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Allison Clare QC

Allison Clare QC

Call: 1992     Silk: 2020

T: 0207 520 6000    E: chambers@18rlc.co.uk

“She has a first-class mind…” Chambers UK 2020
“If a matter goes to trial her technical ability is second to none, and she is excellent for those who want to properly challenge on an evidential basis.” Chambers UK 2020
“Clever, commercial and pragmatic – she understands clients’ commercial needs while staying legally robust.” Legal 500 2019
“Has total mastery of the factual elements of her brief. Her rigorous legal analysis results in clear and practical advice on matters which have no precedent.” Chambers UK 2019
“She has an extraordinary eye for detail and an immense work ethic.”Chambers UK 2018

Allison specialises in all aspects of corporate and individual white collar crime, acting in criminal cases and advising major corporate clients. She graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Law and a post graduate Bachelor of Civil Law.

Allison acts or has acted for a number of prominent UK corporates in respect of international corruption, fraud and money laundering allegations and investigations. She also currently represents a number of individuals who are suspects in ongoing SFO corruption investigations. Allison acted in the ICBC Standard Bank, Rolls Royce and Airbus Deferred Prosecution Agreements.

Allison has considerable knowledge and experience of corporate criminal liability. She also has expertise in complex market frauds, money laundering and legal professional privilege issues. She also advises large corporates on general criminal law issues.

Recommended in 2020 as new silk in Financial Crime and Financial Crime CorporatesChambers UK

Recommended in 2019 in Financial Crime (Band 1) and Financial Crime CorporatesLegal 500

Recommended in 2019 as leading junior in Financial Crime and Business and Regulatory Crime (including Global Investigations)Chambers and Partners & Legal 500

Recommended in 2017/2018 as leading fraud junior and leading Business and Regulatory Crime Investigations juniorChambers and Partners & Legal 500

  • Instructed by UK plc and individuals in respect of a number of SFO investigations
  • Defended in multi-million pound rogue trading allegation
  • Defended land banking fraud, large pharmaceutical cartel fraud and investment fraud.
  • Counsel in three Deferred Prosecution Agreements
  • Advises a number of corporate clients on fraud, corruption, money laundering and general criminal law issues
Fraud and Business Crime

Allison has specialised in fraud, corruption and corporate crime over the last 15 years. “She takes a sound commercial attitude”, taking into consideration business objectives and culture.

Allison’s wealth of experience combined with her judgement on business and client personal needs makes for a dynamic barrister, well placed to represent on all white collar crimes.

CorruptionComplex Markets FraudsFraud/General Corporate CrimeRegulatoryConfiscation

  • Acting for two individual suspected in large SFO corruption investigation
  • Counsel in the first ever UK Deferred Prosecution Agreement and UK’s largest ever DPA
  • Advised corporate client on overseas corruption/self reporting issues.
  • Advised corporate client as third party in large corruption case

  • Successfully defended former equities trader in alleged multi million pound markets fraud
  • Acted for major bank involved as third party in rogue trader prosecution
  • Experience in exchange traded funds, futures trading, misleading the market and other complex markets frauds.

  • Instructed by UK plc in respect of ongoing SFO investigation
  • Defended land banking fraud, large pharmaceutical cartel fraud and investment fraud.
  • Other experience includes fraudulent trading, money laundering, arms trading, defrauding public authorities, legal aid fraud, investment frauds, energy procurement frauds, metal trading frauds, Companies Act and Insolvency Act offences.
  • Advised Attorney General of Jersey upon public interest immunity application within JR proceedings and right of AG to intervene. Case involved Articles 29-31 of the Proceeds of Crime (Jersey) Law 1999 re commission of offence where material disclosed without the consent of the Attorney General.

  • Allison acts for the General Medical Council in fitness to practice cases including health, conduct and clinical cases.
  • Advised The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM) as part of complex criminal investigation in relation to the supply of electricity within industrial setting and possible commission of offences.

  • Acted in numerous confiscation proceedings including as leading junior in confiscation arising out of the multi-million pound investment fraud and confiscation following Money Service Bureaux money laundering operation
  • Acted in civil forfeiture proceedings and contempt proceedings for breach of Restraint Order

Recommendations

Chambers UK: leading fraud junior for both individuals and corporates
Legal 500: leading fraud junior
Legal 500: leading junior in Business and Regulatory Crime (including global investigations)

  • “She has an incisive mind and authoritative approach to cases.” – Legal 500 (2020)
  • “Brings a degree of clarity and circumspection to a case and is really able to sense-test what you do. If a matter goes to trial her technical ability is second to none, and she is excellent for those who want to properly challenge on an evidential basis.” Chambers UK 2020
  • “She has a first-class mind and a lot of experience.” Chambers UK 2020
  • “She is clever, commercial and pragmatic, and she understands the client’s needs.” Chambers UK 2019
  • “Has total mastery of the factual elements of her brief. Her rigorous legal analysis results in clear and practical advice on matters which have no precedent.” Chambers UK 2019
  • “Clever, commercial and pragmatic – she understands clients’ commercial needs while staying legally robust.” Legal 500 2019
  • “Has a very strong claim to be simply the best junior fraud lawyer in the market. She has an extraordinary eye for detail and an immense work ethic.” Chambers UK 2018
  • Really strong intellectually and the master of her brief.”  Chambers UK 2017 
  • She has a very impressive eye for detail.”  Legal 500 2017
  • Her legal analysis is second to none and her attention to detail faultless.”  Legal 500 2017
  • She is incredibly thorough, really hard-working and an all-round excellent lawyer and advocate.”Chambers UK 2015-2016
  • She takes a sound commercial attitude.”  Legal 500 2015-2016
  • A top choice for both prosecution and defence work.”  Legal 500 2015-2016
  • “Sought after by major corporate clients to advise on criminal law issues.”Chambers UK 2013-2014
  • One of the go-to juniors for heavyweight fraud cases.”Chambers UK 2013-2014
  • Able to reduce the complex to easily understood propositions of fact or law”  Legal 500 2012-2013
  • An excellent all round junior with an extensive fraud practice.” Chambers UK 2012-2013
  • An accomplished senior junior..cerebral yet user friendly…great at translating complex facts into digestible plain English.”  Chambers UK 2011-2012
  • “Committed to producing work of the highest standard.” Chambers UK 2010-2011

Publications, Lectures and Training

Archbold 2018: Criminal Pleading Evidence& Practice (Sweet & Maxwell)

Fraud: Criminal Law and Procedure (Oxford University Press) including chapter on LPP

Speaker at Legal Week’s 2017 Banking Litigation & Regulation Forum


Education

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1990 BA in Law (Oxon)

1991 Bachelor of Civil Law (Oxon)

Memberships

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Women’s White Collar Defence Association

Criminal Bar Association

 

Professional Appointments

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SFO Panel: A list – General & Proceeds of Crime

CPS Grade 4 [highest level] and Specialist Panels: Fraud & Confiscation/Asset Recovery

GMC Panel