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Justin McClelland

T: +44 20 7809 2127 Email Justin | Vcard Office: London

Awards

Financial Services (Contentious) and Regulatory investigations

Financial Services (Contentious) and Regulatory investigations

Justin McClelland Partner

Contact details

Justin McClelland

T: +44 20 7809 2127 Email Justin | Vcard Office: London

Leading legal directories recommend the “engaging and incisive” Justin McClelland in the areas of contentious regulatory work and litigation.
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He is described as “knowledgeable, astute and empathetic” and “‘excellent’ at handling multi-jurisdictional investigations,” where his “structured, calm and thorough” approach has proved invaluable in resolving the most challenging matters.

Justin’s practice covers a number of sectors, including financial services, transport, construction, pharmaceuticals and energy, in the following areas:

Regulatory investigations: Leading and managing the defence of corporate clients and individuals in complex, multi-jurisdictional investigations on issues such as market abuse, insider dealing, breaches of the FCA’s Principles and Rules, and cartel behaviour.  The investigative agencies include, in the UK, the FRC, the ICAEW, the FCA, the MHRA, and the SFO and, overseas, the European Commission, the US DOJ, the NYAG, the US CFTC, the Dubai FSA and the Japanese FSA;

High-value litigation: Representing clients in commercial and financial disputes including cross-jurisdictional litigation, multi-party actions, appellate proceedings, and follow-on actions arising from regulatory investigations;

Corporate investigations: Managing internal investigations involving POCA concerns, employment disputes, internal fraud allegations, export compliance/sanctions issues, bribery issues and data protection issues;

Compliance programmes: Providing assistance to clients in developing, implementing and reviewing compliance programmes.

Prior to his private practice, Justin served as a lawyer in the British Army, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and prosecuting cases spanning the criminal spectrum at Courts Martial, as well as advising and negotiating at the highest levels of government. Justin was awarded the MBE in June 1998.

"Justin McClelland is a first-class litigator, whose calmness under fire reflects his military background."

The Legal 500 UK 2020

  • Corporate crime and directors' criminal liability
  • Regulatory litigation
  • Professional standards and discipline
  • Regulatory compliance

High profile investigation

Advising a suspect in respect of the SFO’s investigation into a leading international bank.

Cartel investigation

Advising a well-known airline in respect of alleged cartel activity, including in respect of a follow on compensation scheme operated in in the US.

SFO investigation into Tesco

Advising a witness in respect of compelled interviews by the SFO.

Cartel investigation

Advising a well-known airline in respect of an alleged global cartel, including UK follow-on attempted ‘class action’ litigation arising from the same.

SFO investigation into energy sector

Advising a former legal adviser to a company under investigation for its activities in an overseas jurisdiction.

Bribery allegations

Conducting an internal investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption regarding a mining company in Africa.

Pharmaceutical investigation

Conducting an extensive investigation into activities of a global company, involving the first self-report to its regulator, which resulted in no further action being taken.

FX

Advising the global head of FX at a prominent bank in respect of UK, EU and US investigations into the alleged manipulation of the FX market.

More: Corporate crime and directors' criminal liability

Benchmark manipulation

Advising an individual in relation to investigations by UK and US authorities into LIBOR manipulation and securing no further action by those authorities.

Benchmark manipulation

Advising a global bank in respect of investigation by UK, US, European and Asian authorities regarding LIBOR manipulation.

Treating Customers Fairly

Advising a building society in respect of alleged breaches of TCF, securing a private warning.

Retail misselling

Advising a building society in respect of alleged misselling of life insurance policies, including the management of issues concerning the FCA, the FOS and the FSCS.

Market conduct

Advising a group of companies in respect of criminal and regulatory investigations by UK and US authorities arising from alleged market misconduct.

Alleged audit failures

Advising a global accounting firm in respect of an ICAEW investigation into alleged audit failings.

Claims from a company entering Special Administration

Advising a counterparty of and liquidity provider to a collapsed UK-regulated entity, including in respect of associated issues relating to the Insolvency Service, as well as litigation in the EU and in the US.

Investment firm’s legacy issues

Advising a firm in respect of issues arising from the acquisition of legacy policies, involving FCA and FSCS aspects.

More: Regulatory litigation

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

Advising a global accounting firm in respect of alleged accounting failures.

Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Advising a pharmaceutical company in respect of alleged breaches of EU regulations.

Financial Services

Advising individuals in respect of allegations of misconduct brought by the FCA.

More: Professional standards and discipline

Prelisting advice

Advising an African company on its compliance regime as part of its preparation for listing on the LSE.

Bribery Act

Developing and assisting with the implementation of policies and procedures in a number of companies and charities.

Global shipping firm

Providing advice to a global firm regarding its compliance programme.

Compliance training

Running compliance training for a number of firms in different sectors.

More: Regulatory compliance

  • Funds and financial services
  • Energy and natural resources

LIBOR investigations

Advising a global bank and individuals in relation to the global LIBOR investigations.

FX

Advising the global head of FX at a prominent bank in respect of alleged FX manipulation.

Market conduct

Advising a group of companies in respect of criminal and regulatory investigations by UK and US authorities arising from alleged market misconduct;

High profile SFO investigation

Advising a suspect in respect of the SFO’s investigation into a leading international bank.

More: Funds and financial services

Loan dispute

Defending an African oil company in respect of a $150 million loan dispute in the English High Court and setting a new precedent in respect of the interpretation of LMA agreements.

Bribery allegations

Conducting an internal investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption regarding a mining company in Africa.

SFO investigation into energy sector

Advising a former legal adviser to a company under investigation for its activities in an overseas jurisdiction.

Prelisting advice

Advising an African company on its compliance regime as part of its work pre-listing on the LSE.

More: Energy and natural resources

Awards

Financial Services (Contentious) and Regulatory investigations

Financial Services (Contentious) and Regulatory investigations

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