Senior Associate

Alexander Gorst

Alexander specialises in acting for individual and corporate clients across a broad spectrum of financial crime and regulatory matters. He regularly defends clients under investigation for bribery and corruption, serious fraud, tax evasion, money-laundering, market abuse and insider dealing.

Alexander is particularly experienced in multi-jurisdictional investigations and matters with multi-agency involvement, including investigations conducted by the SFO, NCA, HMRC, FCA and their foreign counterparts, including the US DOJ.

Alexander has notable experience in SFO-related matters, having been seconded to the agency in 2016. He has subsequently acted for a number of individual and corporate clients subject to investigation by the SFO, including those resulting in deferred prosecution agreements.

Alexander also conducts internal investigations and advises companies and directors on governance issues. He helps clients to avoid financial crime risks in a wide range of scenarios, advising on compliance with financial crime legislation and the implementation of preventative measures.

Alexander has a detailed understanding of the law and procedure relating to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and has advised clients on all aspects of asset forfeiture including restraint, cash forfeiture, account freezing orders, and post-conviction confiscation.

More recently, Alexander has had significant involvement in advising individual and corporate clients on international financial sanctions, including compliance with the UK sanctions regimes, license applications and de-listing applications.

Alexander practiced at the independent Bar for five years. He is a highly experienced trial lawyer, having acted as a sole and led advocate in courts of first instance, appellate courts and before a variety of tribunals. This experience underpins the advice he provides and the strategies he employs on behalf of his clients.