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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, 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.

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.

Publications:

  • 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

Recognition:

“He is a calm, reassuring and practical presence.”
“His experience and knowhow are extraordinarily valuable and he has a good strategic, approach to cases.”

Chambers UK 2021

“He’s very calm and you get a real sense that everything is under control and they can stop panicking. He has a very serious understanding of the law and the client.”
“He has an unusual background in both commercial law and serious crime, so 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…”

Legal 500 2021

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

Chambers HNW 2020

“experienced, wise, efficient, responsive and personable”

Legal 500 2020

“a brilliant tactical lawyer and a great strategist…”

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.”

Chambers HNW 2019

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

Legal 500 2019

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

Chambers UK 2018

“He’s very calm. I think people get a real sense that everything is under control and they can stop panicking. He has a very serious understanding of the law and the client.”
“He has an unusual mix of experience, first as a commercial solicitor, then as a criminal litigator, which gives him a very valuable package of skills and knowledge for high net worth clients…”
“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

“hugely personable and sympathetic…”

Legal 500 2018

“He has an unusual background in both commercial law and serious crime, so 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.”

Chambers UK 2017

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

Chambers HNW 2017

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