Charles Bott QC

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Head of Chambers

A prominent advocate, who specialises in cases of serious fraud, money laundering and revenue evasion. He is regularly instructed in serious criminal and regulatory cases of all kinds.

Charles has consistently been identified by Chambers and Partners as a leading practitioner in both financial and general crime.  He has been ranked in Band 1 for financial crime for the last 7 years. His recent Chambers and Partners’ endorsements include:

‘He has an extraordinary intellect and is a magnificent advocate.  His written work is second to none… He is extremely bright and a good tactician… A very effective performer… brilliant and charming in the courtroom.’ (2019)

‘He is known for his superior intellect, careful attention to detail and great communication skills’ (2018)

‘Immensely impressive ..and tremendously hard-working’ (2018)

‘A lawyer with a brilliant mind and understated advocacy approach’ (2017)

‘He’s a devastating talent in and out of court.’ (2017)

‘A popular choice of silk for the defence of a variety of financial criminal charges, including those relating to rate manipulation, tax fraud and corruption ‘(2017)

‘A top-drawer silk who is intellectually sharp and personable in equally high measures.’(2016)

‘His attention to details marks him out, as does his measured style in court.’ (2015)

‘A highly regarded criminal silk who focuses his practice on serious fraud defence.  Instructing solicitors value his adept handling of complex cases.’ (2015)

‘A great strategist, with an exceptionally bright mind and great attention to detail.’ (2014)

‘He's incredibly clever and hard-working.’ (2014)

He ‘has a truly original mind and is destined to leave his mark at the Criminal Bar’ (2013)

Earlier editions described him as 'a well-known and highly respected figure, especially on the defence side of criminal fraud… he is known as ‘a good strategist who gets on very well with the jury’, ‘intelligent and thoughtful’ , ‘applauded for his impeccable standards’ and a ‘serious player who has extensive experience of serious fraud cases and is noted for his expertise in money laundering and revenue evasion’… ‘endorsed for his ‘sterling work in complex frauds and advice to corporate and individual clients in FSA proceedings’.

He is also recommended in the Legal 500 - particularly for his work in fraud, corruption and interest rate manipulation cases.

‘..he has a very attractive and understated way with the jury’ (2017)

‘His closing speeches leave you in awe.’(2015)

‘He fights like hell for his clients because he really cares about them’ (2015)

Charles is a recognised authority on all aspects of  financial crime and regulation. He has appeared in more than 85 serious fraud trials including some of the leading cases of recent years and advised many other clients under investigation. He has represented politicians, solicitors, accountants and prominent figures in the city and insurance markets. AB, Chief Executive of a leading psychiatric hospital and a recent client who received a public apology after his acquittal, described him as, ‘passionate and committed...(he) has natural talent of a very high order’.

His recent work includes criminal aspects of insider dealing, rate manipulation , cross jurisdictional asset recovery, market manipulation and anti-competitive trading. He has advised banks and other financial institutions and has drafted asset recovery legislation for dependent territories and advised on the  implementation of money laundering and mutual assistance regimes . He also has extensive experience in cases of homicide, terrorism, serious violence and drug trafficking and has appeared in two public enquiries. Recent clients include News of the World news editor James Weatherup, James Gilmour inter- dealer broker acquitted in the LIBOR trial, JV, prominent defendant in major European corruption trial,  HF, acquitted in a prominent terrorist trial, HB, a doctor acquitted of manslaughter by gross negligence PS, acquitted of carbon credit fraud and CU, acquitted in Ukrainian money laundering trial.


  • Hymers College, Hull (Senior Governors Scholar)
  • Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Bryant Exhibitioner)
  • Vice president of the Footlights Club (1978)
  • Has written for BBC television and radio

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