Vivian advises clients on the impact of the U.K. Bribery Act, as well as on white collar crime matters involving global fraud or corruption, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
As former first general counsel to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Vivian led the development of the SFO’s enforcement policy under the U.K. Bribery Act. He also served as the SFO’s primary liaison to the public and the business community, alerting them to the Bribery Act’s requirements at conferences from London and New York to Brazil, Brussels, Switzerland and Germany. Since joining McGuireWoods, he has made presentations on the Bribery Act in the United States, Sweden, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, India, Holland, Ireland and Ghana.
In practice at the English Bar, 1967-2009
Representation of one of the main defendants in a high-profile corporate fraud trial of considerable complexity and lasting nearly a year, Blue Arrow.
Representation of an American defendant for some three years prior to trial, Guinness.
Representation of a key defendant in a large-scale commercial leasing fraud trial, Blackspur Leasing.
Defense in fraud proceedings, stayed for abuse of process after several weeks of legal argument, SIB (Isle of Man).
Representation of a football manager alleged to have made illegal payments to players, Macari.
Representation of the Serious Fraud Office in a number of high-profile cases, including in the prosecution of the chairman and the chief financial officer of a public company on charges of conspiracy.
Instruction on a number of Hong Kong cases, including spending nearly six months representing at trial the main defendant on a charge of conspiracy to defraud the Security and Futures Commission.
Involvement in a case for the General Medical Council concerning a prominent gynaecologist, Neale.
Advice to the Financial Conduct Authority, Watts.
Representation of a former captain of the QE2 on charges relating to the Shipping Regulations, Portet.
General Counsel at Serious Fraud Office, 2009-2011
Named a "Leader in the Field," Corporate Crime & Investigations, Chambers UK, 2013
Selected for inclusion in The Legal 500 UK, Dispute Resolution-Commercial Litigation, 2012
Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1986
Appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court, 1986
Vice-chair, International Anti-Corruption Committee, ABA Section of International Law, August 2013-2014
Former vice-chairman, Professional Standards Committee of the Bar Council
Master of the Bench, 1991; Treasurer, 2009, Inner Temple
Admitted to the Court of the Company, 1989; Master, 2000-2001, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners
Master, Inner Temple Garden, 1998-2005
London Litigation Team Secures $110 Million Judgment in Leading Energy Case
August 2, 2013
Vivian Robinson Appointed Vice-Chair of ABA International Anti-Corruption Committee
June 12, 2013