Gabriele Watts accepts a broad range of instructions covering both defence and prosecution work, in the Youth Court, Magistrates Court and Crown Court.
Gabriele previously worked at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) for two years. During this time, she assisted on cases involving serious and complex fraud, as well as international bribery and corruption spanning multiple jurisdictions. She has engaged with regulatory bodies such as the FCA, and overseas enforcement agencies such as the US Department of Justice. Gabriele developed a substantial understanding of the complexities surrounding the prosecution of corporates and individuals including the legal aspects surrounding DPAs and has drafted work in relation to this. She also gained an insight into the intricacies of industry practices and the key tensions involved in numerous business sectors.
Gabriele also worked for the Office of General Counsel, where she provided general and legal assistance on a wide range of matters including on cases at various stages of their progression. She has assisted in the drafting of legal advice, including a joint recommendation with General Counsel for the Director of the SFO.
Prior to this, Gabriele worked with Mr Michael Bowes KC (now HHJ Bowes KC) on matters relating to corporate and financial crime and gained exposure to international non-governmental organisations such as Transparency International UK.
Gabriele was the Principal Research Assistant to Professor Jeremy Horder (former Law Commissioner 2005 – 10) for over four years where she carried out high level criminal law research. Gabriele now writes in the area of white-collar crime, and she is a Fellow of the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators (the youngest selected worldwide). She also lectures at the London School of Economics and Political Science on the financial crime course (for LLM students).