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Firm Profile

Carmelite Chambers

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 9 Carmelite Street
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4Y 0DR

Firm profile submitted by Carmelite Chambers

Head of Chambers: Charles Bott QC
Senior Clerk: Marc King
Deputy Senior Clerk: Matthew Butchard
Chambers Administrator: Orla O’Sullivan
Clerks: Dean Allen, Thomas Barnes, Jordan Wescott, Matthew Stacey
Fees Clerks: Louisa Wheeler, Lynne Cotton
Receptionist: Anita Seteny

THE CHAMBERS Carmelite Chambers is one of the largest and longest established criminal sets in the UK. The set’s advocates are at the forefront of UK and international practice and are regularly instructed in high profile cases.

  • Charles Bott QC (1979) (QC-2008)
  • Nigel Lambert QC (1974) (QC-1999) + A
  • Robert Marshall-Andrews QC (1967) (QC-1987)
  • John Richard Jones QC (1981) (QC-2002) +
  • Leonard Smith QC (1986) (QC-2008)
  • Alan Kent (1986) (QC-2009)
  • Simon Csoka QC (1991) (QC-2011) A
  • Felicity Gerry QC (1994) (QC- 2014)
  • Christopher Henley (1989) (QC- 2015)
  • Adam Kane (1993) (QC-2015)
  • Colin Aylott (1989) A QC (2017)
  • Mathew Sherratt (1994) A QC (2017)
  • Dapinder Singh (2000) QC (2017)
  • Peter Corrigan (1973)
  • Barry Kogan (1973) +
  • Andrew Turton (1977)
  • Isabelle Gillard (1980)
  • Simon Molyneux (1986)
  • Martin Taylor (1988)
  • Adrian Kayne (1989) A
  • Grahame James (1989)
  • Ben Hargreaves (1989) A
  • Tony Ventham (1991)
  • William England (1991)
  • Paul Crampin (1992)
  • Simon Gruchy (1993)
  • Richard Button (1993)
  • Ayaz Qazi (1993)
  • James Walker (1994)
  • Richard Furlong (1994)
  • Matthew Lawson (1995)
  • Alphege Bell (1995)
  • Mark Harries (1995) A
  • Roxanne Morrell (1996)
  • Jonathan Page (1996) A
  • James Tilbury (1996)
  • Jonathan Lennon (1997)
  • Cathy Ryan (1997)
  • Gregory Johnson (1998)
  • Matthew Buckland (1998)
  • Gerard Hillman (1999) A
  • Marie Spenwyn (1999) A
  • Tanveer Qureshi (2000)
  • Houzla Rawat (2001) A
  • Andrew Hallworth (2002)
  • Hugh O’Donoghue (2004) A
  • Ashley Hendron (2005)
  • Laura Hocknell (2005)
  • John Carl Townsend (2006)
  • Joe Hingston (2007) A
  • Paul Duester (2008)
  • Rebecca Saillet (2009)
  • Simon Ralph (2009)
  • Peta-Louise Bagott (2011)
  • Alexandra Scott (2011)
  • Sebastian Winnett (2011)
  • Benjamin Brown (2013)
  • Fiona Clegg (2013)
  • Rupert Russell (2013)
  • Sarah Day (2014)
  • Sahara Fergus-Simms (2015)
  • + Recorder A Public/Direct Access

As leaders within the field members of chambers undertake work in all criminal and related investigations and proceedings, with specific expertise in serious fraud, terrorism, murder, money laundering, asset recovery, miscarriages of justice, courts martial and health and safety. Chambers offers a highly skilled and experienced team of advocates in all of its specialist areas with a particular emphasis to fraud and regulatory matters.

Fraud: Carmelite Chambers has represented both individuals and companies in some of the most notable fraud cases in recent years, counsel are instructed in both private and publicly funded fraud matters in both the civil and criminal courts which include complaints related to corruption, cartels, boiler room fraud, diversion fraud, carousel fraud, NHS fraud and mortgage fraud.
Prominent cases in recent years include cases such as the investigation into the alleged Libor rate fixing; Operation Amazon, an allegation of large scale carbon credit fraud which is said to have put at risk £108 million in tax and has been described as the largest and most complex tax fraud brought by HMRC; Operation Greenyards the £225m, 3 month bond fraud; Operation Ruthenium the Alstom Power Ltd case involving allegations of serious corruption in the procurement of contracts to refurbish nuclear power stations; Operation Hornet; the HBOS directors trial involving corruption, fraudulent trading and money laundering conspiracies exposing the bank to £245m losses; Operation Friar the recent Competition & Markets Authority prosecution at Southwark Crown Court; the iSoft PLC trial and “Operation Bamburgh” the North East England Property Fraud.

Crime: Chambers enjoys a reputation that is second to none in the defence of allegations of serious and organised crime, recognised nationally and internationally for providing advice and representation of the highest quality in the most serious high-profile criminal trials. Significant cases in recent years include; News of the World phone hacking cases; Dale Cregan, murder case concerning the shooting of two female Manchester police officers; “Operation Clover” the largescale investigation into abuse and sexual offences in Rotherham. Terrorist cases including R –v- J the teacher from Manchester planning to join IS in Syria, R –v- F & others where defendants faced charges relating to the preparation of terrorist acts, R –v- H & 3 others where it is alleged that their targets included personnel from both the police and military and also R –v- G who was a former UK soldier who travelled to Syria to fight against the Assad regime. The case is now the leading Court of Appeal Judgement on the ambit of findings of “dangerousness” in terrorist cases.
Felicity Gerry QC led the defence team in R v Jogee, the ground breaking appeal in the UK Supreme Court which held that the form of accessorial liability known as ‘joint enterprise’ was an erroneous tangent of law.

Asset Recovery & Civil Fraud: Carmelite Chambers has an unparalleled reputation in defending allegations of serious fraud and its specialist asset recovery and civil fraud team has been formed from the set’s leading experts in criminal fraud, some of whom also have strong backgrounds in civil and commercial law. Their experience and judgment is increasingly sought after by those involved in civil fraud litigation who recognise the significant crossover between commercial, civil, criminal and regulatory work.
Chambers’ civil fraud and asset recovery team is regularly instructed in cases involving:
■■A wide range of fraud related matters including corruption, investment fraud, bribery and money laundering.
■■Multi-jurisdictional asset recovery claims.
■■Civil injunctive relief including freezing orders, civil search and seizure orders and “Norwich Pharmacal” third party disclosure orders.
■■Significant overlap between civil and criminal proceedings.
■■Civil recovery proceedings under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
■■Individuals and companies affected by restraint proceedings brought in the criminal courts.
Additionally, with regulatory authorities placing an increasing burden upon companies to investigate internal wrongdoing and to self-report, we can advise corporate clients in situations where criminal activity by directors, employees or advisors is suspected as to the proper approach and strategies to be adopted in investigating that activity and, where necessary, on the appropriate co-operation strategies with regulators and prosecuting authorities.

Private Prosecution: Chambers now undertakes private criminal prosecutions for a wide range of criminal offences including serious fraud and money laundering. Increasingly, clients look to the experience of its members to advise on and conduct prosecutions in cases that are beyond the scope of public prosecuting authorities or where the police have conducted inadequate investigations. The set offers a complete advisory and advocacy service throughout the private prosecution process with meticulous emphasis on the proper presentation of the case and the prosecutor’s duties of disclosure and impartiality.

Regulatory & Disciplinary Proceedings: Chambers’ members are regularly instructed amongst others on behalf of doctors, dentists, nurses, lawyers, police officers and accountants before the Bar Standards Board Disciplinary Tribunal, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, the Police Disciplinary Tribunal, the General Dental Council, the General Medical Council, the NMWC, Accountancy and Actuarial disciplinary panels as well as at Disciplinary Tribunals on behalf of professional sportsmen and women. With their extensive fraud experience members frequently appear before the FSA, VAT and HMRC tribunals.