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Rebecca Chalkley

Rebecca Chalkley

Call: 1999

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

Rebecca is a specialist in serious and complex corporate and economic crime and commercial and financial wrongdoing. The majority of her practice has been prosecuting fraud (including VAT (MTIC “Carousel frauds”), corporation tax, ‘Boiler Rooms’, diversion frauds, offences under the Fraud Act 2006, money laundering, serious organised crime, bribery, corruption and misconduct in public office.  Her cases can be complex, demanding and high profile.

She is instructed to prosecute both publicly and privately and is currently instructed in a number of private prosecutions on behalf of blue chip companies and individuals.

She is often instructed pre-charge and is involved in advising and dealing with all aspects of the investigation and prosecution.

She is frequently instructed in regulatory and quasi-criminal matters on cases involving breaches of professional regulations and on behalf of regulatory bodies.

She regularly acts as independent counsel in the review of potentially LPP material.

She is consistently instructed in extradition cases.

Rebecca is Standing Counsel to the Insolvency Service.

Fraud, Corporate Crime and Corruption
FraudInsolvency, Directorships and BankruptcyProceeds of Crime(POCA)

Rebecca’s fraud experience is wide and includes VAT (MTIC/Carousel), corporation tax, film tax, alcohol diversion, direct tax, immigration, Fraud Act 2006, welfare benefit frauds, charity fraud and boiler rooms, attacks on the Revenue and corporate and financial wrong-doing, bribery and corruption.

She has experience in cases where consideration has been given as to the appropriateness of resolution by way of a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA).

She has often worked with accountants and computer experts to reconstruct and understand the commercial trading history of companies and to identify and demonstrate concealed fraudulent transactions and activities. She understands complex bank movements and off shore transactions, trusts and other financial vehicles. She is extremely familiar with analysing and dissecting business accounting records and auditing material and in presenting such evidence to a jury.

Rebecca has extensive experience of the investigation and prosecution of offences of bribery and corruption both of individuals and corporate entities.

  • Rolls Royce (ongoing): Instructed by the SFO in their investigations into allegations of bribery and corruption.          Press links: Telegraph
  • Sweett Group PLC (2016):  Prosecuted charges of bribery. The company pleaded to failing to prevent an act of bribery intended to secure and retain a contract with Al Ain Ahlia Insurance Company (AAAI), contrary to s7(1)(b) Bribery Act 2010, and fined £2.25m.  Press Links: Financial Times
  • Operation Elveden (2014-2016):   instructed in the various cases that formed part of the investigation into allegations involving the unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists, including various senior members of The Sun.
  • Operation Weeting & Sacha) (2013-2016) The “Phone Hacking” case at The News of the World & the investigation into allegations of perverting the course of justice. Press Links: The Guardian
  • Operation Blastfurnace (2012-13) Multi-million pound VAT and the first film tax credit fraud prosecution arising from a bogus film-production Landscape of Lives, which became the subject of a BBC Storyville documentary The Great Gangster Film Fraud.          Press Links: BBC


Rebecca is Standing Counsel to the Insolvency Service.

She has extensive experience of all types of offences prosecuted by the Department, including offences under the Insolvency Act, Companies Act & Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 offences. She is often instructed pre-charge.

The majority of the cases that Rebecca has prosecuted have required consideration and achievement of confiscation.

Rebecca has experience of the seizure of sums of money under POCA and is currently instructed in restraint proceedings in a private prosecution.  She also obtained what is believed to be the first restraint order in a private prosecution on behalf of a blue-chip company.

  • Operation Devout Confiscation (2008-2014): Multi-million pound, multi-jurisdictional confiscation proceedings involving the movement of money through trusts and bank accounts in Jersey, the British Virgin Islands, Liechtenstein, Dubai and Switzerland.
  • R v L and H (2016): Prosecution of two individuals for perverting the course of justice and money laundering arising from confiscation proceedings in a previous prosecution.
  • Operation Echogramme (2009): Prosecution of multi-handed money laundering of the proceeds of MTIC fraud involving abuse of process arguments on res judicata and alleged manipulation of the process in relation to the contrasting regimes of POCA 2002 and the Criminal Justice Act 1988



Organised CrimeExtradition

Rebecca has been instructed in a large number of drug trafficking and money laundering cases, involving various national and international law enforcement agencies.

She has considerable experience of working with policy, training and various specialist teams, including those responsible for the gathering and handling of intelligence and witness protection. She also has extensive experience of Part 1 RIPA material and the use of undercover officers and informant involvement both in this jurisdiction and abroad. She is alert to the competing issues in relation to QE witnesses and is thoroughly familiar with all aspects public interest immunity (PII).

  • Operation Prelacy (2012) (SOCA): prosecution for money laundering: see R v El-Kurd [2001] Crim L R 234.
  • Project Galloway (2003-07) (HMCE & HMRC): Junior counsel in Class A drug importations. Over 100 seizures (6 tons of Class A drugs in the UK and more abroad) and 300 targets.

Rebecca has detailed knowledge of both Part One and Part Two of the Extradition Act 2003.

She is currently instructed in a series of high profile and complex cases acting for the Russian Federation. Rebecca is familiar with Article 3 issues arising from political and human rights (including Prison Conditions) conditions within that country.

She has recently successfully acted for the US Government in a complex case involving the selling of counterfeit cancer drugs in the USA and is currently acting for them in a manslaughter case.

Professional Disciplinary & Regulatory

Rebecca is regularly instructed in before and on behalf of Regulators and Regulatory bodies.  She has experience in preparing cases and pleadings for tribunals.

Her fraud background gives her the ability and experience to assimilate and present complex and data dense material in a comprehensible, persuasive and simple manner.

Rebecca has considerable experience of prosecuting and advising upon matters relating to financial service and money laundering regulations within the private and public sectors.

Financial Services RegulationHealth & Safety ExecutiveMedical

Accountancy Scheme Investigation (2011) instructed by Accountancy & Actuarial Discipline Board (AADB) to review the auditing and base line accountancy records of a multi-national company and its auditor’s handling of accounts.

In 2012 Rebecca was appointed to the Attorney General’s Regulatory List of prosecutors which includes the Health & Safety Executive, Office of Rail and Road and the Environment Agency.

She is regularly instructed by the HSE to advise on and prosecute companies and individuals for breaches of health and safety regulations.

  • Barroerock Construction (2017) prosecution for health & safety breaches in connection with the handling and removal of asbestos. The company was fined £750k.   Press Links: KentOnline


Rebecca is instructed on a regular basis to represent the General Medical Council (GMC) at fitness to practice hearings. She is very comfortable, in part due to her undergraduate degree, in dealing with the medical reports, terminology and papers, associated with medical expert evidence. Her fraud background has resulted in her being able to assimilate and present complex and data dense material to a tribunal in a comprehensible, persuasive and simple manner.


Public Inquiries and Inquests

Rebecca was instructed in the Azelle Rodney Public Inquiry into the death of a man shot by the Metropolitan Police in 2005. She was instructed in the High Court litigation, arising from the Chairman, Sir Christopher Holland’s findings. This included Judicial Review proceedings. Rebecca was instructed by HMRC who were a Core Participant in the Inquiry and who were the intelligence provider to the Metropolitan Police.

She also advised on matters arising from the Duggan Inquest (the shooting which triggered the London summer riots in 2011).       Press Links: BBC


Disclosure and LLP CounselTrading Standards & Intellectual Property

Rebecca’s expertise on disclosure issues is wide. She frequently lectures on the subject to lawyers and investigators in the private and public sectors.

She is regularly instructed to run large and complex disclosure exercises. This includes managing teams of lawyers and investigators, advising on approach and drafting detailed disclosure management documents (DMDs).

She is currently instructed by the Serious Fraud Office to head the disclosure team of lawyers, investigators and junior counsel in their investigation into Rolls Royce PLC. This is the largest investigation that the SFO have carried out.

She is currently instructed by Eversheds LLP to head up the disclosure team charged with carrying out disclosure in a private prosecution on behalf of a multi-national Blue Chip company.

Rebecca is frequently instructed to act as Independent Counsel in the review of material to determine whether it attracts LPP. She has recently been instructed to review such material both at the scene of the raid and search and also once the material has been removed to a secure and appropriate location. She has and is instructed in these exercises by the SFO, City of London Police and various Police Forces.

R v L (2016) advised on a number of intellectual property matters regarding multi-national consumer brands.


Publications, Lectures & Training

Lectures & TrainingPublications

Disclosure  a training programme delivered and written for the Department for Business: 2016- 2017

In April 2016 she delivered training to GMC lawyers and investigators on “Management Failings as a basis for a finding of Misconduct against a Doctor”.

Disclosure from both a Private Prosecution and Defence perspective: training session for Eversheds LLP and EMM LLP (2016) .

Management Failings as a basis for a finding of Misconduct against a Doctor: training lecture to GMC lawyers and investigators. (2016).

Member of Discussion Group on Review of Sanctions for Disclosure Failures: 2012 (2012) : parft of the process which culminated in the report by Gross LJ & Treacy LJ . Further Review of Disclosure in Criminal Proceedings: sanctions for disclosure failure (2012).

Advocacy training of HMRC’s Solicitor’s Office solicitors (2011)

Training of SOCA officers (April 2009).

Lectures to Police and Customs Officer, on law, in preparation for the creation of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and to SOCA officers in on sensitive issues: 2006-2007

RIPA contributor:  Judicial Studies Board (2008).

CPS Guidance Notes for the Prosecution of VAT & Excise Frauds Co-author (2006-2007).

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


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Experimental Psychology BA MA (Oxon) (1993-1997)


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St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, Law Network

South Eastern Circuit

Midlands Circuit

Criminal Bar Association

Fraud Lawyers Association

Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers


Professional Appointments

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Standing Counsel to the Insolvency Service 2017

CPS Prosecutor (Midlands Circuit) & re-appointed to London & South Eastern Circuits- Grade 3 2016

General Medical Counsel (GMC) (Full List) 2015

SFO Prosecution Panel- A List 2103

CPS Specialist Advocates Panels for Serious Organised Crime and Fraud (Grade 3) 2013

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

Attorney General’s Prosecutor- List B 2006


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The Queen Mother’s Scholar, Middle Temple 1999.


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French (conversational)