Colette Kelly // Partner
Colette Kelly // Partner
With over 20 years of qualified experience, Colette’s practice focuses predominantly on the defence of serious and complex allegations of white collar fraud, proceeds of crime and asset forfeiture. She represents individuals in high value and high- profile cases and investigations brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), National Crime Agency (NCA), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), NHS Counter Fraud and BEIS/Insolvency Service.
Colette has extensive experience in investigations, interviews under caution, restraint and asset forfeiture, trials, confiscation and enforcement proceedings. She also acts for third parties in confiscation proceedings often involving investigations into complex trusts and off-shore entities.
Colette is consistently ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners legal directories in the areas of business crime and white-collar fraud and POCA and asset forfeiture. She is described as “incredibly bright, personable and dedicated”.
Colette adopts a meticulous and forensic approach to case preparation and drafting and is dedicated and committed to achieving the very best outcome for her clients.
Colette has considerable experience in reputation management including advising professional clients at a pre-charge stage and making successful written representations to the CPS, FCA and other law enforcement agencies to avoid a criminal prosecution.This demonstrates a strategic approach as well as expert and discreet advice.
Colette also advises individuals on regulatory and compliance issues.
She is a member of the Female Fraud Forum, Fraud Lawyers Association and Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.
Chambers and partners (financial crime) 2019: Shearman Bowen and co highly ranked again in the field of white collar defence21.10.19
Shearman Bowen and co have been highly ranked by Chambers and partners once more in the niche area of white collar defence. The rankings recognise the work, experience and expertise of the firm and its lawyers. The directory describes describe the team as “excellent” and “highly experienced.” Mark Bowen comes recommended for his expertise in fraud and bribery […]
Shearman Bowen and co instructed in football corruption trial at Southwark Crown Court21.10.19
Shearman Bowen and Co are instructed on behalf of one of the defendants charged with bribery in the “football for sale” trial currently ongoing at Southwark Crown Court. The allegations have arisen following an undercover investigation conducted by reporters from the Daily Telegraph in 2016. The trial is scheduled to last 8 weeks. Graham Trembath QC […]
£3.5 million fraud case at Southwark Crown Court collapses30.05.19
Mark Bowen and Rebecca Cooke represented our client who was acquitted of fraud allegations this week at Southwark Crown Court. It was alleged that our client was involved in defrauding investors in a diamond and carbon credit investment scheme, allegations which he strongly denied. Counsel instructed were Gordon Ross and William Glover of 3 Temple […]
NCA secures first Unexplained Wealth Orders28.02.18
The National Crime Agency announced on Wednesday that it had secured a so-called UWO, valued at £22m, plus interim asset freezes on two properties whose ultimate owner was a “politically exposed person”, but it gave no further details. The subject of the landmark orders is believed to be a politician from a country belonging to […]
Legal 500 2017: ‘A “Premier Firm” in White Collar Crime’11.10.17
Shearman Bowen are once again highly ranked in the ‘White-collar Crime’ category in the Legal 500 2017 published today: ‘Premier firm’ Shearman Bowen & Co is ‘well-regarded in the area of fraud and white-collar crime’ and is ‘known for its thorough and methodical approach to all cases’. Highlights included successfully defending the head of a Hong Kong-based […]
Legal 500 2017: ‘A Heavyweight Player in Crime’11.10.17
Shearman Bowen are once again highly ranked in the ‘Crime’ category in the Legal 500 2017 published today. Our expertise in Crime is recognised as follows: Shearman Bowen & Co is ‘a heavyweight player in the crime area’ and ‘adopts a thorough and methodical approach to all cases’. The firm has increasingly focused on investigations and […]
HMRC Prosecutions Double Since 201229.09.17
HM Revenue & Customs today announced that the number of evasion cases lined up for prosecution nearly doubled to 1,135 in the three years to 2015-16. The release of the figures, in response to a Freedom of Information request, comes as the tax authority prepares to use new data to investigate individuals who have hidden […]
Acquittal in HMRC Prosecution28.07.17
Our client Julian Whiteway-Wilkinson was acquitted today of charges of cheating the public revenue by a jury at Wood Green Crown Court. Our client, the founder and former owner of London Fields Brewery in Hackney, had been prosecuted by HMRC in connection with £730,000 of unpaid tax, but the jury returned not guilty verdicts after […]
“One of the Eminent Players in the White-Collar Crime Field”
“A Level of Engagement that is Vanishingly Rare Among Criminal Firms”
“A Class Act in White-Collar Crime”
Chambers and Partners
“Highly Experienced Criminal Practitioners”