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Roland Ellis

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Areas of Expertise

Roland is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer. He defends both individuals and companies facing allegations of misconduct in the areas of business crime, financial regulation, tax disputes and competition. His cases are often multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional and Roland’s broad litigation experience enables him to manage effectively his clients’ exposure to liability. He has been involved in some of the UK’s most complex, high value and high profile investigations and proceedings and has particular expertise in dealing with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Roland is also regularly approached to advise in complex asset forfeiture proceedings.

Recent Work

  • Acting for a multinational electronics company in relation to follow-on claims arising out of involvement in a worldwide cartel in breach of EU competition law.
  • Acting for a consultant being investigated by NHS Counter-Fraud in relation to corporate contract procurement.
  • Acting for an individual connected with the SFO’s investigation into Petrofac PLC.
  • Representing a fund manager before the FCA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee (RDC) following allegations of improper market conduct relating to influencing the price of an IPO and a share placing. The RDC did not find that PS acted deliberately or dishonestly. The case was linked to the FCA’s first ever use of their competition law powers.

Notable Cases

FCA v PW

Represented an RBS LIBOR submitter in proceedings before the FCA’s Regulatory Disciplinary Committee (RDC). The RDC did not find that PW acted dishonestly.

R v Merchant and Others

Acted for a derivative trader acquitted of allegations made by the SFO that he conspired to manipulate LIBOR whilst working at Barclays Bank.

CPS v S

Acted for a major events and hospitality company prosecuted for selling ticket packages for the London 2012 Olympics in breach of regulations.

News Corporation

Part of the team that acted for News Corporation’s Management Standards Committee in relation to the police investigation into ‘phone hacking and corrupt police payments.

Balfour Beatty

Involved in the investigation of Balfour Beatty for overseas bribery and corruption where the SFO first used a Civil Recovery Order as an alternative to prosecution.

Professional Associations

Roland is a founding member and committee member of the Fraud Lawyers Association.

Publications

Roland’s views on topical business crime issues are often quoted in the national press and he regularly writes or contributes to articles.