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Christopher Coltart QC took silk in 2014 following a highly successful junior career.

He began his career as a City solicitor, specialising in commercial property litigation. Since coming to the Bar in 1998, Christopher has specialised in fraud and white collar crime. He is now Head of the 2 Hare Court Business Crime & Financial Services Team and defends in the most significant cases. He has recently been involved in the LIBOR litigation, the SFO investigations into Barclays and Rolls Royce and in relation to criminal allegations brought against the CEO of Sports Direct. He has also represented Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the centre of the Facebook data sharing row.

Christopher undertakes private prosecutions on behalf of both companies and individuals. Recent clients have included a UK hedge fund, a Russian oligarch and a major airline.

In addition, he has an extensive regulatory practice and has recently been involved in cases at the Financial Reporting Council, the Takeover Panel, the Football Association and the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal. He also has significant high profile inquest experience, representing a number of the bereaved families in the 7/7 inquest, and acting for a significant witness in the Hillsborough inquest.

Career

Appointed Queen's Counsel 2014

Called 1998

Law Society Finals 1993

Common Professional Examination 1992

MA, Philosophy, Politics & Economics (St Edmund Hall, Oxford) 1990

Professional Memberships

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Fraud Lawyers’ Association

Criminal Bar Association

Sport Resolutions’ Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators

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Financial Crime - London (Bar)
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Band 1

Christopher Coltart KC
Christopher Coltart KC is the head of the set's business crime and financial services practice group. He is able to call upon valuable prior experience as a corporate solicitor when handling his cases, and is particularly specialised in cases with crossover civil or regulatory aspects. Coltart is adept at dealing with matters with multi-jurisdictional considerations.

Strengths

"He is technically brilliant, works extremely well in a team, has a great manner with clients and is excellent on his feet." " The quality of his work and client handling is impressive." "He is unbelievably good."

Recent work

Acted for Estelle Croft, the former finance director at Redcentric. She and two others were charged by the FCA with false accounting, misleading the company's auditors and misleading the market. 


Financial Crime: Private Prosecutions - London (Bar)
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Christopher Coltart KC
Christopher Coltart KC is the head of the set's business crime and financial services practice group. He is able to call upon valuable prior experience as a corporate solicitor when handling his cases, and is particularly specialised in cases with crossover civil or regulatory aspects. Coltart is adept at dealing with matters with multi-jurisdictional considerations.

Strengths

"He is technically brilliant, works extremely well in a team, has a great manner with clients and is excellent on his feet." " The quality of his work and client handling is impressive." "He is unbelievably good."

Recent work

Acted for Estelle Croft, the former finance director at Redcentric. She and two others were charged by the FCA with false accounting, misleading the company's auditors and misleading the market. 

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