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Sarah Wallace

Sarah Wallace

  • Firm: Constantine Law Ltd
  • Practice Area: Financial Services & Regulatory
  • Country: England, United Kingdom
  • The Clubhouse, 8 St James Square, London, SW1Y 4JU.

About Sarah Wallace

I am a leading  corporate crime, professional discipline and financial services  investigations lawyer with over 20 years’ experience. I represent  clients under or at risk  of criminal or regulatory investigation or prosecution: ‘the go to  choice for a tough and no nonsense litigator who will leave no stone  unturned in defence of clients’ Legal 500, 2019. I give expert legal,  personal and practical advice to senior executives  and corporates and specialise in FCA, SFO, CMA, CPS, ICO, HMRC, DOJ,  SEC, police and professional discipline investigations eg SRA, IFoA,  FRC.
I represent senior  executives and firms through the stressful, uneasy and challenging time  when faced with a criminal, regulatory or internal investigation  that can impact on careers, reputation, health, wealth and business  performance. My aim is to protect reputations and extricate a client  from their involvement with an investigation as quickly as possible.
My client can be a  suspect, under or at risk of investigation, whistleblower, witness or  victim and my cases often have a cross-border element. My  practice includes advice on internal investigations, responding to  information requests, interview advice, self-reporting, compliance  monitoring, training and M&A due diligence.
I have extensive  experience defending complex FCA civil, criminal and regulatory cases  for senior executives and firms. High profile FCA cases include  LIBOR, Newton Investment Management, and insider dealing cases  eg Neutec Pharma, Operation Tabernula, Operation Saturn, Oce/Mizuho. I  help firms with systems and controls improvement, compliance monitoring,  mis-selling, remediation and customer contact  exercises.
The high profile SFO  investigations I have been involved in recently include LIBOR  (Barclays, Lloyds), BAT, Rolls-Royce, Autonomy, Quindell, Unaoil  and overseas bribery. My clients are from the financial services,  pharmaceutical, energy, engineering, professional services and aerospace  sectors.
I am sought out and  quoted in the FT, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, New York  Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, PA and am an expert commentator  for BBC News. I speak regulatory at industry events.
I am interested in  work culture and I write about diversity, inclusion and well-being in  workplaces in national press and social media. I am a ‘CityInfluencer’  to encourage cultural change in the City, and speak at events and hold  roundtables for employers to share best practice.
  • Professional Discipline, Chambers 2019: “She’s very engaged, very  committed to the cases, creative and tries to find the right solution for clients”.
  • Financial Crime, Chambers 2019: Noted for her technical expertise  in fraud and insider dealing investigations. “Highly committed to the  defence of individuals”…”she really understands what clients are going  through”.
  • Financial Services, Legal 500 2019: ‘bright and hard-working” “wise  beyond her years and brings heaps of experience to any dispute”.
  • Fraud/White Collar Crime, Legal 500 2019: “well-regarded expert in  white-collar crime”
Prior to joining  Constantine Law, Sarah was a partner and led the Regulatory &  Criminal Investigations Group in a large national law firm.

Q&A With Sarah Wallace


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