Neil is considered to be among the very best in the fields of business crime and serious crime. His achievements have been noted by the legal guides.
With an acknowledged expertise in corporate crime and regulatory investigations, Neil is a specialist in cross-border, global bribery and corruption cases. At any given time he is involved in the most notable and complicated ongoing business crime cases. His caseload can involve anything from currency fraud, mortgage fraud and charity fraud through to carbon credits and other worldwide white-collar crime issues. He is also regularly called on to advise senior executives, corporates and major organisations.
Neil's diligent approach has seen him praised in recent editions of The Legal 500 and led to him being highlighted for a number of years as an associate to watch in Chambers UK Guide. Chambers has praised his conscientious, well-organised approach as well as his rapport with clients. The latest edition of Chambers says: “He knows his way around the cases from back to front and has a real ability to marshal voluminous evidence.’’
The Legal 500 has highlighted Neil’s “intuitive grasp of the finer tactical points that arise in complicated cases’’ and the way he “mixes a logical and structured analysis with an experienced but creative response’’. This year’s edition of The Legal 500 calls him “dedicated, intelligent and skilful in the pursuit of clients’ interests’’.
He has gained a reputation for mounting the strongest legal challenges. He is known for placing every aspect of a case under the most thorough examination.
His caseload has included conservation-related tax fraud cases involving hundreds of millions of pounds, major energy sector fraud cases, MTIC fraud, allegations of fraud involving well-known institutions and charities, Forex allegations and multinational investigations into investment fraud. He also represents people accused of corruption in public office and has gained praise for his work on one of the SFO’s biggest corruption cases this decade.
Neil is highly respected for his conducting of internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients. Such investigations, which are often of huge financial significance, have seen Neil enhance his reputation for being a diligent, dedicated pursuer of the facts and have made him a logical choice for complex corporate cases.
Neil is recognised internationally for his ability to run the most complex, high-profile and large-scale business crime cases involving the world’s major companies and organisations. These have included the first UK cases to involve deferred prosecution agreements and SFO Bribery Act prosecutions.
He is also recognised as an extremely adept leader in cases of serious crime; having achieved acquittals in cases that attracted great public interest.