RS Legal Strategy Ltd (RSL) is a pioneering Queen’s Counsel-led business crime, fraud and legal strategy boutique.

Our world-class professionals include:

  • Queen’s Counsel & Junior barristers
  • Solicitors
  • A former special advisor to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
  • Two former investigators
  • Analysts and researchers
  • Tax fraud and compliance specialists

RSL has special expertise in UK DPAs and NPAs and offers an Independent Compliance Monitor or Reviewer.

RSL works with corporates, organisations, private offices and individuals providing early, conflict free, first-rate strategic advice on complex and sensitive legal issues.

Our priority is to avoid litigation by identifying solutions or resolving disputes. If litigation becomes necessary, we provide first-class support in court – meaning advocacy both oral and in writing. From the outset, clients or their general counsel deal directly with our Queen’s Counsel. When acting for major corporates, if the provision of a large or international infrastructure becomes necessary RSL collaborates with full service law firms or business advisory firms. For individuals and SMEs, RSL prepares and litigates trials without additional support from a law firm, reducing the overall cost.

We employ former senior UK law enforcement investigators to provide expert analysis and invaluable strategic advice.

This gives our clients a major tactical advantage.  Our in-house solicitors will attend Serious Fraud Office and police station interviews, after discussing all relevant issues with one of our Queen’s Counsels.

RSL conducts internal investigations and works alongside in-house lawyers who understand the underlying business.

We identify and gather relevant facts and provide unparalleled strategic advice and expertise. Our professionals have first-hand experience of self-reporting and negotiating with the Serious Fraud Office and other regulators. Our team have negotiated non-prosecution outcomes and handled Deferred Prosecution Agreements in multiple cases. Our Queens Counsels and barristers have been instructed to advise on and appear as Leading Counsel in some of the largest Serious Fraud Office investigations and prosecutions.

We have international reach and expertise.

Our team has experience working with individuals, businesses and government in foreign and transnational cases. RSL recently formed a strategic alliance with Affiliated Monitors, Inc (AFI), the most renowned independent compliance monitoring and evaluation company in the US. The alliance boosts the capabilities of both companies by pooling resources and knowledge for our clients, particularly with regards to the US and the area of monitoring.

Our business model maximises performance, ensuring the best possible outcome while reducing costs.

Chargeable Rates
RS Legal Strategy Limited are willing to negotiate hourly or fixed price arrangements. Our rates for Barristers range between £250-£700 per hour net of VAT depending on the seniority of the fee earner and/or the complexity of the case. In civil fraud cases, conditional fee agreements or damage based agreements may be available depending on all the circumstances of the case.

On occasion there will be additional costs such as travel, subsistence, disbursements such as photocopying and VAT where such costs are likely, these will be identified and discussed with the client before and if the case progresses at any stage.

Factors that may influence the timescale of the provision of the most common provided legal services; can be adjournments, failure to provide important information or evidence, delays in experts or witnesses attendance or the provision of unexpected information.

Public Access
Both members of the public or professional clients can ask for a quote. Quotations will be available if sufficient information has been provided by the client, and the barrister or fee earner at RS Legal Strategy Limited are appropriately qualified to provide the legal services requested. Quotations will be provided within a reasonable time period, and in clear, quantified and readily understandable terms. Please contact Mark Rainsford QC or Jason Sugarman QC, details are on our contact page. The Bar Standards Board’s Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients may be found online at the link below:


RS Legal Strategy Limited have specialist Public Access trained barristers available in the following practice areas:

Corporate, Crime, Internal Investigations and Monitoring/ Business Crime/Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering/Asset Recovery/ Regulatory/Fraud Litigation/Specialist Advocacy Services/International /Strategic Consulting.

Barristers undertaking Public Access work can draft documents, appear in courts, tribunals or inquiries on their client’s behalf, and provide legal advice. There are real advantages to the direct public access scheme, not least the savings in cost. In financial times such as these, importantly, this scheme allows for the provision of specialist expert, professional advice and advocacy direct from counsel, with the cost saving in removing the fees that would otherwise have been incurred by the instruction of a solicitor.

To find out if your case is suitable for Public Access and to determine which level of barrister you require and to obtain a quotation, please contact us. Your enquiry will be reviewed by a qualified Public Access barrister within 48 hours of the receipt of all relevant information. The barristers at RS Legal Strategy Limited who accept Public Access work are registered with the Bar Council to conduct public access work and are regulated by the Bar Standards Board. A list of lawyers at RS Legal Strategy Limited is available under ‘Our People’ found here.