Jonathan Pickworth | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Jonathan Pickworth

Partner, London

“[Jonathan] listens properly and he knows his stuff. He is very good on the technical side and has a good level of pragmatism.”

Chambers UK 2015, Financial Crime: Corporate


Jonathan is a partner in the White Collar team in London, with over 27 years of experience in defending companies and individuals.

Clients benefit from Jonathan's particular expertise in assisting them with regulatory and enforcement matters and handling internal investigations. He also advises on compliance and risk, with particular reference to corruption, market misconduct, fraud, benchmark manipulation (such as LIBOR and FOREX), tax fraud, insider trading and money laundering. Jonathan offers clients his extensive experience on the Bribery Act, enforcement issues and managing investigations – he is also a regular speaker on these topics.

Jonathan's work has a strong international focus. He has advised on a significant number of government, regulatory and internal investigations particularly in relation to bribery and corruption, market misconduct, fraud and money laundering. He has been involved in a number of investigations and self-reports to the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue & Customs, the Financial Conduct Authority and other agencies.

Jonathan is recognised by the top legal directories and is a contributing editor of Global Legal Insights - Bribery & Corruption, a book covering bribery and corruption law in 27 jurisdictions. He also co-authored the chapter focused on the United Kingdom. Additionally, he is a founding member of the City of London Law Society's Corporate Crime Committee.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


  • The College of Law, Chester
  • MA, Emmanuel College, Cambridge
  • LLM, Nottingham Trent University


  • English
  • French


Significant Representations

Due to the confidential nature of Jonathan's work, we are unable to list details of his major investigations. However, as an indication of the scope of his experience, his significant representations include:

Representing a major global engineering, construction and services company in a worldwide corruption investigation into the bribery of government officials in Nigeria.

Advising a global logistics company in an investigation by the SFO into allegations of bribery of foreign officials.

Assisting a global energy services company in an internal investigation of whistleblower allegations of corruption in the Far East.

Representing a senior bank trader in connection with a worldwide investigation into the manipulation of foreign exchange benchmarks by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and other agencies.

Representing a senior bank employee in the LIBOR investigation by the FCA and other agencies worldwide.

Representing a fund manager in an insider trading investigation by the FCA.

Acting for a defence contractor in relation to an investigation of alleged bribery of foreign government officials.

Representing a large multi-national logistics company in the investigation and defence of HM Revenue & Customs' largest ever tax fraud.

Representing a major global medical devices company on corruption and sanctions-busting allegations arising out of the UN Iraq Oil for Food Programme.

Advising a multinational company on potential bribery and corruption offences in connection with the use and recording of facilitation payments by an overseas subsidiary.

Awards & Recognition

Chambers UK 2015 notes that he is regularly called upon by global companies to advise on corruption and SFO investigations with clients reporting that "he listens properly and he knows his stuff. He is very good on the technical side and has a good level of pragmatism".

Chambers UK ranked Jonathan as a key individual with "a noted presence in the world of corporate crime" (2013) and praised him for his "extremely strong grasp of detail" (2014).

Chambers UK 2012 noted that he is "vastly experienced in SFO and HMRC investigations, and he regularly handles multi jurisdictional matters" and highlighted clients' appreciation for his advice on the Bribery Act 2010 and the Fraud Act 2006.

He was recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2011 for his expertise in the areas of Fraud: Corporate Crime, Fraud: White Collar Crime and Commercial Litigation, and in Chambers UK 2011 he was "widely praised for his tremendous regulatory practice. Sources praise his quick, sharp mind and his tact and charm."

He was described as "outstanding" in The Legal 500 UK 2010. Jonathan was also ranked in the 2012 and 2013 editions of The International Who's Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers.