Paul Chadwick

Principal Investigator
Commercial Disputes
Business Crime and Investigations

Paul is a Principal Investigator in our Commercial Disputes team and has a key role in our business crime and investigations practice.

Paul has 17 years’ experience in white collar investigations, investigating matters of fraud, bribery, corruption, false accounting, money laundering and other financial crime.

Paul collaborates with colleagues throughout the firm on investigations concerning disputes across a range of sectors.

He joins us from the UK Serious Fraud Office, where he led multidisciplinary teams of investigators, lawyers and accountants and was involved in investigations and prosecutions of a variety of high profile and complex financial crimes.

Paul’s prior case work included: planning comprehensive investigations, leading search operations, interviewing suspects under caution, conducting intelligence assignments, working in partnership with global and domestic law enforcement, giving evidence at court and analysing financial and communications data.

  • Leading a team of Investigators in the investigation of a UK based subsidiary of a multinational commodity trading and mining company in relation to oil trading and related activities. This led to a successful conviction of seven counts of bribery under the Bribery Act 2010, including two under the failure to prevent bribery offence and the first ever corporate convictions for authorising bribery, resulting in the largest ever financial penalty following a corporate conviction.
  • Heading an investigation into suspected bribery, fraud and money laundering in a Sierra Leone mineral extraction company. This required a comprehensive financial analysis project involving the tracing of mixed source funds through multiple bank accounts across several jurisdictions belonging to a number of suspects.
  • A lead Investigator in three LIBOR benchmark manipulation cases investigating corporates and individuals of extensive conspiracy offences across several jurisdictions and co-ordinating with domestic and overseas law enforcement and regulators including the US DoJ.
  • An Investigator as part of a team in the successful investigation and prosecution of the Fund Manager of a US$639 million hedge fund in a three-month trial at Southwark for fraud, forgery, fraudulent trading and false accounting offences.
  • A lead Investigator in a successful prosecution of three defendants in a €20million Ponzi scheme for which he received a commendation and subsequently supporting confiscation proceedings. Managing victims in Spain and the UK, drafting statements and preparing financial statements and exhibits for court.
  • White collar crime
  • Economic and financial crime
  • Fraud investigations
  • Bribery & corruption investigations
  • Money laundering
  • False accounting


  • Principal Investigator, Capital Law Limited (Jan 2023 – present)
  • Principal Investigator, Serious Fraud Office (May 2016 – Dec 2022)
  • Senior Investigator, Serious Fraud Office (Mar 2013 – Apr 2016)
  • Investigator, Serious Fraud Office (Sep 2010 – Feb 2013)
  • Assistant Investigator, Serious Fraud Office (Sep 2008 – Aug 2010)
  • Tax Investigator, Inland Revenue Department, New Zealand (Oct 2005 – Jan 2008)


  • University of Greenwich: BSc (Hons) Business Studies
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)