Colette Kelly // Partner
Colette Kelly // Partner
Described as “a star on the rise” by the Legal 500 2017, Colette has over twenty years’ experience of advising clients in a wide range of white collar crime matters, including those under investigation by the SFO and FCA. She has successfully defended clients against allegations including fraud, money laundering and bribery & corruption.
She has been ranked three years running for her expertise in proceeds of crime work by Chambers & Partners guide to the legal profession, who describe her as “one to watch”.
Colette has extensive experience of representing individuals at police station interviews, and regularly represents individuals facing regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. She successfully avoided charges for her clients in both Operation Alice (‘Plebgate’) and Operation Elveden (phone hacking). She has also defended clients facing investigation or prosecution in other circumstances, including sexual allegations and offences involving violence or drugs.
Colette joined the firm in 2010 and became a Partner in 2016. Prior to this she was a Partner at Sternberg Reed and a Senior Associate at Russell-Cooke. She is rated by Chambers for POCA/ Asset Seizure and Restraint, as well as by Thomson Reuters Superlawyers. She is a member of the Female Fraud Forum, the Intelligence Forum and POCLA.
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 […]
Fraud Prosecutions Fall – Reported Fraud Quadruples24.07.17
The number of white collar prosecutions has fallen to a six-year low even though the amount of economic crime in the UK has risen over the same period, a development that could bolster arguments that a lack of resources is hampering the fight against crime. Official statistics show there were 8,304 prosecutions for financial crime […]
Legal 500 2016: Top Ranked for Crime16.09.16
“Criminal defence boutique Shearman Bowen & Co provides a ‘level of engagement that is vanishingly rare among criminal firms’”…
Legal 500 2016: Top Ranked for White- Collar Crime16.09.16
With some ‘major successes in highly publicised cases’, Shearman Bowen & Co is ‘now one of the eminent players in the white-collar crime field’…
“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”