The team of business crime barristers at 5SAH are instructed in high value and complex white-collar criminal investigations, associated hearings and trials.

The barristers in the business crime team have the necessary expertise to guide their clients through the complex legal and financial scope of each case.


5SAH are recognised as a leading set in financial and business crime, advising and appearing for clients in the UK and overseas. The team are regularly instructed to act in complex and serious financial services cases on behalf of both prosecution and defence.

Areas of expertise include FCA criminal investigations, LIBOR, Cum-Ex and other market manipulation offences, money laundering, deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs), all types of fraud work including excise duty, VAT, missing trader intra-community (MTIC), tax credit, insurance, mortgage, charities, land banking, and construction industry frauds as well as, corruption, bribery and other high-level financial crime. Our barristers also receive instructions in relation to VAT tribunal work.

One silk and three junior barristers are ranked within Chambers and Partners in the field of Financial Crime. Two silks and one junior are ranked in Fraud Crime and one junior barrister is also ranked in the field of Business and Regulatory Crime in the Legal 500. Collectively and individually we are experts in the field of business crime.

Members of our team receive instructions from leading Defence and City firms to represent and advise clients, both corporates and individuals, at all stages of an investigation into alleged financial misconduct and white-collar crime.  We are also regularly instructed by the Serious Fraud Division and Complex Casework Unit of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the National Crime Agency (NCA), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Attorney General’s Office in Jersey.

5SAH is known for providing barristers with in-depth financial knowledge as well as legal expertise in the field. Our barristers are frequently consulted at the investigatory and pre-charge stages of fraud enquiries. In addition, members are highly experienced in related proceeds of crime proceedings.

Private Prosecutions

5SAH has been a market leader in private prosecution work for a number of years. Our specialist barristers have been instructed in some of the recent leading cases in this area.

One of our junior barristers is also ranked within the expert's 'Spotlight table' within Financial Crime - Private Prosecution, in Chambers and Partners. 

We offer a team of expert barristers who undertake work in this area and have significant knowledge of all aspects of pursuing a private prosecution from the advisory stage and throughout the case.  

Business Crime and Financial Regulation: Corporate Advisory Service

The team provides corporate clients and their advisers with financial crime prevention, compliance, enhanced governance best practice and assists in the conduct of internal investigations. They are specialists in anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering and other financial crime prevention measures with a significant commercial background and financial acumen, our team works across a range of sectors and industries.

Through an innovative breach risk assessment toolkit, our team covers all aspects of business crime and financial regulation, providing clients with best practice ethos, policies and procedures.

Our Business Crime team is client-focused and results-driven. If you would like to discuss a business crime matter with our expert clerking team, you can contact them here.