Neil Gerrard is global co-head of Dechert's investigations and white collar defence 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 has in the past been shortlisted to be Director of the Serious Fraud Office and was a key member of the Government and Judicial Committee that developed the Deferred Prosecution Scheme.
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 also has significant experience in the execution of search warrants, interviews under caution and compulsion statements, having previously prosecuted for the Department of Trade and Industry and also served as a Metropolitan Police officer in London.
Neil has been consistently ranked by Chambers UK in the top tier of leading lawyers in the field of criminal fraud. Chambers UK 2018 comments that Neil is "enormously experienced, respected by regulators and has a huge presence", clients also commented that he has "an outstanding strategic mind and is highly results-oriented". Chambers UK also describe Neil as having "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."
The Legal 500 UK has also consistently recognised Mr. Gerrard 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 also named to Global Investigations Review's list of "Who's Who Legal Investigations" in both 2016 and 2017.
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...