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.
Applications sought for Junior Solicitor position at Shearman Bowen and co.17.11.19
Shearman Bowen and co, a niche criminal practice defending in the areas of white-collar fraud and general crime, are seeking a newly qualified solicitor (1-3 years PQE) to join its expanding team. The company was founded in 2001 by its two founding partners, Rick Shearman and Mark Bowen, and has grown to be recognised as […]
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 […]
“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”