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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Among the best for business and regulatory crime’, the ‘powerhouseCloth Fair Chambers remains the ‘go-to’ set for the most complex financial crime matters. The ‘high-calibre’ counsel are ‘without exception extremely hardworking, great with clients and solicitors, highly intelligent, committed, and have a huge depth of experience’. Instructing solicitors welcome the addition of new junior tenants to chambers, including, most recently, Rachel Kapila and Aaron Watkins from Three Raymond Buildings and Matrix Chambers respectively. Integral to the set’s success is the ‘endeavour of excellent’ clerks Adrian Chapman and Mark O’Neill, who are described as ‘commercially minded, efficient, and eternally patient, this duo are widely known and respected throughout the solicitors’ profession; they can always be counted on when exigency strikes’. Sarah Finlayson is chambers manager. In recent news, Nick Newman, former senior clerk from the creation of chambers until his retirement in 2016, sadly passed in May 2019. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Cloth Fair Chambers

Cloth Fair Chambers is 'a powerhouse set when it comes to business crime', housing 'high-calibre counsel' who are recognised as 'financial crime experts' by clients. Members of the set continue to act in the Barclays trial concerning its 2008 fundraising from Qatari investors; recent developments include Nicholas Purnell QC and Clare Sibson QC successfully defending John Varley, the former bank CEO, against charges of conspiracy to commit fraud. In the junior ranks, Jonathan Barnard acted for Robert Hallett, the former director of Alstom, in the Serious Fraud Office investigation concerning alleged bribery and corruption offences; the defendant was acquitted of all charges.

Leading Silks

Ian Winter QC - Cloth Fair ChambersHe cross-examines like a ninja.

Ranked: tier 1

John Kelsey-Fry QC - Cloth Fair ChambersThe breadth of his lateral thinking is astonishing.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Purnell QC - Cloth Fair ChambersA consummate advisor and advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Alison Pople QC - Cloth Fair ChambersIncredibly hardworking and able to devastate the most difficult witnesses in cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Allen QC - Cloth Fair ChambersIn the courtroom he fights his corner fearlessly, with a winning touch of charm and wit.

Ranked: tier 2

Clare Sibson QC - Cloth Fair ChambersHighly intelligent and discerning.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Jonathan Barnard - Cloth Fair ChambersHe is a silk in waiting.

Ranked: tier 1

Kathryn Arnot Drummond - Cloth Fair ChambersShe combines excellent attention to detail with a great client manner.

Ranked: tier 2

Rachel Kapila - Cloth Fair ChambersHer work ethic is second to none.

Ranked: tier 2

Aaron Watkins - Cloth Fair ChambersA dextrous junior.

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Cloth Fair Chambers

For some instructing solicitors, Cloth Fair Chambers is the 'go-to set for the most complex financial crime matters', thanks to its members' expertise which includes a solid track record in providing pre-charge advice to professional individuals concerning tax evasion investigations.

Leading Silks

John Kelsey-Fry QC - Cloth Fair ChambersHis ability to establish and maintain respect from often demanding clients is truly admirable.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Purnell QC - Cloth Fair ChambersA silk well liked by his clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Winter QC - Cloth Fair ChambersHe has an incredible strategic insight into cases.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Aaron Watkins - Cloth Fair ChambersVery experienced in financial crime cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Rachel Kapila - Cloth Fair ChambersA no-nonsense junior; judges love her.

Ranked: tier 4

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International crime and extradition
Leading Juniors

Aaron Watkins - Cloth Fair ChambersHe has considerable experience in extradition matters.

Ranked: tier 1

Rachel Kapila - Cloth Fair ChambersShe has a razor-sharp mind.

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Among the best for business and regulatory crime’, the ‘powerhouseCloth Fair Chambers remains the ‘go-to’ set for the most complex financial crime matters. The ‘high-calibre’ counsel are ‘without exception extremely hardworking, great with clients and solicitors, highly intelligent, committed, and have a huge depth of experience’. Instructing solicitors welcome the addition of new junior tenants to chambers, including, most recently, Rachel Kapila and Aaron Watkins from Three Raymond Buildings and Matrix Chambers respectively. Integral to the set’s success is the ‘endeavour of excellent’ clerks Adrian Chapman and Mark O’Neill, who are described as ‘commercially minded, efficient, and eternally patient, this duo are widely known and respected throughout the solicitors’ profession; they can always be counted on when exigency strikes’. Sarah Finlayson is chambers manager. In recent news, Nick Newman, former senior clerk from the creation of chambers until his retirement in 2016, sadly passed in May 2019. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Fraud and corporate crime

Cloth Fair Chambers’s Ian Winter QC is active in Hong Kong appeal cases and trials.

Fraud and corporate crime - Leading silks

Ian Winter QC Cloth Fair ChambersHe appears in Hong Kong fraud cases and appeals.

Ranked: tier 1

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