Justin McClelland is a solicitor advocate in the firm’s London office who focuses his practice on cross-jurisdictional disputes and contentious regulatory matters. He has advised and represented clients across a number of sectors, including financial services, transport, construction, pharmaceuticals and energy. His broad experience includes:
- Contentious regulatory investigations: Matters involving a number of regulatory and investigative bodies, such as the Financial Services Authority (“FSA”), the Office of Fair Trading and the Serious Fraud Office, often in conjunction with investigations by overseas regulators, including the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, on issues such as market abuse, insider dealing, breaches of the FSA’s Principles and Rules, cartel behaviour and fraud.
- High-value litigation: General commercial and financial disputes that include cross-jurisdictional litigation, multi-party actions, appellate proceedings and follow-on actions arising from regulatory investigation.
- High-value tax litigation: Disputes under the “old” Special Commissioners and “new” tax tribunal system involving issues extending from the taxation of international repurchase agreements to the application of Petroleum Revenue Tax and Import Duty.
- Sensitive corporate investigations: Investigations involving Proceeds of Crime Act concerns, employment disputes, internal fraud allegations, export compliance/sanctions issues and data protection issues and advising clients as to the remedial actions required after the conclusion of the investigation.
- Fraud and related advisory matters: Advising in respect of fraud matters, including in respect of issues arising from the UK’s Bribery Act.
- Creation and implementation of compliance procedures: Providing assistance to clients in different sectors in meeting the requirements of new legislative and regulatory regimes.
Prior to his private practice, Mr. McClelland served as a lawyer in the British Army, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and prosecuting cases spanning the criminal spectrum at Courts Martial, as well as advising at the highest levels of government on sensitive operational and diplomatic issues across several theatres of operations.
Mr. McClelland was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1998 to recognise his work on sensitive military operations.
Mr. McClelland received an LL.B. in 1990 from the University of Reading and completed his L.P.C. in 1991 at Chester College of Law.