Wayne Barnes is an experienced criminal barrister and trial advocate with more than two decades of experience. His work has included defending some of the largest global organisations.

Wayne conducts complex, internal and corporate investigations across multiple jurisdictions. He has represented clients being investigated or prosecuted by law enforcement entities such as the UK Serious Fraud Office and the US Department of Justice. He is often called upon to deliver training to companies and individuals on how to avoid regulatory intervention. His work crosses a variety of industries and includes publishing, sports, logistics, energy and infrastructure, as well as natural resources.

With more than 16 years’ experience as an international rugby union referee, Wayne is able to bridge the worlds of law and sport, and has recently conducted investigations and reviews for the British Judo Association, England Boxing and England Hockey.

Wayne is a well-established speaker, offering insight into leadership, facing adversity, dealing with pressure and building effective teams for numerous international organisations.

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  • Led an internal investigation into bullying within an Olympic sport, which included recommendations into improved governance and the performance programme.
  • Led a sensitive investigation into a boardroom leak, highlighting the governance issues that may have caused the leak.
  • Conducted an investigation and reconciliation piece of work leading to the improvement of a national governing body’s disciplinary structure.
  • Conducted internal investigations across Africa as part of a World Bank and SFO self-referral.
  • Conducted in-house training for legal and compliance teams on matters relating to bribery and corruption, money laundering and the conducting of internal investigations.


  • University of East Anglia, LL.B., 2000


  • England and Wales, 2002

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Key Advisor, Sportable
  • UK Athletics, Standards, Ethics and rules Committee Member
  • Member, Fraud Lawyers Association


  • English
  • French

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