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Rupert Bowers KC was called to the Bar in 1995 and took silk in 2015. He was ranked as a leader in his field in the Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 publications before taking silk and has been ranked every year since being in silk.

Rupert leads the chambers Business Crime & Investigations team in Doughty Street maintaining a practice in financial crime and extradition with particular expertise in ancillary matters associated with criminal investigations. Rupert is one of the country’s leading experts in challenging search warrants and seizures of property, and in challenging asset freezing orders of all types. He is one of only a few QC’s with experience not just of heavy trial and appellate work in the criminal courts, but with vast experience of judicial review and other applications in the civil courts. His breadth of knowledge across different jurisdictions is his strength. He was the only criminal silk in the case of Lucas v Security Service [2017] 1 All E.R. 283  (Click here) which challenged the lawfulness of the mass interception of communications data by GCHQ before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (Click here), a case with many parallels with the recent transnational operation targeting the use of EncroChat.

Rupert also practices in sports regulation and discipline which has included cases before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Those he has represented include West Ham United, Harry Redknapp, James Tomkins, Jermain Defoe, Ben Thatcher, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Steve Cotterill, Emily Sarsfield, World in Motion Ltd., M&C Saatchi Merlin, and drafted the disciplinary procedure for the British Association of Snowsports Instructors.

Rupert only acts for a small number of high net-worth private clients and companies at any one time which allows him to focus on their particular needs, and when involved in criminal cases he tends to act for those who engage him at the investigative stage.

Recent cases include representing a Premiership football club in the HMRC investigation into tax evasion in player transfers, a fintech company subject to an Account Freezing Order, successfully representing a major futures trading company in relation to the unlawful freezing of over $3 million of their funds, and advising the American multi-national company KBR in the current SFO investigation.


Called: 1995; Gray’s Inn. Publications of note: co-author of Blackstone’s Guide to the Terrorism Act 2006 published in September 2006 (Oxford University Press); article for the Covert Policing Review (issue 2 2006) – ‘Intercepting Terrorists’ with Hugo Lodge; consultant on the College of Law DVD ‘Financial sanctions, bribery and corruption’ released 2009; consultant on the report ‘Silence on Violence: Improving the Safety of Women’ (March 2011) prepared by the Greater London Authority. The report tackles the issues relating to policing prostitution and the safety of sex workers.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Rupert Bowers KC – Doughty Street Chambers