Senior Associate

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 solicitor specialising in corporate crime, financial crime and regulatory enforcement. His expertise includes internal investigations, corporate and director liability, all types of fraud, bribery and money laundering, corporate manslaughter, health and safety, environmental protection, fire safety, trading standards, and Coroners’ inquests. 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 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 heavy industry, rendering, chemicals, construction, utilities, road works, lift and escalator design and maintenance, film and performing arts, property development, water treatment works, waste, property management and passive fire safety.

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.


  • 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:

“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 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

“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

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