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Roland Ellis

Roland Ellis
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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.

Recent Work

  • 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.

Notable Cases

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.


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 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.