Christopher Coltart QC

Christopher Coltart QC

“A superb intellect who gets results.”

Chambers UK 2019
Year of call: 1998 QC: 2014
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Business Crime & Financial Services


Christopher is considered to be one of the leaders at the Bar in this field and is routinely instructed by the premier firms of solicitors.

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.  He is also fully conversant with the new taxation offences contained within the Criminal Finance Act 2017, a topic upon which he has both lectured and been published.

Recent cases

ICO v Cambridge Analytica (2018)

Representing Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the centre of the data harvesting row.

SFO v X (2018)

Advising (X), a former employee of Rolls Royce, in relation to allegations of bribery and corruption brought by the SFO.

SFO v Y (2018)

Advising (Y), a director of a UK company, alleged by the SFO to have been involved in bribery and corruption in relation to overseas mining contracts.

Re Z (2017)

Advising a US law firm in relation to requests for Mutual Legal Assistance re the trial of Z in New York on Libor rate rigging charges.

Re X

Advising a partner from one of the ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms on allegations of corruption and bribery

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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