Alison Pople QC

Biography

” Fantastic on strategy”…. “..her preparation is exemplary” “Truly excellent – she is really user friendly…and everyone speaks highly of her.”

- Chambers & Partners

Alison Pople is widely acknowledged as a leading criminal advocate with a particular specialism in financial crime and corporate crime. Extremely highly regarded, she is routinely instructed in high profile, serious and complex criminal investigations and proceedings for both individual and corporate clients.

Her expertise embraces the interface between the commercial world and criminal investigations including issues of corporate fraud and false accounting, insider dealing, criminal cartels, tax fraud, domestic and international corruption, corporate regulatory issues and money laundering.

Alison is a skilled and persuasive advocate in both jury and non-jury proceedings. A significant part of Alison’s practice is advisory, on self-reporting issues and on strategy from the commencement of criminal investigations by the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, Competition and Markets Authority and other regulatory bodies in the UK. She frequently advises clients within and outside the UK on issues and investigations with global reach.

She also has extensive general crime experience and regulatory and professional discipline experience.

Called to the Bar - 1993

Queen's Counsel - 2015

What Others Say

Chambers and Partners 2017

Financial Crime & Financial Crime: Corporates ; She is fantastic on strategy, is very down-to-earth and her preparation is exemplary.” “Truly excellent – she is really user-friendly, and everyone speaks highly of her. A very good court advocate.” 

Crime: “She is extremely hard working, excellent with the client and tactically very good.. she is brilliant, immensely respected”

Entries from previous years

“She is very impressive”

Widely acknowledged as a leading junior in the fields of criminal fraud and corporate crime..”A perfect junior: intelligent, detail-focused and confident, with a very good client manner”

“She receives particular praise for her incisive approach, strategic foresight and adept handling of disclosure issues… Her excellent judgement is matched only by her phenomenal work rate”

Alison Pople is “a true star and definitely one of the first picks for solicitors looking for top-notch fraud juniors”

“Hugely bright and deserving of the highest recognition”

“Consistently receives the highest commendations from sources for her efforts in the fraud arena”

 

Recent & Current Cases

Alison’s current instructions include confidential advisory work to individuals and corporates in a number of on-going investigations conducted by the SFO, CMA, HMRC and the SRA, including self-reporting issues. She recently advised individuals subject to investigation by the SFO in relation to the Tesco plc investigation and the Euribor investigation.

In addition Alison’s recent advisory work includes:

  • X – advice to a dual-listed corporate on self-report strategy and conduct in relation to potential criminal liability from breaches of specialist industry sector regulations, wider criminal liability and money laundering.
  • Y – advice to a high profile individual in a foreign jurisdiction subject to press speculation about his status in a potential SFO investigation.
  • Z – advice to a corporate on its exposure to criminal liability under s7 Bribery Act 2010, Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and associated self-reporting issues.

Alison recently represented a former Managing Director of Deutsche Bank charged with insider dealing offences by the FCA, arising from Operation Tabernula, the largest and most complex investigation of insider dealing ever carried out by the financial regulator.

Alison also represented a former manager of Swift Technical Group (an Oil and Gas Services Company) on foreign corruption charges brought by the SFO. Following a nine week trial, her client was acquitted. No conviction was obtained by the SFO in this investigation.

Alison is also representing the former chief financial officer of FH Bertling charged with bribery by the SFO.

In addition Alison’s recent trial work includes;

  • Represented Andrew Coulson, the former editor of the News of The World newspaper, in the phone hacking trial (Operation Weeting and Operation Elveden)
  • Successfully represented the former legal Director of Torex Retail plc. in an SFO prosecution for an offence conspiracy to defraud.
  • (Operation Saturn) represented a defendant in large FSA prosecution for allegations of conspiracy to commit insider dealing.
  • (Operation Tiger) represented a defendant in a linked FSA prosecution to Operation Saturn for allegations of conspiracy to commit insider dealing.
  • Successfully represented a former non-executive director of Securency in an SFO prosecution for conspiracy to corrupt a Vietnam public official.

Alison advises and represents clients in all ancillary issues to criminal investigations and proceedings, including challenges or potential challenges to aspects of a criminal investigation, such as a validity of a search warrant and the SFO’s exercise of section 2 powers. She has advised and represented clients facing wasted costs applications.

Previous Cases

Alison has acted as junior counsel in a number of significant and/or high profile cases. These include;

  • JJB Sports – advised the SFO in relation to the prosecution of former Chief Executive of JJB Sports plc. Christopher Ronnie on fraud and money laundering charges and former Chairman Sir David Jones on charges of misleading the market and forgery. Acted for the SFO during the preliminary stages of both proceedings.
  • Operation Condor – successfully represented a former BA Executive in the first contested proceedings for a cartel offence brought by the OFT. The case collapsed before any evidence was called by the Prosecution.
  • Independent Insurance – represented the former finance director charged with offences of conspiracy to defraud in an SFO prosecution of a complex and technical case.
  • Operation Holbein – successfully defended a corporate client in the largest and most expensive SFO case arising from a cartel investigation which was prosecuted as conspiracy to defraud. The case collapsed in the Court of Appeal after extensive legal argument.
  • Jubilee Line Extension case – successfully represented the first defendant in a trial brought by the Crown Prosecution Service alleging conspiracy to defraud and corruption which resulted in a collapse before verdicts after over 18 months.

In addition she has represented defendants in multiple HMRC tax and VAT evasion criminal proceedings, and acted for HMRC in the First Tier Tribunal. She has advised the SFO and represented defendants against the SFO in a number of other criminal cases including boiler room frauds and corruption cases.

Biography

” Fantastic on strategy”…. “..her preparation is exemplary” “Truly excellent – she is really user friendly…and everyone speaks highly of her.”

- Chambers & Partners

Alison Pople is widely acknowledged as a leading criminal advocate with a particular specialism in financial crime and corporate crime. Extremely highly regarded, she is routinely instructed in high profile, serious and complex criminal investigations and proceedings for both individual and corporate clients.

Her expertise embraces the interface between the commercial world and criminal investigations including issues of corporate fraud and false accounting, insider dealing, criminal cartels, tax fraud, domestic and international corruption, corporate regulatory issues and money laundering.

Alison is a skilled and persuasive advocate in both jury and non-jury proceedings. A significant part of Alison’s practice is advisory, on self-reporting issues and on strategy from the commencement of criminal investigations by the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, Competition and Markets Authority and other regulatory bodies in the UK. She frequently advises clients within and outside the UK on issues and investigations with global reach.

She also has extensive general crime experience and regulatory and professional discipline experience.

Called to the Bar – 1993

Queen’s Counsel –  2015

Recent & Current Cases

Alison’s current instructions include confidential advisory work to individuals and corporates in a number of on-going investigations conducted by the SFO, CMA, HMRC and the SRA, including self-reporting issues. She recently advised individuals subject to investigation by the SFO in relation to the Tesco plc investigation and the Euribor investigation.

In addition Alison’s recent advisory work includes:

  • X – advice to a dual-listed corporate on self-report strategy and conduct in relation to potential criminal liability from breaches of specialist industry sector regulations, wider criminal liability and money laundering.
  • Y – advice to a high profile individual in a foreign jurisdiction subject to press speculation about his status in a potential SFO investigation.
  • Z – advice to a corporate on its exposure to criminal liability under s7 Bribery Act 2010, Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and associated self-reporting issues.

Alison recently represented a former Managing Director of Deutsche Bank charged with insider dealing offences by the FCA, arising from Operation Tabernula, the largest and most complex investigation of insider dealing ever carried out by the financial regulator.

Alison also represented a former manager of Swift Technical Group (an Oil and Gas Services Company) on foreign corruption charges brought by the SFO. Following a nine week trial, her client was acquitted. No conviction was obtained by the SFO in this investigation.

Alison is also representing the former chief financial officer of FH Bertling charged with bribery by the SFO.

In addition Alison’s recent trial work includes;

  • Represented Andrew Coulson, the former editor of the News of The World newspaper, in the phone hacking trial (Operation Weeting and Operation Elveden)
  • Successfully represented the former legal Director of Torex Retail plc. in an SFO prosecution for an offence conspiracy to defraud.
  • (Operation Saturn) represented a defendant in large FSA prosecution for allegations of conspiracy to commit insider dealing.
  • (Operation Tiger) represented a defendant in a linked FSA prosecution to Operation Saturn for allegations of conspiracy to commit insider dealing.
  • Successfully represented a former non-executive director of Securency in an SFO prosecution for conspiracy to corrupt a Vietnam public official.

Alison advises and represents clients in all ancillary issues to criminal investigations and proceedings, including challenges or potential challenges to aspects of a criminal investigation, such as the validity of a search warrant and the SFO’s exercise of section 2 powers. She has advised and represented clients facing wasted costs applications.

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