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.
Suspended prison sentence for client at Reading Crown court22.10.20
Colette Kelly was privately instructed on behalf of our client who was sentenced last Friday to a suspended prison sentence for an offence of money laundering. Our client pleaded guilty to being in possession of criminal property, having been found in possession of £213,000 in cash, when he was stopped in his vehicle by investigators earlier […]
Legal 500 (financial and general crime ) rankings 2021: Shearman Bowen and Co highly ranked again in the white collar fraud defence and general crime categories13.10.20
Shearman Bowen and co have been highly ranked by legal 500 legal directory once more both in the niche area of white collar defence and the general crime category. The rankings are decided upon following detailed research and analysis by the directory, who also utilise feedback from our peers and clients in deciding who should […]
Success for client wrongfully accused of possessing and distributing indecent images16.09.20
Colette Kelly was privately instructed on behalf of a young client who had been interviewed under caution by the police concerning allegations of possession and distribution of indecent images through a dormant Facebook account which was alleged to belong to her. The allegations were vehemently denied by our client in interview and thereafter we were […]
Case discontinued against professional client investigated for sexual offences16.09.20
Colette Kelly was privately instructed on behalf of a professional client who being investigated by the Police in relation to an allegation of sexual assault. Colette represented our client at interview and thereafter prepared detailed representations which set out why there should be no charges brought against our client. We are very pleased that the matter has […]
Investigation dropped against client in SFO Unaoil bribery enquiry04.09.20
The firm has been instructed since last year on behalf of a company owner who was being investigated by the SFO for offences of conspiracy to commit bribery offences in contravention of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906. Since 2016 the SFO has been conducting a criminal investigation into the activities of Unaoil, its officers, its […]
Colette Kelly achieves successful resolution for client in Operation Kempston31.08.20
Colette Kelly advised a suspect in Operation Kempston, an FCA investigation into insider share dealing. Following attendance at an interview and representations made, the investigation was discontinued against our client. The restraint order against bank accounts and assets was discharged. Our client’s professional reputation remains intact. For more details of the work we carry out […]
Colette Kelly instructed for client in Operation Amazon31.08.20
Partner Colette Kelly, was instructed on behalf of a Third party in the confiscation proceedings of one of the Defendants in Operation Amazon. Prosecuted by HMRC/CPS, this case was described as a flagship £110 million direct taxation fraud where high net worth investors were persuaded to invest substantial sums of money in carbon credit schemes […]
Successful sentence appeal for client at Court of Appeal28.08.20
Colette Kelly acted for our client who had appealed the sentence imposed upon him for offences of fraud. Colette was instructed privately following our client’s sentence in the crown Court. the case centred around the fraudulent transfer of ownership of family property and the proper assessment of the value of the fraud. After hearing submissions from […]
“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”