Specialist Criminal & Regulatory Barristers

London: 020 7520 6000 | chambers@18rlc.co.uk

East Anglia: 01245 280 880


Red Lion Chambers specialise in complex cases of regulatory and criminal fraud-related work. Boasting great strength and experience, we have unrivalled expertise at all levels in corporate, financial and commercial crime.
Since our members both defend and prosecute, we can confidently offer a detailed and enhanced viewpoint that benefits all our clients.

Recommended year after year by the leading directories Red Lion Chambers are a “dominant force in the area of business crime with a burgeoning practice in bribery, banking fraud and boiler room investigations”.

Responsive and practical, we provide clear, high quality and tactical advice on all aspects of a case, from advice to the earliest stages of an investigation, trial and through to confiscation and appeal. In short, we provide ongoing support and advice, in addition to representing our clients in court.

Chambers credentials

Known to “regularly represent major clients in the energy and financial services sectors”, members are also frequently instructed by HM Revenue & Customs, the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Department for Business, and the Health and Safety Executive.

We continue to demonstrate our specialist knowledge in this rapidly changing area, with experience covering a complex and broad range of legal matters:

- Revenue fraud
- Corporate fraud
- Commercial fraud
- financial services
- high-yield investment fraud
- tax fraud (including EU duty fraud)
- public and charity sector fraud
- international sanctions, money laundering and corruption, both local and overseas

Chambers expertise

We work with and understand different commercial and financial markets as well as national and global investigations. Consequently, we are accustomed to dealing with extensive data-heavy evidence, arcane financial structures, accountancy, financial and computer experts, whilst maintaining high quality and meticulous attention to detail. The complexity of these cases often include equally complex legal issues, such as legal professional privilege, search warrants, production orders, complex disclosure matters, public interest immunity (PII), confiscation and restraint, and cross-jurisdictional issues.

We are also well-accustomed to handling and reviewing digital material and the electronic presentation of evidence (EPE)

Chambers team

Our team is strong, fearless, friendly and sharp. Our clients benefit from the care and skill that we bring to every case, whether small or large.

Within our team, five silks and six juniors are ranked by Chambers UK for criminal fraud.
Tony Shaw QC, Jonathan Fisher QC, Jeremy Benson QC, David Etherington QC, Sally-Ann Hales QC
Tom Forster, Allison Clare, Gillian Jones, Hannah Willocks, Andrew Marshall and Thomas Payne .
True experts in their field, a number of our members are authors, co-editors of and/or contributors to leading practitioner texts on crime and fraud. 


Our members have been involved in a number of prominent, high-profile cases including Guinness, BCCI, Wickes plc, Bute Mining, Co-operative Wholesale, BAE Systems, Alpine Double Glazing, Asil Nadir, Maxwell, Sumitomo, Anchor Butter, Jubilee Line, Pharmaceuticals, Redknapp, the Clico Inquiry, Innospec 2 and LIBOR 2, to name just a few.

Next Steps

Identifying the right barrister(s) for the case and ensuring early involvement and advice is essential to maximising the prospects of a positive outcome. We have vast experience in this area and therefore understand the importance of choosing the right barrister. If you would like to discuss matters and for further information of our transparent fees structures, please contact our clerking team, led by Chambers Director, Mark Bennett.

  • For specific case enquiries, please contact our clerking team.
  • If you are a professional client and would like to discuss in-house training and seminar opportunities, please contact Jennifer Ukaegbu. 


Chambers UK - Crime

”The clerks are very dependable," and “always anxious to help.”


Chambers UK - Fraud

"Red Lion Chambers both prosecutes and defends serious fraud cases, securing involvement in some of the causes célèbres of the day such as the BAE Systems corruption affair and the pharmaceuticals cartel investigation."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Red Lion Chambers offers clients a great deal of experience and a high level of professionalism. Observers note that it has proved skilful in maintaining the standards of its members over the years and it is widely expected to thrive in this period of uncertainty at the Criminal Bar."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"Substantial number of talented criminal fraud practitioners."

Chambers UK - Crime

"When instructing barristers from Red Lion Chambers, you always know that you will get a safe pair of hands. The large group of capable barristers specialises in the full range of criminal and related regulatory work."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Likeable, knowledgeable, responsive and proactive clerks."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Because Red Lion Chambers has that strength and depth, if you cannot obtain your barrister of choice, there is always someone of equal stature and ability to then take on the case."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"Red Lion Chambers is viewed as "one of the prestige sets" and is a popular choice for fraud work."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"The clerks are very helpful and always do their very best to accommodate us at short notice. They work closely with the members, so they are very good at knowing who you will like and who you will want."

Chambers UK - Fraud

Home to some of the most cogent, eloquent and outstandingly prepared advocates."

Legal 500 - Crime

"Around 80 members dedicated exclusively to the full range of crime work."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"You can't go wrong at Red Lion Chambers if you are facing a serious, high-value fraud matter. Its team is well versed in all aspects of white-collar crime, and excels when defending lengthy and labyrinthine fraud trials. It also proves equally strong on the prosecution side ..."


020 7520 6000

18 Red Lion Court



DX: 478 London / Chancery Lane

East Anglia

01245 280 880

Thornwood House

102 New London Rd


DX: 139165 Chelmsford 11


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