- Acted for a Barclays derivative trader acquitted of allegations that he conspired to manipulate LIBOR.
- Acted for PW, an RBS LIBOR submitter in proceedings before the Regulatory Disciplinary Committee (RDC).
- Acting in Administrative Court proceedings applying the joint benefit principle established in Ahmad and Fields to the enforcement of a multi-million pound confiscation order.
- Representing a number of companies in the Tax Tribunal in relation to allegations of VAT and Excise Duty evasion.
Roland EllisSenior Associate
- "For 35 years the biggest debate about the test for dishonesty in the criminal courts has been whether the leading case was pronounced as an expression of surprise or as a description of a socially awkward teenager."
- "Bivonas Law LLP successfully defended the former Barclays trader Stylianos Contogoulas following a re-trial at Southwark Crown Court on the 6th April 2017."
- "If the LIBOR rigging scandal has taught the state anything about regulation, it’s that fining large organisations can be lucrative. Judging by the new food safety sentencing guidelines, published earlier this month, this is a fact that may not have escaped the Sentencing Council’s attention."
- "If David Mellor QC is indeed boycotted by London cab drivers, he might console himself with the thought that the fall out could have been a lot worse..."
- "On 29 October 2014, the Serious Fraud Office announced that they would be launching a criminal investigation into Tesco’s £263 million profit overstatement. An early Halloween horror show for the retailer..."
- "Decisions within policing are undoubtedly difficult and complex. There will inevitably be a balancing of offence priorities and budgetary constraints, but chief police officers make the task so much more difficult for themselves if they allow their vision to be obscured by red tops."
Areas of Expertise
Roland qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and was awarded higher rights of audience in 2008.
Roland is an experienced business crime and regulatory lawyer. He has been involved in some of the UK’s highest profile investigations and prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). He also advises individuals and companies facing Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulatory investigations and proceedings.
Roland is often approached to advise in complex asset forfeiture proceedings and regularly acts for companies in relation to alleged tax irregularities.
R v Mulholland and Others
Secured the acquittal of a perfusionist accused with five others of conspiring to defraud the NHS by undertaking private work. The four co-defendants were convicted.
R v Gooding and Others
Junior advocate on a US$100 million multi-jurisdictional boiler room fraud prosecution by the SFO.
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.
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.
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.
Roland is a founding member of the Fraud Lawyers Association and regularly speaks on criminal law issues.
Roland has written and contributed to articles on criminal law in Lexis Nexis, Archbold News and The Times.