Richard Sallybanks

“He’s thoughtful, exceptionally intelligent and he has a forensic eye for detail without losing the bigger picture,”

Chambers UK 2020

A partner in BCL for over 20 years, Richard has represented individuals and companies through numerous UK and international business crime investigations and prosecutions.

His core UK practice is defending senior executives who are suspects in investigations conducted by the SFO, FCA, CMA, and other regulatory and investigative authorities. His recent SFO experience includes the Petrofac, Airbus, Barclays Qatar, Alstom and Tchenguiz / Kaupthing Bank investigations as well as the successful defence at trial of Tesco’s Commercial Director on charges arising from an alleged £250m accounting fraud. In the financial sector he has acted for bankers, brokers, traders and senior executives in criminal and regulatory investigations, by the FCA and overseas authorities, including in relation to allegations of money laundering, insider dealing and market abuse. He is also experienced in acting for executives and employees caught up in CMA investigations.

Much of his work involves cross-border investigations (including the US, France, Switzerland, Denmark and India) and Richard is experienced in managing and co-ordinating teams of lawyers in multi-jurisdictional cases.

Many of his clients are High Net Worth individuals who Richard advises in connection with tax investigations, as well as the implications of overseas criminal investigations, asset freezing, the mutual legal assistance regime, extradition and Interpol.

Following an LLB (1st class Hons) at the University of Exeter, Richard qualified as a solicitor at CMS Cameron McKenna and spent three years in their commercial litigation department before joining BCL in 1995.


  • Contributor: GIR – The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations: “Individuals in cross-border investigations or proceedings: the UK perspective”
  • Chambers & Partners Guide to UK solicitors: Financial Crime: Individuals: practice area overview

Professional Memberships:

  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • International Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • British-Russian Lawyers Association

What the directories have said:

“Richard is incredibly thorough and has his clients’ interests at heart.”

Chambers UK, 2022

“He is a first-class solicitor: client-friendly and tactically astute.”

Chambers UK, 2022

“He is first-class. He is very thoughtful and totally experienced. He is really bright and intelligent.”

Chambers UK, 2022

“Richard Sallybanks is a very respectful and well experienced senior lawyer. Very good understanding of the case. A very reliable and precious assessment ability on all “grey” matters of a casefile.”

The Legal 500, 2021

“Richard is a legend in this area.”

Chambers Insights, 2022

“He is very friendly, easy to work with and good at bringing together a team. Richard works effectively with clients, and he couldn’t be an easier person to deal with. He is very easy to get along with, exercises excellent judgement and is really trustworthy.”

Chambers Insights, 2022

“He is very responsive and good at managing many moving parts. Richard works very quickly and is always available for a call. He is good at manging high-stress situations.”

Chambers Insights, 2022

“He is absolutely first class. He is careful, considerate and concerned with his cases and likes to see the whole picture.”

“He knows everything there is to know about everything.”

Chambers UK, 2021

“He’s thoughtful, exceptionally intelligent and he has a forensic eye for detail without losing the bigger picture,”

“… one of the great all-rounders” 

Chambers UK, 2020

“… is absolutely first-class,” 

“Richard is really, really, really good. He is careful, considerate and concerned with his cases. He likes to see the whole picture – he wants to make sure that we get it right from all angles”

“… he is a star”

Chambers HNW, 2020

“He is outstanding: he is very intelligent, very commercial and hands-on.”

“… a brilliant tactical lawyer and a great strategist,” as well as “highly intelligent, very organised and very experienced.”

Chambers UK, 2019

“He can handle tough cases in obscure jurisdictions and has an amazing reputation,” “He is a go-to person and is a very thoughtful and cerebral lawyer who has a wonderful reputation – he is smart and is also a nice man.”

“… very astute tactically”

“… he has a deep reservoir of knowledge and is very, very shrewd.”

Chambers HNW, 2019

“… strategically savvy, bright and has a wealth of trial experience”

The Legal 500, 2019

“… he is extremely thorough, his judgement is excellent and his client handling is superlative.” 

Chambers UK, 2018

“He has a very serious understanding of the law and the client.”

“… very valuable package of skills and knowledge for high net worth clients,”

“… excellent with clients, extremely hard-working and utterly dependable.” 

“He’s a very good analyst; he sees all the evidence at once and sees the wood for the trees,”

“… he’s also very good with numbers – lots of people pretend they can read a set of accounts, but he actually can.”

Chambers HNW, 2018

“… if you need a solicitor to act in an SFO corporate crime raid, he is your man: he knows everything about companies and everything about criminal cases.”

“… very wise, with a cool head, an enormous ability to master the detail of a case and a great tactical brain.”

“He is an invaluable asset to any defence team.”

Chambers UK, 2017

“… is a calm, experienced and highly able lawyer” 

“… in-depth, real and proper knowledge and experience with regulatory bodies,” 

“He can anticipate their actions.”

“… he is extremely thorough, his judgement is excellent and his client handling is superlative. He is extremely attentive to the details, his preparation of the case papers is of the highest quality.” 

Chambers HNW, 2017

“He has a very good strategic sense and knows when to intervene 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

“… 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

“… a force to be reckoned with.”

The Legal 500, 2016

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