Financial services regulation


In an increasingly complex and challenging regulatory environment, clear guidance and commercial application from professional advisers has never been more critical.

Our complementary blend of experience and unique industry insight ensures that our advice is always underpinned by practical and commercial realities. We focus on our client's needs - on what they actually want and, importantly, what they don't want; our advice is always bespoke. We think pragmatically and creatively and are not afraid to push boundaries - we believe that if we are not adding substantive value, then we are not doing our job properly. We offer the very highest level of technical excellence and rigour. When a client seeks an opinion, they deserve an opinion - we will not frustrate our clients by sitting on the fence.

Our financial services regulatory lawyers advise a diverse client base - including investment banks, corporate finance boutiques, private equity houses, hedge fund managers, private banks, commercial and retail banks, brokers, investment managers and individuals - on a full range of regulatory and compliance issues.


  • "[They have] great strength in depth with a huge number of top-level partners for all aspects of contentious financial services, both regulatory cases and litigation. Combined with many of the brightest associates around, the firm really presents the complete package."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "They're good technically, responsive and easy to work with."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "They're very good at understanding business concepts and equally good at explaining legal concepts in a clear way."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "They are commercially aware and have taken time to understand our business. They are very aware of our regulatory obligations."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "I found them very supportive, very good at working as a team. They were pragmatic in their approach, which was particularly useful. My experience was superb."

    Chambers UK 2015

  • "Excellent value for money, can't fault them at all. A class act as a firm - I was very impressed."

    Chambers UK 2015

  • "The financial services team at Macfarlanes is well resourced and very to deal with very large regulator cases in a methodical and calm way."

    IFLR 1000 2015

  • "A refreshing (and extremely rare) mix of technical excellence and practical know-how - a very impressive team."

    General Counsel, Financial Institution