Business Crime

Our team has vast experience in this complex area of criminal law and understands the major risks and concerns for those being investigated. The increasingly regulated business environment has led to a rise in regulatory scrutiny and enforcement, our unparalleled knowledge puts you in the best position for a robust defence.


Our experts provide advice and assistance to businesses and individuals across a wide range of investigations and prosecutions relating to business crime – including fraud/conspiracy, money laundering, financial & trade sanctions, bribery and corruption, market manipulation/insider dealing. We’re here to make sure you take the right approach at the earliest stage to get the result you need as quickly as possible.

We know how to handle high profile investigations that can raise sensitive issues with careful management and an intelligent pro-active strategy.

We have particular experience in acting in cross border investigations by multiple authorities in different jurisdictions.

The department supports clients proactively on an ongoing basis in order to navigate complex legislation, manage their rights and obligations in respect of regulatory obligations and criminal liabilities, including conducting multi-jurisdictional investigations in order to identify and manage risk, sanctions, money laundering and bribery risk, and reporting.

Featured experience

  • For multiple individuals in connection with FCA, US DoJ/CFTC investigations into LIBOR, EURIBOR and F/X manipulation.
  • As Co-counsel with US lawyers in defence of criminal proceedings instigated by the US DoJ against a UK national relating to LIBOR manipulation – trial in October 2018, acquitted on appeal.
  • For a senior trader in defence of criminal proceedings instigated by the SFO against a German national relating to EURIBOR manipulation.
  • For a listed company in connection with a criminal market abuse investigation.
  • For a trustee of a company pension scheme charged by the Pension Regulator with 6 counts of making prohibited investments, acquitted pre-trial.
  • For individuals under investigation and witnesses to investigations by the FCA in connection with criminal market abuse.
  • For an individual charged for Fraud by false representation (charged dropped).

What our clients say

  • "[John Bramhall] is a good operator who provides good service."

    Chambers UK and Global 2023 Edition, Commercial and Corporate Litigation, London

  • "John [Bramhall] is a highly commercial and motivated lawyer."

    Chambers UK and Global 2023 Edition, Commercial and Corporate Litigation, London

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Who we are

Why choose DAC Beachcroft?

We’re a broad-based commercial firm serving a wide range of sectors with a strong heritage in insurance,
health and real estate. We combine excellent legal skills and cutting-edge delivery expertise to design
solutions that fit the needs of our clients – often involving clever uses of technology.