Richard Sallybanks - Partner
"The 'analytical and highly intelligent' Richard Sallybanks is a pre-eminent business crime expert ... Commentators say: 'He has a very good strategic sense and knows when to interevene and when to take proactive action on behalf of a client.' ... 'a first-rate lawyer who gets involved in top proceeds of crime work.' ..." (Chambers UK, 2016)
Richard Sallybanks 'inspires confidence, providing calm and measured explanations' ... a 'great analyst' ... 'cerebral' ... 'major talent' ... is 'able to use public law remedies with judgement to achieve remarkable results for his clients'." (Legal 500, 2015)
"... 'He is really super - he is responsive, clients really like him and he has gravitas' ... highly sought after by senior figures at top-tier companies for his expertise in handling major investigations ... 'he knows the law inside out, he's brilliant with the clients and very strategic in his thinking. He has a really good feel for how state agencies function'." (Chambers UK, 2015)
"...combines 'criminal nous with commercial acumen'..." (The Legal 500, 2014)
"Richard Sallybanks is regularly called upon to handle SFO and OFT investigations. Sources report that he is a 'very intelligent and insightful' lawyer, who 'brings positive enjoyment to plotting strategy' and whose 'commercial background gives him a breadth of knowledge that's very useful to any client.' ... identified as an 'understated' practitioner who is 'cool in a crisis' and 'can handle the media and give savvy business advice.'" (Chambers UK, 2014)
"Richard Sallybanks is 'top class' ... provides 'very balanced advice'" (The Legal 500, 2013)
"Richard Sallybanks, 'a very effective solicitor' with 'a real eye for detail,' is noted for his strategic ability. He has decades of fraud experience and is currently acting in a number of the firm's marquee cases, including acting for Robert Tchenguiz, and for Alstom's UK president and UK finance director in relation to an SFO investigation into allegations of corruption." (Chambers UK, 2013)
"Richard Sallybanks wins applause from sources who commend him as 'an experienced, charismatic individual' ... now in his 20th year of practice, and has extensive experience of regulatory investigations ... Interviewees cite his deft handling of highly sensitive matters as a major selling point." (Chambers UK, 2012)
"Extremely good" (The Legal 500, 2011)
"Efficient, unflustered and good with clients" (Chambers UK, 2011)
"A calm and intelligent presence in any case" (The Legal 500, 2010)
Richard Sallybanks specialises in complex business crime and regulatory defence work.
Richard has been a partner at BCL since 1999, having joined the practice from CMS Cameron McKenna in 1995. At CMS, Richard specialised in commercial litigation and worked in Hong Kong and
At BCL, Richard has been involved in numerous Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority (and its predecessor, the Financial Services Authority), HM Revenue & Customs and Office of Fair Trading investigations and prosecutions together with associated restraint and confiscation proceedings. His experience in SFO matters includes Mabey and Johnson (overseas corruption and sanctions-busting), DePuy International (joint UK/US corruption/FCPA investigation), BCCI, United Mizrahi Bank/Facia (corruption and conspiracy to defraud), Balfron (fraud on a pension fund), SSL plc (false accounting), Operation Holbein (alleged price-fixing in the supply of generic drugs to the NHS), Izodia plc (conspiracy to defraud and theft of £35m) and Severn Trent Water (provision of alleged false information to Ofwat, the industry regulator). He has also dealt with a number of SFO requests for information pursuant to the mutual legal assistance regime with other jurisdictions. Richard has acted in a number of FCA/FSA criminal and regulatory investigations for brokers, traders and senior executives, including in relation to allegations of insider dealing and market abuse. He represented a senior executive of British Airways in the global investigation, led by the US Department of Justice Anti-Trust Division, into a cartel in the air cargo industry. He has also acted in the Metropolitan Police "cash for honours" enquiry and also has experience of regulatory and disciplinary proceedings brought by other regulators including Lloyd's of London and the Law Society.
Richard was admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and is a member of The Law Society, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers, the Financial Services Lawyers Association and the