Charles Bott QC

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Head of Carmelite Chambers

A prominent advocate, who specialises in cases of serious fraud, money laundering and revenue evasion, he is regularly instructed in serious criminal cases and regulatory cases of all kinds. He has consistently been identified by Chambers and Partners as a leading practitioner in both criminal fraud and general crime.  He is ranked in Band 1 for fraud.

The 2017 edition describes him as:

“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.  He is known for his superior intellect, careful attention to detail and great communication skills…“A lawyer with a brilliant mind and understated advocacy approach.  He’s a devastating talent in and out of court.” 

The 2016 edition:

“A top-drawer silk who is intellectually sharp and personable in equally high measures.”

The 2015 edition: 

"His attention to details marks him out, as does his measured style in court."

The 2014 edition said:

"A highly regarded criminal silk who focuses his practice on serious fraud defence.  Instructing solicitors value his adept handling of complex cases."

"A great strategist, with an exceptionally bright mind and great attention to detail"..."  He's incredibly clever and hard-working." 

The 2013 edition said:

He "has a truly original mind and is destined to leave his mark at the Criminal Bar"."

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’.

A recognised authority on financial crime and regulation, he has appeared in more than 80 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, 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. 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, 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 . He is currently instructed in the LIBOR trial and for a former MD of Deutsche Bank accused of insider dealing.


  • 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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