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Rebecca Elizabeth Chalkley

Work 020 7520 6000
Red Lion Chambers (Red Lion Chambers)


The majority of my practice involves prosecuting serious organised crime and fraud. Including national and international, multi-handed large-scale frauds (VAT frauds (including MTIC/Carousel), alcohol diversion frauds, direct tax frauds, Corporation Tax fraud, immigration frauds, offences under the Fraud Act 2006, Hawalha banking, film tax credit, welfare benefit frauds and Boiler Rooms) For a number of years I have been instructed to prosecute for the Revenue & Customs Prosecution Office, now the Central Fraud and Organised Crime Groups of the CPS, their largest and most complex cases, investigated by law enforcement bodies including MPS, various regional police forces, HMRC, NCA (SOCA), DWP, City of London Police (COLP) and the UKBA. I have been involved in advising and dealing with all aspects of the investigation and prosecution from advising on charge, obtaining of evidence from both here and abroad, obtaining domestic and European/International arrests warrants, extradition, abuse of process arguments, the conduct of trial, dealing with expert witnesses, particularly forensic accountants, any subsequent appeals and in some cases retrials. My expertise on disclosure issues is widely recognised and not only do I lecture on the subject to lawyers and law enforcement officers I am often instructed in multi-handed cases as either sole disclosure counsel or as lead disclosure counsel with a junior I am currently instructed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in one of their largest prosecutions ever undertaken by the department. This involves Insolvency Act 1986 & Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 offences. Using the skill set I have gained from years of prosecuting complex and difficult cases I have expanded my practice into the areas of Public Law, Regulatory and Professional Disciplinary matters. Operation Weeting & Sacha (2012-2015) (MPS) (R v Rebekah Brooks, Andrew Coulson & others) the investigation into illegal "Phone Hacking" at The News of The World & the investigation into allegations of perverting the course of justice. Instructed as Prosecution Junior. Operation Elveden (2012-2015) (MPS) (R v Rebekah Brooks and others) the investigation into allegations involving the unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists. Instructed as Prosecution Junior. R v Al Issa and others (2012- 2013) (HMRC): Multi-million pound VAT and Film Tax Credit fraud relating to a bogus film-production "Landscape of Lives". The first Film Tax Credit Prosecution. Instructed as Prosecution Junior. Operation Prelacy (2012) (SOCA): the prosecution of various members of the El-Kurd family including the infamous “Sammy the Kurd” for money laundering (R v El-Kurd [2001] Crim L R 234). Operating from a Money Laundering Bureau in Kensington, London the El-Kurds laundered in excess of £150 million. Instructed as Prosecution Junior. Mark Duggen Inquest (2013) advised a government agency on matters arising from the Duggan Inquest (the shooting which triggered the London Summer riots). Azelle Rodney Public Inquiry (2011-2013): was a Public Inquiry into the death of a man shot by the Metropolitan Police in 2005. Instructed by HMRC who were a Core Participant in the Inquiry and who were the intelligence provider to the Metropolitan Police. In February 2012 represented HMRC in the resultant Judicial Review proceedings. She is instructed in the ongoing High court Litigation arising from Sir Christopher Holland's findings in his report. Professional Discipline (AADB) (2011): instructed by the Accountancy & Actuarial Discipline Board (AADB) in one of their investigations under their Accountancy Scheme. This was a very large and complex case involving the analysis of the auditing and base line accountancy records of a multi-national company and its auditor's handling of its accounts R v UMBS On-Line Ltd & others (2008 – 2011) This was the prosecution of the financial institution UMBS Online Ltd. I was junior prosecuting counsel. The bank was prosecuted for various money laundering offences, a series of regulatory offences and for fraudulent trading under the Fraud Act 2006. It was one of the first major prosecutions under the Fraud Act. The case involved allegations extending into reporting duties of Directors in the Regulated Sector. I have considerable experience of VAT MTIC fraud which is of significant value for Tax Tribunal litigation. HMRC accepts that the burden lies in proving there is a fraud. The Bank UMBS (see above) has featured and continues to feature in a large number of VAT Tribunal cases. She has in depth knowledge of the banks make up and operation. A number of cases that I have been instructed in feature the use of the First Curacao International Bank (FCIB) material. My knowledge and understanding of this financial institution and the material from its various servers is a considerable advantage within the VAT Tribunals where this material is currently featuring in numerous cases. Operation Onset- (2007 - 2011) (HMRC): Multi-handed VAT fraud prosecution. The VAT liability attributed to the 6 defendants was approaching £150m. Instructed as prosecuting junior counsel. Safe Solutions (2008-2009) (HMRC): This was a multi-handed, multi-million pound Corporation Tax fraud prosecution involving the manipulation of the IR 35 regulations. Instructed as the prosecution junior counsel. In addition to the prosecution there were lengthy restraint proceedings (RCPO v. Hill and others [2005] EWCA Crim 3271). Operations Devout, Vaulter & Ghast (2006- 2014) multi-handed Carousel VAT fraud and money laundering prosecutions. Instructed as lead disclosure counsel (Devout as junior) (R v Ahmad & Ahmed [2012] EWCA Crim 391)


Year of call: 1999 Inn: Middle Temple 2006: Attorney General's Prosecutor- List B 2012: CPS Prosecutor (London & SE & W Circuits)- Grade 3 2012: Regulatory List of Health & Safety Executive, Office of Rail Regulation and Environment Agency- B List 2013: CPS Specialist Advocates Panels for Serious Crime and Fraud-Grade 3 2013: SFO Prosecution Panel-A List


Criminal Bar Association South Eastern Circuit Regulatory Lawyers Association Young Fraud Lawyers Association St Hilda's College, Oxford Law Network Publications of note: Contributed to the General Council of the Bar & Criminal Bar Association response to the Review by Lord Justice Auld of the Criminal Courts. In 2008 co-authored a paper for the Judicial Studies Board on Part 1 of RIPA 2000. In 2012 drafted the CPS Guidance Notes for the prosecution of VAT frauds. In 2012 invited by Lord Justice Gross to take part in a discussion group as part of his review of sanctions for disclosure failures. This culminated in a report ”Further Review of Disclosure in Criminal Proceedings: sanctions for disclosure failure” written by Lord Justice Gross & Lord Justice Treacy.


Claremont Fan Court 1993-97: University of Oxford- Experimental Psychology (MA. Hons. Oxon.). 1997-1998:City University-CPE. 1998-1999: Inns of Court School of Law- Bar Finals. 1999: Awarded The Queen Mother’s Scholarship by Middle Temple. 1999: Called to the Bar, Middle Temple.


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Rebecca Chalkley - Red Lion ChambersHer work includes difficult private prosecution cases.

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