Caroline Black


Caroline Black


London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London, UK EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7543 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Caroline Black is a criminal defence and investigations lawyer focused on cross border regulatory or internal investigations. She advises organizations, boards and audit committees on conducting investigations and interacting with relevant national authorities, including the UK Serious Fraud Office, National Crime Agency, H.M. Revenue & Customs and the police (and their overseas equivalents). Ms. Black focuses her practice on the investigation and defence of business crimes, particularly matters involving corruption, money laundering, fraud and tax concerns. She has practical experience of advising clients on how to manage raids on corporate and personal premises and how to respond to and defend criminal or regulatory prosecution (including during interviews under caution and subsequent proceedings).

Ms. Black uses her experience of investigating and defending organizations to maintain an active compliance and advisory practice. She assists national and international organizations to recognize corruption and financial crime risks within their businesses, and to design and implement effective compliance measures. Ms. Black also regularly undertakes regulatory M&A due diligence on behalf of multinational companies.

She provides interactive and enjoyable client training on the UK Bribery Act 2010 (“the Act”), dealing with regulatory raids and on conducting investigations. She is also a frequent presenter of Dechert’s innovative corporate training film: A Price Worth Paying?.

Ms. Black is a member of the Fraud Lawyers Association, the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association and the Female Fraud Forum. Ms. Black was described as having ‘the ability to keep cool in complex and stressful situations’ in The Legal 500 UK 2018 edition. Ms. Black was named as a "Rising Star" of litigation by Legal Week, 2016. She was also recognized as a “Rising Star” by London Superlawyers publication and has received awards for training and management. She was also included in the 2015 edition of Global Investigations Review’s “Women in Investigations” profile that highlights 100 remarkable women from around the world for their accomplishments in this area of law. Ms. Black regularly publishes articles on corruption, proceeds of crime and the Act.

Prior to joining Dechert in July 2011, Ms. Black trained and qualified (in 2004) at a large international law firm. 

  • Advising an international investment fund in its investigation of wrongdoing and diversion of funds in various jurisdictions around the world by members of former management, interacting with relevant national enforcement agencies and the courts.
  • Advising an international company in relation to an investigation into overseas assets and its self report to the UK Serious Fraud Office.
  • Representing a major global engineering, construction and services company in a worldwide corruption investigation into the bribery of government officials in Nigeria involving interaction with the UK Serious Fraud Office and negotiation of one of the first civil settlements under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
  • Acting for a defence contractor in relation to an investigation of alleged bribery of foreign government officials by a third party intermediary.
  • Acting for a company and later its directors, in respect of an alleged £1.8 million fraud against the NHS, including attendance and management of a raid of client premises by c.40 police officers.
  • Acting for a company and its directors in respect of an alleged tax fraud, including attendance and management of a raid at client premises by H.M. Revenue & Customs and advising during interview under caution.
  • Advising multinationals on due diligence and compliance programmes including compliance with the UK Bribery Act, and testing of systems in accordance with requirements of US and UK regulatory guidance.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • Nottingham Law School, LPC, 2000
  • University of Birmingham, LL.B.
  • England and Wales