Rebecca Elizabeth Chalkley > Red Lion Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Red Lion Chambers


Rebecca Chalkley specialises in all areas of Business Crime & Fraud and Financial Services Regulation. Her areas of expertise include insider dealing, Bribery & Corruption (international and domestic), financial regulation, legal professional privilege, Money Laundering & Proceeds of Crime and tax fraud (direct and indirect), fraudulent trading, financial vehicles and the full spectrum of frauds.

She is regularly instructed in matters of complexity and sensitivity, and often with an international dimension.

Rebecca is a LexisNexis Expert in Corporate Crime.

Rebecca was The Times Lawyer of the week- 21 April 2022. [Press Report]

Rebecca has been and is instructed in the largest Private Prosecutions and is a leader in that field. She has been ‘spotlighted’ as such in Chambers UK.

She has been instructed in various cases which resulted in Deferred Prosecutions Agreements (DPA), including what is believed to be the largest to date. She has acted in these for both individuals and companies.

She is Standing Counsel to the Department for Business and the Insolvency Service and consequently advises the department on the most complicated issues of policy and their prosecutions.

She has a vast experience of bankruptcy and liquidation and prosecutions under the Insolvency Act and Directorship Offences. She has considerable expertise in all matters connected to disclosure and legal professional privilege.

Rebecca is frequently instructed in regulatory and quasi-criminal matters on cases involving breaches of Regulatory & Professional Discipline and on behalf of regulatory bodies. This includes the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency, the Financial Conduct Authority and the General Medical Council. She is regularly instructed to defend Opticians at the General Optical Council.

She is also consistently instructed in Extradition cases. This includes cases involving the USA, the Russian Federation and Bermuda.

She is instructed by various government departments in cases before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC). Rebecca was instructed by the Government, in the Kamoka litigation, concerning allegations of rendition and ill treatment sustained in Libya, brought against the British Government.


Year of call: 1999

Inn: Middle Temple

Standing Counsel to the Department for Business & the Insolvency Service (2017, reappointed 2020)

SFO Prosecution Panel (A List) (2013, reappointed 2020)

Attorney General’s Regulatory List of Health & Safety Executive, Office of Rail Regulation and Environment Agency (B List) (2012, reappointed 2019)

GMC (Full List) (2015)

CPS Specialist Panel Advocate (Serious Organised Crime, Extradition and Fraud) (Gradel 3)

Attorney General’s Prosecutor (List B) (2006)



The SFO’s independent review into the collapse of the R V Woods and Marshall trial (SERCO), The Altman Review, 21 July 2022, co-author

RIPA contributor: Judicial Studies Board (2008)

CPS Guidance Notes for the Prosecution of VAT & Excise Frauds, 2006–2007, co-author

Response to the Review by Lord Justice Auld of the Criminal Courts: General Council of the Bar & CBA, 2001, contributor


French (conversational)


St Hilda’s College, Oxford, Law Network

South Eastern Circuit

Midlands Circuit






Female Fraud Forum


BA MA, Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford (1993-1997)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Rebecca Elizabeth Chalkley – Red Lion Chambers ‘Rebecca brings exceptional oral advocacy and has a very deft touch with judges in court.‘

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Rebecca Chalkley Red Lion ChambersRebecca is an outstanding advocate. She is thoughtful in her delivery and has a light touch with both juries and judges. She is exceptionally bright but practical in her advice and clients adore her pragmatism. She is superior to the vast majority of silks in her field.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Rebecca ChalkleyRed Lion Chambers ‘A confident and assertive advocate, she understands the intricacies of the legislation, identifies the key elements of the evidence and doesn’t get mired in attempts to divert attention elsewhere.’