Richard Kovalevsky QC is a partner in Cohen & Gresser’s London office and is the head of Criminal Defense for the London office. He has over 30 years of experience representing high net worth individuals, directors, and corporations in a wide variety of white collar criminal disputes, regulatory and internal investigations, and civil litigation, with a particular focus on financial crime. Richard has successfully defended against, and has extensive experience advising on, claims of fraud, money laundering, corruption, market manipulation, market abuse, competition and cartel allegations, and insider trading. He has advised and engaged at all levels of the UK court system, as well as being actively involved internationally. Richard regularly handles matters pending before the UK Serious Fraud Office, the U.S. Department of Justice, the UK Financial Conduct Authority, and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Highly regarded by both clients and peers, Richard is currently recognized in Band 1 by Chambers & Partners for Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals – UK, as a Leading Individual by The Legal 500 UK for Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime (Advice to Corporates), as a National Leader in Who’s Who Legal in the Criminal Fraud Silk and Investigations Silk categories, and in Spears 500. Chambers High Net Worth 2019 commentary describes him as having “successfully represented many high net worth clients and defendants. He has a great rapport with clients and they really appreciate his direct and robust approach to matters. He is very focused and really knows what clients what to achieve. Clients will find that he adds a lot of value and brings many additional benefits by instructing him.” The Legal 500 recently observed that Richard is “very commercially aware and pragmatic in the way he represents clients,” with emphasis placed on his ability “to look at a matter and work out the best mechanism of defence.” Further comments note that he is “particularly suited to difficult fraud cases that require lateral thinking and a commercial approach” and that “he achieves an uncommon number of positive outcomes.”

Prior to joining Cohen & Gresser, Richard was a partner and head of the financial crime practice at a prominent UK litigation firm. Before that, he practiced as a leading silk (barrister) at 2 Bedford Row.


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Richard Kovalevsky QC is a partner in Cohen & Gresser’s London office and is the head of Criminal Defense for the London office. He has over 30…


Manchester University LLB Hons

Bar Admissions

England & Wales Barrister & Queen’s Counsel; British Virgin Islands

Activities and Affiliations

Queen’s Counsel

Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association

On 5 February 2021, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom handed down a landmark judgment, delivering a decisive victory to KBR Inc. and agreeing to the arguments presented by Cohen & Gresser’s Richard Kovalevsky QC and the rest of the KBR legal team. The Supreme Court held that the SFO could not compel a foreign company to produce documents held abroad under Section 2(3) of the Criminal Justice Act of 1987.

International law firm Cohen & Gresser today announced that Richard Kovalevsky QC, a distinguished barrister and Queen’s Counsel, will join the firm’s White Collar Defense & Regulation group as a partner in its London office. As head of Criminal Defense for the London office, Richard’s hire will bolster Cohen & Gresser’s highly-regarded White Collar Defense practice and strengthen the firm’s ability to provide clients with sophisticated and strategic guidance on the most complex government and internal investigations.