Christopher du Boulay


Chris is a partner & barrister in the criminal department who specialises in business and economic crime. He plays a key role in the corporate criminal team combining legal research with preparation of some of the most complex financial crime and regulatory cases. As a barrister, he is also able to conduct advocacy on behalf of his clients in all courts in England & Wales.

A talented litigator with a forensic mind, Chris has quickly established a formidable reputation for his ability to identify and exploit weaknesses in the opposition’s case. He regularly publishes analysis on legal developments.

High profile cases on which Chris has recently worked include the successful acquittal of the former Managing Director of Tesco on charges brought by the Serious Fraud Office concerning an alleged £250 million accounting fraud, and the ongoing defence of the former VP Finance of Autonomy Corporation PLC in connection with allegations made by Hewlett-Packard of a $5 billion accounting fraud.

Chris has also advised individuals in connection with the SFO’s investigations into ENRC, G4S, Rolls Royce, BAT, the Price Stone Group, and Libor and Euribor manipulation. He also has experience of investigations and proceedings brought by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Reporting Council, HMRC and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Chris was called to the Bar in 2012 and completed his pupillage at QEB Hollis Whiteman where he represented both the defence and the prosecution in over 100 criminal trials and in numerous other hearings at Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. During his pupillage Chris was seconded to HMRC where he assisted with trial preparation in relation to two Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) VAT fraud cases in the tax tribunal.

Prior to pupillage Chris assisted in the successful defence of singer and former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos against drug supply allegations following an undercover sting by Sun journalist Mazher Mahmood (the ‘Fake Sheikh’). The trial was stayed as an abuse of process and Mazher Mahmood was subsequently prosecuted and convicted for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Chris has a BA in Jurisprudence from Mansfield College, Oxford, and was graded as ‘outstanding’ on the Bar Professional Training Course at the College of Law, London. or 020 7702 5367