According to Mark Haslam, Robert Brown remains ‘one of the major players in this field’. Brown has recently shifted focus away from corporates to individuals:‘Clientele remains predominantly London based, still with a large number of Russian nationals,’ he says. He also notes an increase in ‘business with new clients from China, as well as the Far Eastern jurisdictions’. Recent work includes a number of instructions with ‘clients seeking advice in relation to allegations of sexual misconduct’. He has in the past successfully defended a former Soviet general tried for espionage and high treason, and acted for a celebrity chef charged with alleged traffic violations. Other clients have included Charles Saatchi and Vicky Pryce.