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White-Collar Crime/ Fraud / Serious Fraud


Our core business in serious and financial crime derives substantially from professional and own client referrals.

Shearman Bowen & Co. is recognised as an established force in fraud, financial crime, criminal confiscation and asset forfeiture. We have represented clients in a number of serious and complex fraud trials over the last 15 years, and have a number of ongoing matters set for trial in 2016-17. As well as our substantial experience in conducting fraud trials, we continue to advise clients in a number of sensitive and complex investigations.

We have advised and represented clients in regard to investigations and prosecutions conducted by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA, formerly the FSA), the City of London Police Economic Crime Unit, the Fraud Prosecution Service, National Crime Agency/Serious Organised Crime Agency, HM Revenue & Customs, the DTI and the Crown Prosecution Service.

We have also advised and defended clients in the “growth area” of criminal investigations carried out by local authorities and other government agencies. In 2015-16 we defended Ketan Somaia in the UK’s largest-ever private prosecution.

Please consult our list of current/recent instructions for a further indication of the work we do:

recent cases