Selva Ramasamy


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QEB News: Edward Henry and Selva Ramasamy appointed as Queen's Counsel
02.01.2018 More >

QEB News: Selva Ramasamy represented a leading orthopaedic surgeon in this inquiry into a death following surgery
07.07.2017 More >

QEB News: Selva Ramasamy and Tom Coke-Smyth speak at Army Professional Training Conference
02.06.2016 More >

QEB News: Selva Ramasamy represents GP in High Court appeal
13.4.2015 More >

QEB News: Ranked as Leader in Financial Crime and Professional Disclipline by Chambers UK
28.7.2014 More >

QEB News: R v Madden
29.1.2013 More >

QEB News: Selva Ramasamy appears at inquest into death on board warship
15.11.2012 More >

QEB News: GDC v Hill & PW Healthcare
24.3.2011 More >

Selva Ramasamy

Call 1992
LLB (London)
LLM (London)

Practice: Fraud, Regulatory and Crime

Recommended as a Leading Junior in Fraud: Criminal and Professional Discipline.

"Incredibly able and extremely calm, he glides around the courtroom." "He's extremely thorough, very responsive and has very sound judgement. He is very pleasant to work with too." ‐ Chambers UK (2017) Financial Crime

"He's very good, extremely experienced and very calm under pressure. He's very adept at cross-examination and it takes a lot to ruffle him. He's one of the most polished advocates out there: suave without being pretentious." ‐ Chambers UK (2017) Professional Discipline

"He has an excellent manner with clients and great attention to detail." ‐ Legal 500 (2106) Fraud:Crime

"An exceptionally thorough counsel who gets to the bottom of the facts in every case." Chambers UK (2015) Professional Discipline

"He is a very fluid advocate, who makes it all look so easy, and his cross-examinations are devastatingly incisive."
Chambers UK (2015) Financial Crime

"Hardworking and diligent", and "oozes confidence."
Legal 500 (2013) Fraud: Crime.

"A good jury advocate." Chambers UK (2014) Fraud: Criminal

"An exceptionally thorough counsel who gets to the bottom of the facts in every case. The panels appreciate the lengths Selva goes to when explaining cases to them." Chambers UK (2014) Professional Discipline

"Selva Ramasamy has a calm and collected approach and puts his clients at ease." Chambers UK (2014) Fraud: Criminal

"Selva Ramasamy is popular amongst instructing solicitors due to the fact that he has 'a very calm and collected approach that puts clients at ease.'"  Chambers UK (2013) Fraud: Criminal

"Instructing solicitors turn to leading junior Selva Ramasamy for complex professional discipline cases with fraud elements or technical medical issues.  His 'forensic eye for detail' was commented on by those that seek him out."  Chambers UK (2013) Professional Discipline

"Selva Ramasamy is a 'calm professional and hard-working' individual who enjoys the full confidence of the market."  Chambers UK 2012 Fraud


Selva Ramasamy is a specialist in cases involving professionals charged in criminal, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings.

His principal focus is financial crime and cases involving doctors and other healthcare professionals, in particular, where complex technical issues arise.

He has substantial experience in cases of fraud involving banks, companies, financial advisers and share dealing, as well as in the healthcare sector.

His General Medical Council, General Dental Council, General Chiropractic Council and Health Professions Council experience includes conduct, conviction, performance, health and restoration cases, including cases on appeal in the High Court.

Selva Ramasamy also specialises in Health and Safety cases and those involving general crime.

He is regularly instructed to present cases on behalf of the Security Industry Authority, including licensing appeals, cases in the High Court (judicial review and case stated), and the first prosecutions of companies under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

Selva is experienced in Private Criminal Prosecutions particularly on behalf of professional regulatory bodies.  He recently was instructed to conduct a private prosecution on behalf of the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. The proceedings concluded with the defendant being sentenced to imprisonment and being ordered to pay the full costs occasioned by the SRA.

Selva also acts for police officers facing disciplinary proceedings and has appeared in several high profile cases in the past year.

Selva Ramasamy also specialises in cases involving allegations of sexual assault, particularly those involving allegations against health professionals.


"Selva Ramasamy is a 'calm professional and hard-working' individual who enjoys the full confidence of the market."  Chambers UK 2012 Fraud

Selva Ramasamy is "always well prepared and an effective advocate who is liked by committees."  Chambers UK 2012

Selva Ramasamy is "extremely accomplished, strong, versatile and very fair, and he is particularly good at dealing with difficult witnesses." Chambers UK (2011)

Selva Ramasamy 'stands out for his fantastic intellect, which allows him to get his advice across in a very easy-to-understand way' - Legal 500 (2010) - Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law

Selva Ramasamy's 'charming and calm approach hides a steely determination to leave no stone unturned' - Legal 500 (2010) - Fraud

‘Selva Ramasamy's practice fuses criminal and disciplinary areas of the law. "He is good at marshalling information and knows when to concede things."’ – Chambers UK (2010) - Professional Discipline

‘Selva Ramasamy - one of the foremost juniors for fraud’ – Legal 500 (2010)

‘has control of all the facts and inspires confidence.’ – Chambers UK (2009)

Recent Work

Recent cases include the defence of an accountant in a motor racing/banking fraud; defending an accountant against allegations of money laundering; defending a lighting expert in the Millennium Dome corruption case; defending a HSBC employee against allegations of £12 million computer banking theft; defending a doctor against allegations of prescription fraud; defending a businessman against FBI led allegations of arms trafficking and funding Colombian terrorists; defending a financial director against allegations of fraud and corruption; and representing a businessman in connection with contempt of court proceedings in the High Court.

Recent disciplinary cases involve a fatality arising from conflicting opinions as to the use of alternative remedies, a fatality arising from neglect in a hospital in Gibraltar (majority of proceedings conducted via a live TV link), and a case involving allegations of incompetent analysis by a genetic expert.

Recent police disciplinary cases include defending a custody sergeant in connection with a death in custody, defending an intelligence officer in connection with alleged leaks of police intelligence, defending firearms officers accused of beating a deer to death and defending officers accused of using excessive force during an arrest, where the CCTV footage gained national publicity.


2009 Recorder
2009 Member of the Bar Standards Board Prosecuting Counsel Panel for Disciplinary Hearings

Additional Information

Elected Member of the Bar Council (1997-2000)
Member of the Criminal Bar Association Committee (1997-2000 and 2008-2009)
Member of the Bar’s Race Relations Committee (1997-2000)
Member of the British Association of Sport and Law
Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Member of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association
Registered with the Bar Council – Public Access Directory
Member of the Public Access Bar Association - PABA

Notable cases:

FCA v Chiesa and Chiesa (2017)
Selva Ramasamy acted for the Financial Conduct Authority in 3 joined references to the Upper Tribunal.

Inquest into the death of JC (2017)
Selva Ramasamy represented a leading orthopaedic surgeon in this inquiry into a death following surgery.

GMC v Dr B (2016)
Representing an orthopaedic surgeon accused of inadequate clinical examination and fabricating a medico-legal report. All charges were dismissed.

R v X (Snaresbrook CC, 2016)
Defending a solicitor charged with blackmail arising out of text messages sent to a former partner. The allegation of blackmail was dismissed following legal submissions.

R v VS (Luton CC, 2016)
Defending a pharmacist charged with theft of large quantities of prescription only medicines. The theft was admitted but the issue in the case was valuation.

Inquest into the death of ML (South Tyneside and Gateshead Coroner's Court, May 2016)
Selva Ramasamy represented a police custody sergeant in a two week inquest into a death in custody.

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Dowd (2016)
Selva Ramasamy brought a private prosecution on behalf of the SRA against a struck off solicitor who had continued to "act as a solicitor" contrary to s.20 of the Solicitors Act 1974.

General Dental Council v OL (2016)
Dentist charged with clinical failures and practising without insurance.

R v Dr M (Isleworth CC, 2016)
Successful defence of doctor charged with sexual assault.

R v Osteopath P (Aylesbury CC, 2016)
Successful defence of osteopath charged with sexual assault on patients.

Durham Police v Police Constables P and C (2015)
Defence of firearms officers alleged to have destroyed an animal with excessive force.

Cleveland Police v Police Constables H, W and K (2015)
Defence of officers alleged to have used excessive force during arrest. Successful submission of no case to answer.

Re: a firm of solicitors (Hull CC, 2015)
Acting for a firm of solicitors in relation to a witness summons requiring them to produce documents. Summons successfully dismissed and successful application for wasted costs against the party which issued the summons.

R v B (2015)
Mitigation in a case of death by careless driving. Custodial sentence avoided.

R v Private clinic X (2015)
Representing a private health practice charged with dumping clinical waste.

Northumbria Police v DS H (2014)
Representing a police sergeant alleged to have made a series of dishonest claims for expenses. Case discontinued after serious flaws in the investigation were identified.

Northumbria Police v PS C (2014)
Representing a custody sergeant in relation to a death in custody.

Inquest into the death of BW (2014)
Inquest into a death by electrocution

SRA v Preston (2014)
Private Prosecution on behalf of the Solicitors' Regulation Authority

R v Madden (2013)
Allegation of £2.8m film tax credit fraud

Lt. Joshua Woodhouse (2012)
Selva Ramasamy appears at inquest into death on board warship

R v K (2012)
Selva Ramasamy secures acquittal of sub-postmaster accused of committing stamp fraud 

SFO v Pearson (2011)
Largest market fraud so far on the Alternative Investment Market

GDC v Hill & PW Healthcare (2011)
First prosecutions for commercial tooth whitening

R v D (2010)
Allegations of fraudulent share dealing

GMC v Dr S (2010)
Allegations of overcharging by prominent surgeon

GDC v Dr W (2009)
Allegations of financial irregularity by dentist in NHS pilot scheme


Criminal Prosecutions for Regulators
Selva Ramasamy examines how and why the issue of a criminal prosecution may arise, and the advantages and disadvantages of c 28.7.2009
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Fitness to Practise proceedings
Drafting allegations for Fitness to Practise proceedings in the General Medical Council. 1.3.2008
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