Cloth Fair Chambers

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Head of Chambers: Nicholas Purnell QC
Senior Clerks:
Mark O’Neill, Adrian Chapman
Tenants: 10

Cloth Fair Chambers is a unique set of Chambers made up of seven Queen’s Counsel and three junior barristers, each recognised for their proven performance at the very top tier of the fraud, criminal and regulatory bar. Since Chambers inception in 2006, members have been involved in most of the notable cases involving corporations, senior executives and high-profile individuals - very often involving multiple jurisdictions - who have either successfully avoided litigation altogether or developed the best strategic position in preparation for it.

Corporate & Financial Crime:
Cloth Fair has an established reputation as the leading set of chambers specialising in advising and representing individual and corporate clients in landmark financial crime cases. Members of Chambers are routinely instructed for individuals and corporations dealing with allegations across the financial crime spectrum such as bribery and corruption, money laundering, corporate fraud and false accounting, insider dealing and tax fraud. Often the investigation spans across jurisdictions and involve differing prosecutorial bodies.
A significant proportion of the work undertaken falls outside of the public domain. Current and recent Investigations including Barclays Qatar, Afren, Petrofac, Rolls Royce, Tesco, ENRC & Unaoil.
General Crime: Chambers has a long and distinguished reputation in defending high profile general crime cases. Often for clients that are in the public eye the cases can range in complexity from driving offences to corporate manslaughter. There is also a significant strength in chambers when it comes to the areas of Extradition and International Law.
Regulatory & Disciplinary: As well as dealing with any parallel criminal investigations Members of Chambers will often advise and appear in front of a number of professional bodies, disciplinary tribunals and regulatory authorities. including the FCA, GMC, CMA, FRC, GDC, BHA & Gambling Commission.

Members of chambers are regularly instructed to advise and represent clients in foreign jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, Singapore.


Nicholas Purnell QC (Head of Chambers)

John Kelsey-Fry QC

Ian Winter QC

Alison Pople QC

Tom Allen QC

Clare Sibson QC

Jonathan Barnard QC

Rachel Kapila

Aaron Watkins

Kathryn Arnot Drummond