Satnam Tumani is a partner in Kirkland’s Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations Practice Group based in London. Satnam focuses his practice on a range of public company internal and external investigations (including those conducted by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the UK National Crime Agency (NCA), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)), individual defence for senior executives and corporate white collar crime governance and compliance matters. Satnam also represents companies in front of UK public inquiries and has significant experience advising the boards of multinational companies on sensitive legal and reputational issues.

Prior to joining Kirkland in 2012, Satnam spent more than 17 years at the SFO, including as Head of Bribery & Corruption, and International Assistance. Among other strategic and policy roles, Satnam was a senior member of the SFO team dealing with the joint prosecution guidance for the UK Bribery Act and a member of the SFO Deferred Prosecutions Working Group. Satnam was also the senior SFO specialist on extradition matters.

Satnam has been repeatedly recognised and ranked by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, and Who’s Who Legal in respect of white collar and investigations matters, including in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame. Clients commented that Satnam is “incredibly diligent and has a practical approach to issues”, and is “an excellent operator. Very strategic but also across the detail and client-centric” and “a formidable advocate with huge attention to detail and strategic vision” (The Legal 500 UK, 2022), and that he is “highly responsive”, detailed”, “very thoughtful, strategic and provides very high-quality advice” (Chambers & Partners UK, 2023). The team in London is recognised as “a leader amongst others and particularly suitable for the larger, thornier cases involving the Serious Fraud Office”, “among the very best of the best”, a “very well drilled team. They think of everything, in depth, many moves ahead of the opposition. If you want to win, this is the team to hire”, an “excellent hard working team with years of white collar expertise” and having “outstanding experience and attention to detail”.


Thought Leadership


  • Contributor to “Fraud - Criminal Law & Procedure,” published by Oxford University Press
  • Contributor to “Millington & Sutherland Williams on The Proceeds of Crime,” 5th Edition published by Oxford University Press


Recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers UK, 2023, where clients comment that he is “highly responsive”, detailed”, “very thoughtful, strategic and provides very high-quality advice” (Chambers & Partners UK, 2023)

A member of The Legal 500 Hall of Fame

Described in The Legal 500, 2022, as “dominant in the sector. He is an outstanding leader who knows precisely what to do and when to do it. He is a genuinely intimidating presence for any opponent and achieves results like no one else as a result”

Recognised in multiple years by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners with clients noting that he is “very strategic, responsive, pragmatic and easy to work with” (The Legal 500, 2021) and “a tough negotiator and an amazingly good tactician” (Chambers & Partners UK, 2021)

Recognised in multiple years by Who's Who Legal ‘Investigations: Lawyers’

Recognised in multiple years by Who's Who Legal ‘Business Crime Defence: Corporates’

Memberships & Affiliations

Member of the City of London Law Society’s Corporate Crime & Corruption Committee

Member of the PLC Editorial Board for Corporate Crime

Former member of the Law Society’s Money Laundering Taskforce


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2000, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • Brunel University LondonLaw 2:1
  • The University of Law, ChesterLaw Society Finals Course