Nick Benwell

Nick is head of the firm’s Crime, Fraud & Investigations group. He advises on a wide range of corporate crime, corruption and fraud-related matters. He is experienced at dealing with large scale and sensitive investigations involving the handling of issues in multiple jurisdictions, and regularly advises on reporting to and communications with enforcement authorities including the Serious Fraud Office and National Crime Agency.

Nick also has over 25 years’ experience of a wide range of complex, high value commercial and corporate investigations and disputes.

White Collar Crime Law Practice:

Our corporate crime lawyers provide advice in business crime, civil fraud, money laundering (AML), bribery and corruption, investigations, extradition, cartels, regulatory and health and safety investigations as well as crime fraud and asset tracing. We have established the largest corporate crime group in Europe.

We have advised over 90 organisations globally on the UK Bribery Act and its implications. We are a leading authority on the Bribery Act and have been more closely involved in the development of the Act than any other firm. For example, Nick Benwell has given evidence before a Parliamentary Select Committee and he worked closely with the Ministry of Justice on this matter, as well as sitting on the CBI and BBA committees responsible for anti-corruption.

Simmons & Simmmons:

From our offices in major business and financial centres throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we view the world through the lens of our key sectors: asset management and investment funds, energy and infrastructure, financial institutions, life sciences and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT).

For our clients this means they benefit from a law firm fully focused on their sector, wholly understanding of the challenges that they face and completely tuned in to their needs.

Over the decades we have been careful to build our international presence using a combination of local lawyers with demonstrable local knowledge and fully integrated teams acting together at a global level.

We take a long term view and we take time to understand the distinct demands that each client faces. This allows us to build an innovative and bespoke service to suit each relationship.

Our approach means that we are consistent in the standard of excellence we bring to our service and flexible enough to build into each relationship value that is meaningful for each client.

We believe that one size does not fit all when it comes to adding value to client relationships. We listen to our clients and learn about the sectors in which they operate in order to understand what each client will find valuable. When partner level secondments were rare elsewhere in the legal world, they were a striking example of our commitment to building truly collaborative relationships with our clients. And new service delivery models, such as our navigator online services, or opening a second UK office in Bristol, were direct responses to feedback from clients about what they needed and the challenges they face.