Specialist Criminal & Regulatory Barristers

London: 020 7520 6000 | chambers@18rlc.co.uk

East Anglia: 01245 280 880

Bribery & Corruption

Red Lion Chambers specialise in fraud, financial crime and multi-handed conspiracies, at home and internationally. With our unrivalled expertise in bribery and corruption cases, we can provide strategic and tactical support from advice and pre-trial stages to confiscation and appeal.

Our members have prosecuted and defended in numerous high-profile cases and therefore can offer clients a balanced and enhanced perspective on bribery and corruption issues. We work in partnership with our clients, providing them with expert advice and solutions regarding all aspects of the Bribery Act.


The Bribery Act 2010

The UK Bribery Act has had a major impact on corporations and commercial organisations, extending corporate liability to “failure to prevent” bribery offences committed by employees or related persons under section 7.

With our experience in corruption and bribery cases, members advise businesses on the efficacy of anti-corruption policies in accordance with government policy and the potential risks posed by ‘red flag’ incidents.


Criminal Finances

We are monitoring the development of criminal financial legislation, which will further extend corporate criminal liability to failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion for the acts committed by employees or related persons.


Deferred Prosecution Agreements

The Crime and Courts Act 2013 came into force in April 2013. The Act introduced Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs), which allow corporate organisations to resolve allegations of criminal activity without being prosecuted.

Our team are well-versed in DPA’s and have an expert understanding of the complexities and implications involved.



  • Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd v Director of Public Prosecutions [2016] Lloyd’s Rep FC 108 (international mutual assistance, restraint order, bribery and corruption, Nigerian oil field); Jonathan Fisher QC
  • Junior counsel in the first ever UK Deferred Prosecution Agreement (Failure of Corporate to Prevent Bribery).  Allison Clare
  • Innospec 2 (2013 to 2014: defence): Trial and appeal concerning the bribery of foreign officials in Indonesia. Tony Shaw QC
  • MWKL (2010-2011): advising UK subsidiary of US parent on allegations of corruption in Nigeria leading to £7m civil settlement with SFO. There were related investigations by DoJ under Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 1977 in the US against Halliburton and other foreign companies in other jurisdictions: Tony Shaw QC


For More Information or To Instruct Us

Identifying the right barrister(s) and ensuring early involvement is essential to securing a positive outcome in a court of law. We have vast experience in this area and our clerking team are on hand to discuss your legal options in the strictest confidence.

To discuss your options and for details of our transparent fees’ structure, please contact our clerking team, led by Chambers Director, Mark Bennett.

  • For specific case enquiries, please contact our clerking team.
  • If you are a professional client and would like to discuss in-house training and seminar opportunities, please contact Jennifer Ukaegbu.

Practising in this area

Chambers UK - Crime

”The clerks are very dependable," and “always anxious to help.”


Chambers UK - Fraud

"Red Lion Chambers both prosecutes and defends serious fraud cases, securing involvement in some of the causes célèbres of the day such as the BAE Systems corruption affair and the pharmaceuticals cartel investigation."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Red Lion Chambers offers clients a great deal of experience and a high level of professionalism. Observers note that it has proved skilful in maintaining the standards of its members over the years and it is widely expected to thrive in this period of uncertainty at the Criminal Bar."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"Substantial number of talented criminal fraud practitioners."

Chambers UK - Crime

"When instructing barristers from Red Lion Chambers, you always know that you will get a safe pair of hands. The large group of capable barristers specialises in the full range of criminal and related regulatory work."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Likeable, knowledgeable, responsive and proactive clerks."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Because Red Lion Chambers has that strength and depth, if you cannot obtain your barrister of choice, there is always someone of equal stature and ability to then take on the case."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"Red Lion Chambers is viewed as "one of the prestige sets" and is a popular choice for fraud work."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"The clerks are very helpful and always do their very best to accommodate us at short notice. They work closely with the members, so they are very good at knowing who you will like and who you will want."

Chambers UK - Fraud

Home to some of the most cogent, eloquent and outstandingly prepared advocates."

Legal 500 - Crime

"Around 80 members dedicated exclusively to the full range of crime work."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"You can't go wrong at Red Lion Chambers if you are facing a serious, high-value fraud matter. Its team is well versed in all aspects of white-collar crime, and excels when defending lengthy and labyrinthine fraud trials. It also proves equally strong on the prosecution side ..."


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