Financial crime and criminal prosecutions in the UK
21 May 2019
As a Tier 1 leader in Criminal Fraud, The Legal 500 observes of Richard: “He achieves an uncommon number of positive outcomes.” He has been recognised by The Legal 500 as a leader in the field over many years and his latest commendation says his “tactical nous makes him a first-choice weapon for anyone squaring up for a fight”.
Ranked in Chambers as a leader in Financial Crime, he is noted as being “very commercially aware and pragmatic in the way he represents clients” with emphasis placed on his ability “to look at a matter and work out the best mechanism of defence”. Chambers also says of Richard: “His subtlety, emotional intelligence and quick wit make him very effective” and that he is ”particularly suited to difficult fraud cases that require lateral thinking and a commercial approach.”
The current Who’s Who Legal lists Richard as a leader in Business Crime defence.
Richard is an expert in advising, investigating and defending international bribery, corruption and fraud matters and has had regular engagement with the SFO, FCA, DoJ and HMRC.
Over his career, Richard has advised and represented many high net worth individuals in circumstances where there was a potential criminal exposure.
The legal directories describe Richard as “an expert in domestic and international crime, fraud and money laundering cases” and someone who is “capable of running a case in an innovative fashion”.
He acted in connection with the SFO’s activities in relation to Unaoil, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation and Rolls Royce. His work acting for three prominent journalists in the Operation Eleveden corruption enquiry and prosecution led him to be named The Times’ ‘Lawyer of the Week’. Amongst others, his clients have included KBR, Inc. and Members of Parliament.
Richard was called to the Bar in 1983 and took silk in 2003. He joined Stewarts from 2 Bedford Row in 2018 to establish the firm’s Financial Crime department.
Richard is co-author of thebriberyact.com which is recognised by Sir David Green QC, former director of the SFO, as a leading online bribery and corruption resource.
"Richard Kovalevsky QC is considered an expert in domestic and international crime, fraud and money laundering cases. He provides advice and representation to blue-chip corporate clients and individuals on the most sophisticated of matters"Chambers
"A great tactician for corporates and individuals facing prosecution."Chambers
"He achieves an uncommon number of positive outcomes."Legal 500