Chris Whalley specialises in white collar crime and regulatory defence work. Mr. Whalley advises corporate clients and individuals in relation to financial crime investigations and prosecutions. He has conducted internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients seeking to minimise litigation and business risk, and he has acted on behalf of both corporates and individuals in relation to bribery/corruption, fraud, cartel and money laundering investigations, and prosecutions conducted by the SFO, the FCA, the CPS and the CMA. Mr. Whalley's recent experience has involved working on multi-jurisdictional investigations where he has advised on mutual legal assistance requests and applications for asset restraint and confiscation. In addition, his practice encompasses advising clients in relation to corporate manslaughter investigations and related inquest and health and safety work.

Mr. Whalley was admitted as a solicitor in 2004 and gained eight years' experience in criminal defence and regulatory work at two top-ranked criminal defence firms. At these firms he worked on a range of serious financial crime matters and prosecuted regulatory and professional disciplinary cases. For the last five years prior to joining the firm, Mr. Whalley worked at a highly rated boutique white collar crime firm on some of the SFO's most high-profile investigations involving Tesco and Barclays Qatar.

Throughout his career, Mr. Whalley has represented clients in interviews conducted by investigating authorities and he has been involved in the preparation of complex, document-heavy cases in the Crown Court and High Court. He is an accomplished advocate, having practised in the Magistrates' Court for a number of years and, more recently, as a prosecutor in civil tribunals.

Mr. Whalley has developed a keen interest in cyber-crime and data protection/cybersecurity and has recently advised UK and overseas businesses on the implications of the Investigatory Powers Act.


  • GlaxoSmithKline as part of the team instructed as lead criminal advisers in respect of the company's ongoing investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.
  • Senior executive at a major retail bank in relation to an FCA investigation following a whistleblowing incident.
  • Senior executive in relation to the SFO investigation into fraud and false accounting at Tesco.
  • Senior executive in relation to the SFO investigation into commercial arrangements between Barclays Plc and Qatar.
  • UK and overseas corporates (tech companies in particular) regarding their obligations under the Investigatory Powers Act.



  • Legal Practice Course, London Metropolitan University, 2003
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies, University of Birmingham, 2000
  • BA (Hons), History and Geography, University of Birmingham, 1999
  • England and Wales
  • Member, Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Member, European Criminal Bar Association
  • Member, European Fraud and Compliance Association

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