Eve Giles

Partner

Criminal Litigation

a "clever, charming" lawyer who is "on top of her game."

Chambers and Partners, 2017

"Eve Giles is a prominent figure in the sphere of corporate crime. Commentators note that "she understands the bigger picture and has excellent interpersonal skills." She regularly takes on multi-jurisdictional cases, with a broad range of regulatory investigation expertise"

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

Eve specialises in white collar crime cases including overseas and domestic corruption, cartels, insider dealing, market abuse and extradition. She is an experienced criminal trial litigator and has defended many cases at trial against the SFO, FCA, CPS and OFT (the predecessor to the CMA).  Her cases often involve an international dimension, including investigations by the European Commission (EC) and the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and she has a good network of US and European lawyers with whom she works.

"...Eve Giles is praised for her 'advice that demonstrates a real knowledge of the law and commercial reality', and she was commended for her counsel to corporates and individuals relating to anti-bribery compliance..."

Whos Who Legal, Investigations, 2016    

Eve is currently acting for individuals under investigation by the SFO, FCA, DOJ and CMA.  This includes acting for individuals in overseas corruption, insider dealing, market abuse, LIBOR, FX and criminal cartel investigations.

Eve regularly acts for senior directors and individuals caught up in long-standing criminal and regulatory investigations.  She is often instructed prior to, or in the early stages of, investigations and works hard to try and avoid her clients being charged wherever possible. 

Eve has an excellent track record defending clients in complex and often high profile prosecutions, securing numerous acquittals. Recent highlights include acting for Darrell Read, the ICAP broker who was acquitted at trial in the LIBOR II matter, which was prosecuted by the SFO and related to allegations of a conspiracy with Tom Hayes and others to manipulate the LIBOR rate.

Eve also acted for Rebekah Brooks in Operation Elveden, the investigation and prosecution of her for conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.  She was acquitted of all counts at trial.

For further examples of Eve's work, please see the drop down menu below.

What Clients and Directories have said

“Eve Giles is a "terribly sophisticated" lawyer, highly regarded for her "very competent, commercial and sensitive" approach to handling regulatory investigations, particularly when acting for individuals. Sources also highlight that she "represents the client's interests, so is mindful of the company's position, and is a smart and intelligent lawyer."”

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

"The “fantastic” Eve Giles is recognised for her work on behalf of individuals facing LIBOR and FX investigations by the SFO, FCA and DoJ, as well as for her "premium quality" representation of individuals facing criminal cartel investigations by the CMA.”

Whos Who Legal, Investigations, 2015

"...The "exceptionally bright" Eve Giles has broad expertise, including in corruption, fraud and cartel investigations.

Sources say she is "very hard-working. She is a tough operator and well organised... "

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2015

"...'one of those people who can pick up difficult advisory problems and really think them through'. She has an impressive reputation in the field of cartel defence."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014

"Eve Giles has a ‘very good understanding of regulatory and criminal implications and how the regulators operate’.

Legal 500 UK, Financial Services, 2015

"...'Eve Giles is well versed in defending OFT investigations. Sources describe her as"thoughtful, considered and very responsive."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2015

"...'calm and cooperative, but firm in her advice', her expertise encompasses business crime, extradition and corruption..."

Legal 500 UK, Competition Litigation, 2014

 

Recent work

Bribery and Corruption

  • Currently acting in a number of ongoing overseas corruption cases being investigated by the SFO and DoJ; previously represented, among others, a former director of MacMillan; an individual from Swift and an individual in respect of the BAE  investigations by the SFO;
  • Successfully defended Rebekah Brooks in respect of the CPS prosecution of her for offences of misconduct in a public office;
  • Acted for the former CEO of PWS, who entered into a plea agreement with the SFO under the Attorney General’s Guidelines for overseas corruption;
  • Conducted a review of a foreign State’s existing bribery and corruption laws and provided recommendations to its government;
  • Provides advice to corporates and individuals in relation to anti-bribery and corruption, including advising a foreign state in relation to its corruption and anti-money laundering laws;
  • Participated in the OECD working group's review of the UK's implementation of its overseas corruption legislation, prior to the introduction of the Bribery Act 2010;
  • Acted in cases relating to parliamentary privilege and misconduct in a public office, including representing an MP during the police investigation into home office leaks and an individual in the 'cash for honours' investigation.

Cartels

  • Successfully defended an ex-director of British Airways at criminal trial in the BA / Virgin passenger fuel surcharge airlines case, the OFT's first contested prosecution under the Enterprise Act 2002 for the cartel offence;
  • Successfully defended individuals in respect of the then OFT’s investigation into the Agricultural sector and other non-public cases;
  • Currently acting in ongoing investigations by the CMA, both criminal and civil.

FCA and SFO investigations

  • Represented Darrell Read, the ICAP broker acquitted at trial following his prosecution by the SFO for alleged manipulation of the LIBOR rate;
  • Acted for the FCA in the Davis Inquiry;
  • Acts in insider dealing / market abuse cases;
  • Regularly acts in cases involving complex financial arrangements and has acted for individuals and prosecution witnesses in a variety of SFO and FCA investigations into alleged fraud, money laundering, corruption, misleading the market, misleading OFWAT and Company Act offences;
  • Successfully defended an ex-director of Torex plc who was prosecuted by the SFO for conspiracy to defraud and acquitted at trial (the only defendant to be acquitted in respect of the SFO’s prosecution which spanned two trials and secured the convictions of five others);
  • Acted for an individual in respect of enforcement proceedings arising from the investigation into Alberto Micalizzi, the chief executive of the hedge fund DDCM;
  • Acted for an individual from AIT in the then FSA's first criminal prosecution under s397 FSMA 2000 for misleading the market (R v Rigby & Bailey).

Extradition

  • Successfully defended extradition requests from the US, South Africa and EU countries, and advised in respect of Interpol Red Notices;
  • Regularly advises clients in multi-jurisdictional investigations.

Other

  • Acted for a high profile individual prosecuted and acquitted at trial for historical sex abuse allegations;
  • Acted for the Master of the Bowbelle in the Marchioness Inquiry;
  • Acted in the Robinsons green form fraud case relating to legal aid fraud.

 

 "...Eve Giles is a prominent figure in the sphere of corporate crime. Commentators note that "she understands the bigger picture and has excellent interpersonal skills." She regularly takes on multi-jurisdictional cases, with a broad range of regulatory investigation expertise...

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

Eve Giles has a ‘very good understanding of regulatory and criminal implications and how the regulators operate’. 

Legal 500 UK, Financial Services, 2015

...'Eve Giles is well versed in defending OFT investigations. Sources describe her as"thoughtful, considered and very responsive." 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2015

...'calm and cooperative, but firm in her advice', her expertise encompasses business crime, extradition and corruption...

Legal 500 UK, Competition Litigation, 2014

The “fantastic” Eve Giles is recognised for her work on behalf of individuals facing LIBOR and FX investigations by the SFO, FCA and DoJ, as well as for her "premium quality" representation of individuals facing criminal cartel investigations by the CMA.”    

Who's Who Legal: Investigations, 2015

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