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. 

Instructed to defend & prosecute, they are regarded as experts, many of which are ranked in Chambers & Partners, the Legal 500 & Who’s Who Legal. 

Business Crime 

5SAH business crime barristers are instructed in high value and complex white-collar & regulatory criminal investigations, associated hearings and trials. Recognised as a leading barrister’s chambers 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. 

Members of the Team, including our KC’s and junior barristers are ranked within Chambers and Partners in the field of Financial Crime, Fraud Crime and Financial Crime: Private Prosecutions.  We are also recognised within Business and Regulatory Crime in The Legal 500.  

5SAH business crime barristers 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 Silk and one junior barrister are 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 & 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. 

Financial Services 

5SAH barristers represent and provide strategic advice to a wide range of firms, individuals, and regulators in the financial services industry.  

The Financial Services industry in the UK and Globally is a cornerstone to economic success and stability. At 5SAH we advise on the fast-paced changes that can be enacted in relation to regulatory frameworks in the financial services sector and the need to stay agile as businesses and individuals. We work with key advisors and experts who have linked areas of expertise to tackle issues and optimise insight for our clients.  

Our barristers act and advise in proceedings related to the Financial Conduct Authority and the Financial Ombudsman Service to assist and advise on applications for cryptoasset firms to be registered pursuant to the 5th Money Laundering Directive. 

We regularly advise on matters arising from FSMA and related instruments.  

FCA Enforcement and Market Oversight Division specifically Expertise includes enforcement action against individuals in the financial services industry, for example in respect of LIBOR misconduct, market abuse and CumEx. 


5SAH barristers are highly experienced in health and safety, environmental, housing, planning, street works,  food hygiene, public utility, infringement of trademarks and copyright, trading standards and licensing matters.   

We defend for individuals and company defendants, instructed by leading law firms, and are often engaged to advise and where appropriate prosecute for the key regulatory bodies. 

Our barristers also appear before the Traffic Commissioner in relation to companies and individuals.  If you are facing disciplinary proceedings from your regulator or organisation, see our Professional Discipline & Regulatory page.

VAT tribunals 

Our team of specialist barristers are often instructed in this complex and technical field of VAT tribunal work and associated appellate court hearings It complements our cross-over areas of proceeds of crime and VAT, MTIC frauds and money laundering.

Instructing 5SAH

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, please get in touch.

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