Neil Gerrard is global co-head of Dechert's white collar and securities litigation practice with special responsibility for all matters outside of the United States. Neil focuses on white collar crime relating to the corporate sector, with particular emphasis on regulatory investigations and prosecutions undertaken by UK, US and EU regulators including the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue & Customs, the Department of Trade & Industry, the Department of Justice, the Financial Services Authority and the Office of Fair Trading.
Neil's unique skillset and extensive experience has made him a lawyer of choice for companies and in particular audit committees around the world who regularly instruct him to undertake independent regulatory and/or whistleblower investigations, invariably involving multiple jurisdictions and regulatory bodies. Neil has advised on many of the largest, high-profile investigations carried out by key European regulators and is often called upon to conduct investigatory work as an independent specialist on behalf of these regulatory bodies. He also advises on risk management, internal controls and accountability and other compliance issues.
Neil is consistently ranked by Chambers in the top tier of leading lawyers in the field of criminal fraud. In the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions, he was listed in Band 1 of the Chambers Corporate Crime and Investigations category. Chambers 2017 commented that Neil has "great insight into expectations as to how the matter will progress. He is clearly very experienced and has a good sense not only for the legal side, but also for practicality." Chambers has also described Neil as "highly respected in this area" with "extensive experience in conducting international internal investigations on behalf of global companies." He is "a master tactician, whose bold ideas and clear logical thought patterns make him invaluable, particularly in pre-trial stages...very knowledgeable on multi-jurisdictional prosecutions and investigations, frequently advising on risk management, internal controls and director accountability."
The Legal 500 UK has also consistently recognised Neil as "incredibly smart and tough," "skilled," an "outstanding lawyer" and "unusually smart" with "unique insight and experience" and has recommended him as a leading individual in its Fraud: Corporate Crime; Fraud: Civil; Fraud: White Collar Crime; Commercial Litigation; and Customs & Excise categories. Neil was named to Global Investigations Review's list of "Who's Who Legal Investigations 2016."
From February 24 2014, Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) became available to the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) as a way to deal with corporate criminal cases relating to fraud, corruption and money laundering, without the need for a finding of guilt. It is the Director of the SFO who will...