Rachna Gokani


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QEB News: Jason Mansell and Rachna Gokani act for RBS Trader in FCA LIBOR Investigation
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QEB News: Two men convicted in first Social Gaming Prosecution
14.02.2017 More >

QEB News: Rachna Gokani co-authors new guide Bribery: Law and Practice
18.2.2016 More >

QEB News: Private Prosecutor secures £38 million in confiscation and compensation against “formidable and serial fraudsman” Ketan Somaia
13.1.2016 More >

QEB News: Crispin Aylett QC and Rachna Gokani comment on the UK’s first DPA
10.12.2015 More >

QEB News: Adrian Darbishire QC and Rachna Gokani comment on the government’s apparent back down on proposals to extend the reach of corporate criminal liability
30.9.2015 More >

QEB News: Former Swift executives acquitted of corruption charges
2.6.2015 More >

QEB News: William Boyce QC and Rachna Gokani feature on Private Prosecutions in Law Society Gazette
15.9.2014 More >

QEB News: Ranked as Leader in Financial Crime by Chambers
28.7.2014 More >

QEB News: Ketan Somaia convicted by a jury at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) in largest ever private prosecution brought by an individual in the UK. William Boyce QC and Rachna Gokani were instructed on behalf of the prosecution by Peters & Peters.
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QEB News: R v Shah
12.7.2013 More >

QEB News: Deferred Prosecution Agreements - Draft Legislation Tabled
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QEB News: R v Semsarilar
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Rachna Gokani

Call 2006
LLB (Hons)
BVC (Outstanding)

Practice: Crime, Fraud and Regulatory

“Continues to impress sources with her knowledge of bribery and serious fraud, and regularly takes on cases with an international flavour. She is sought after to both defend and prosecute high-profile corporate crime… ‘Has an absolute mastery of the facts and produces written work of the highest standard. She possesses an assurance and presence way beyond her years, and combines it with a highly approachable manner’…Acted as junior prosecution counsel in R v Ketan Somaia, the largest ever private prosecution brought by an individual in the UK. The case concerned obtaining USD19.7 million by deception.” Chambers UK (2016) Financial Crime

“An extremely talented, dedicated barrister.” Legal 500 (2015) Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

“An absolute star.” Legal 500 (2015) Crime – Leading juniors

“She works incredibly hard.” Legal 500 (2015) Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading juniors

“Regularly instructed by blue-chip firms to advise on complex, business-sensitive matters. Her expertise includes money laundering, sanctions and corruption cases. She has a fantastic future ahead of her, and is an exceptionally hard worker." Chambers UK (2015) Financial Crime

"Building up an excellent reputation in the field of white-collar defence. She is also in demand to advise authorities on complex prosecutions. A remarkably talented, hard-working barrister, with an incredible future ahead of her. She's an absolute star beyond her years of call."
Chambers UK (2014) Fraud: Criminal

“An absolute star of the future, who works tirelessly for her clients” Legal 500 (2014) Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global Investigations) – Leading Juniors

"A rising star." Legal 500 (2013) Fraud: Crime


Rachna defends and prosecutes in cases of serious business and general crime. She has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional cases, including a multi-million-pound private prosecution for historic fraud offences, believed to be the largest successful private prosecution brought by an individual (R v Ketan Somaia).

She has been instructed in cases of domestic and overseas corruption (most recently on behalf of a former executive of the Swift Technical Group), fraud, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud, sanctions offences, false accounting, perverting the course of justice, commercial-scale immigration offences, perjury and historic sexual offences, including as junior counsel for former newspaper boss Eddy Shah. Rachna was also instructed for the prosecution in R v Sheikh and others, in which three of the defendants, including the eldest son of Abu Hamza, were convicted of conspiracy to kidnap. Appearing alone, she has defended and prosecuted cases of robbery, burglary, weapon possession, possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, sexual assault, arranging child sex offences, religiously aggravated assault and in cases of serious violence.
Rachna appeared alone before the Lord Chief Justice in R v Shoyeju [2014] EWCA Crim 486, a guideline case for misconduct in public office. Rachna also appeared as a junior in the Court of Appeal in R v PD [2011] EWCA Crim 2082, which considered the manner in which Security Council Resolutions relating to the arms trade are implemented in the domestic law of the United Kingdom under the United Nations Act 1946.

In addition, Rachna is on the SFO’s list of approved counsel. She also has defence and prosecution experience in cases involving restraint, forfeiture and confiscation.

Rachna has experience in regulatory law, appearing before the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council and Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal.

Rachna is a contributing author to the Blackstone’s Guide to the Bribery Act (Monty Raphael QC; foreword by The Right Hon. Lord Woolf; OUP) and to Bribery: Law and Practice, due to be published in 2016 (Monty Raphael QC; foreword by Sir David Calvert-Smith QC; OUP)

Before joining QEB Hollis Whiteman, Rachna was researcher to Monty Raphael QC, Special Counsel at law firm Peters & Peters.

Additional Information

Awarded the Lincoln’s Inn Buchanan Prize, 2006
Winner of the College of Law Prize for Advocacy, 2006

Professional Memberships:-

Criminal Bar Association
Fraud Lawyers’ Association
Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association
Female Fraud Forum


2005 University of Leicester, LLB (Hons)
2006 Bar Vocational Course, College of Law, London (Outstanding)

Notable cases:

R v V (2015)
Former Swift executives acquitted of corruption charges

R v Sheikh (Tito) (2014)
Roger Smart and Rachna Gokani were instructed for the prosecution in the case of R v Tito Ibn Sheikh.

R -v- Somaia (Ketan) (2014)
Successful private prosecution, Ketan Somaia was convicted by a jury of 9 counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception.

R v Shah (2013)
Eddy Shah acquitted

R v Semsarilar (2012)
Successful defence of client charged with 'Sanctions Busting'

R v PD & EB (2012)
Major sanctions busting case collapses

Iraqi Sanction-Busting Offence Invalid (2011)
Offence invalid

R v F (2011)
Successful representation of former detective charged with perverting the course of justice

R v Crosdale
Successful section 23 POCA

R v Virdee


The LexisPSL Corporate Crime Interview – New tool to tackle corporate wrongdoing – life after the first DPA
Reproduced with kind permission of Lexis Nexis 7.12.2015
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Adrian Darbishire QC and Rachna Gokani comment on the government’s apparent back down on proposals to extend the reach of corporate criminal liability
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William Boyce QC and Rachna Gokani feature on Private Prosecutions in Law Society Gazette
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Deferred Prosecution Agreements - Draft Legislation Tabled
Deferred Prosecution Agreements - Draft Legislation Tabled - 30.10.12 Earlier this week, the Government tabled legislation t 30.10.2012
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Adequate Procedures Handout - Bribery Act 2010
Sean Larkin QC and Rachna Gokani provide further guidance in relation to the Bribery Act 29.9.2010
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Blackstones Guide to the Bribery Act - Rachna Gokani - Contributing Author
QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers are delighted to announce that the long awaited Blackstones Guide to the Bribery Act has been re 23.9.2010

The Bribery Bill 2010 - An Overview
This article provides an overview of the Government’s recent strategy to fight bribery and corruption, particularly ove 28.1.2010
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