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Calum Ablett


Calum Ablett is an Associate in DLA Piper's Corporate Crime Investigations and Financial Services Regulatory team. Calum’s practice focuses on internal and regulatory investigations into allegations of serious and complex misconduct for national and international clients. He also advises on a range of anti-bribery & corruption, anti-money laundering and business conduct issues. In addition, Calum represents clients involved in high-value civil disputes.

Calum has experience in a number of sectors including financial services, retail, entertainment, sport, and construction. His work across these areas spans both contentious and advisory matters.

Calum spent time during his training contract on secondment to the dispute resolution team of a UK bank. He also spent six months on secondment to DLA Piper’s Litigation and Regulatory team in Hong Kong.

Professional QualificationsAdmitted as a Solicitor with the Law Society of Scotland


  • Advising one of four defendants in the fraud trial concerning Barclays’ capital raising and related payments to Qatar in 2008 (2020).
  • Advising a UK listed company on its disclosure obligations, potential liability and future strategy in relation to financial manipulation within one of its subsidiaries (2020).
  • Advising a high net worth individual on initiating a UK criminal investigation in respect of unlawful appropriation of assets valued at GBP 60m (2020).
  • Advising an aviation company during an internal investigation into fraudulent practices (2019).
  • Advising various clients in respect of their obligations under the UK Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the requirement to submit Suspicious Activity Reports to the National Crime Agency.
  • Advising a UK transportation company on the scope of its potential liability under section 7 of the UK Bribery Act 2010 in the context of a corporate acquisition (2020).
  • University of Glasgow, Law (LLB) and History, First Class Honours
  • University of Glasgow, Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, Distinction
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM Corporate and Securities Law, Distinction