Business Crime & Financial Services

Business Crime

Chambers has a proud history of involvement in the largest and most complex white collar crime cases that this country has ever seen. In recent years, for example, members have been instructed in “Blue Index” (the FCA’s first cross-border insider dealing investigation), SFO v Kallakis, the British Airways cartel case, the Kent Pharmaceuticals trial and in the phone-hacking cases. Four out of the eight defence barristers instructed for Operation Tabernula (the FCA’s most complex and largest market abuse prosecution) were members of 2 Hare Court, whilst Chambers has also been significantly involved in the LIBOR and FX litigation.

We offer a ‘cradle to grave’ service, advising at the sensitive pre-charge stage and in relation to restraint proceedings, moving through to trial and confiscation proceedings thereafter if necessary. In addition, we have extensive experience of cases with an international dimension, enabling us to advise on a variety of cross-jurisdictional issues and investigations.

Our barristers have experience of a wide spectrum of the business crime or criminal regulatory issues, which companies or individuals can face, including allegations of:

  • Asset forfeiture and recovery
  • Bribery & Corruption
  • Cartels and anti-competitive behaviour
  • Confiscation and restraint orders in the Crown and High Courts
  • Corporate manslaughter
  • Criminal anti-competitive behaviour (cartels, insider dealing, market abuse, LIBOR and other foreign exchange rate benchmarks, etc.)
  • Criminal breach of the employment legislation
  • Environmental crime
  • Fraud (both domestic and international and in its many different manifestations)
  • Health & Safety
  • Intellectual property crime
  • Licensing
  • Money laundering
  • Sanctions (SFO investigations, international state co-operation, and advice on internal investigations and compliance)
  • Tax (VAT fraud)
  • Trading standards

In dealing with these many areas, we also advise and provide training on issues such as whistleblowing, deferred prosecution agreements, the likelihood of civil rather than criminal recovery, global settlements, and in other areas as requested by our clients. We also undertake private prosecutions, primarily on behalf of corporate clients.

Financial Services

Many of our members have extensive regulatory experience in the field of professional discipline. Being able to dovetail that experience with their expertise in financial crime, means that they are regularly instructed to advise and act for firms and individuals working in the financial services sector. Advisory work often includes potential liability under the criminal law in parallel with regulatory breaches of FSMA 2000, e.g. insider dealing, market abuse, fraud and the withdrawal of authorisation.

As a result, we deal not only with criminal investigations, but also cases brought by the FCA in the High Court, in the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal or before the Regulatory Decisions Committee.

Members of the team are instructed directly by individual traders and FCA approved persons to advise and act on their behalf, as well as through their solicitors or other representatives. Our Business Crime & Financial Services Group also offers experience from industry, with members having come to the Bar following careers in other sectors, including; trading and advising in the City of London and other international financial markets.

We have been at the forefront of advising on the major changes to be brought about from 2016 by the new Senior Managers’ Regime.

Finally, we have been involved in some of the largest internal investigations undertaken in recent times by the banks and other financial institutions. In this regard, we are able to advise on the full range of issues which arise, including the scope of the investigation, composition of the investigation team, legal professional privilege, relationships with the SFO and the FCA, managing the end product of the investigation etc.


Julian Campbell
Julian Campbell, Director of Clerking
Business Crime & Financial Services Team

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“2 Hare Court is a leading set for white-collar work offering the cream of the crop of criminal barristers.”

One interviewee describes members as “market leaders in their area” and another adds that “they are as comfortable dealing with complex white-collar crime cases as with highly sensitive and serious general crime cases.”

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Chambers UK 2024

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“2 Hare Court is an excellent set with a range of eminent silks as well as brilliant junior barristers. This chambers is often a first port of call for solicitors who have white collar or private general crime cases.”

“2 Hare Court is a superb set that leads in private criminal cases and white collar work.”

“Julian Campbell is one of the best senior clerks around – he really takes the time to get to know you and how you operate and who your clients are and is great at matching barristers to the work.”

“Jack Shah is a standout clerk who is always willing to assist.”

“Chloe Skingsley is a top rate clerk. She is trustworthy and efficient and her knowledge of the market is exceptional.”

Legal 500 UK 2024

“The set is loaded with exceptional KCs, senior juniors at the top of their game and diligent juniors with qualities above their call.” Another adds: “They have a formidable array of talent.”

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Chambers UK 2023

“2 Hare Court are an excellent set who have real strength in depth for complex fraud.” “The set has excellent, intelligent, strategic and approachable barristers.” and “2 Hare Court are a very impressive set of chambers with quality throughout the set.”

“I have worked with or been against a number of practitioners and always been impressed by both the work ethic of all and their obvious abilities as lawyers and advocates.” “Fantastic set.” and “A professional and impressive set.”

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“Clerks are top notch as are all staff who work at chambers.” and “The clerking team is excellent, commercial and approachable with a can do attitude.”

Legal 500 UK 2023

“The set has very efficient and able clerks.” “The director of clerking Julian Campbell is outstanding. He is very commercial but sensible, and he understand the pressures solicitors are under.” “The clerks are easy to speak to, go above and beyond and are always available. They have been on top of everything during the pandemic and it has made their clients’ lives much easier.”

Chambers UK 2022

“2 Hare Court are a go-to set. With their expansion over the last few years they are able to offer a vast number of barristers who are leaders in this field.” “Well-established reputation with quality barristers.” “Very good, especially at silk level.” and “A set with an excellent reputation and a host of talented barristers.” and “This set understands the needs of solicitors and clients. They are prepared to to go the extra mile to ensure chosen counsel is available although appropriate substitutes offered where clashes cannot be avoided.”

“The senior clerk is the best in the business.” “The clerking team have always been excellent.” “The clerks room is extremely capable and very good at keeping their clients updated. They know the market and are able to quote competitively.” and “Their clerking is impressive.”

“Julian Campbell is without an equal amongst the senior clerks in the top sets.”

Legal 500 UK 2022

Julian Campbell is the director of clerking. He is “superbly professional and highly responsive.”

Chambers UK 2021

“Second to none” and “very helpful.”

“Julian Campbell is fantastic to work with and he’s very much on our side. He’s very commercial when it comes to fees.”

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