Jae Carwardine > Russell-Cooke LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Russell-Cooke LLP
SW15 6AB

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)).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime

(Leading individuals)

Jae CarwardineRussell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP handles confiscations, forfeiture, restraint and freezing orders, and defence and prosecution of private prosecutions. Areas of expertise include multijurisdictional cases, employment, regulatory, international and tax advice. The firm is particularly adept at handling cases that involve intrusive media attention. Head of team Jae Carwardine is experienced in advising all levels of professionals and has defended cases against the SFO, FCA, HMRC and CPS. Hannah Bains joined as senior associate from Bark&co and Martin Rackstraw joined as a partner from Bindmans LLP.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

(Hall of Fame)

Jae CarwardineRussell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP‘s ‘assiduous‘ team has been kept busy recently handling cases of historic and current sexual offences, assault, firearms and motoring offences. Practice head Jae Carwardine is ‘meticulous, immensely intelligent and knowledgeable‘; she is supported by the ‘super-capable‘ Nicola O’Connor. Senior associate Marie Bourke is recommended. In June 2019 Martin Rackstraw returned to the firm after seven years at Bindmans LLP, where he had been joint head of the criminal law team.