Rebecca Chalkley

Barrister – Door Tenant

Called 1999

Experimental Psychology BA MA (Oxon) (1993 – 1997)

St Hilda’s College, Oxford, Law Network

The Queen Mother’s Scholar, Middle Temple 1999

Midlands Circuit

South Eastern Circuit

Criminal Bar Assocation

Fraud Lawyers Association

Standing Counsel to the Insolvency Service 2017

CPS Prosecutor (Midlands Circuit) and re-appointed to London & South Eastern Circuits – Grade 3 2016

General Medical Counsel (GMC) 2015

SFO Prosecution Panel – A List 2013

CPS Specialist Advocates Panel for Serious Organised Crime and Fraud (Grade 3) 2013

Attorney General’s Regulatory List of Health & Safety Executive, Office of Rail Regulation and Environment Agency – B List 2012

Attorney General’s Prosecutor – B List 2006


  • Fraud, Corporate Crime and Corruption
  • Insolvency, Directorships and Bankruptcy
  • Proceeds of Crime (POCA)
  • Organised Crime

Rebecca is a specialist in serious and complex corporate and economic crime and commercial and financial wrong-doing. The majority of her practice has been prosecuting fraud (including VAT (MTIC “Carousel frauds”), corporation tax, ‘Boiler Rooms’, diversion frauds, offences under the Fraud Act 2006, money laundering, serious organised crime, bribery, corruption and misconduct in public office. Her cases can be complex, demanding and high profile.

She is instructed to prosecute both publicly and privately and is currently instructed in a number of private prosecutions on behalf of blue chip companies and individuals.

She is often instructed pre-charge and is involved in advising and dealing with all aspects of the investigation and prosecution.


Rebecca’s fraud experience is wide and includes VAT (MTIC / Carousel), corporation tax, film tax, alcohol diversion, direct tax, immigration, Fraud Act 2006, welfare benefit frauds, charity fraud and boiler rooms, attacks on the Revenue and corporate and financial wrong-doing, bribery and corruption.

She has experience in cases where consideration has been given as to the appropriateness of resolution by way of a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA).

She has often worked with accountants and computer experts to reconstruct and understand the commercial trading history of companies and to identify and demonstrate concealed fraudulent transactions and activities. She understands complex bank movements and off shore transactions, trusts and other financial vehicles and is extremely familiar with analysing and dissecting business accounting records and auditing material and in presenting such evidence to a jury.

Rebecca has extensive experience of the investigation and prosecution of offences of bribery and corruption both individuals and corporate entities.

Rolls Royce (ongoing): instructed by the SFO in their investigations into allegations of bribery and corruption.

Sweet Group PLC (2016): Prosecuted charges of bribery. The company pleaded to failing to prevent an act of bribery intended to secure and retain a contract with Al Ain Ahlia Insurance Company (AAAI), contray to s7(1)(b) Bribery Act 2010, and fined £2.25m.

Operation Elveden (2014-2016) instructed in the various cases that formed part of the investigation into allegations involving he unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists, including various senior members of The Sun.

Operation Weeting & Sacha (2013-2016): The “Phone Hacking” case at The News of the World and the investigation into allegations of perverting the course of justice.

Operation Blastfurnace (2012-2013): Multi-million pound VAT and the first film tax credit fraud prosecution arising from a bogus film-production Landscape of Lives, which became the subject of a BBC Storyville documentary The Great Gangster Film Fraud

Insolvency, Directorships and Bankruptcy

Rebecca is standing counsel to the Insolvency Service.

She has extensive experience of all types of offences prosecuted by the Department, including offences under the Insolvency Act, Companies Act and Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 offences. She is often instructed pre-charge.

Proceeds of Crime (POCA)

The majority of the cases that Rebecca has prosecuted have required consideration and achievement of confiscation.

Rebecca has experience of the seizure of sums of money under POCA and is currently instructed in restraint proceedings in a private prosecution. She also obtained what is believed to be the first restraint order in a private prosecution on behalf of a blue-chip company.

Operation Devout Confiscation (2008-2014): Multi-million pound, multi-jurisdictional confiscation proceedings involving the movement of money through trusts and bank accounts in Jersey, the British Virgin Islands, Liechtenstein, Dubai and Switzerland.
R v L and H (2016): Prosecution of two individuals for perverting the course of justice and money laundering arising from confiscation proceedings in a previous prosecution.

Operation Echogramme (2009): Prosecution of multi-handed money laundering of the proceeds of MTIC fraud involving abuse of process arguments on res judicata and alleged manipulation of the process in relation to the contrasting regimes of POCA 2002 and the Criminal Justice Act 1988

Organised Crime.

Rebecca has been instructed in a large number of drug trafficking and money laundering cases, involving various national and international law enforcement agencies.

She has considerable experience of working with policy, training and various specialist teams, including those responsible for the gathering and handling of intelligence and witness protection. She also has extensive experience of Part 1 RIPA material and the use of undercover officers and informant involvement both in this jurisdiction and abroad. She is alert to the competing issues in relation to QE witnesses and is thoroughly familiar with all aspects public interest immunity (PII).

Operation Prelacy (2012) (SOCA): prosecution for money laundering: see R v El-Kurd [2001] Crim L R 234.

Project Galloway (2003-07) (HMCE & HMRC): Junior counsel in Class A drug importations. Over 100 seizures (6 tons of Class A drugs in the UK and more abroad) and 300 targets.


Rebecca has detailed knowledge of both Part One and Part Two of the Extradition Act 2003.

She is currently instructed in a series of high profile and complex cases acting for the Russian Federation. Rebecca is familiar with Article 3 issues arising from political and human rights (including Prison Conditions) conditions within that country.

She has recently successfully acted for the US Government in a complex case involving the selling of counterfeit cancer drugs in the USA and is currently acting for them in a manslaughter case.



Professional Disciplinary & Regulatory

Rebecca is regularly instructed in before and on behalf of Regulators and Regulatory bodies. She has experience in preparing cases and pleading for tribunals.

Her fraud background gives her the ability and experience to assimilate and present complex and data dense material in a comprehensive, persuasive and simple manner.

Rebecca has considerable experience of prosecuting and advising upon matters relating to financial service and money laundering regulations within the private and public sectors.

Financial Services Regulation

Accountancy Scheme Investigation (2011) instructed by Accountancy & Actuarial Discipline Board (AADB) to review the auditing and base line accountancy records of a multi-national company and its auditor’s handling of accounts.

Health and Safety Executive

In 2012 Rebecca was appointed to the Attorney General’s Regulatory List of prosecutors which includes the Health & Safety Executive, Office of Rail and Road and the Environment Agency.

She is regularly instructed by the HSE to advise on and prosecute companies and individuals for breaches of health and safety regulations.

Barroerock Construction (2017) prosecution for health & safety breaches in connection with the handling and removal of asbestos. The company was fined £750K.


Rebecca is instructed on a regular basis to represent the General Medical Council (GMC) at fitness to practice hearings. She is very comfortable, in part due to her undergraduate degree, in dealing with the medical reports, terminology and papers, associated with medical expert evidence. Her fraud background has resulted in her being able to assimilate and present complex and data dense material to a tribunal in a comprehensible persuasive and simple manner.

Public Inquiries and Inquests

Rebecca was instructed in the Azelle Rodney Public Inquiry in to the death of a man shot by the Metropolitan Police in 2005. She was instructed in the High Court litigation, arising from the Chairman, Sir Christopher Holland’s findings. This included Judicial Review proceedings. Rebecca was instructed by HMRC who were a Core Participant in the Inquiry and who were the intelligence provider to the Metropolitan Police.

She also advised on matters arising from Duggan Inquest (the shooting which triggered the London summer riots in 2011).