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Nick Johnson QC and Sophie O’Sullivan appointed to the SFO Panel

Outer Temple is pleased to announce that Nick Johnson QC and Sophie O’Sullivan have been appointed to the Serious Fraud Office’s Panels of Counsel.

Nick Johnson QC has been appointed to the SFO QC Prosecution Panel and Sophie O’Sullivan to the Proceeds of Crime B Panel of Counsel. The appointments are effective from 31 December for four years. The appointment flows from Nick and Sophie’s broad experience of civil and criminal fraud, business crime, asset tracing, financial regulation and injunctive relief cases, and will complement their existing practice in those areas.

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Nick Johnson QC specialises in complex financial and business crime disputes, together with cross-over regulatory and civil work. He is ranked as a leading Silk Band 1 for Financial Crime by Chambers & Partners 2021, described as “A truly impressive silk with very strong attention to detail…assiduous in his preparation…especially good in international fraud cases” and as Silk Tier 1 for Business & Regulatory Crime by Legal 500 2021, described as “a phenomenal advocate, both in his written and oral presentation.” Nick has developed a particular expertise in bribery and corruption cases, including large scale multi-jurisdictional investigations. In addition to acting as leading counsel in many high-profile criminal trials, companies and individuals retain him for advice on corporate compliance in areas such as bribery, tax evasion and money laundering, and for advice and representation regarding deferred prosecution agreements and negotiated settlements, economic sanctions, jurisdictional issues, privilege, search, production and freezing orders, SARs, civil fraud and civil recovery, often at an early stage.

Nick is a member of the Bar Council International Committee, within which he leads the North America Working Group. He is also a contributor to the 3rd edition of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery, the leading work on bribery and corruption offences.

Sophie O’Sullivan specialises in business crime and professional regulation. Sophie is ranked as a leading financial crime junior and clients is quoted as being “an excellent junior. Reliable, hardworking and focused. She is a very good lawyer and extremely competent to handle any task in case preparation. She has an engaging, charming personality and ability to get on with everyone. Neither her advocacy nor her written work can be faulted. She is an impressive operator in all aspects of criminal law.” (Legal 500 2021)

Sophie is also a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown and a contributor to the 3rd edition of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery, the leading work on bribery and corruption offences.

To find out more or to instruct Nick or Sophie, please contact David Smith on (+44 (0)20 7427 4905) or Colin Bunyan on +44 (0)20 7427 4886 for a confidential discussion.

Business Crime, News 6 Jan, 2021


Nick Johnson QC

Call: 1994 Silk: 2016

Sophie O’Sullivan

Call: 2011

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