Guy Bastable

“The ‘outstanding’ Guy Bastable of BCL Solicitors LLP represents prominent clients from a range of industries in significant investigations, including those resulting from fatalities. He is also experienced in environmental regulation matters. Clients say that he is ‘excellent and has meticulous legal knowledge’, adding: ‘He’s a brilliant strategist’”

Chambers & Partners

“The team fields practice leader and ‘rare find’ Guy Bastable, who focuses on corporate crime, crisis management, director liability and contentious matters and is ‘very down to earth and incredibly responsive'”

The Legal 500

 

credited by sources for ‘building a practice in this area with enormous success.’ Peers add that ‘he’s got a reputation for working incredibly hard, quietly immersing himself in any case and leaving no stone unturned. His knowledge of this area of law is unrivalled and he has a complete commitment to the clients and achieving the best result’…

Chambers & Partners

Guy is the Head of BCL’s Corporate Crime & Regulation Team. He specialises in dispute resolution, crisis management, internal investigations and corporate and director liability, and is recognised as a leading lawyer in the UK for his work at the interface of business regulation and the criminal law. He advises and represents corporate clients, and their boards and directors, in relation to business-critical issues in the context of regulatory enforcement, corporate crime, financial crime, AML/ABC compliance, Coroner’s inquests and public inquiries. He combines a deep pedigree in the criminal law with vast experience of advising corporates, as well as an intricate knowledge of the recovery of legal costs under corporate and D&O insurance.

Guy has worked on some of the most complex and high-profile matters in the domestic and international sphere, and has extensive experience of conducting internal investigations, managing corporate engagement with regulators and responding to complex investigations and prosecutions by:

  • the Serious Fraud Office
  • the Financial Conduct Authority
  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • the National Crime Agency
  • the Crown Prosecution Service
  • the Health and Safety Executive
  • the Environment Agency
  • the Food Standards Agency
  • the City of London Police
  • the Metropolitan Police
  • the London Fire Brigade
  • and others (such as Ofwat, local authorities and local fire brigades), including those in foreign jurisdictions

Guy has broad sector experience that includes advising corporate clients in the utilities, energy, petrochemical, heavy industry, manufacturing, construction, pharmaceutical, financial services, professional services, media and entertainment, and local government sectors.

His most recent cases include:

  • The largest ever investigation by the Environment Agency (in its 22 year history) – Advising a Utilities Company and its board of directors (including undertaking an extensive internal investigation) in relation to alleged breaches of environmental permits at multiple sites and widescale water pollution
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  • ‘Cum-Ex’ fraud – Advising a group of companies and their owners in relation to investigations by the Financial Conduct Agency, the National Crime Agency and their Danish (SOIK – Serious Economic and International Crime) and German (Hamburg Public Prosecutor’s Office) counterparts into allegations of fraud and money laundering involving a now defunct London-based hedge fund and loss to the Danish tax authority (SKAT) of at least €1.7 billion; including advising in relation to the defence of SKAT’s £1.5 billion asset recovery claim in the High Court
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  • Double fatal explosion – Representing a global steel producer in respect of its defence of a prosecution by the Health & Safety Executive arising from an explosion at one of its steelworks; following the successful defence of allegations of corporate manslaughter
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  • Ofwat investigation – Advising a Water and Sewage Company in relation to one of the most significant ever Ofwat investigations (over a two year period) concerning alleged breaches of licence conditions and statutory duties relating to operational failures across the company’s extensive portfolio of wastewater treatment works, deliberate misreporting of performance data and circa £100 million in avoided penalties
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  • Corporate engagement with the Serious Fraud Office – Undertaking an extensive internal investigation and liaising with the SFO in relation to potential fraud over many years by senior employees; resulting in the SFO taking no action against the company
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  • Money laundering compliance – Advising one of the UK’s largest independent foreign currency suppliers concerning a suspected multi-million Pound fraud on HMRC and money laundering through the client’s business by some of its corporate customers; including advising in relation to the defence of the asset recovery civil claim launched by the HMRC-appointed liquidator

 

Over the last two decades, Guy has developed a dual practice that straddles both regulatory enforcement and corporate/financial crime, leading to his recognition as one of the UK’s leading lawyers in White-Collar Crime, Criminal Fraud, Health & Safety, and Administrative & Public Law (Chambers & Partners; The Legal 500). The legal directories describe him as “an incredibly driven solicitor who does everything humanly possible for his clients”; “tenacious, hard-working and a brilliant tactician” who “combines intellectual rigour with an unrivalled commitment to each case” and shows “immaculate attention to detail”.

 

Guy’s clients describe him as “very bright, very able and very good at getting to the heart of the problem” and “a brilliant strategist” with “meticulous legal knowledge” and an “outstanding work ethic” who is “both relentless and meticulous in his preparation” – “He had an exceptional understanding of the strategic management of our case from start to finish … His tactical judgement at key moments of the case was a masterclass”.

 

Guy is highly regarded for his legal knowledge, attention to detail, and commercial and straightforward approach, at all times striving to achieve the best possible outcome for his client. His peers describe him as “clever and committed” and “a very effective and canny operator” who “gives very valuable, down-to-earth and practical advice”; adding that his “preparation and his insight are second to none – he covers the spectrum in terms of all aspects of crime” and “his instinct is always right”.

 

Guy focuses on corporate manslaughter, health and safety (including fire safety, food safety and hygiene), environmental protection (including pollution, permit breaches and statutory nuisance), trading standards, serious fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption, and insider dealing and market abuse. His expertise also extends to the complimentary areas of Coroner’s inquests, public inquiries, anti-money laundering compliance, anti-bribery compliance, recovery of the proceeds of crime (restraint, confiscation, cash seizure, unexplained wealth and civil recovery) and judicial review of the actions of investigators.

His past cases include:

  • The Lakanal House tower block fatal fire – Advising the London Borough of Southwark in relation to the joint investigation by the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade, and the subsequent ‘Super Inquest’ that resulted in fire safety recommendations that are now central to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

 

  • LIBOR – Advising a US-based banker in relation to investigations by the Serious Fraud Office and the US Department of Justice

 

  • FIFA World Cup – Advising a global sponsorship activation and event management agency in relation to an investigation by the Metropolitan Police into allegations of bribery and money laundering concerning the sale of tickets for the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Champions League

 

  • West End ceiling collapse – Advising a theatre group in relation to the investigation by Westminster City Council into the partial collapse of a ceiling at a theatre in London’s West End

 

  • The largest ever insider dealing prosecution – Representing an individual in the largest ever insider dealing prosecution brought by the Crown Prosecution Service, following an investigation by the Financial Services Authority and the City of London Police

 

  • Tower Bridge lift collapse – Advising a lift company in relation to the prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive concerning the collapse of one of the lifts in London’s Tower Bridge

 

  • Israeli antiquities theft – Advising one of the World’s largest auction houses in relation to UK (The Metropolitan Police), US (The Federal Bureau of Investigation) and Israeli investigations into the alleged theft from the Israeli state of a 4th Century quarter shekel

Education & Qualifications:

  • University of Edinburgh: MA (Hons) Psychology, 1996
  • College of Law, London: Post-Graduate Diploma in Law, 1997
  • Inns of Court School of Law, London: Bar Vocational Course, 1998
  • Called to the Bar of England and Wales, 1999
  • Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales, 2007
  • Certificate of Higher Courts Rights (Criminal and Civil), Solicitors Regulation Authority, 2007

Professional Memberships:

  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • The Law Society
  • Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Health & Safety Lawyers Association
  • UK Environmental Lawyers Association
  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association

Publications:

  • Money Laundering Law and Regulation: A Practical Guide (Oxford University Press)
  • Economic Crime: A Boardroom Guide to Prevention and Compliance (Serious Fraud Office)
  • The International Comparative Legal Guide to Business Crime (Global Legal Group)
  • Practical Law: Financial and Business Crime Global Guide (Thomson Reuters)
  • Health & Safety Practice Area Overview (Chambers & Partners)
  • Financial Crime: Corporates Practice Area Overview (Chambers & Partners)
  • Corporate Manslaughter Forum (LinkedIn) – Founder
  • Corporate Crime Forum (LinkedIn) – Founder

Recognition:

“Guy Bastable has a ‘fantastic profile in the regulatory world and is more on top of legal developments than most,’ … He has widely acknowledged experience in dealing with criminal investigations and prosecutions”

Chambers UK

“The ‘very impressive’ Guy Bastable is a ‘force to be reckoned with’…”
The Legal 500

“specialises in financial crime, fraud, corporate crime and regulatory issues … experience of internal and external investigations. Areas of expertise include insider dealing, money laundering and bribery and corruption matters.”
Chambers UK

“possesses a fearsome intellect”
The Legal 500

“Guy Bastable is a highly regarded solicitor and qualified barrister with a wealth of expertise advocating on behalf of clients … An impressed client comments: ‘He had an exceptional understanding of the strategic management of our case from start to finish,’ adding: ‘His tactical judgement at key moments of the case was a masterclass’…”
Chambers UK

“led by well-respected practitioner Guy Bastable, who specialises in business crime, regulatory enforcement, serious crime and compliance.”
The Legal 500

“credited by sources for ‘building a practice in this area with enormous success.’ Peers add that ‘he’s got a reputation for working incredibly hard, quietly immersing himself in any case and leaving no stone unturned. His knowledge of this area of law is unrivalled and he has a complete commitment to the clients and achieving the best result’…”
Chambers UK

“combines intellectual rigour with an unrivalled commitment to each case”
The Legal 500

“reassures clients by remaining calm and in complete control at all times”
Chambers UK

“lauded for his impressive ability to drill down to the detail and look beyond the obvious … he can become a greater expert on the papers that the police!”
Chambers UK

“Guy Bastable is ‘tenacious, hard-working and a brilliant tactician’…”
The Legal 500

“Peers say he is ‘an incredibly driven solicitor who does everything humanly possible for his clients’…”
Chambers UK

“focuses on defending companies and individuals … sources describe him as ‘an outstanding strategist’ who shows ‘immaculate attention to detail’…”
Chambers UK

“The ‘very able’ Guy Bastable complements his reputation in criminal fraud work with a strong understanding of health and safety issues. ‘He is a master of detail,’ according to admiring sources”
Chambers UK

“highly regarded for his experience in market manipulation cases, cartel investigations and POCA proceedings. Sources highlight that ‘he is an area expert who knows what he is talking about and is able to advise well on risks”
Chambers UK

“wins much peer praise for his focus on insider dealing, market abuse and money laundering”
Chambers UK

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