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 UK

“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

Guy is the Head of BCL’s Corporate Crime & Regulation Team. He specialises in dispute resolution and crisis management for predominantly corporate, but also individual, clients in the context of regulatory enforcement, corporate crime, financial crime, AML/ABC compliance and Coroner’s inquests. He has extensive experience of conducting internal investigations, corporate engagement with regulators and recovering costs under corporate and D&O insurance.

He is recognised as a leading lawyer in the UK in relation to Fraud, White-Collar Crime, Health & Safety, and Administrative & Public Law (Chambers & Partners; The Legal 500).

His most recent cases include:

  • The largest ever investigation by the EA
  • An alleged £1billion trans-European tax fraud involving ‘cum/ex’ trading and investigations by the FCA, the NCA and their Danish and German counterparts
  • An HSE prosecution arising from a double fatal explosion at a steel works
  • An OFWAT investigation into mis-reporting
  • An internal investigation and corporate engagement with the SFO on behalf of a utilities company
  • AML compliance and liaison with the authorities concerning a suspected multi-million pound tax fraud and money laundering by customers of a substantial financial institution

Guy is described by the legal directories 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”. He brings a commercial and straightforward approach to his work. At all times, his goal is to bring about the best possible outcome for his client.

Clients describe Guy as “a brilliant strategist” with “meticulous legal knowledge”; “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”.

Since joining BCL in 1999, Guy has worked on some of the most complex and high profile matters in the domestic and international sphere, advising on corporate and director liability, undertaking internal investigations, and responding to complex investigations and prosecutions launched by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the National Crime Agency (NCA), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Environment Agency (EA) and other regulators (such as OFWAT, local authorities and fire brigades).

Over the last two decades, Guy has developed a dual practice that straddles both regulatory compliance and corporate/financial crime, focusing on corporate manslaughter, health and safety (including fire safety and food safety), environmental protection, consumer protection, and trading standards, as well as serious fraud, insider dealing and market abuse, bribery and corruption, and money laundering. His expertise extends to the complimentary areas of Coroner’s inquests, anti-money laundering compliance, anti-bribery and corruption compliance, recovery of the proceeds of crime (restraint, confiscation, cash seizure and civil recovery) and judicial review of the actions of investigators.

His past cases include:

  • The Lakanal House fire investigation, including the ‘super inquest’, acting for the London Borough
  • FIFA corruption
  • The partial collapse of a ceiling in a West End theatre
  • SFO and US Department of Justice LIBOR investigations
  • The largest ever insider dealing prosecution by the FSA (now the FCA)

Qualifications:

  • Following an MA (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, a post-graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law (London) and the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law (London), Guy qualified as a barrister at a leading set of chambers before moving to a City law firm. He then joined BCL, and was invited to join the partnership in 2006.
  • He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1999, and admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales in 2007 with Higher Courts Rights (Criminal and Civil).

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 UK)
  • ‘Financial Crime: Corporates’ Practice Area Overview (Chambers UK)
  • Corporate Manslaughter Forum (LinkedIn)
  • Corporate Crime Forum (LinkedIn)

Accreditations:

  • Higher Courts Rights – Criminal
  • Higher Courts Rights – Civil

What the directories say:

“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 UK

“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

“Guy’s team “has an excellent reputation for its health and safety work” and “receives full marks for its client service, professionalism and responsiveness”
The Legal 500

“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 team’s expertise encompasses corporate manslaughter cases, food safety issues, fire safety work and environmental offences”

“deeply experienced” in Administrative & Public Law”
The Legal 500

“enjoys a distinct profile in both health and safety law and fraud matters”
Chambers UK

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

“an outstanding strategist” who shows “immaculate attention to detail”
Chambers UK

“very impressive … a force to be reckoned with”
The Legal 500

“an incredibly driven solicitor who does everything humanly possible for his clients”
Chambers UK

“possesses a fearsome intellect”
The Legal 500

“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”
Chambers UK

“a leading individual” and “definitely in the business of putting up a serious fight”
The Legal 500

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

“wins plaudits for putting the clients at their ease”
Chambers UK

“very able … he is a master of detail”
Chambers UK

“has a highly regarded practice encompassing a range of fraud-related work, including insider dealing”
Chambers UK

“focuses on defending companies and individuals in cases relating to serious workplace accidents”
Chambers UK

“an area expert who knows what he is talking about and is able to advise well on risks”
Chambers UK

“extensive experience in fraud and health and safety law … represents clients facing charges of money laundering, VAT fraud, cash seizure and corporate manslaughter”
Chambers UK

“highly regarded for his experience in market manipulation cases, cartel investigations and POCA proceedings”
Chambers UK

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

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