Clare Sibson QC

Biography

“Incredibly clever and eloquent… has that touch of magic”

- Chambers & Partners

Clare Sibson is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in the fields of fraud and crime. Extremely thorough and immensely capable, she grasps technical issues quickly and comes highly commended for her written work. She is a compelling court room advocate and is praised for her excellent manner with clients.

In recent years, Clare  has represented individuals and companies facing criminal prosecution in many of the highest profile cases including Rebekah Brooks, Olympus Corporation and Robert Tchenguiz. She also has experience of heavy weight cases in the area of financial regulation and professional discipline.

In addition, Clare excels at advisory work addressing the potential criminal and regulatory dimensions of commercial situations involving matters such as securities trading, contract negotiation, trade secrets and customer confidentiality.

Called to the Bar - 1997

Queen's Counsel - 2016

What Others Say

Chambers and Partners 2018

Crime, Financial Crime & Financial Crime: Corporates; 

“You sometimes think that if you worked hard enough you could do it to her standard, but you can’t”

“Frighteningly intelligent”

Entries from previous years

A very talented barrister, who produces clear, concise advice on a variety of criminal fraud matters”.. “Her legal analysis is first rate”

“Very talented – she produces clear, concise advice and her legal analysis is first-rate.”

“She is astonishingly bright, great on paper and has good client skills”

One of the most sought-after juniors at the Criminal Fraud Bar, Clare Sibson impresses clients with her clear, pragmatic advice.

“Her legal analysis is first rate”

‘Crime Junior of the Year 2014′

“She is very impressive – the brightest junior at the Criminal Bar.”

“Quite astonishingly bright, she gets every point and writes beautifully.”

Clare Sibson has recently been acting in the Fraud Bar’s most high profile cases. Interviewees say she possesses “powerful intellect and has a great manner with clients”

“The frighteningly good Clare Sibson…….a fraud specialist with “two brains” who has been instructed to defend, without a leader, in an insider-dealing case.

“Clare Sibson is “willing to go through all the documents extremely thoroughly and is great at grasping the technical issues really quickly.” Solicitors see her as “a rising star – she is definitely one to watch for the future.”

Recent & Current Cases

Clare is currently acting for Colin Bermingham, a former banker, charged by the SFO with market manipulation re Euribor. The three month trial is fixed for April 2018.

She is also representing John Varley, the former chief executive of Barclays, charged by the SFO following its investigation re Qatar, with a trial fixed for January 2019.

Clare represented Tesco PLC throughout their DPA negotiations with the SFO and appeared in front of the President of the Queen’s Bench Division earlier this year to finalise the terms of the agreement.

Clare represented Rebekah Brooks throughout her criminal trial, resulting in her acquittal on all charges.

In addition, Clare has been retained in all of the most serious, on-going financial crime investigations. She is acting for/advising:

  • An international oil and gas company over bribery and corruption allegations (SFO investigation)
  • A high profile individual under investigation by the SFO in connection with its investigation into ENRC Ltd for bribery and corruption
  • A global auditing company regarding allegations of fraud by false accounting, failure to disclose suspected money laundering Companies Act 2006 offence re auditor’s report.
  • A global telecommunications company regarding its overseas accounting irregularities (FCA investigation)
  • An individual under investigation by the SFO for corruption in relation to Rolls Royce’s overseas contracts.

 

Previous Cases

  • Counsel for Olympus Corporation in the Crown Court and subsequent Court of Appeal proceedings regarding Companies Act charges brought by the SFO, resulting in the dismissal of all charges (2015)
  • Advised a former high-ranking official of the Bank of England (2014-2015)
  • Counsel for Rebekah Brooks, throughout her 9 month criminal trial for “phone hacking” and other alleged misconduct, resulting in her acquittal on all charges (2013-2014)
  • Advised the FSA in relation to market abuse and insider dealing (2013)
  • Acted as sole advocate for the defence in an eight week trial of a £35 million “land-banking” fraud. (2012-2013)
  • Represented Robert Tchenguiz in the judicial review of his arrest and the investigation conducted by the Serious Fraud Office (2011-2012)
  • Advising the director of a global events company in relation to criminal proceedings revolving around the sale of corporate tickets for the Olympic games (2012)
  • Representing Aivars Lembergs, a Latvian politician, in relation to $135 million commercial court worldwide freezing order (2012)
  • Civil Aviation Authority v Travel Republic: Advised Travel Republic Ltd leading to an acquittal by the regulator and success at appeal in the proceedings brought by the Civil Aviation Authority(2009-2010)
  • Advised an interested party in relation to the BA/Virgin price-fixing investigation (2009)
  • Yukos litigation: advised an interested party in international cooperation and confiscation matters (2005-2008)
  • R v Heath: instructed to defend a solicitor accused of attempting to bribe the US Attorney General (2006-2007)
  • Advised and acted for the FSA in relation to matters arising from the 2004-2005 Shell investigation
  • R v Stovold: for Alan Stovold in the alleged operational lease market fraud (2005)
  • R v Coene: for Coene for tax fraud, including initial representation in relation to his extradition to the UK (2004)
  • R v Regan and others: for Andrew Regan in the Co-op corruption case, including initial representation in relation to extradition (2000-2003)
  • Defended a Superintendent of the Metropolitan Police charged with disciplinary offences arising out of his conduct of the CIB investigation into the death in custody of Rodney Sylvester (2003)
  • Represented 4 custody sergeants at the inquest, and subsequently in judicial review proceedings before the High Court, into the suicide of a young man in police custody (2002)
  • Represented at a Coroner’s Inquest the police driver of an armed response vehicle involved in a fatal road accident (2002)
  • R v Clemente: for the Crown, one of the first prosecutions by the CPS for money-laundering the proceeds of fraud (2000)
  • R v Bookey: for a dentist accused of a series of indecent assaults upon patients
  • R v Tore: multi million pound Kurdish drugs cartel case, for the Crown (1999-2001)
  • R v Humphreys and others: for the defence in notorious ‘supergrass’ drugs case (1999)
  • R v Davis, Rowe, Johnson: M25 murder, on appeal, for the Crown pre-hearing (1998)

 

Education / Experience

Clare studied law at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, from where she graduated with a first class degree, being ranked second out of 269 law finalists in 1996. She was a Manners Scholar of her College in 1993 and a Foundation Scholar in 1996.

Clare is a contributing author to Montgomery and Ormerod on Fraud and to Mortimore’s Company Directors: Duties, Liabilites and Remedies.  She was a founding consultant editor of  the Llyod’s Law Reports – Financial Crime and is a member of the Consulting Editorial Board of Lexis Nexis.

Biography

“Incredibly clever and eloquent… has that touch of magic”

- Chambers & Partners

Clare Sibson is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in the fields of fraud and crime. Extremely thorough and immensely capable, she grasps technical issues quickly and comes highly commended for her written work. She is a compelling court room advocate and is praised for her excellent manner with clients.

In recent years, Clare  has represented individuals and companies facing criminal prosecution in many of the highest profile cases including Rebekah Brooks, Olympus Corporation and Robert Tchenguiz. She also has experience of heavy weight cases in the area of financial regulation and professional discipline.

In addition, Clare excels at advisory work addressing the potential criminal and regulatory dimensions of commercial situations involving matters such as securities trading, contract negotiation, trade secrets and customer confidentiality.

Recent & Current Cases

Clare is currently acting for Colin Bermingham, a former banker, charged by the SFO with market manipulation re Euribor. The three month trial is fixed for April 2018.

She is also representing John Varley, the former chief executive of Barclays, charged by the SFO following its investigation re Qatar, with a trial fixed for January 2019.

Clare represented Tesco PLC throughout their DPA negotiations with the SFO and appeared in front of the President of the Queen’s Bench Division earlier this year to finalise the terms of the agreement.

Clare represented Rebekah Brooks throughout her criminal trial, resulting in her acquittal on all charges.

In addition, Clare has been retained in all of the most serious, on-going financial crime investigations. She is acting for/advising:

  • An international oil and gas company over bribery and corruption allegations (SFO investigation)
  • A high profile individual under investigation by the SFO in connection with its investigation into ENRC Ltd for bribery and corruption
  • A global auditing company regarding allegations of fraud by false accounting, failure to disclose suspected money laundering Companies Act 2006 offence re auditor’s report.
  • A global telecommunications company regarding its overseas accounting irregularities (FCA investigation)
  • An individual under investigation by the SFO for corruption in relation to Rolls Royce’s overseas contracts.

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