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Jocelyn Ledward

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QEB Hollis Whiteman (Chambers of Mark Ellison QC)


Jocelyn Ledward has built up a substantial mixed practice of fraud and mainstream crime, with particular expertise in long-running, complex cases in all areas of criminal law and regulatory law. The last few years have involved a mixture of complex, high-profile mainstream criminal cases, business crime, and professional disciplinary proceedings. Jocelyn has significant experience in both prosecuting and defending sexual offences. She has been involved in high profile and complex sexual cases often involving sexual and indecent conduct by professionals (GMC v Bonhoeffer). Her experience of these cases extends to detailed knowledge of digital media, particularly in line with her involvement as counsel in the prosecution of Stuart Hazell. She also has extensive experience of homicide and serious violence, money-laundering, conspiracy to defraud and tax evasion, VAT fraud, large-scale drugs supply and importation, corruption and other offences of dishonesty (including high-value theft and robbery conspiracies). Past highlights include representing a director defendant in the first prosecution by the OFT under the Cartel Offence provisions of the Enterprise Act, following the landmark ‘Marine Hose’ plea agreement with the DoJ. She has extensive experience in relation to disclosure and Public Interest Immunity; handling of electronic material; in dealing with evidence from foreign jurisdictions; and in confiscation; she also has developed a particular interest in social media offending. She provides advice to and represents corporate and professional/director clients in Health and Safety at Work Act, Trade Descriptions Act and Insolvency Acts cases. Her professional disciplinary experience includes appearing before the General Medical Council and other regulatory bodies, primarily in the healthcare field. Jocelyn is registered on the Bar Council Public Access directory.


Called Middle Temple 1999. Publications of note: Social Media: How the Net is closing in on Cyberbullies [2013] Ent. L.R. 24(8) Contempt and Social Media update: [2014] Ent. L.R 25(2).


Working knowledge of French.


Criminal Bar Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Fraud Lawyers Association; Health and Safety Lawyers Association; registered with the Bar Council Public Access Directory; Public Access Bar Association.


Magdalen College, Oxford (MA (Hons) First Class) 1997; City University (DipLaw) 1998; ICSL (BVC) 1999.


Leander, gardening.

London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

Within: Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Jocelyn Ledward - QEB Hollis Whiteman ‘Very clever and hardworking, she has an easy and listenable manner in court.’

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Jocelyn Ledward - QEB Hollis Whiteman ‘Well known at the Old Bailey as an extremely skilful advocate.’

Within: Fraud: crime

QEB Hollis Whiteman both prosecutes and defends in heavyweight fraud cases, including a number of sophisticated and long-running multi-defendant cases. Sean Larkin QC and Jocelyn Ledward represented the former CEO of a company, the only individual found not guilty in the long-running Operation Amazon case.

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