Fraud and financial crime


We specialise in international and domestic fraud. We represent corporates, financial institutions and individuals in a wide range of fraud related matters including bribery and corruption, money laundering, insider dealing, market abuse, conspiracy to defraud, breaches of fiduciary duties, fraudulent misrepresentation, asset tracing and enforcement of court judgments and arbitration awards.

Our team advises corporates on internal controls, compliance and whistleblowing procedures relating to bribery, corruption and other fraud related offences.

We have experience of obtaining and defending freezing injunctions and search orders, receivership orders, delivery up and disclosure orders in domestic and multi-jurisdictional claims.

Often we advise in the context of parallel multi-jurisdictional civil, regulatory and criminal proceedings. We work with a network of trusted foreign lawyers and investigators to implement a seamless, effective, global strategy.

We will also advise on settlements with regulators and prosecutors.

We frequently work in offshore jurisdictions, such as the BVI, Cyprus and the Cayman Islands, as well as Russia and the CIS, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Africa, the Middle East, India and the Far East.


  • “Works for both claimant and defendant clients in substantial civil and criminal fraud investigations, as well as arbitrations and litigation. Capable of handling both domestic matters and those with cross-border aspects.”

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "Macfarlanes LLP is lauded for its ability to ‘bring in a wealth of resources to handle large-scale and complex litigation’."

    The Legal 500 UK 2016

  • "Clients say: 'It has been a great experience across the board'."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "The 'skilled' team at Macfarlanes LLP offers a 'top rate service'."

    The UK Legal 500 2015

  • "'Macfarlanes is populated with smart lawyers who understand their clients and what it is that their clients are looking for'."

    Chambers UK 2015

  • "The team acted in a central role in relation to the biggest fraud in history."

    The UK Legal 500 2014

  • "The litigation department at this City firm acts on fraud matters concerning financial institutions and investment businesses which frequently involve acting across multiple jurisdictions. The firm can often be seen in high-profile banking disputes..."

    Chambers UK 2013