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Robert J. Dalling

Special Counsel
Fax +44.(0)20.7648.9001

Robert Dalling is Special Counsel in the firm’s London office and a member of the investigations, enforcement and white collar practice group.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Dalling was based at the London office of a multinational law firm, where he advised and represented clients on a wide range of business crime matters. Prior to that, he practised as a barrister for several years, concentrating his practice in business crime.

Mr. Dalling has acted for global banks, multinational corporates and individuals in internal and external investigations involving financial crime issues of all kinds, including:

  • bribery and corruption
  • financial sanctions
  • money laundering
  • industrial espionage
  • fraud

He has substantial experience of making self-reports to law enforcement agencies on behalf of clients, and cooperating with those agencies in their investigations. As a result of the international nature of his caseload, he has experience of regulatory action by agencies in the EU, the US, Asia and elsewhere, as well as by UK bodies such as the SFO, FCA and PRA.

His non-contentious practice includes advising on:

  • The development of internal policies (including anti-bribery, anti-fraud, anti-money laundering and terrorist financing, conflicts of interest, and gifts and hospitality) and associated procedures, controls and training.
  • Procedural issues including data retention, evidence gathering techniques, interview skills, case-tracking, treatment of whistle-blowers, document review and internal/external reporting.
  • Compliance with EU financial and trade sanctions.
  • Specialist due diligence, including management interviews, in the context of corporate transactions such as share acquisitions and rights issues.

Professional Background

Mr. Dalling began his career as a pupil and then a tenant at 5 Paper Buildings in London.

During his time at the Bar he acted in regulatory or enforcement proceedings brought by, among others, HMRC, the NCA, the SFO, the DWP, the Health and Safety Executive, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

He was regularly instructed in white collar and serious fraud cases, including banking fraud and tax fraud, many involving major financial institutions. Many of his cases had a significant international dimension, involving cross-border jurisdictional issues and/or evidence obtained through MLA.

He was also instructed to review legally privileged material in heavy fraud cases, and he advised extensively in connection with powers of entry, search and seizure.


  • Queen Mother’s Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • Conducting an internal investigation for a leading UK financial institution following whistle-blower allegations of bribery and fraud.
  • Advising an international engineering company in connection with an internal investigation arising from whistle-blower allegations of bribery.
  • Assisting with an internal investigation, self-report and remediation issues following whistle-blower allegations of bribery connected to the extractive industry.
  • Acting for a global investment bank in investigations (external and internal) connected to alleged benchmark manipulation.
  • Acting for a US investment bank in an internal investigation relating to an overstatement of profits.
  • Advising several global banks and multi-national energy companies on financial and trade sanctions issues involving the following regimes among others: Russia/Ukraine/Crimea, Iran, Syria, Libya, Zimbabwe.
  • Acting as an advocate in a high-profile fraud case in which a trader in a major investment bank forged financial instruments with a total face value of $1 billion.
  • Acting as an advocate in a carousel fraud involving 12 defendants and a loss to the exchequer of £80m.
  • Acting as an advocate in an invoice fraud in which a number of international financial institutions lent a manufacturing company £110m.