Chris Whalley

+44 (0)20 7430 2277


Chris specialises in business crime and regulatory defence work.

Chris joined BCL in 2012 and advises corporate clients and individuals in relation to financial crime investigations and prosecutions. Chris has acted on behalf of individuals in relation to fraud, bribery/corruption, cartel and money laundering investigations and prosecutions conducted by the SFO, the FCA, the CPS and the CMA.  He has also conducted internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients seeking to minimise litigation and business risk.  In addition, Chris’s practice encompasses advising clients in relation to corporate manslaughter investigations and related inquest and health and safety work.

Chris was admitted as a solicitor in 2004 and gained eight years’ experience in criminal defence and regulatory work at two top ranked criminal defence firms.  At these firms, he worked on a range of serious and financial crime matters; he also prosecuted regulatory and professional disciplinary cases and he continues to represent individuals who are subject to investigation by their professional body.

Throughout his career, Chris has represented clients in interviews conducted by investigating authorities and in the Magistrates’ Court, as well as being involved in the preparation of complex, document heavy cases in the Crown Court and High Court.  He is an accomplished advocate, having practised in the Magistrates’ Court for a number of years and, more recently, as a prosecutor in civil tribunals.

Chris has developed a keen interest in cyber-crime and cyber-security and is currently advising businesses on the implications of the Investigatory Powers Act.


  • The International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Investigations
  • Getting The Deal Through – Government Investigations

Professional Memberships:

  • Law Society
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • European Criminal Bar Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association
  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association.