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Richard Kovalevsky Q.C.

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Richard heads the Financial Crime department at Stewarts Law LLP.

Recognised by The Legal 500 as a leader in the field over many years, his recent commendations highlight his “tactical nous makes him a first-choice weapon for anyone squaring up for a fight”, and observe, “he achieves an uncommon number of positive outcomes”.

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”. They also say that “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”.

Who’s Who Legal lists Richard as a leader in Business Crime defence.

Representative matters for clients include:

  • Ongoing SFO (and DOJ/SEC) investigations
  • Ongoing Bribery investigations
  • Pre-investigation enquiries from SFO (e.g. responding to Section 2A Notices)
  • Internal investigations around the world
  • LIBOR investigation
  • SFO civil recovery order in respect of dividends received
  • Global money laundering investigations for clients in numerous jurisdictions
  • Various compliance advisory mandates
  • Full code test representations in relation to charging decisions
  • Restraint proceedings both nationally and internationally
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