Stuart Alford QC is a partner of Latham & Watkins and former co-chair of the firm's litigation and trial department in London. Mr Alford focuses on economic crime and regulatory matters, in particular for 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 the wide-ranging cases involving the manipulation of LIBOR, 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, and has 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. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014.