Wayne Barnes is our exclusively recommended Due Diligence Services expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Wayne directly using the contact details listed above.
Wayne has appeared regularly for the defence in cases involving commercial fraud and money laundering, including confiscation hearings under Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Wayne was a member of the Fulcrum team representing Macmillan Publishers Limited in reaching settlements with the Serious Fraud Office and the World Bank Group. As part of this process, Wayne conducted complex internal company investigations in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia as part of an anti-corruption compliance initiative.
Fulcrum is unique in that it has its genesis at the English Bar
We were founded in 2010 by David Williams QC and Ivan Pearce, two highly regarded barristers, each of whom spent a significant amount of time at the self-employed bar specialising in white-collar crime.
Changes under the Legal Services Act 2007 meant that for the first time, a law firm could be created that could be led by barristers but which would bring together professionals from across the investigations and white-collar defence arena, including lawyers, compliance professionals, analysts and investigators.
Fulcrum brought together these skilled individuals to service the needs of corporate clients and senior individuals who found themselves under increasing scrutiny from regulators and prosecutors as a result of new legislation such as the UK Bribery Act 2010. This innovation was recognised in 2016 when we were ranked in the top tier of innovative law firms in the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers’ awards.