Based in London, Brian specialises in complex national and international investigations, compliance and regulatory matters and high loss business crime litigation. With over 30 years' experience, he has acted in most of the UK's major business crime cases as well as overseas matters throughout Europe, the USA, Africa, Asia and before the ICC. He is also noted for his work in advising media organisations on crime and related matters and his representation of high profile individuals.
A recognised expert in his field; Brian is ranked in various legal directories including Band 1 for both financial and HNW crime in Chambers UK, and for investigations and business crime defence of both corporates and individuals in Who's Who Legal.
Brian has been praised by clients for his "strategic judgement, calmness under pressure, courage and 'savvy' approach" and Chambers UK writes: "Brian Spiro has an excellent reputation for handling complex white-collar defence work. Sources describe him as 'a very clear-thinking lawyer who brings a distilled and pragmatic approach to his work ... [He] is highlighted for his ability to 'keep his cool in a crisis' and for his 'very hands-on' approach."
Amongst other such work, Brian was a member of the Law Society’s committee and chair of the London Criminal Court Solicitors’ Association committee responding to the UK government’s proposals on fraud law reform and has acted as an international consultant to the WHO, the UN and the British Council on criminal law matters
Brian is a former Chair of the Business Crime Committee of the International Bar Association and is a regular writer, lecturer and commentator on corporate crime and related issues.
Brian's experience includes acting for:
- Trafigura Beheer BV on cross-jurisdictional criminal matters arising from environmental incidents in West Africa and Scandinavia
- the two lead defendants in the Jubilee Line Fraud case (the UK's longest running criminal trial)
- various senior bankers, traders and brokers investigated by the FCA, SFO, SEC and DOJ in respect of allegations of manipulation of LIBOR and FOREX rate settings
- the global head of a US bank investigated by HMRC for alleged tax fraud
- various companies on Bribery Act, FCPA and other overseas corruption issues
Brian joined Herbert Smith Freehills in 2017 from BCL Solicitor LLP (a criminal litigation and regulatory enforcement boutique) where he had been a partner since 2001.