Christopher Coltart QC

Christopher Coltart QC

"Fiendishly bright with a calm and considered manner. He is able to absorb substantial information and give clear, concise advice."

Chambers UK 2018
Year of call: 1998 QC: 2014
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Business Crime & Financial Services

Christopher was recently voted Fraud and White Collar Crime Barrister of the Year in the Corporate Livewire Global Awards 2015, and is instructed by the leading firms of solicitors in this field.

The cases in which he is involved are invariably complex and cover a wide range of offences, including the following: bank fraud, financial instrument fraud, accountancy fraud, offences under the Companies Act, VAT fraud, mortgage fraud, corruption, bribery, money laundering, data protection, telecommunications fraud and advance fee frauds / Ponzi schemes. Many of these cases have an overseas element to them and he often advises on issues of jurisdiction and international co-operation.

Christopher’s practice is increasingly slanted towards banking and financial services, and he has advised in some of the most high profile cases in this sector (including internal investigations). He is also fully conversant with the criminal and regulatory changes introduced by the Financial Services Act 2012 and by the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013, topics upon which he has lectured and also been published in The Times. He has more recently undertaken a significant lecture tour (both in the UK and abroad) in relation to the new corporate offence of facilitating tax evasion.

Recent cases

Takeover Panel v [X] (2016)

Representing company director in relation to allegations that he misled the Takeover Panel re his share dealings in a listed company.

Information Commissioner’s Office v [Y] Ltd (2016)

Defending allegations brought by the ICO that this well known firm of loss adjusters was involved in breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998.  Trial to be in 2017.

Re [X] Bank Plc (2015)

Advising a UK Bank on the conduct of an internal investigation into potential criminal wrongdoing.

 SFO v Barclays Bank (2015)

Advising the former General Counsel of Barclays Bank in relation to the on-going SFO investigation into the Qatari rights issue during the banking crisis.

R v David Forsey (2015)
Representing the CEO of Sports Direct in relation to an alleged offence under s.194 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. Trial to be heard in 2016.

Re Berkeley Mineral Resources Ltd (2015)

Advising on the settlement of a dispute concerning the alleged misappropriation of £4 million from the company.


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