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Chambers of Nicholas Rhodes QC and Neil Hawes QC

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Charter Chambers is renowned for fearless, powerful advocacy and sound legal advice. It is home to a cadre of tenacious and respected advocates, leaders within their field unified by an ethos of approachability, who are complemented by a professional and helpful support staff.

The set: Charter has an excellent reputation in the skilled prosecution and defence of the most serious criminal cases, appearing in all major court centres within the capital and nationally. Members are often to be found appearing in cases of particular gravity and complexity, as well as those attracting significant publicity and public interest.

Charter is sought after in allegations of business crime and financial fraud. Recently members have appeared in cases alleging cartel behaviour between multinational companies, corruption and bribery, criminal manipulation of inter-bank lending rates and other frauds of international significance. Courtroom experience is also deployed to provide tactical advice to either corporates or individuals facing the involvement of financial regulators or investigative government agencies, or at a pre-investigation stage.

Chambers has a deep reservoir of talent when it comes to the presentation and defence of allegations of misconduct before the professional regulators. Members of chambers appear across the regulatory landscape (from the Civil Aviation Authority to the Heath and Safety Executive) but have particular experience and expertise of the major healthcare tribunals, whether the General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council or elsewhere.

Types of work undertaken:Serious and organised crime: Members appear in such cases as: Bikubi (witchcraft killing); Nwokeh (Victoria Station Tube case); Bishop (murder of Robert Knox, the Harry Potter actor); Carty & Brown (murder of city solicitor Thomas Ap Rhys-Pryce); Calderwood (Graff diamond robbery); McMillian (the only western escapee of the famous ‘Bangkok Hilton’ prison); the ‘Cherry Lambrini’ attempted murder case; and the Hatton Garden robbery.

Fraud and business crime: Charter has been involved in some of the most sensitive and complex fraud and corporate crime cases of the last 20 years. Recent examples include: LIBOR (Tom Hayes); insider dealing cases, including Operation Tabernula, Operation Saturn and the Morrisons executive; Lord Davenport’s advance fee fraud (SFO); Imperial Consolidated (SFO); the BCCI banking collapse (SFO); Dunblane firearm amnesty fraud (CPS Serious Casework); ILA learning frauds (CPS Serious Casework); the BA/Virgin ‘price fixing’ cartel case; and Turks and Caicos government corruption case.

Professional discipline: Charter has become the chambers of choice for both the presentation and the defence of those facing fitness to practise allegations before the Nursing and Midwifery Council, where it has appeared in almost every noteworthy allegation of nursing misconduct in recent years. Members of chambers also appear regularly before the other healthcare professionals’ regulators, most frequently the GMC, GDC and the HCPC. Several members are appointees to the Attorney General’s specialist Regulatory Panel of Approved Advocates. Legal and financial professionals seeking assistance with their own regulatory bodies frequently turn to the membership of Charter Chambers for experienced and expert advice and representation.

Inquests: chambers undertakes a significant quantity of coronial work, particularly in cases where the enhanced approach required by Article 2 of the ECHR is deployed. Members act for bereaved families, as well as for individuals or organisations otherwise ordered to appear as interested persons, often medical professionals concerned that their conduct may be called into question during the hearing.

Public law: members include a former chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee and the present treasurer of Asylum Aid as well as an Attorney General’s special advocate. Notable recent instructions include: appearing as a special advocate in the Court of Appeal in a case that was then referred to the European Court of Justice; and acting in the High Court for a protestor against the Olympic Delivery Agency’s development on Leyton Marsh.

Restraint, confiscation and civil: members are regularly instructed in significant and complex confiscation proceedings, and have experience of acting for parties who seek freezing or searching orders to preserve assets pending a final judgment. The set is also called upon to assist with the difficult considerations that arise where there are parallel civil and criminal proceedings.


Above material supplied by Charter Chambers (Chambers of Nicholas Rhodes QC and Neil Hawes QC).

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