Ian Ryan

Howard Kennedy

Ian Ryan, whose practice centres on instructions from professionals, celebrities, sportspeople and company directors, has had a busy year. Most notably, he represented Keith Vaz in a police investigation arising out of the Sunday Mirror sting, persuading the police to… Read More

Jane Hickman

Hickman & Rose

‘The middle classes used to have a relatively easy ride from the courts,’ says co-founding partner Jane Hickman. ‘There was a generous recognition that generally law-abiding people might fall from grace but that this was no reason to pillory them…. Read More

Ross Dixon

Hickman & Rose

A vanguard solicitor to high-flying professionals, senior executives and their families, Ross Dixon has acted on a kaleidoscopic range of criminal cases over the years. But as his knowledge and experience have deepened, he increasingly finds himself tackling heavyweight financial… Read More

Jenny Wiltshire

Hickman & Rose

The head of Hickman & Rose’s general crime department, Jenny Wiltshire acts for high-profile individuals (‘often from the entertainment industry, sometimes politicians’) and professionals such as doctors, teachers and even fellow lawyers. Applying forensic analysis and strategic thinking to her… Read More

Brian Spiro

Herbert Smith Freehills

Brian Spiro moved from BCL to Herbert Smith Free hills in the summer of 2017. ‘During the last year, much of my time has been spent representing individuals working in the financial sector who have been caught up in the… Read More

Phil Smith

Tuckers Solicitors

Phil Smith is a solicitor of 25 years’ standing, with deep expertise in UHNW financial crime fraud and money-laundering cases. Career highlights abound, but for Smith ‘securing the acquittal of the former deputy editor of the News of the World… Read More

David Sleight

Kingsley Napley

David Sleight is commended by the industry for his client skills, legal knowledge and an ability to ‘immediately put everyone in the case at ease’. It’s a rare talent, indeed, in a world fraught with esoteric criminal matters, from cases… Read More

Ben Rose

Hickman & Rose

‘The Serious Fraud Office, National Crime Agency and Financial Conduct Authority are all becoming more aggressive,’ says Ben Rose, co-founding partner of the firm which bears his name. ‘This may reflect something of the zeitgeist post-crash, with the press baying… Read More

Stephen Pollard


No list of top criminal practitioners would be complete without Stephen Pollard, who has more than 25 years’ experience in a range of crime litigation. He has been active on some flagship crime cases: he represented the former Barings trader… Read More

Stephen Parkinson

Kingsley Napley

Kingsley Napley crime head, Stephen Parkinson, has a simple philosophy: ‘To limit the damage caused by the investigation, both in terms of its outcome and in terms of its consequences for clients’ reputations.’ He recently acted for Tesco in the… Read More