Charles Bott QC
Charles Bott QC is one of the UK's leading practitioners in all subjects relating to criminal and civil fraud. He has combined experience as an advocate and a background in commercial law to develop an extensive practice in criminal fraud: he has now appeared in more than 80 serious fraud trials including many of the leading cases of recent years. He has represented politicians, solicitors, accountants and prominent figures in the city and insurance markets. He has also undertaken a wide range of civil advisory work and litigation (both QBD and Chancery), specializing in the areas of financial regulation, money laundering and asset recovery.
Charles has consistently been identified by Chambers and Partners as a leading practitioner and is currently one of four QC's ranked in Band 1 for fraud. The 2012 edition describes him as:
'…a well-known and highly respected figure … he is known as "a good strategist who gets on very well with the jury"'.
Earlier editions described him as ‘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'.
AB, Chief Executive of a leading psychiatric hospital and a recent client who received a public apology after his acquittal, described Charles as ‘..passionate and committed ..(he) has natural talent of a very high order.'
Charles has also advised banks, financial institutions, insolvency practitioners and a range of individuals whose positions have both civil and criminal implications.. He has a particular interest in the developing processes of civil recovery and has recently drafted asset recovery legislation for use in overseas territories and advised regulatory authorities in other jurisdictions.
He has considerable experience of both civil and criminal aspects of cases relating to market manipulation, insider dealing and anti competitive practice. He is currently instructed in cases relating to LIBOR and Lehman Bros/Deutsche insider dealing and played a prominent role in the pharmaceutical cartel case. He also advised and represented Celtic Energy Ltd in relation to complex civil litigation arising from a prominent fraud investigation. He has a specialized knowledge of Part V civil recovery litigation, civil tracing and freezing cases and related forms of injunctive relief and has acted or advised in a number of recent cases.
In recent years, Charles has advised governments, law officers and regulatory authorities in relation to money laundering, proceeds of crime, asset recovery and extradition: he has been specifically concerned with asset recovery and legislation in the BVI and money laundering control in Bermuda. In 2010, he was invited to speak in Grand Cayman after the introduction of the Proceeds of Crime Law. In October 2012, he was asked to chair a civil asset recovery master class in Miami, Florida – attended by leading practitioners from many countries. He regularly lectures to audiences from both the professional and financial world on topical subjects in civil and criminal law.