Francis Bond Senior Associate

Francis is a member of the firm’s corporate crime and investigations team.

He advises clients on white collar defence, investigations and prosecutions conducted by agencies such as the SFO, the NCA, OFSI, the CPS and the FCA.

Francis previously lived and worked in the United States, and assists on multi-jurisdictional investigations involving agencies such as the US Department of Justice, the US Securities & Exchange Commission, the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He has particular expertise regarding international enforcement and assists clients on issues of national security, Mutual Legal Assistance, overseas confiscation and restraint orders, and Interpol Red Notices.

Francis is a leading practitioner on international sanctions matters, and is currently helping clients adapt to dramatic recent shifts in the global sanctions framework. He is the co-founder of the City Sanctions Network, and has recently contributed to debates about the future of UK sanctions policy.

Francis has been ranked as an "Associate to Watch" in the Sanctions category of the Chambers UK Legal Guide 2024.

Professional Memberships

  • UK Finance Working Group on Sanctions (Co-Chair)
  • City Sanctions Network (Co-Founder)
  • Law Society Working Group: Russia Sanctions
  • The Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists
  • The Fraud Lawyers Association

What people are saying


"Francis Bond: one of the up and coming sanctions lawyers of the moment."

The UK Legal 500 2024

"He has a near-encyclopaedic knowledge of sanctions law, both in terms of the black-letter provisions but also how those provisions are applied in practice."

Chambers UK 2024

"Francis is completely exceptional - he's a real sanctions specialist."

Chambers UK 2024

"He's extremely knowledgeable about financial crime, sanctions regulations and AML."

Chambers UK 2024

"Francis Bond is an incredibly impressive solicitor in the white-collar space. He has a strong commercial sense, and considered, pragmatic approach."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"Francis Bond is an associate with a keen eye for detail and an excellent grasp of sanctions law."

The UK Legal 500 2022

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