We specialise in compliance, investigations, and white-collar defence but we are not just lawyers.
We are a firm of barristers, solicitors, investigators, compliance experts, and high calibre investigative professionals who have been involved in many of the most significant and high-profile international white-collar crime and regulatory investigations of the last decade.
Our clients rely on us for bespoke, strategic, and commercial advice, often during challenging, time-sensitive, and pressurised periods.
Because we only take on a limited number of instructions, our team are able to focus on each of our clients and deliver the high quality and tailored service giving them the freedom to focus on their core business operations.
Our vertically integrated model means that we can provide everything from initial due diligence and compliance advice through to acting as trial counsel for companies and executives facing prosecution. Our flexible structure means that we can build the right team to suit the specific needs of our clients on a case-by-case basis.
In working with us you’ll be working with an accessible, flexible, down to earth, and genuinely diverse team, both in terms of professional background, ethnicity and gender, but also in terms of specialist skills and approaches to problem-solving.
Many larger firms have large disputes or litigation departments where associates and even partners practice a mix of general litigation, arbitration, and white-collar work. We focus exclusively on white collar compliance, investigations, and defence.
This means that our people have been, and continue to be, involved in many of the most significant and high profile international white-collar crime and regulatory investigations of the last decade. We have acted for, and currently act for, governments, listed multinationals, top-tier banks, and C-suite executives. We are truly experts in our field.
We pride ourselves on being able to deliver flexible, tailored pricing models to suit our clients’ businesses.
Some clients prefer hourly rates, but much of our work is also undertaken on a fixed fee basis, so that our clients can benefit from transparency, certainty, and the ability to budget, regardless of the complexity or size of the instruction.
None of our lawyers have billable hour targets because we don’t believe that this delivers the best efficiencies, service, or value for our clients.
Our size and the exclusive nature of our practice also means we are generally conflict-free. This contrasts with many larger firms who are unable to accept clients because of their involvement in conflicting representations.
Fulcrum has a strong commitment to its Corporate Social Responsibility and works on various projects with local communities, charities, and organisations.
Fulcrum is unique in that it has its genesis at the English Bar.
We were founded in 2010 by David Williams QC and Ivan Pearce, two highly regarded barristers each of whom spent a significant amount of time at the self-employed bar specialising in white-collar crime.
Changes under the Legal Services Act 2007 meant that for the first time, a law firm could be created that could be led by barristers but which would bring together professionals from across the investigations and white-collar defence practice area, including solicitors, compliance professionals, and investigators.
Fulcrum brought together these skilled individuals to service the needs of corporate clients and senior individuals who found themselves under increasing scrutiny from regulators and prosecutors as a result of new legislation such as the UK Bribery Act 2010. This innovation was recognised in 2016 when we were ranked in the top tier of innovative law firms in the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers’ awards.
Over the last 10 years we have acted in some of the most significant and high-profile investigations and prosecutions of the last decade, including the first full self-referral process, resulting in a settlement for Macmillan Publishers with the SFO; representing high profile individuals such as Vincent Tchenguiz and Tom Hayes; and more recently the successful defence of Alstom.
Amongst other matters, we currently act for ENRC in the SFO’s long-running investigation into the company and have also acted for individuals in the context of the Rolls-Royce and Rio Tinto investigations.
We have, and continue to, grow organically. At the beginning of 2015 we moved from our old offices at 11 Old Square to the Shard.
We are based in the Shard but we work wherever our clients need us to work and have wide-ranging experience of overseas investigations and litigation.
Almost all of our work involves an international element and we have on the ground experience in numerous jurisdictions including Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South America, the Caribbean, and the US.
We work with clients across a range of sectors, including construction & engineering, defence & aviation, energy, the extractive industries, financial services, logistics & supply chain, and sports.
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Genuine Expertise: We have been, and continue to be, involved in many of the most significant and high profile international white-collar crime and regulatory investigations of the last decade. We have acted for, and currently act for, governments, listed multinationals, top-tier banks, and C-suite executives.
Vertically Integrated: We provide everything from initial due diligence and compliance advice through to acting as trial counsel for companies and executives facing prosecution.
Bespoke: We build the right team to suit the specific needs of our clients on a case-by-case basis.
International: We work where our clients work and have real, on-the ground experience in over 20 jurisdictions across the globe, including conducting long-running projects with teams based within our clients’ offices, and have conducted effective, technology driven remote investigations in relation to dozens of others.
Conflict-free: The exclusive and specialised nature of our practice means we are generally conflict-free.
Flexible Fee Structures: Our years of experience operating on fixed fee and flexible pricing models means that our clients benefit from transparency, certainty and the ability to budget regardless of the complexity or size of the matter.
We pride ourselves on being able to deliver flexible, tailored pricing models to suit our clients’ businesses. Some clients prefer hourly rates, but much of our work is also undertaken on a fixed fee basis, so that our clients can benefit from transparency, certainty, and the ability to budget, regardless of the complexity or size of the instruction.
None of our lawyers have billable hour targets because we don’t believe that this delivers the best efficiencies, service, or value for our clients. We believe that the most important thing we can deliver to our clients is the quality of our advice and not just the number of hours that our lawyers work.
We are based on London but we operate across the Globe. We work wherever our clients need us to work and have significant experience of overseas investigations and litigation. Almost all of our work involves international elements. More details of our international work can be found here.
Our origins are at the English Bar, having been founded by two barristers (David Williams QC and Ivan Pearce) and the ‘Chambers’ in our full name is a nod to this history (which you can read more about here). Whilst we continue to employ a number of barristers, we are not a Chambers or ’Set’; instead we are regulated by the SRA and now employ solicitors, investigators, compliance experts, and other professionals, alongside our barristers. This means that we are perfectly positioned to assist our clients with every aspect of their compliance, investigations, defence, and disputes needs. Most people now know us simply as Fulcrum.
Fulcrum Diligence is our sister company who specialise in delivering due diligence reports and training, and advice on Counter-Party (or Third-Party) due diligence systems and controls.
The two companies often work together on a variety of matters including internal investigations and compliance.
You can learn more about our due diligence offering and Fulcrum Diligence here.
The practice areas and sectors listed on our website are illustrative of the type of work we do, and the sectors we operate in, but they are not exclusive.
If you are seeking assistance in relation to compliance, investigations, white-collar or regulatory criminal defence, or disputes, it is likely that we will be able to help.
Please do contact us.
Yes. Most of our work is for international clients or clients with a significant presence overseas.
The nature of modern commerce means that transactions often cross borders and involve multiple jurisdictions. The first, important step, is to understand which jurisdictions’ laws and regulations are applicable. We can advise on that.
Criminal law is becoming increasingly extra-territorial in its reach and you might fall within its jurisdiction in circumstances that may surprise you. The jurisdictional reach of the bribery offences under the UK Bribery Act, for example, extends to offences that are committed or partly committed in the United Kingdom and offences committed abroad by persons with a close connection to the United Kingdom.
We also work closely with carefully selected partners across the Globe whom we can call upon at a moment’s notice to advise on matters of foreign law and procedure.
Yes. As well as acting for corporates, we frequently represent and advise individuals who find themselves subject to document requests, questions, or interviews by regulators, prosecutors, or other government agencies. In recent years we have represented senior executives in some of the most high profile SFO investigations, including Rolls Royce and Rio Tinto.