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.
Pre-charge representations successful on behalf of medical professional client28.03.21
Shearman Bowen acted for a medical professional who had been charged with harassing a former partner contrary to the Protection of Harassment act 1997 . The firm was instructed after proceedings had commenced and we were tasked to consider if there was any basis to request the Crown Prosecution Service to reconsider their decision to […]
News Update: case discontinued against Solicitor Client at Nottingham Crown Court23.01.21
The firm was privately instructed on behalf of a city solicitor who had been charged with assaulting an emergency worker. Following the receipt of written representations submitted by us, the Crown Prosecution Service decided to discontinue the proceedings against our client. The allegations against our client arose following a night out with family and friends which […]
Shearman Bowen instructed to act for client in SFO London capital and Finance Fraud enquiry06.01.21
Shearman Bowen have been instructed to act for a client who is being investigated for Fraud in relation to the SFO’s ongoing criminal investigation into the activities of London Capital and Finance, a company who sold mini bonds to the individual investors. For further details on this case please see here and here. For further information on the […]
Account Freezing order withdrawn against our client06.01.21
We were privately instructed to act for our client who was made subject to an account freezing order (AFO) under s.303Z Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 as well as being subject to the seizure of a number of high value watches he owned under s.303J Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. These applications were made following a complex investigation […]
Confiscation case withdrawn against client at Woolwich Crown Court06.01.21
The firm was privately instructed to act for a company director and restaurateur, who had been convicted of 9 offences of contravening s179 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, following his breach of an enforcement notice which had been issued following a building extension that was carried out to a property restaurant owned […]
Shearman Bowen Legal Insight – Challenging a HMRC decision to remove a Company’s VAT registration08.12.20
This article considers the practice of Her Majesty’s revenue and Customs (“HMRC”) refusing to deduct a company’s Input Tax or to de-register the company’s VAT number owing to a suspicion that the company in question is involved in fraud, or is a party to suspicious transactions. The result of such an enquiry inevitably causes financial […]
Successful defence for client charged with murder at Croydon crown court02.11.20
Mark Bowen and Arlene Mansoor represented Daniel Hyde who had been caught up in an incident involving a number of people after his family home was attacked by two armed men shortly before Christmas last year. During the altercation one of the men who was involved in the attack sadly died as a result of injuries sustained during […]
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 […]
“Boutique law firm providing high quality business crime representation”
Legal 500 (financial crime) 2021
“Outstanding knowledge, judgement and expertise”
Legal 500 (general crime) 2021
“Shearman Bowen & Co is an excellent law firm who are dedicated to all the clients they represent”
legal 500 (general crime) 2021
“They are very dedicated and have excellent judgement”
Chambers and partners (financial crime) 2021
“They can make tactical decisions before a case is even prosecuted, have an awareness of the POCA regime and how it works”
Chambers and partners 2021
“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