Barrister - Guy Ladenburg

Nicholas Yeo

Call: 1999

Barrister - Nicholas Yeo

Stuart Biggs

Call: 1999

Barrister - Stuart Biggs

Luke Ponte

Call: 2003

Barrister - Luke Ponte

Rachel Scott

Call: 2004

Barrister - Rachel Scott

Bo-Eun Jung

Call: 2005

Barrister - Bo-Eun Jung

Robert Morris

Call: 2008

Barrister - Robert Morris

Emma Collins

Call: 2008

Barrister - Emma Collins

Heather Oliver

Call: 2010

Barrister - Heather Oliver

John Greany

Call: 2012

Barrister - John Greany

Thomas Bushnell

Call: 2013

Barrister - Thomas Bushnell

Rebecca Hadgett

Call: 2015

Barrister - Rebecca Hadgett

Genevieve Woods

Call: 2016

Barrister - Genevieve Woods

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