Raoul Colvile

Call: 2016 (previously admitted as a solicitor 2013) 

“He is a hard worker, and he is very smart. He understands the economic crime landscape”

SFO Case Controller

"the barrister you want on your team when the stakes are high and the hours long"

White Collar Defence Solicitor

“Written advocacy of a very high standard”

SFO Case Controller

“As my junior, I know that I can always rely on him…highly intelligent, always exceptionally well prepared”

Leading Counsel

"technically brilliant, brings clarity to complex issues....just great to work with"

White Collar Defence Solicitor

Practice Summary

Raoul’s practice focuses on white collar crime and investigations, he also accepts instructions on commercial and regulatory matters.

Raoul was called to the bar in late 2016, following nearly six years of practice at the London Office of a major US Law Firm, where he qualified as a solicitor advocate.

Raoul has been involved with some of the most significant white collar cases of recent years. These include being part of the defence team in the matter which culminated in the UK’s first Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) between the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) and ICBC Standard Bank Plc in 2015, as well as acting for the SFO in 2020’s DPA with G4S Care & Justice Services (UK) Ltd*.

In 2020, Raoul was appointed as SFO Prosecution C Panel Counsel. He is currently instructed on a major fraud case due to go to trial in 2023.

In addition to his white collar work, Raoul also has material financial regulatory experience, having assisted the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) on three matters across 2019 and 2020, including in the role of lead investigator. These built upon his experience working as part of teams on a wide range of high profile matters, for example, advising the administrators following the collapse of British Home Stores. 

Raoul’s commercial work has commonly included contractual disputes, matters arising from fraud, and the implementation of international asset recovery strategies. He has experience of ADR (including several detailed commercial settlements) and has advised companies and individuals on a broad spectrum of issues, often with multi-jurisdictional elements.

Raoul has appeared - both as sole and led counsel - in a variety of forums, including the High Court, County Court, Crown Court and before Regulatory and Disciplinary Tribunals (particularly concerning professional misconduct).

Given his background, Raoul is an excellent addition to any legal or investigative team. Clients have consistently commended Raoul’s ability to rapidly absorb detail and assist with the effective progression of complex litigation.

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