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Tom McNeill

He gets on very well with clients and he’s a superb lawyer.

Chambers UK

Knows his cases very well and grasps the nuances of different approaches.

The Legal 500

Tom is a partner specialising in corporate crime, regulatory crime, and financial crime. His expertise includes corporate and director liability, corporate manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter, health and safety, environmental protection, fire safety, all types of fraud, bribery and money laundering. Tom is experienced in conducting privilege-protected internal investigations on behalf of a range of corporate clients in relation to suspected financial crime and following fatal accidents and other serious regulatory breaches.

Tom has extensive experience of fatal accident and other regulatory investigations and prosecutions including by the Metropolitan Police, the British Transport Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Health and Safety Executive, the Office of Rail and Road, the Environment Agency, the London Fire Brigade, local fire brigades and local authorities. Tom has experience in a wide-range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, rendering, chemicals, utilities, facilities management, film and performing arts, property management, passive fire safety, lift and escalator design and maintenance, waste, and water treatment works.

In relation to financial crime, Tom has defended investigations and prosecutions by the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue & Customs, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Charity Commission, the National Crime Agency, and the City of London Police. Tom is also experienced working alongside lawyers in other jurisdictions in relation to multi-jurisdictional investigations. Tom’s cases include high profile investigations and prosecutions of corporates and individuals in relation to all types of alleged fraud (from fraudulent trading to cum-ex), insider dealing, suspected offences under the Bribery Act 2010, the misreporting of performance data, and money laundering.

Having graduated from Lancaster University with an LLB (Hons) degree, Tom worked for BCL and other leading practices before taking a career break. He rejoined BCL in 2007 and qualified as a solicitor in 2011.

 

Publications:

  • Practical Law’s Financial and Business Crime Global Guide (Thomson Reuters)
  • “When Should Organisations be Held Criminally Liable?” (Global Legal Group)
  • “The age of corporate responsibility” (Compliance Matters)
  • “Fatal Accidents and Criminal Liability in the UK” (Law 360)
  • Health & Safety Practice Area Overview (Chambers & Partners)
  • Financial Crime: Corporates Practice Area Overview (Chambers & Partners)

Professional Memberships:

  • The Law Society
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Health & Safety Lawyers Association
  • UK Environmental Lawyers Association

What the directories have said:

“Tom McNeill is also very bright and a huge benefit to any team. He rolls his sleeves up and gets stuck into the most complex problems.

Legal 500, 2023

Tom McNeill is a seasoned practitioner who clearly works hard to look after his clients best interests but at the same time is affable and sensible to reach accommodation with other stakeholders. Unable to comment on the wider team/firm.

Legal 500, 2023

Tom McNeill Understands his client superbly, extremely affable, absorbs vast amounts of detail quickly, clear concise.”

Legal 500, 2023

Tom McNeill brings a restless, forensic eye to the matters he works on.”

Legal 500, 2023

“He has phenomenal research abilities and he knows the law extremely well. He is excellent with clients and has very good judgement as well.”

Chambers UK, 2022

“He is excellent. He has great attention to detail and is very hard-working and tenacious.”

Chambers UK, 2022

“Tom is excellent. He’s bright, thorough, tenacious and very hardworking. He can deal with a large volume of work and provide superb insight.”

Chambers Insights, 2022

“Tom is absolutely as smart as they come. He is really good to work with and doesn’t miss a thing.”

Chambers Insights, 2022

“Tom McNeill at BCL is unusual in that he has a background steeped in the criminal law AND has extensive experience of advising corporates in relation the most complex investigations and prosecutions conducted by the HSE, the EA and local authorities.”

The Legal 500, 2021

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