News and Events - Business Crime & Financial Services


15th Jan 2021News

Jonathan Kinnear QC and Howard Watkinson act for SFO in respect of guilty pleas to the winning of multi-billion dollar contracts in the UAE

In connection with the SFO’s ongoing investigation into Petrofac Limited and its subsidiaries (Petrofac), David Lufkin, a British national and the former Global Head of Sales at Petrofac, yesterday pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to three counts of bribery.  The offences relate to corrupt offers and payments made between 2012 and 2018 to influence […]

6th Jan 2021News

Eight members of 2 Hare Court appointed to SFO panels of external counsel

Eight members of Chambers have been appointed to the Serious Fraud Office’s panels of external counsel, affirming Chambers’ expertise in complex financial crime. Chambers would like to congratulate Brian O’Neill QC (QC Panel), Jonathan Kinnear QC (QC Panel), Chris Foulkes (Panel A), Angus Bunyan (Panel A), Howard Watkinson (Panel B), Fiona Robertson (Panel B), Will […]

25th Nov 2020News

Gavin Irwin explores the new criminal offences in the National Security and Investment Bill currently before parliament

On 11 November 2020, the Government published the National Security and Investment Bill[i] (‘the Bill’) with the purpose of modernising the UK’s powers to investigate and intervene in potentially hostile foreign direct investment that threatens national security. By any reckoning, the scheme is vastly more intrusive than the current one, the FT reporting that officials […]

1st Sep 2020News

2 Hare Court Welcomes Kate Blackwell QC

We are delighted to announce that Kate Blackwell QC commenced tenancy at 2 Hare Court on 1st September 2020. Kate joins us from Lincoln House Chambers, Manchester, where she remains a member. Kate is a leading practitioner specialising in public inquiries and criminal law. She is sought after for high-profile cases and is instructed by leading […]