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Russell-Cooke LLP

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Jae Carwardine

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Russell-Cooke LLP

Work Department

Criminal litigation, white collar fraud, business crime and related regulatory offences


Jae has over twenty years’ experience; renowned as a tenacious and tactically astute lawyer with a phenomenal work ethic.

Jae is the Head of the Fraud and Criminal Litigation department. She has extensive experience in white collar and business crime. She often defends in complex cases including allegations of tax evasion, bribery, corruption, fraudulent trading, money laundering and boiler room frauds (including prosecutions by Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Economic Crime Unit (ECU), Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), and the Crown Prosecution Service.  

Jae is highly regarded for her exceptional and effective representation of professionals, often attracting significant media attention, who find themselves accused of criminal matters with potentially career threatening implications and invasive press interest; allegations extending across the full spectrum from allegations of homicide to more minor allegations including drugs offences; such cases often involve regulatory or compliance issues. Jae has particular expertise in her conduct of sensitive cases, including sexual offences. Jae has developed a niche in advising clients in relation to Health and Safety and Trading Standards prosecutions.

Recent work: instructed to represent a president of a US company regarding a case involving carbon emissions trading who faced an allegation of cheating the revenue of £60 million. She has also recently successfully acted for a series of clients facing a multi-million mortgage fraud (Operation Aquamarine). She is defending in a multi-defendant high profile conspiracy to defraud case. Instructed in guidelines case for e-disclosure in complex fraud cases. Acting for series of professional clients facing serious criminal or sexual offences.


Trained Russell-Cooke; qualified 1996; partner 2003.




Clifton High School, Bristol; Queen’s College, Taunton; Manchester Metropolitan University (LLB 2(1)).

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Leading individuals

Jae Carwardine - Russell-Cooke LLP

Within: Crime: general

The ‘excellentRussell-Cooke LLP ‘prepares cases carefully and thoroughly’ and provides ‘an outstanding service’. It has recently acted in cases of drug dealing, sexual offences, terrorism and assault. The firm often deals with vulnerable and young clients. ‘Extremely bright and diligentJae Carwardine heads the practice and is supported by Nicola O’Connor who has ‘excellent client management skills’ and ‘remains focused in a pressurized environment’. Senior associate Marie Bourke is ‘bright and incisive’ and ‘her attention to detail, commitment to clients and pro-active case management is particularly impressive’. Kizzy Augustin joined as partner.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Russell-Cooke LLP has ‘the personnel and experience to deal with the most complex of cases’. Recent highlights include several high-profile HMRC prosecutions. Jae Carwardine is ‘an exceptionally astute lawyer’ and is ‘tenacious but understanding’. Associate Marie Bourke is ‘very able and particularly good with clients’. Nicola O’Connor is also recommended. The team is ‘exceptional in managing cases with a large amount of material’.

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