Year of Call: 1975
Inn of Court: Lincoln’s Inn
With over 25 years’ experience of professional and financial services before joining the Bar, he has a sound understanding of how companies, their Boards, and finances work in practice. Although previously a full Member of Chambers, Calvin is currently an Associate Tenant, combining his legal practice with other activities.
He provides his clients (many with multinational operations) with a highly-specialised knowledge and experience of advising at a Board level on corporate governance and executive remuneration issues. His exhaustive determination to get to the heart of both ‘big picture’ aspects and finer points of detail, mean that is an asset to any business seeking his skills.
His advice has been primarily focused on financial services organisations (banks, insurance companies, and fund management); however, he has covered a broad variety of sectors, including investment (he is experienced in advising ‘family offices’, pre-IPO companies and on IPO itself), technology, life sciences and retail. He has published widely on corporate governance/regulatory matters, spoken frequently on conference platforms and has commented in national broadsheets such as The Financial Times and The Times.
- LL.B (Hons), King’s College, London (1974)
- LL.M, King’s College, London (1976)
- M.Phil, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (1978)
- LL.M (with Distinction) Financial Regulation: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London (2014)
- Criminal Bar Association
- British Society of Criminology
Areas of Specialism
Commercial & Regulatory Crime
He has a particular interest in commercial crime and regulatory matters, having returned to the Bar some years ago after 25 years in professional and financial services. Having worked in the financial services sector for 25 years, he has extensive advisory experience at Board level, on corporate governance and executive remuneration.
As well as having considerable courtroom experience (on both privately-funded and legally-aided bases – he is also registered with the BSB for Public Access instructions), he has extensive boardroom advisory experience in banks, insurance companies and other large organisations worldwide.
He has highly-specialised knowledge of corporate governance and the regulation of executive compensation consulting – advising remuneration committees on pay matters, including cash and share incentives plus executive pensions.
The bulk of his work has been for UK-based companies (many with multinational operations), but he has considerable experience of working with US, Middle Eastern, Japanese and Continental European companies.
He holds a specialist postgraduate qualification in Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.
Defence in a broad range of criminal cases on legally-aided or privately-funded bases. Formerly, a prosecuting lawyer in the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions. These days, he only undertakes only Defence work.
As well as practising at the Bar, Calvin’s career has included two years as Legal Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions – where he prosecuted a variety of serious criminal offences, such as homicide, drugs importation and commercial crime.
He also worked for five years in the London tax practice of a Big 4 firm of chartered accountants and for over 20 years for global firms of actuaries and consultants.
He has served a three-year appointment (2012-2015) as Disciplinary Panel Chair at The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
He has been Chair of a UK Registered Charity, for the past 10+ years.
- Jan 2015 Lecture on Insider Trading, LIBOR and ForEx Update
- May 2017 Lecture on Executive Pay Developments.
Latest: “The Corporate Governance Aspects of Executive Pay”. Academic paper, August 2014. Click here to download PDF version.
Also “Beating Bribery and Corruption”, Benefits and Compensation International (September 2011) Click here to download PDF version.
Selection below of articles/papers written on corporate governance/regulatory/executive compensation matters in UK, EU and Worldwide:
• “Corporate Governance Developments in Europe”: RREV Institutional Shareholder Newsletter
• “Corporate Governance and Executive Reward”: International Corporate Governance Review
• “Corporate Governance Update”: Financier Worldwide
• “Corporate Governance and Executive Pay”: Business Credit
• “Practical Remedies for Recovery Companies”: Practical Law Company (joint author)
• “Market Consistent Embedded Value and Incentive Pay Arrangements”: Watson Wyatt Research Publication (joint author)
• “Effective Share Incentives in Recessionary Times”: Watson Wyatt Research Publication (joint author)
• “ Effective Remuneration Committees”: Research Publication, Edinburgh University Business School (joint author)
• “FSA Draft Code of Practice on Remuneration Policies – Is the Baby Being Thrown Out With the Bathwater?”: Watson Wyatt Research Publication
• “G20 Meeting – Principles for Sound Remuneration Practices in Financial Services”: Watson Wyatt Research Publication
• “Executive Pay Practices Around the World, Convergence is Nigh?: Benefits and Compensation International (joint author)
• “ABI’s Response to FSA’s Consultation Paper: Reforming Remuneration in Financial Services”: Watson Wyatt Paper
• “The FSA’s Consultation Paper: Challenges for Risk Functions”: Compliance Monthly
• “Executive Remuneration Governance in Banks and Other Financial Services Institutions – Tightrope Walker”: Watson Wyatt Research Paper
• “Consultation Response to Proposed Changes to UK Combined Code”: Watson Wyatt Submission to FRC
Selection of speaking engagements on a broad range of topics:
• “US and European Remuneration Developments” (Watson Wyatt Rome Seminar)
• “Reward Strategy to Save Corporate Costs” (Watson Wyatt Seminar)
• “Lloyd’s Market Incentives” (Corporation of Lloyd’s Seminar)
• “The Higgs Review” (Norton Rose Seminar)
• “Insuring the Future” (Watson Wyatt Insurance & Financial Services Seminar)
• “Incentives in Corporate Recovery Situations” (IBC Dublin Seminar)
• “Future of Share Incentives in Life Sciences Sector” (IBC London Seminar)
• “US and European Incentive Developments in Hi-Tech Sector” (Watson Wyatt Seminar)
• “Executive Directors’ Remuneration” (Norton Rose Seminar)
• “Share Plan Valuation Methodology” (IBC London Share Schemes Seminar)
• “Remuneration Committee Advice” (UK Shareholders’ Association)
• “Impact of IFRS on EPS, Exceptionals and Goodwill Amortisation” (Watson Wyatt Seminar)
• “Share Plan and Executive Pension Developments” (Russell Reynolds Seminar)
• “Executive Compensation Strategy” (Conference Board Brussels Seminar)
• “Developments in European Corporate Governance” (Conference Board Netherlands)
• “Executive Remuneration Packages” (Seminar for Russian HR Directors, Watson Wyatt London)
• “Global Corporate Governance and Pay Practices” (Watson Wyatt Webcast)
• “Performance Alignment and Corporate Governance” (Watson Wyatt Video)
• “Alignment with Performance and Direction of Executive Reward” (Watson Wyatt Video)
• “Remuneration Committee Process and Performance” (Watson Wyatt Video)
• “AGM Season Review – Compliance and Innovation in the FTSE 100” (Watson Wyatt Video)
• “Changes in Shareholder Guidance” (Watson Wyatt Video)
• “Effective Share Incentives in an Economic Downturn” (Watson Wyatt Video)
A further selection of Calvin’s speaking experience can be viewed here.