Alison Pople QC

Alison Pople QC

Called to the Bar - 1993
Queen's Counsel - 2015

“She is brilliant.. incredibly detailed and tactically good”
- Chambers & Partners 

"Star quality.. very clear and succinct advocacy style"

"A great cross-examiner"

- Who's Who UK Bar

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.

Within this field Alison is experienced in addressing the complex and sensitive issues faced by high-profile or otherwise exposed individual clients or 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 and corporate regulatory issues.   

In relation to proceeds of crime issues Alison is experienced in advising and representing clients facing legal action under POCA, including resisting restraint and confiscation proceedings. Alison is a skilled and persuasive advocate in both jury and non-jury proceedings.

A significant part of her 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. Alison is adept at steering an issue away from criminal investigation by early and decisive strategic action.

She frequently advises clients within and outside the UK on issues and investigations with global reach. Alison works closely and collaboratively with lawyers in other jurisdictions to provide clients with a unified strategy.

Alison also acts as a Special Advocate, instructed by the Attorney General in High Court, Administrative Court or SIAC proceedings.

Recent & Current Cases

Alison recently represented the Chief Operating Officer of Afren PLC, charged by the SFO alongside the company’s former CEO with Fraud Act 2006 and money laundering offences.

Alison also represented the former Chief Financial Officer of FH Bertling Ltd in criminal proceedings brought by the SFO for corruption offences & advised a multinational energy company about UK self-reporting issues (NCA and SFO) in relation to a proposed transaction involving POCA issues. 

Other notable instructions include;

  • Advising a multinational corporate subject to an SFO investigation into alleged historic overseas corruption offences.
  • Advising a senior corporate figure subject to a long-running SFO investigation into suspected bribery, fraud and sanctions offences in a number of jurisdictions.
  • Advising a former senior banking executive subject to the SFO investigation into alleged Libor ‘Lowballing’
  • A company director under criminal investigation by the CMA for a suspected cartel offence in relation to the supply of pre- cast concrete drainage products. Despite the charging of a co-defendant with a criminal offence, the CMA brought no charges against her client, following written representations.