Jocelyn Ledward > Chambers of Adrian Darbishire KC and Selva Ramasamy KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adrian Darbishire KC and Selva Ramasamy KC
QEB Hollis Whiteman
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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.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Jocelyn Ledward – QEB Hollis Whiteman ‘Jocelyn is fiercely-intelligent, impeccably fair and very hard-working.’

QEB Hollis Whiteman remains an key set in the crime arena, handling both high-profile prosecution and primarily privately-funded defence work. Jocelyn Ledward  represented the CPS in both Wayne Couzens’ appeal against his whole-life sentence for the murder of Sarah Everard, and also subsequent proceedings concerning separate indecent exposure charges. Eleanor Laws KC represented the chauffeur of Queen guitarist Brian May, who was acquitted on non-recent sexual assault charges. Laws KC also currently leads Orla Daly in the defence of Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy against rape allegations brought by seven women. Crispin Aylett KC defended hedge fund manager Crispin Odey, who was acquitted after a three-day trial on historical sexual assault charges. A man accused of murdering two Albanian drug dealers was successfully represented by Ali Naseem Bajwa KC, who arrived from Garden Court Chambers  in December 2021.

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Jocelyn LedwardQEB Hollis WhitemanExcellent working knowledge of substantive law and criminal procedure.