Vivienne Tanchel

Vivienne Tanchel

"Vivienne is utterly fantastic – she has an unrivalled ability to get to grips with complex matters. Vivienne’s advocacy is remarkable to watch; she is fierce when needed whilst also being able to build rapport with witnesses and the tribunal."

Legal 500 UK 2023
Year of call: 2005
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Vivienne is ranked in band 1 by Chambers and Partners for Financial Crime and tier 1 in The Legal 500 in Business and Regulatory Crime. She is also ranked in Criminal Fraud, Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law.

Vivienne’s practice focuses almost exclusively on representing corporate and professional defendants, in “white collar” financial crime and regulatory proceedings. Reviewers have noted that “She has a frightening intellect” and that she is “Assertive, fearless and very, very intelligent.”

Before coming to the Bar she spent fifteen years working as a trader and advisor in international financial markets, thus offering clients a unique insight into the regulatory environment governing both the financial services and corporate markets. In addition, she has a busy practice involving the regulation of healthcare and other professionals.

Vivienne is a regular speaker at seminars and lectures bringing her specific expertise in financial services to assist solicitors and other legal professionals in understanding financial markets.

What others say:

“Vivienne really understands the financial markets. She is lightning-sharp and a pleasure to work with.” and “Vivienne is utterly superb. She is an incredibly intelligent individual who has an unrivalled ability to get to the crux of the issues at hand in particularly challenging and complex matters.” “She will fight to the death for her clients.” – Chambers UK 2023

“She’s quite fierce in tribunal but brilliant with members. She’s a very bright barrister and gets to the nub and heart of issues.” “She is able to skilfully manage difficult clients and witnesses while balancing the right level of firmness and empathy. She is very responsive and well prepared.” and “She’s utterly brilliant.” – Chambers UK 2022

“Vivienne is incredibly insightful and defends cases passionately. She knows her cases inside out and is a confident and capable advocate. She is always quick to assist with queries and her advice is always spot on.” – Legal 500 UK 2022 (Professional Discipline)

Vivienne is very good with client and displays extraordinary attention to detail. Her written work is top class. Her background in financial services means she readily understands the most complex of financial transactions, which clients find very reassuring.” – Legal 500 UK 2022 (Fraud Crime)

“Vivienne is an extremely hardworking and conscientious advocate who provides confident and robust advice on extremely complex matters. Fantastic in urgent business-critical situations. Unflappable, knows the law inside out and is able to apply extensive experience to quickly identify the key points in a complex problem.” – Legal 500 UK 2022 (Business & Regulatory Crime)

“She is super clever and very approachable.” “She is incredibly bright, works really hard and knows the case inside and out – nothing passes her by.” – Chambers UK 2021

“A robust and strategic counsel with great intellect. She secures fantastic results and is incredibly hardworking – she will always go the extra mile for instructing solicitors.” – Legal 500 2021

“Highly motivated, very hardworking and very intelligent. She ensures she is familiar with every aspect of a case.” – Legal 500 2021

“Vivienne is an extremely intelligent hard working barrister who ensures she is familiar with every aspect of a case. She has the ability to master very complex financial and/or business issues in order to offer a client the best resolution. She is a brilliant advocate.” – Legal 500 2021

“Just terrific and really strong on the financial crime side of things. She has a background in banking so she has a different level of knowledge to many barristers in the financial sector.” – Chambers UK 2020

“She is a talented advocate” “Focused and determined” and “Has a great bedside manner with clients and is a pleasure to work with” – Legal 500 2020

“She has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law, really impressive forensic skills and an incredible memory.” “Tenacious and committed to getting a good result for her client.” – Chambers UK 2019

“A fantastic advocate who has excellent judgement.” – Chambers UK 2018

“Vivienne combines a formidable understanding of the practical elements of financial services (derived from her former life as a trader) with a straightforward manner which cuts to the chase. Clients appreciate speaking to someone who understands technical issues and who is able to relate to the context in which they operate.” – Chambers UK 2018

“Very hardworking and very good with clients – her knowledge of the financial services industry really does give her the edge.” – Legal 500 2017

“Has an expertise that is way beyond that of many criminal barristers, and is extremely hard working and conscientious.” – Chambers UK 2017

“One of those people who is both a brilliant junior and an expert, she is a former foreign exchange (‘forex’) trader, so has an understanding of the financial world and trading floor which other barristers just can’t match.” – Chambers UK 2017

“She is particularly strong at dealing with difficult witnesses.” – Legal 500 2016

“Very good on the detail, very hardworking and someone who can quickly ascertain the key issues and tactical considerations” – Chambers UK 2016

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