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Financial Crime and Investigations Solicitors

Financial crime is becoming increasingly complex, organised, and international. At Vardags, we provide innovative City-quality representation specifically tailored to the needs of high net worth (HNW) and ultra-high net worth (UHNW) clients. Our London-based Financial Crime and Investigations team provides exceptional advice and representation for clients facing investigation by prosecutorial and regulatory agencies.

Led by financial crime Partner Ellen Gallagher, our team can provide expert advice and representation on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Money laundering
  • Bribery and corruption
  • Market abuse
  • Insider dealing
  • Fraud
  • Public inquiries

Ellen has years of experience advising clients in relation to the UKs anti-money laundering and anti-bribery and corruption regimes. She has represented clients in investigations by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).

With the development of emerging technologies, financial crime is becoming more sophisticated and global. As such, you may be subject to a cross-border investigation involving overseas authorities. Ellen has significant expertise in such cases, having acted in investigations overseen by authorities such as the US Department of Justice and the FBI, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

As well as defending companies and individuals, Ellen conducts internal corporate investigations. We are sensitive to the potential commercial implications and legal risks of such investigations, and we will help clients identify the best course of action to mitigate them.

The investigation process can be a disruptive and stressful time. For high-profile individuals or those subject to a highly publicised investigation, navigating the press can be an additional issue. We are well-equipped to manage the media and have extensive experience doing so. Team leader Ellen has assisted clients responding to major public inquiries, such as the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry and the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.

If you have been notified of an investigation against you, or you require an internal investigation into your company, having the right solicitor by your side can make all the difference. If you think you may need our help, dont delay – book your free consultation today.



Ayesha Vardag Founder & President Divorce & Family

Ayesha Vardag

Founder & President
“Britain's top divorce lawyer” Ayesha Vardag rose to fame for winning the landmark Supreme Court case of Radmacher v Granatino in 2010, changing the law to...
Stephen Bence Vardags CEO

Stephen Bence

Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer, Dr Stephen Bence is responsible for driving Vardags’ growth. In 2015, Vardags was the only law firm to feature on The Sunday Times Virgin...
Ellen Gallagher Vardags Partner Financial Crime

Ellen Gallagher

Partner - Financial Crime
Ellen is a Partner at Vardags specialising in financial crime and investigations. She has extensive experience in representing individuals and institutions under...
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