Set Profile > Cloth Fair Chambers > London, England
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Business crime forms a core area of Cloth Fair Chambers' expertise; the set houses a team adept at handling cases involving bribery, corruption, and SFO investigations. Members of the set continue to act in the longrunning Barclays trial concerning its 2008 fundraising from Qatari investors. In February 2020, John Kelsey-Fry QC and new silk Jonathan Barnard QC represented Roger Jenkins, the former Head of Investment Banking in the Middle East, while Ian Winter QC acted for Tom Kalaris, the former Head of Wealth and Investment Management, in the SFO investigation concerning alleged bribery and corruption offences; both defendants were acquitted of all charges.
Fraud: crime Tier 2
'An extremely good and strong set', Cloth Fair Chambers' 'counsel are at the top of their field and have a deep understanding of the law'. Its members are well known for their established experience in financial crime matters, notably in providing pre-charge advice to professional individuals concerning tax evasion investigations.
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Chambers was founded in 2006 by seven QCs at the top of the criminal Bar. Its bespoke and focused set was created to meet the market’s growing demands for strategic advice and litigation experience in the developing interface between criminal/civil-commercial fields. Its members have been hand-picked for their proven performance in the very top tier of the criminal, fraud and regulatory Bar.
The set: Chambers’ unparalleled litigation expertise in these areas attracts considerable market attention from companies and company directors, City professionals and other high-profile individuals with a view to either avoiding litigation altogether or to ensuring the adoption of the best strategic position in preparation for it. The continuity that expert strategic advice provides from the earliest possible point pre-charge throughout the process often has a direct correlation to the achievable result.
Often working in tandem, members of chambers have been heavily involved in most of the large fraud, cartel, corruption and corporate crime cases as well as the most high-profile cases of general crime that have been investigated or prosecuted in this country and several of those investigated and prosecuted abroad.
In addition, members of chambers regularly advise potential defendants, companies and their directors globally across several jurisdictions in relation to pre-charge tactical strategic options; internal whistle-blowing inquiries; money laundering investigations; anti-bribery system requirements; CMA investigations and prosecutions; civil settlement negotiations; and DOJ investigations.
Types of work undertaken: Financial and corporate crime, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, and high-profile general crime.
|Head clerks||Adrian Chapman|
|Head clerks||Mark O'Neill|
|Members of Chambers||PURNELL QC, Nicholas (1968)|
|Members of Chambers||KELSEY-FRY QC, John (1978)|
|Members of Chambers||WINTER QC, Ian (1988)|
|Members of Chambers||POPLE QC, Alison (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||ALLEN QC, Tom (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||SIBSON QC, Clare (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||BARNARD, Jonathan (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||KAPILA, Rachel (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||WATKINS, Aaron (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||ARNOT DRUMMOND, Kathryn|
|Tom Allen||Tom Allen is a leading silk specialising in cases of commercial and…||View Profile|
|Kathryn Arnot Drummond||A mature court advocate, experienced in jury trial and appellate work, Kathryn…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Barnard||Jonathan is currently ranked in Band 1 for Financial Crime (Individuals), Band…||View Profile|
|Rachel Kapila||Rachel is a sought-after junior in the fields of financial crime (individual…||View Profile|
|John Kelsey-Fry||John Kelsey-Fry QC is widely recognised as one of the leading silks…||View Profile|
|Alison Pople||Alison Pople is widely recognised as a leading silk with particular specialisms in…||View Profile|
|Nicholas Purnell||Nicholas Purnell QC is Head of Cloth Fair Chambers. His career at…||View Profile|
|Clare Sibson QC||Despite only recently taking silk, Clare Sibson “is already attracting instructions of…||View Profile|
|Aaron Watkins||Aaron is a highly regarded advocate in financial crime and regulation. He…||View Profile|
|Ian Winter||Ian Winter QC is firmly established as one of the leading silks…||View Profile|