Charles Bott QC

Call 1979 | Silk 2008

Chambers & Partners top ranked silk (Band 1) for Financial Crime

"He is known for his superior intellect, careful attention to detail and great communication skills"

Chambers & Partners, 2021

"He has an extraordinary intellect and is a magnificent advocate. His written work is second to none... brilliant and charming in the courtroom."

Chambers & Partners, 2019

"Passionate and committed, he has natural talent of a very high order."

(AB – acquitted client in serious fraud case who received an apology in the House of Commons)

"He is a devastating talent in and out of court"

Chambers & Partners, 2017

His closing speeches leave you in awe.

Legal 500, 2015

"A robust and exceptionally experienced barrister."

Chambers & Partners 2022

"Immensely talented as an advocate, on paper and with clients."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"Really client-friendly and someone who finds new angles to cases by thinking outside the box."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"A man with a burning intellect"

Chambers & Partners 2021

"He has incredible experience of dealing with some of the most serious and infamous cases."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"A top draw silk, who is sharp witted and personable in equal measure. He has the nicest manner with clients …works tirelessly."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"Still rightly viewed as one of the top Silks to defend in complex fraud. Clever but with a really lovely touch in front of a jury. Just effortless in being able to distil down complex factual and legal issues in a way that appeals to juries."

Legal 500 2021

"..he has a very attractive and understated way with the jury"

Legal 500 2017

"He fights like hell for his clients because he really cares about them."

Legal 500 2015

"Immensely impressive ...and tremendously hard-working"

Chambers & Partners 2018

"A lawyer with a brilliant mind and understated advocacy approach"

Chambers & Partners 2017

"A popular choice of silk for the defence of a variety of financial criminal charges, including those relating to rate manipulation, tax fraud and corruption"

Chambers & Partners 2016

"His attention to details marks him out, as does his measured style in court."

Chambers & Partners 2015

"A highly regarded criminal silk who focuses his practice on serious fraud defence. Instructing solicitors value his adept handling of complex cases."

Chambers & Partners 2015

"A great strategist, with an exceptionally bright mind and great attention to detail."

Chambers & Partners 2014

"He's incredibly clever and hard-working."

Chambers & Partners 2014

He "has a truly original mind and is destined to leave his mark at the Criminal Bar"

Chambers & Partners 2013


Charles has substantial experience of defending in all forms of serious crime ad has appeared in many homicide trials and in a number of prominent cases of terrorism.

Notable Crime cases

R v S (2021)

Another highly publicised case. Murder of Marks & Spencer employee

R v O (2021)

Highly publicised murder of railway worker

R v H (2019/20)

Complex murder trial

R v ER (2019)

Prominent allegation of murder by fire attack

R v AV (2015)

Foreman roofer accused of manslaughter by gross negligence

R v SP (2014)

Alleged murder of antiques dealer

R v KD (2013)

Polish revenge murder trial

R v Zolotovsky (2012)

Russian double murder

R v HEB (2011)

Forensic Medical Examiner charged with manslaughter by gross negligence following the death of a prisoner at Chelsea Police Station. The Guardian.

R v C (2010)

Dagenham sports club killing

R v N (2010)

Low intelligence as diminished responsibility

R v C (2009)

‘Best friend’ murder case

R v Palmer (2009)

Colchester train manslaughter case

R v T (2007)

The Woodhams murder

R v P (2006)

Teenage gang murder trial

R v. Crawley (2004)

The ‘honeytrap’ murder trial

R v. Osborne (2004)

Well publicised intruder murder case

R v. P (2003)

Conspiracy to murder

R v RM (2017/8)

Supplying electronic support for acts of terrorism

R v MHM (2017)

Allegations of preparing serious acts of terrorism in the UK R v MD (1996) – Palestinian journalist accused of plot to bomb the Israeli embassy

R v JJ (2014)

Allegations of terrorism arising out of the conflict in Syria. Secondary School teacher accused of two section 5 Terrorism Act 2006 offences.

R v HF (2011)

Allegations of recruiting terrorists for Afghanistan

R v MA (2007)

21/7 terrorist case

Charles’ experience in this field is very extensive.  It includes serious fraud and money laundering cases of all types, including many of the leading fraud trials of modern times.

Large Fraud Cases:

  • R v GC (2017)
  • R v RC (2017)
  • R v JB (2016/7)
  • R v AA (2015/16)
  • R v NWD (2015)
  • R v H (2013/4)
  • R v M (2013)
  • R v PS (2012)
  • R v Mohammed (2011)
  • R v Turner (2011)
  • R v Mallourides (2010/11)
  • R v Koser (2008)
  • R v. Jones (2006/7)
  • R v. Fisher (2004/5)
  • R v. G Smith (2005)
  • R v. Clodd-Broom (2003)
  • R v. Rose (2001)
  • R v. Smith (2001)
  • R v. Lowen (1998)
  • R v. Andrews (1995)
  • R v. Boxall (1992)
  • R v. Green (1991)

Notable Business Crime & Fraud cases

(R v. Lyons 2001)

An accountant accused of laundering money for a Colombian cartel

Charles has represented large UK companies in regulatory prosecutions relating to Health and Safety and Environmental issues

Notable Criminal Regulatory cases

HSE v AWM Ltd (ongoing)

Prosecution arising from industrial accidents

EA v AWM Ltd

Environmental prosecution

Charles has conducted and advised in a wide range of civil cases relating to fraud and asset recovery. He is currently instructed in two of the leading account forfeiture cases.

He speaks regularly on these subjects to audiences from both the professional and financial world. He recently advised on the introduction of civil recovery regime in dependent territories and drafted legislation.

Since 2016, he has represented a US pension fund in relation to a substantial international fraud enquiry .

He is currently representing account holders in relation to a major NCA civil forfeiture case based upon allegations of political corruption in former Soviet states.

Notable Asset Forfeiture & Civil Recovery cases

NCA v O,P and E (ongoing)

Very substantial account forfeiture case

HMRC v H (ongoing)

Account forfeiture case arising from substantial tax fraud investigation

HMRC v City Plant Ltd (2020- 21)

PDL v Alexander Gutin and Crosspoint Ltd (2019)

Sullivan and others v Briggs (2019- 21)

Burnley FC v Lloyds Bank (2017)

Trifanova v Kuznetsov (2015/16)

Charles has appeared in two public inquiries.

Charles has significant experience in international law, particularly in International Criminal Tribunals including appeals and in relation to extradition.

Charles has led teams conducting some of the largest modern private prosecutions in the area of serious fraud.

Notable Private Prosecution cases

ASM Ltd v Cable and Whaley (2016 - 19)

Geraud UK Ltd v Bonnet, Burnett and another (2016-18)

  • Senior Governors Scholar, Hymers College, Hull
  • Bryant Exhibitioner, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

  • Bencher of Grays Inn
  • Member of FA Rule K panel 2016
  • Chaired Bar Council Investigation Committee 2011/12

Articles for Lexis


Charles is a regular speaker at both national and international conferences. They include:

  • Chair of international Fraud and Asset Recovery Conference London 2014
  • New York County LA: (i)Whistleblowers , Secret Swiss bank Accounts and Recovering Hidden Assets 2017 and (iI) The Libor Case 2015
  • Fraud Masterclass Miami C5, 2012
  • Bermuda 2012 – Civil Recovery
  • Cayman Islands 2010 – Proceeds of Crime law
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