Stuart Alford QC is a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member and former Co-Chair of the firm's Litigation & Trial Department in London. Mr. Alford focuses on economic crime and regulatory matters, leveraging his former experience as one of the UK’s leading prosecutors to represent clients in their most critical, high-stakes cases.
Mr. Alford has a formidable track record as a trial lawyer and brings unrivalled front-line experience handling complex, high-profile investigations and prosecutions, including sophisticated fraud and bribery matters. His practice covers financial institutions, large corporates, and high-growth companies. Much of his work involves multiple jurisdictions and cross-border issues of investigation and competing laws
From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Alford was Head of the Fraud Division at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), where he was responsible for many of the UK’s landmark white collar cases. His work focused on investigations in banking and money markets, including wide-ranging cases involving the manipulation of LIBOR and foreign-exchange benchmarks and the Bank of England’s liquidity auctions.
Mr. Alford has extensive experience engaging with law enforcement and regulators around the world, including in particular the UK Financial Conduct Authority and the US Department of Justice. Mr. Alford has significant experience managing parallel criminal and civil litigation, enabling him to help clients minimize the risks inherent when confronting simultaneous proceedings on multiple fronts. He has also overseen massive data analysis projects and the advances in technology-assisted review and disclosure.
Before joining the SFO, Mr. Alford spent 20 years in private practice as a Barrister in London focusing on national and international criminal law. During this time he was appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates with clearance to handle cases concerning national security, and was recommended by Chambers & Partners as a leader in Crime.
Prior to his sector-leading work in fraud, Mr. Alford was at the forefront of the development of international criminal law. He served as a Prosecutor for the United Nations in East Timor from 2001 to 2003 and was Legal Adviser to the judges on the Saddam Hussein trial from 2006 to 2008. From 2008 to 2013 he chaired the War Crimes Committee of the International Bar Association.
Mr. Alford is active in diversity and professional development initiatives in the legal profession, including previously serving as Chair of the SFO Management Board’s Equality and Diversity Working Group.
He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014.
He is currently the firm's Senior Compliance Officer for anti-money laundering across Latham's European offices.
Mr. Alford's experience includes:
- Multi-jurisdictional investigation of corruption in China for online company preparing for IPO
- Investigation of corruption for Middle East aviation company, with related US civil litigation issues
- Litigation in Caribbean for Chinese headquartered bio-tech company, with related litigation in US, China, and Hong Kong
- Investigations for a central bank in Middle East related to corruption and regulatory irregularities in national banking sector
- Advising UK listed company on an FCA criminal investigation
Mr. Alford's experience while in public service at SFO includes:
- Supervised case teams prosecuting the LIBOR investigations and trials
- Led the pre-investigation stages of the foreign exchange manipulation cases
- Supervised the investigation of liquidity auctions run by the Bank of England during the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008