• The standout junior at the Bar; Jocelyn Ledward is astonishingly intelligent, fiercely committed, ridiculously astute and the barrister to have on your team.

    Corporate & Financial Crime 

    Jocelyn Ledward has employed her vast intelligence, work ethic and astute judgement to become one of the most respected juniors practising in corporate and financial crime. She is instructed at all stages of an investigation across the full range of offences including business-related fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering and serious corporate health and safety breaches. She tackles the most complex matters with complete ease, providing a level of insight into a case that others would overlook and her advocacy is exceptional.  

    Crime

    Jocelyn Ledward is a much sought-after junior in the field of general crime. She has particular expertise in sensitive, high-profile and long-running complex cases and of the difficult technical legal arguments that invariably accompany them. Appointed Junior Treasury Counsel in 2014, she has worked across the full spectrum of criminal offences and has specific expertise of the most serious ones including: all types of homicide and their respective defences; serious sexual offences, both historic and current; terrorism; and offences arising from organised crime including money laundering. She has experience of all levels of tribunal from the magistrates through to the appeal courts, with an abundance of experience of appellate work. She is held in the highest regard by prosecution and defence teams alike and enjoys a varied practice including representing professionals, where her practice in professional regulation is of great benefit. She is always fully prepared, tactically ahead of the game and her advocacy is outstanding.

    Regulatory 

    Jocelyn Ledward has developed a substantial mixed practice of fraud and mainstream serious and complex crime and converted it to the regulatory forum with great success. She has particular expertise in sensitive, high-profile and long-running complex cases and is repeatedly sought-after for both the prosecution and the defence.

    Reviews 

    Chambers UK 2019: Crime - Band 1, Financial Crime – Band 2

    Legal 500 2020: Crime – Tier 3

    ‘She has an incredible work ethic and a formidable intellect.’ Legal 500 Crime (2020)

    ‘A clearly outstanding junior who is highly regarded by both opponents and judges.’ Chambers UK Crime (2019)

    ‘Fiercely intelligent and very capable, she's a class act.’ ‘She is phenomenally hard-working and has both fantastic attention to detail and great judgement.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime (2019)

    ‘A superstar who excels in all areas of the fraud toolkit.’ Legal 500 Fraud: Crime (2018)

    ‘Very intelligent and able to think on her feet. She gains clients' trust very quickly and is tactically astute. An extremely hard-working barrister. She puts in the hours at short notice and still turns things around very quickly.’ Chambers UK Crime (2017)

    ‘Without hesitation, she is one of the standout fraud juniors at the moment.’ Legal 500 Fraud Crime (2017)

    ‘She is brilliant at client relations and can handle the most complex cases by herself.’ Legal 500 Crime (2017)

    ‘Her calm but firm advocacy is impressive.’ Legal 500 Crime (2016)

    Appointments

    • 2016 – Treasurer, Central Criminal Court Bar Mess
    • 2015 – Independent Legal Adviser to the CPS London VAWG Scrutiny and Involvement Panel
    • 2014 – Treasury Counsel, Central Criminal Court

    Professional Membership

    • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
    • Criminal Bar Association
    • Fraud Lawyers Association
    • Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association
    • South Eastern Circuit

    Education

    • Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course)
    • City University (Postgraduate Diploma in Law)
    • MA (Hons - First Class), Magdalen College, Oxford 

    Recent Cases

    News

    Articles

    • High hurdle in challenging no case to answer rulings (R v Bush and Scouler)

      Jocelyn Ledward considers the learning points from the case of R v Bush and Scouler, in which the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) sought, unsuccessfully, to challenge the ruling of no case to answer in the high-profile fraud trial involving the ex-Tesco Stores...

    • "Keeping an eye on CCTV legislation," Jocelyn Ledward article published by Lexis Nexis

      What are the data protection implications of the preliminary ruling in Rynes for individuals using video surveillance systems outside their own homes?

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    • Corporate manslaughter: more and larger companies are due to pay the penalty

      An article by Jocelyn Ledward on Corporate Manslaughter has been published by NFDC.

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    • Cyberbullying: Legislative Reform and an International Perspective

      This article appeared in Entertainment Law Review Ent. L.R 2014, 25(7) and has been reproduced here with the kind permission of the editor.

    • Contempt and Social Media Update

      This article appeared in Entertainment Law Review Ent. L.R 2014, 25(2) and has been reproduced here with the kind permission of the editor.

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    • Social Media: How the Net is closing in on Cyber Bullies

      This article appeared in Entertainment Law Review Ent. L.R. 2013, 24(8) and has been reproduced here with the kind permission of the editor.

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    • Understanding forensic evidence

      Understanding forensic evidence: Do lawyers and the judiciary understand forensic evidence and the Bayesian approach?

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    Sought-after by leading solicitors to defend individuals and corporates; Jocelyn Ledward breezes through the complex, is tactically astute, a phenomenal advocate and effortlessly builds trust with the client.

    Overview 

    Jocelyn Ledward has employed her vast intelligence, work ethic and astute judgement to become one of the most respected juniors practising in corporate and financial crime. She is instructed at all stages of an investigation across the full range of offences including business-related fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering and serious corporate health and safety breaches. She tackles the most complex matters with complete ease, provides a level of insight into a case that others would overlook and her advocacy is exceptional.  

    Experience 

    Jocelyn provides advice to and represents corporate and professional/director clients in all types of business-related fraud, Health and Safety at Work Act, Trade Descriptions Act and Insolvency Acts cases, and the full range of business-related/financial crime including money laundering. She has acted for clients in matters investigated and prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service, HMRC, the Serious Fraud Office, the Office of Fair Trading, the Health and Safety Executive, the NHS Counter Fraud Authority and others. 

    Past highlights include representing a director defendant in the first prosecution by the Office of Fair Trading under the Cartel Offence provisions of the Enterprise Act, following the landmark “Marine Hose” plea agreement with the US Department of Justice. She was junior prosecution counsel in the successful prosecution of Sterecycle for corporate manslaughter.

    She has extensive experience in relation to disclosure and public interest immunity, with particular experience in relation to criminal e-disclosure exercises in long and complex cases (acting for one of the defendants in R v R); the handling of electronic material; cross-jurisdictional matters; matters linked to civil and regulatory proceedings; money laundering, restraint, confiscation and forfeiture of assets.

    Notable Cases

    R v Scouler (2016-2018)
    Junior Counsel for the acquitted former UK commercial director at Tesco, who was alleged to have been involved in accounting irregularities in relation to income recognition. 

    R v R & Others (2015) EWCA Crim 1941 / Operation Amazon
    Junior counsel for one of the acquitted defendants, who was charged with conspiracy to cheat the public revenue.

    R v Sterecycle (2014)
    Successful prosecution of a recycling company for corporate manslaughter.

    R v Etherson (2014)
    Secured a suspended sentence for medical recruitment consultant who admitted his part in his employer’s fraud on the NHS.

    R v Sakavickas and others [2005] 1 Cr.App.R. 584; [2008] 1 Cr.App.R. 1
    Successful prosecution of money laundering conspiracy arising out of organised cross-jurisdictional crime in the UK and Eastern Europe; overturned on appeal following R v Saik [2006] UKHL 18.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Financial Crime - Band 2

    Legal 500 2018: Fraud Crime - Tier 3

    'Fiercely intelligent and very capable, she's a class act.' 'She is phenomenally hard-working and has both fantastic attention to detail and great judgement.' Chambers UK Financial Crime (2019)

    'A superstar who excels in all areas of the fraud toolkit.' Legal 500 Fraud: Crime (2018)

    'Very intelligent and able to think on her feet. She gains clients' trust very quickly and is tactically astute. An extremely hard-working barrister. She puts in the hours at short notice and still turns things around very quickly.' Chambers UK (2017)

    'An astonishingly capable prosecutor and a very fine defence counsel who specialises in complex crime and fraud.' Chambers UK (2017)

    'Without hesitation, she is one of the standout fraud juniors at the moment.' Legal 500 (2017)

    'Solicitors know they can rely on her to secure the best result.' Legal 500 (2016)

    'She provides clear, astute advice.' Legal 500 (2015)

    'Jocelyn Ledward thinks outside the box and is able to apply her outstanding intellect to difficult areas of law.' Legal 500 (2012)

    Recent Cases

    News

    Articles

  • An astonishing advocate with a high record of achievement in media-sensitive and complex serious crime, Jocelyn Ledward is tactically fantastic, fiercely hard-working, and immensely intelligent; she is absolutely outstanding.

    Overview 

    Jocelyn Ledward is a much sought after junior in the field of general crime. She has particular expertise in sensitive, high-profile and long-running complex cases and of the difficult technical legal arguments that invariably accompany them. Appointed Junior Treasury Counsel in 2014, she has worked across the full spectrum of criminal offences and has specific expertise of the most serious ones including: all types of homicide and their respective defences; serious sexual offences, both historic and current; terrorism; and offences arising from organised crime including money laundering. She has experience of all levels of tribunal from the magistrates through to the appeal courts, with an abundance of experience of appellate work. She is held in the highest regard by prosecution and defence teams alike and enjoys a varied practice including representing professionals where her practice in professional regulation is of great benefit. She is always fully prepared, tactically ahead of the game and her advocacy is outstanding.

    Experience 

    Jocelyn prosecutes and defends the full range of criminal offences. As Junior Treasury Counsel, she is sought-after for her extensive experience in successfully prosecuting in high-profile and sensitive homicide cases (e.g. the successful prosecution of the Preddie brothers for the killing of Damilola Taylor; the murder of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie; the murder of Tia Sharpe by her step-grandfather Stuart Hazell; the prosecution of Tania Clarence following her killing of her three disabled children). 

    She has also been instructed in unusual and sensitive matters relating to terrorism. She was junior counsel instructed by the CPS in the prosecution of Roshonara Choudhry, the self-radicalised student who attempted to murder Stephen Timms MP, as well as the second prosecution of Khalid Rashad for possession of explosive substances after his conviction for the murder of Imam Abdul Hadi Arwani. 

    Jocelyn prosecutes and defends in relation to allegations of rape and sexual offences, including those committed in breach of trust (e.g. by healthcare professionals). She has substantial expertise in relation to digital media and internet-based evidence, which features heavily in most of her cases. She has a particular interest in social media offending and violence against women and girls. She is the Independent Legal Adviser to the CPS London Violence Against Women and Girls Scrutiny and Involvement Panel.

    Jocelyn appears regularly in the Court of Appeal, particularly on behalf of the Law Officers in relation to unduly lenient sentences.

    She also has extensive experience of money-laundering, conspiracy to defraud and tax evasion, VAT fraud, large-scale drugs supply and importation, corruption and other offences of dishonesty (including high-value theft and robbery conspiracies). 

    Jocelyn is sought-after to provide discrete advice and representation to professionals and others involved in proceedings which have reputational, career limiting, family or other consequences, whether as victims or defendants.    

    Notable Cases

    R v Joseph Ashman (2016)
    Leading counsel prosecuting organised criminal and members of his immediate family for multiple complex money-laundering offences over a seven-year period, arising from drug-related offending; post-conviction confiscation proceedings under POCA 2002.

    R v Tania Clarence (2015)
    Prosecution of a mother following her killing of three of her children, who all had spinal muscular atrophy, a muscle-wasting genetic condition. The case involved complex medical, social care and psychiatric evidence. Mrs Clarence’s pleas to manslaughter were accepted by the CPS, after extensive analysis and consideration. Led by Zoe Johnson QC.

    R v B (2014)
    Acquittal of a police officer charged with perverting the course of justice. Together with co-defending counsel, following the submission of written disclosure and other legal arguments, the CPS offered no evidence two weeks before trial, and no disciplinary proceedings followed.

    R v McCluskie (2013)
    Crispin Aylett QC and Jocelyn Ledward successfully prosecuted Tony McCluskie for the murder of his sister and former Eastenders actor.

    R v Choudhry (2010)
    William Boyce QC and Jocelyn Ledward prosecuted this high-profile case of the attempted murder of Stephen Timms MP at his constituency surgery in East London.

    R v Yuri Harris (2010)
    Prosecution of professional jewellery thief for various dishonesty and money laundering offences, following police raid of the Hampstead Safe Depository. Contested post-conviction forfeiture proceedings involving third party claimants based in Uganda. 

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Crime – Band 1 

    Legal 500 2020: Crime – Tier 3

    ‘She has an incredible work ethic and a formidable intellect.’ Legal 500 Crime (2020)

    ‘A clearly outstanding junior who is highly regarded by both opponents and judges.’ Chambers UK Crime (2019)

    ‘A superstar who excels in all areas of the fraud toolkit.’ Legal 500 Fraud: Crime (2018)

    ‘Ridiculously bright, very hard-working and someone with a very professional manner in court.’ Chambers UK Crime (2018)

    ‘She’s tactically fantastic.’ Chambers UK (2018)

    ‘Very intelligent and able to think on her feet. She gains clients' trust very quickly and is tactically astute. An extremely hard-working barrister. She puts in the hours at short notice and still turns things around very quickly.’ Chambers UK (2017)

    ‘An astonishingly capable prosecutor and a very fine defence counsel who specialises in complex crime and fraud.’ Chambers UK (2017)

    ‘She is brilliant at client relations and can handle the most complex cases by herself.’ Legal 500 (2017)

    ‘She is very intelligent, totally straight in her dealings and highly committed.’ Chambers UK (2016)

    ‘Her calm but firm advocacy is impressive.’ Legal 500 (2016)

    ‘She really understands the wider practical issues.’ Legal 500 (2015)

    Recent Cases

    News

    Articles

    • Cyberbullying: Legislative Reform and an International Perspective

      This article appeared in Entertainment Law Review Ent. L.R 2014, 25(7) and has been reproduced here with the kind permission of the editor.

    • Contempt and Social Media Update

      This article appeared in Entertainment Law Review Ent. L.R 2014, 25(2) and has been reproduced here with the kind permission of the editor.

      View Article

    • Social Media: How the Net is closing in on Cyber Bullies

      This article appeared in Entertainment Law Review Ent. L.R. 2013, 24(8) and has been reproduced here with the kind permission of the editor.

      View Article

    • Understanding forensic evidence

      Understanding forensic evidence: Do lawyers and the judiciary understand forensic evidence and the Bayesian approach?

      View Article

  • An incredibly gifted junior counsel who has developed a professional disciplinary practice that has focused on the complex; Jocelyn Ledward is incredibly bright and able and brings her dedication and advocacy to great effect in the regulatory tribunals.

    Overview 

    Jocelyn Ledward has developed a substantial mixed practice of fraud and mainstream serious and complex crime and converted it to the regulatory forum with great success. She has particular expertise in sensitive, high-profile and long-running complex cases and is repeatedly sought-after for both the prosecution and the defence.

    Experience 

    Jocelyn’s professional disciplinary experience includes appearing before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, General Dental Council, General Chiropractic Council and other regulatory bodies, primarily in the healthcare field, in the full range of hearings and types of allegation. She has been involved in high-profile cases, often involving sexual and indecent conduct by professionals (e.g. GMC v Bonhoeffer). 

    In the past few years, she has been involved in cases concerning a chiropractor who missed a serious diagnosis (cauda equina syndrome), clinical performance issues involving a dentist, dishonesty by a GP and sexual assault by an A&E consultant (all successful proceedings by the respective regulators).

    Notable Cases

    GDC v Dimitrova (2014)
    Successful proceedings against a dentist for multiple instances of deficient professional performance, following an expert review of records generated during a ten-week period. 

    GCC v Laverick (2014)
    GCC PCC hearing, prosecuting a case of UPC against a chiropractor who ignored symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, an acute medical emergency which could have resulted in life-changing injuries to her patient, and failed to make the necessary urgent referral to an A&E department. The facts were found proved, and the GCC admonished the registrant after hearing extensive evidence of remediation.

    NMC v Stamper & Others (2012-2013)
    Advising on proceedings at the NMC against six nurses who were concerned in the care of Sarah Jane McNicholas, who died of diabetic ketoacidosis in 1997.

    GMC v Bonhoeffer (2012)
    Successful fitness to practise proceedings against world-renowned cardiologist Professor Phillip Bonhoeffer for historical sexual abuse of young boys over several years, including Kenyan boys whose education he was sponsoring. The proceedings included a number of logistical difficulties, not least the reluctance of key witnesses abroad to attend (necessitating video-links) and the absence of Professor Bonhoeffer.

    Reviews

    'A clearly outstanding junior who is highly regarded by both opponents and judges.' Chambers UK (2019)

    'She’s tactically fantastic.' Chambers UK (2018)

    'She is very intelligent, totally straight in her dealings and highly committed.' Chambers UK (2016)

    'Very user-friendly and good at turning around cases.' Legal 500 (2016)

    'She really understands the wider practical issues.' Legal 500 (2015)

    'She provides clear, astute advice.' Legal 500 (2015)

    'One of the up and coming juniors in this area.' Legal 500 (2015)

    'Jocelyn Ledward thinks outside the box and is able to apply her outstanding intellect to difficult areas of law.' Legal 500 (2012)