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Siobhain Egan Solicitor
Siobhain EganDirector (Non-executive) 
Lawyer: financial and corporate crime, regulatory defence, compliance, business investigations, SFO/FCA/BIS/HMRC/NCA defence

Summary

  • 1989: Called to the Bar 
  • 1993: Admitted as a solicitor 
  • Experienced Higher Rights Advocate

Key Defence Areas:

  • Serious Crime (including sexual offences);
  • Serious/White Collar Fraud;
  • Money Laundering;
  • Regulatory (FCA, HSE , Environmental - Trading Standards);
  • Professional Disciplinary (GMC - accountants - Finance professionals);
  • HMRC investigations (both civil and criminal) and prosecutions;
  • Investigations brought by NCA - SFO - FCA – BEIS; Insolvency Service; HMRC; HSE; Dept of Environment; Trading Standards, police and City of London economic crime unit;
  • POCA (asset restraint - confiscation);
  • Unexplained Wealth Orders;
  • Civil Recovery;
  • Extradition;
  • Interpol Red Notices; 
  • Cyber crime inc. fraud & indecent images.

Key Advice Areas:

  • Appeals against conviction/sentence;
  • Business investigations (money laundering / tax evasion / bribery and corruption);
  • Corporate Compliance (AML - AB&C- GDPR);
  • Cyber Crime Recovery (victims of cybercrime and fraud) & investment scams;
  • Second opinions on current trials/investigations/appeals;

Experience

Consultant: Corporate Crime, DPAs, White Collar, Serious Fraud, Money Laundering, Tax/VAT at Lewis Nedas Law
February 2008 - Present

Criminal & Serious Fraud: Advising victims of fraud; pension liberation; boiler room; investment fraud and cybercrime (hacking/ransoms/banks); Asset restraint and recovery (civil and criminal proceedings); Money laundering (including AML compliance and business investigation advice to businesses and individuals), self-reporting, cash seizures, asset / bank account restraint, SAR reports; Bribery and corruption (including compliance and business investigation advice); SFO investigations and prosecutions (successfully defending these since 1992); complete remit of fraud; money laundering and bribery and corruption allegations; Cybercrime (fraud - illegal material - hacking); Corporate Manslaughter; FCA - complete remit of criminal and regulatory breaches and offences (approved persons - fit and proper individual - money laundering - (unauthorized) collective investment schemes; BEIS investigations / prosecutions; NCA investigations / Prosecutions;

Regulatory and Professional Disciplinary Proceedings: S2 interviews; Business investigations inc. due diligence; Dawn raids - search and seizure (documents/Legal Professional privilege); Voluntary interviews and those after arrest; UWOs (unexplained wealth orders); DPAs; Civil settlements (across all investigative/prosecution bodies); Disclosure -SAR reports - self reporting; Appeals against conviction and sentence; GDPR advice; SOCPA / Queens Evidence agreements

General: HMRC investigations and prosecutions (complete remit inc. civil and criminal - settlements) tax evasion; file tax partnerships; SM& CR - RDC and Upper tribunal -systems and controls -Governance and Culture, settlements, notices, misrepresentation, mis selling, restrictions, warnings, insider dealing and market abuse, disclosure re compulsory notices; Insolvency Services; HSE; Trading Standards; Environmental offences /Regulatory investigations and prosecutions

Has given expert advice on wide range of Criminal Justice issues to media outlets such as: Television (BBC, Channel 4, BBC Radio 4, ITN, Sky News and Al – Jazeera); Talk Radio; Journalist Advisory for agents such as Bloomberg, Financial Times & Vanity FairAssisted Bill Browder / Magnitsky Campaign (2013) leading to a major multinational settling a DPA with the DOJ.

Expert articles written for Lexology in publications including: Finance Monthly; Corporate Live Wire; Financier Worldwide; Lexis Nexus; Society for Computers & law

Coverage 

Noted for: 

  • High Acquittal and overall success rates dealing with high profile cases that attract National / International publicity;
  • Particularly adept at ‘nipping serious crime and fraud investigations in the bud ‘(please see our criminal/fraud cases and results section on the website for some of her successes and instructions). 

Expertise re disclosure issues; 

  • Taking a robust stance with the investigative and prosecution authorities - when necessary
  • Highly ranked by the leading Legal Directories (Legal 500/ Chambers UK/Superlawyers UK) since 2003;
  • The Times ‘Lawyer of the week ‘ June 2003 (for her work on the infamous NOTW sting ‘the Beckham Kidnapping ‘ which led to the collapse of that prosecution); 
  • Chambers UK ‘Women in law Awards ‘2012; 
  • Lawyer Monthly Commercial Fraud lawyer of the year 2014; 
  • Practitioner of Note - Chambers UK 201;5 
  • Works with the leading barristers and experts in the country.

Clients

Various Companies; Senior Managers; Company Directors; Professionals; High Net worth individuals; PEPs

Current Major Cases

Click here for recent cases of note which have attracted national and international publicity, acquittals and overall successes.

Other recent and current cases:

  • PEP (politically exposed person) facing allegations of money laundering and tax evasion (this case has attracted international publicity);
  • An individual facing SFO investigation (Serious fraud - false accounting) - this case has attracted International attention in the legal and business news;
  • City of London fraud investigation into allegations of fraud and money laundering in the wholesale Italian insurance market involving UK Nationals;
  • SFO investigation (bribery and corruption) into oil and gas industry;
  • SFO investigation (bribery and corruption) construction industry in UAE;  
  • Three individuals facing a series of criminal/regulatory FCA investigations;
  • Several professionals facing sexual allegations;
  • Numerous professionals facing fraud - dishonesty - tax avoidance - money laundering investigations; 
  • Advising UK construction company on bribery and corruption investigation issues in Europe;
  • Advising several individuals/companies who have been the victims of cyber, investment and pension liberation frauds;
  • Appeal against conviction/sentence on £50 million money laundering matter (client originally defended by another firm); 
  • Appeals against conviction (Mazer Mahmood sting convictions NOTW).

Further notable cases:

  • SFO prosecution Arck LLP - pension sipp fraud -£5O million - early guilty plea - suspended sentence of imprisonment;
  • Operation Rize - Successfully advised over 50 clients facing Met Police and HMRC investigations into tax avoidance abc money laundering - after high profile safety deposit box raids - all clients were returned all their monies and assets - no further proceeding;
  • SFO investigation into multi-jurisdictional property SIPP fraud - all proceedings dropped after 4 years, upon receipt of robust submissions;
  • Major NCA investigation into offshore tax and money laundering allegations in Seychelles and UK - client was an offshore tax expert who ran hundreds of offshore companies;
  • Businessman facing tax and money laundering investigation after release of Panama Papers;
  • Operation Elveden - NOTW hacking investigation- successfully represented former NOTW journalist - proceedings withdrawn; 
  • Tax investment scheme fraud investigation into senior accountant - charges dismissed;
  • The Beckham Kidnapping - NOTW - Mazer Mahmood sting - successfully represented a professional unfairly accused of plotting to kidnap Mrs Beckham and family;
  • Stanstead Hijacking - client one of the first to be acquitted in first trial;
  • SFO investigation into creation of false bank and £multimillion fraud.

Public Appointments

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales (2010-2013) reported directly to LJ Leveson (advised upon consultation for sentencing guideline - fraud - money laundering - DPAs -Bribery and corruption).One of the first women appointed to the Serious Fraud Panel and as a Supervisor on that panel. Member of the VHCC appeals panel. 

Funding

The majority of her cases are privately funded or through D&O insurance

Honours and Awards

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2017
Crime: general
"Siobhain Egan is a committed legal professional with a no-nonsense attitude."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2017
Fraud: white-collar crime
"Siobhain Egan ...provides a thorough and committed service and gives 100% to all clients."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2016 
Fraud: white-collar crime
"Siobhain Egan....leads the 'noteworthy' financial crime group."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2016 
Crime: general
"Team [is] led by... the 'incredibly user friendly' Siobhain Egan."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2015 
Fraud: white-collar crime
"Siobhain Egan takes a 'no-nonsense approach'."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2015 
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
"Siobhain Egan has 'tremendous breadth of experience'."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2015
Crime: general
"The criminal team at lewis nedas law limited includes the ‘very competent’ Siobhain Egan."

The Legal 500 - Top-tier recommendation
The Legal 500
2013
Crime: general
“‘Steely determined’ Siobhain Egan is representing one of the defendants in a major case over the importation of substantial quantities of drugs spanning over ten jurisdictions.”

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2013
Fraud: white-collar crime
“Siobhain Egan ... [is] ‘always mindful of securing the best outcome for [her] clients’.”

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2013
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
“Siobhain Egan at Lewis Nedas Law Limited is ‘precise’.”

Ranked by Super Lawyers UK
Thomson Reuters
2013
“Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.”

Chambers UK Women in Law Awards
Chambers & Partners
2012
“The Chambers Women in Law awards recognise the outstanding achievements of female lawyers at the pinnacle of their professional careers as well as up and coming lawyers who are beginning to make their mark.”

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2012
Crime: general
"The 'always available and helpful' Siobhain Egan acted for a clairvoyant who was accused of encouraging an individual to commit suicide during a tarot session."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2012
Fraud: white-collar crime
"Siobhain Egan … 'combine[s] real intellectual rigour with a very compassionate approach to clients'."

Chambers UK - Recommendation
Chambers & Partners
2012
Fraud
"Key contact Siobhain Egan has recently advised clients on a £15 million after-the-event insurance fraud, and also on Operation Rize – the Metropolitan Police’s widely reported safety deposit box seizure."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2011
Crime: general
"Siobhain Egan’s “'meticulous approach is second to none'.”

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2011
Fraud
"Siobhain Egan 'is also recommended'."

Interests

Collecting Art Deco, travel, black Labradors, Middle Eastern cookery, Irish poetry

UK recommended lawyer 2016  Chambers Recommended Lawyer London 2015

Testimonials

"I don’t know where to begin to thank you for all that you have done for me and my family. I was confident from the very beginning that you understood the complexities of the financial workings of the investment scheme that I was involved in, and after a very long battle with the authorities, thank fully they saw sense and proceedings were discontinued. I appreciate your fast communication and responses to telephone calls and emails; often late at night and weekends, and that we were able to work as team."

MR (finance professional, whose lengthy tax and fraud investigation discontinued after lengthy representations) March 2016

Boutique criminal firm Lewis Nedas Law Limited, has ‘a structure and stability that is envied by many’. Siobhain Egan and Jeffrey Lewis lead the ‘noteworthy’ financial crime group, and Miles Herman is also recommended.

The Legal 500: Fraud: White-collar crime (2016)

"We are all so grateful to you for your caring, supportive approach that you showed us during my case. Frankly I was so terrified about the trial, having never been in such a situation before. I knew that I wasn’t guilty but also that everything I had built could easily have slipped way.Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

JY (professional man, acquitted of sexual assault charges) May 2016

"The last 18 months have been a complete nightmare for me, my family and business partners. Thank you for all your support, hard work and the tenacious approach that you took with the police and the CPS."

TH(finance professional acquitted of fraud, money laundering and POCA charges) June 2016

"I would like to say how much we appreciate all the hard work and expertise that you put into achieving the best possible result for my husband, and in fact for all of us. As you can imagine we were overjoyed and it has taken several days to really sink in. After all the stress of the last two and a half years, its wonderful to finally be able to put it all behind us."

MB (whose husband was acquitted of sexual offences) July 2016

"I Just want to thank you for bringing about the result today. You have been brilliant and supportive all the way through, and your down to earth, matter of fact approach had kept me sane over this last year. So a million thanks …"

AS (acquitted of sexual allegations) July 2016

"Thank you for all your help – you were excellent!"

MCS (businessmen whose affray charges discontinued after strong representations made to CPS) August 2016

"Siobhain Egan takes ‘a no-nonsense approach".

TheLegal 500 (2015)

At Lewis Nedas Law Limited, Jeffrey Lewis and Siobhain Egan have ‘tremendous breadth of experience’.

The criminal team at lewis nedas law limited is led by the ‘first-class’ Jeffrey Lewis† and includes the ‘very competent’ Siobhain Egan. It is currently acting in a range of corporate investigations.

The Legal 500 (2015)

“I wanted to take the opportunity as well to thank you for everything that you have done on this case. The result that we got on Monday will have a massive positive impact not only on my life but the lives of all my family including that of my own son. I personally was struggling to hold back the tears when the sentence was being delivered by the judge and I know my father and sister felt the same too. It must be fantastic to work in a way that can have such a positive impact on people’s lives and I want you to know how much it all means to us all. Thanks a million and good luck with all that you do going forward.”

“I cannot speak highly enough of Siobhain Egan and her team at Lewis Nedas Law. It is clear that Siobhain always wants the best for her clients, even if that is sometimes detrimental to her. She clearly has exceptional knowledge and experience, dealing with situations on an informed and proactive basis, which ensures her clients receive the most effective outcome. I would not want anyone but Siobhain looking after me.”

“I can't thank you enough for all you did for me, you worked so hard for me and gave me the very best advice throughout the trial. Thank you again and again.”

“I just want to thank you for all that you did for me in my battle with the News of the World and the Metropolitan Police. You believed in me from the beginning, your unwavering support and dogged determination to prove what I had been saying all along was true, kept me going through a very difficult period in my life when I thought that I had lost everything that I had ever worked for. You were fearless when dealing with that newspaper and the authorities and picked apart every statement made by the News of the World and the Met which led to the CPS deciding to drop the case.”

“I have been a client of Lewis Nedas since 2002 and the level of service and professionalism that they have provided me with has been second to none. My solicitor, Siobhain Egan, always goes beyond the call of duty in her pursuit of justice and leaves no stone unturned. Lewis Nedas provides a professional yet a very personal service to its clients, and you would be hard pushed to find a law firm in this day and age of such quality. It's been a pleasure having them represent me.”

Accreditations
and Awards

legal 500 uk leading firm 2017 chambers leading firm 2017