Neil Gerrard


Neil Gerrard


London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7672 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Neil Gerrard is global co-head of Dechert’s white collar and securities litigation practice with special responsibility for all matters outside of the United States. Mr. Gerrard focuses on white collar crime relating to the corporate sector, with particular emphasis on regulatory investigations and prosecutions undertaken by UK, US and EU regulators including the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue & Customs, the Department of Trade & Industry, the Department of Justice, the Financial Services Authority and the Office of Fair Trading. Mr. Gerrard has in the past been shortlisted to be Director of the Serious Fraud Office and was a key member of the Government and Judicial Committee that developed the Deferred Prosecution Scheme.

Mr. Gerrard’s unique skillset and extensive experience has made him a lawyer of choice for companies and in particular audit committees around the world who regularly instruct him to undertake independent regulatory and/or whistleblower investigations, invariably involving multiple jurisdictions and regulatory bodies. Mr. Gerrard has advised on many of the largest, high-profile investigations carried out by key European regulators and is often called upon to conduct investigatory work as an independent specialist on behalf of these regulatory bodies. He also advises on risk management, internal controls and accountability and other compliance issues.

Mr. Gerrard is consistently ranked by Chambers UK in the top tier of leading lawyers in the field of criminal fraud. He has been listed in Band 1 in its Corporate Crime and Investigations category from 2013-2017. Chambers UK 2018 comments that Mr. Gerrard is "enormously experienced, respected by regulators and has a huge presence", clients also commented that he has "an outstanding strategic mind and is highly results-oriented". Chambers UK also describe Mr Gerrard as having "great insight into expectations as to how the matter will progress. He is clearly very experienced and has a good sense not only for the legal side, but also for practicality." Chambers UK has also described Mr. Gerrard as well versed in white-collar crime and clients noted that he has 'great strategic insight- having been on the side of law enforcement in the past, he is able to bring the prosecutorial perspective to matters'. Mr. Gerrard has also been described by Chambers UK as “very impressive. He really knows the area and gives very practical advice”. Clients appreciate that “he is well connected and very hands-on.” Mr. Gerrard is recognised as “highly respected in this area” with “extensive experience in conducting international internal investigations on behalf of global companies.” He is “a master tactician, whose bold ideas and clear logical thought patterns make him invaluable, particularly in pre-trial stages...very knowledgeable on multi-jurisdictional prosecutions and investigations, frequently advising on risk management, internal controls and director accountability.” “Admired for being very good at the strategy and in keeping the client motivated and together,” he “understands the white-collar enforcement environment from the bottom up.” The Legal 500 UK has also consistently recognised Mr. Gerrard as "incredibly smart and tough," "skilled," an “outstanding lawyer” and “unusually smart” with “unique insight and experience” and has recommended him as a leading individual in its Fraud: Corporate Crime; Fraud: Civil; Fraud: White Collar Crime; Commercial Litigation; and Customs & Excise categories. The 2016 edition of Legal 500 UK commends Mr.Gerrard for attracting an ‘extraordinary team’.

In 2017, Mr. Gerrard was recognised as the 'Best of the Best' in White Collar Crime in EuroMoney's Expert Guides of the world's leading lawyers chosen by their peers. Mr. Gerrard was also named to Global Investigations Review’s list of “Who’s Who Legal Investigations" 2016 and 2017. He was ranked in the 2013 and 2014 editions of The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers and has previously been profiled in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list of top legal practitioners in the UK. Also in 2012, Mr. Gerrard was named by in-house counsel and his peers in Euromoney’s 'Guide to the World’s Leading White Collar Crime Practitioners' as one of the outstanding practitioners in the field.


Significant Representations

Mr. Gerrard has advised on many of the largest, high profile investigations carried out by UK regulators and is often called upon to conduct investigatory work as an independent specialist on behalf of these regulatory bodies. He also advises on corporate governance issues, including Audit Committee investigations since the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act as well as risk management, internal controls and accountability and other compliance issues. In addition, Mr. Gerrard regularly advises non-UK companies on UK and European regulatory requirements.

He also has significant experience in the execution of search warrants, interviews under caution and compulsion statements, having previously prosecuted for the Department of Trade and Industry and also served as a Metropolitan Police officer in London.

The confidential nature of Neil’s work precludes us from providing comprehensive details of his experience, which includes the following representative matters:

  • Conducting an internal corruption, bribery and anti-trust investigation for a global US healthcare company, including assessment of local issues across Europe, Asia, the US and the Middle East.
  • Defending a large multi-national logistics company in HM Revenue & Customs’ largest ever tax fraud investigation and liaising with the Serious Fraud Office in relation to a defense contract corruption allegation.
  • Advising on corruption allegations arising out of the UN Iraq Oil for Food Program.
  • Representing senior executives of a petroleum services company in foreign corruption investigations by the DOJ and the SEC into activities in Nigeria, Kazakhstan and elsewhere.
  • Advising multinational companies on compliance programs and internal policy and risk procedure.
  • Advising a multinational company on offences resulting from the use and recording of facilitation payments by an overseas subsidiary.
  • Manchester Polytechnic, LL.B., 1988, with Honors
  • Chester College of Law, J.D., 1989
  • England and Wales

Member of The Law Society of England and Wales