Steve Smith

Partner, Corporate Crime & Investigations | Eversheds Sutherland

Steve is an experienced criminal litigator and advises individuals and corporate clients in both contentious and non-contentious financial crime matters often with cross-jurisdictional impact.

He draws on his unusual experience as a defence lawyer, former prosecutor for the Financial Conduct Authority and, most recently, as the Deputy MLRO for a major global financial institution, to:

  1. defend individuals and corporate clients in financial crime, fraud and regulatory investigations and prosecutions; and
  2. advise on financial crime compliance with a particular emphasis on anti-money laundering and anti-bribery systems and controls.

Having worked as a white collar crime defence lawyer for over ten years, Steve moved to the Enforcement Division of the Financial Conduct Authority where he was a senior lawyer in the Criminal Prosecutions Team. Whilst at the FCA, Steve investigated and prosecuted fraud and insider dealing cases. Steve then moved to lead the financial crime advisory team supporting Barclays Private Bank and, latterly, as Deputy Head of Financial Crime for the EMEA offices of Nomura International Plc. During this time, he gained a good insight into the challenges facing an MLRO and financial crime advisory teams in achieving compliance with complex legal and regulatory requirements in both a domestic and international environment.

Steve is part of the Eversheds Sutherland Cannabis Industry Team which is an assembly of experienced lawyers from across his firm’s international network who serve the expanding and diverse needs of the cannabis industry. The team scans for and study’s with depth the rising cannabis business questions and challenges and proactively work with clients across the globe to develop strategic plans that leverage opportunities and address relevant issues. In particular, Steve regularly advises UK corporates and financial institutions in how to safely navigate money laundering issues under UK criminal law.

My Sessions

What’s the legal position for the European space? Will investing in this sector put my clients in gaol?


A Keynote presentation as well as a panel discussing legal and regulatory framework as it stands in Europe.