Business Crime & Financial Services
Mishcon de Reya LLP (2014 – 2018)
Partner, Head of White Collar Crime and Investigations
In 2014 Alison was head-hunted to start a white collar crime department at Mishcon de Reya, a major international law Firm which had no previous criminal law practice. Alison practised across the interface of criminal, regulatory and civil financial law: all forms of financial and business conduct both in the UK and other jurisdictions including bribery, fraud, theft, proceeds of crime, extradition and Interpol Red Notices.
Alison is an expert in private prosecutions; at the CPS she wrote the Legal Guidance (which is still in force) and approved all decisions for every private prosecution referred to the CPS for a period of 2 ½ years.
At Mishcon de Reya, she conducted the largest private prosecution ever brought. (Allseas v. Paul Sultana, a 100m euro fraud)
She has conducted major internal investigations for clients, which include allegations both of financial wrong-doing and sexual impropriety and harassment following the ‘MeToo’ movement. Examples are: investigations for a national charity, a major international law firm; currently conducting one for St Hugh’s College Oxford.
Alison gives lectures, both nationally and internationally in this area of work; recent examples include:
- New York University 10th Annual Tax Controversy Forum: “The legal landscape overseas: strategies to navigate international asset seizures”
- CIFAS Annual Conference 2018
- Cambridge International Economic Crime Symposium 2018: “Are Unexplained Wealth Orders a step too far?”
- International Bar Association (Paris): “Double-jeopardy in the transnational context”
- Inside Government : “Effectively Reporting, Tackling and Preventing Hate Crime”
- Intellectual Property Office : “How Public Private Partnerships can detect, punish and deter intellectual property crime”
- IBA (Panama): “Recent developments in UK anti-corruption laws”
- Cumberland Lodge: “Corporate Crime and Punishment”
- To a large group of General Counsel from major international corporations: “The new corporate offence of failing to prevent tax evasion”
- Deutsche Bank Compliance Team: “Why Corruption Matters”
- IBA (Washington): “Illicit Financial Flows in Africa”
- Cambridge International Economic Crime Symposium : “A new approach to tackling economic crime” (reported in the New York Times).