• The go-to junior barrister of the moment, Rachna Gokani excels in all areas she practices in. She is sought-after for complex and novel areas of law or where a client needs utter commitment and skill. Rachna won Crime Junior of the Year at the Chambers & Partners 2018 Bar Awards.

    Corporate & Financial Crime

    Rachna Gokani has a wealth of experience in the field of corporate and financial crime.  Since she began practising at the bar she has been instructed in cases that would ordinarily be considered beyond her years of call.  She defends and prosecutes and is involved pre-charge through to appeal.  She has extensive experience of private prosecutions, both of their prosecution and their defence.  Much of her work involves multiple jurisdictions.  Her tactical awareness and application of her vast intellect impresses those she works for and against.

    Crime

    An impressive advocate with experience of serious, complex and nuanced areas of crime.  Rachna prosecutes and defends at a senior level, displaying ability beyond her years.  She acts as both sole and led Junior.

    Regulatory

    Rachna has developed a regulatory practice that spans across the spectrum of regulators.  She has experience of medical regulation although specialises in legal and financial regulation and specifically of the defence of professionals.

    Private Prosecutions 

    After her involvement in the record breaking private prosecution of Ketan Somaia, Rachna Gokani has become the go-to junior in this field.  She prosecutes and defends all varieties of criminal offences at every level.  Her particular expertise lies in complex corporate criminal offences where she acts on both sides for individuals and companies.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2018: Financial Crime - Band 2; Crime - Band 2

    Legal 500 2017: Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global investigations) - Tier 2; Fraud Crime - Tier 3

    Recommended in Who's Who Legal 2018 as an expert in Investigations.

    'Rachna Gokani is one of the leading juniors in the investigations space. Her outstanding practice encompasses a wide array of matters from fraud to financial and corporate crime.'  Who's Who Legal (Investigations) 2018 

    'Without a doubt one of the brightest and best junior tenants around.' Chambers UK Financial Crime (2018)

    'She has fantastic judgment and is a delight to work with.' Chambers UK Crime (2017)

    'Intelligent, diligent and a delight to work with.' Legal 500 (2017)

    'An absolute star of the future, who works tirelessly for her clients.'  Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2014)

    Professional Memberships

    • Criminal Bar Association
    • Female Fraud Forum
    • Fraud Lawyers Association
    • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
    • Educational Secretary - Private Prosecution Association

    Education

    • 2006 Bar Vocational Course, College of Law, London (Outstanding)
    • 2006 Lincoln’s Inn Buchanan Prize
    • 2006 College of Law Prize for Advocacy
    • 2005 University of Leicester, LLB (Hons)

    Recent Cases

    • In 2014, Ketan Somaia was convicted by a jury of nine counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception, contrary to section 15A of the Theft Act 1968.

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    • Rachna Gokani acted as junior counsel  (led by Philip Kolvin QC and instructed by the Gambling Commission) in the prosecution of Dylan Rigby and Craig Douglas.

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    • Adrian Darbishire QC and Rachna Gokani acted for the defence in a private prosecution of a large British Bank and its former Director for offences of conspiracy to defraud and perjury.

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    • Instructed to advise on the application of English Sentencing Guidelines on rape proceedings before the Court of Appeal of Jersey.

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    • John Hilton QC and Rachna Gokani successfully defended a former Detective Constable accused of perverting the course of justice.

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    An absolute star junior sought after by the serious players in the market, Rachna Gokani has intelligence, judgement and expertise beyond her years.

    Overview

    Rachna Gokani has a wealth of experience in the field of corporate and financial crime.  Since she began practising at the bar she has been instructed in cases that would ordinarily be considered beyond her years of call.  She defends and prosecutes and is involved pre-charge through to appeal.  She has extensive experience of private prosecutions, both of their prosecution and their defence.  Much of her work involves multiple jurisdictions.  Her tactical awareness and application of her vast intellect impresses those she works for and against.

    Experience

    Rachna defends and prosecutes in cases of serious corporate and financial 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. 

    Rachna has unrivalled experience of private prosecutions, both of their prosecution and defence.  Since the success of R – v – Ketan Somaia, Rachna has become the go-to junior for the defence of private prosecutions, often stopping them at their earliest stages. 

    She has been instructed in cases of domestic and overseas corruption (including on behalf of a former executive of the Swift Technical Group), fraud, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud, sanctions offences, false accounting and perverting the course of justice.

    Rachna appeared as a junior in the Court of Appeal in R v PD (2011), which considered the manner in which Security Council Resolutions relating to the arms trade are implemented in the domestic law of the UK under the United Nations Act 1946.

    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 is a contributing author to Blackstone’s Guide to the Bribery Act (Monty Raphael QC; foreword by The Right Hon. Lord Woolf; OUP) and to Bribery: Law and Practice (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.

    Notable Cases

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

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

    R v Shoyeju (2014)
    Acted for the prosecution in the Court of Appeal (Lord Chief Justice presiding) in this sentencing guideline case for misconduct in a public office.

    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.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2018: Financial Crime - Band 2; Crime - Band 2

    Legal 500 2017: Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global investigations) - Tier 2; Fraud Crime - Tier 3

    Recommended in Who's Who Legal 2018 as an expert in Investigations.

    'She has fantastic judgment and is a delight to work with. ... Exhibits capabilities beyond her years and has an attractive advocacy style, as well as an extremely impressive ability to recall the facts of the matter at hand. Allegations of corruption and accounting fraud are a regular feature of her caseload.' Chambers UK (2017)

    'One of the best junior members of the Bar currently, who has expertise beyond her years, and an incredible mastery of detail in a case. She is able to step into complex matters in a way not all juniors wo 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… ‘ Chambers UK (2016)

    '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)

    '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 (2015)

    Recent Cases

    • In 2014, Ketan Somaia was convicted by a jury of nine counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception, contrary to section 15A of the Theft Act 1968.

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  • An outstanding and well liked junior; Rachna Gokani impresses the market with her shrewd tactics, attractive advocacy and sheer likeability. Rachna won Crime Junior of the Year at the Chambers & Partners 2018 Bar Awards.

    Overview

    An impressive advocate with experience of serious, complex and nuanced areas of crime.  Rachna prosecutes and defends at a senior level, displaying ability beyond her years.  She acts as both sole and led Junior.

    Experience

    Rachna defends and prosecutes in cases of serious 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 cases of serious violence.

    Notable cases

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

    R v Shah (2013)
    Former newspaper boss Eddy Shah acquitted of rape on a school girl.

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

    R v Crosdale (2010)
    Successful section 23 POCA.

    R v Virdee (2009)
    Acquittal in tendering counterfeit currency case.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2018: Financial Crime - Band 2; Crime - Band 2

    Legal 500 2017: Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global investigations) - Tier 2; Fraud Crime - Tier 3

    'Hard-working and knows the case inside out.' Chambers UK (2018)

    'She is a bright and capable junior who punches above her weight.' Chambers UK (2018)

    'Her vast experience belies her year of call.' Legal 500 (2016)

    'An absolute star.' Legal 500 (2015)

    Recent Cases

    News

  • Experienced across a host of disciplines Rachna Gokani has become sought after to defend professionals in the legal and financial industries.

    Overview

    Rachna has developed a regulatory practice that spans across the spectrum of regulators.  She has experience of medical regulation although specialises in legal and financial regulation and specifically of the defence of professionals.

    Experience

    Rachna has experience in regulatory law, having been instructed to appear before the General Medical Council, Financial Conduct Authority, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal.

    Rachna also practices in the financial regulatory sphere which dovetails with her work in Corporate and Financial Crime. Her current instructions include representing an individual being disciplined by the FCA for alleged Libor manipulation. In 2017, she acted as junior counsel for the Gambling Commission in its first ever social gaming prosecution.

    Notable Cases

    FCA v X (2017)
    Led by Jason Mansell in advising a trader in connection with the FCA's regulatory investigation of LIBOR.

    CIMA v GJ (2017)
    Instruced by Kingsley Napley solicitors to defend an accountant in a disciplinary hearing before the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

    Reviews

    'She really gets stuck in and gives practical and very detailed advice, which is something you can implement and use straight away.' Chambers UK (2018)

    'She is unshakably tenacious, fighting to the very last drop of blood for her client.' Legal 500 (2017)

    'A star, who is hugely sought after by the top solicitors. ... Highly intelligent, fantastically hardworking and a delight to be with.' Legal 500 (2016)

    Recent Cases

    News

    • Jason Mansell and Rachna Gokani act for RBS Trader in FCA LIBOR Investigation

      Jason Mansell and Rachna Gokani acted for former RBS trader Neil Danziger in connection with contested regulatory proceedings before the RDC arising out of the FCA’s investigation of LIBOR. Jason and Rachna were instructed by Ben Rose and Charles Ku...

    • Two men convicted in first Social Gaming Prosecution

      On 6 February 2017, Dylan Rigby and Craig Douglas were convicted of offering and advertising a form of illegal gambling that was "parasitic" upon the popular EA computer game, FIFA. Having entered guilty pleas to offences under the Gambling Act 2005, the ...

  • Private Prosecutions

    Rachna Gokani is sagacious, creative in her approach, impressive in her written work and convincing in her advocacy; she is a trailblazer in the field of criminal private prosecutions, and is sought out for her unrivalled expertise.

    Overview

    After her involvement in the record breaking private prosecution of Ketan Somaia, Rachna Gokani has become the go-to junior in this field.  She prosecutes and defends all varieties of criminal offences at every level.  Her particular expertise lies in complex corporate criminal offences where she acts on both sides for individuals and companies.

    Experience

    Rachna is regularly instructed to advise upon, prosecute and defend companies and individuals in complex and high profile private prosecutions.

    From 2009 to 2017, she acted for the prosecution in what is believed to be the largest prosecution ever brought by an individual (R v Somaia).  The prosecution resulted in nine convictions for obtaining money transfers by deception, with a value of US$19.7m. The defendant was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment.  In refusing a defence application to stop the proceedings, the Judge observed that the prosecuting solicitors (Peters & Peters) and “the experienced leading and junior counsel instructed by them have progressed this private prosecution in a professional and principled way observing the duties owed to the court to ensure that the trial is fair”. 

    Rachna’s reputation for bringing private prosecutions in the field of fraud has made her the obvious choice for defending them, as she has impressed for the prosecution, so too has she for the defence; she is uniquely experienced to identify the weaknesses in any Private Prosecution being brought and to exploit them to the advantage of the defendant.  In 2016, Rachna successfully acted for a former director of a British bank, who, together with the Bank itself, was the subject of a private prosecution for allegations of historic fraud. The proceedings were withdrawn in the Magistrates’ Court.

    Rachna has had involvement of a large variety of other private prosecutions including one brought by the world’s largest legal expenses insurer against, amongst others, its former CEO and one brought in the context of a long-running, multi-jurisdictional family dispute.

    She has experience of all tiers of the legal system in this field and of advancing difficult arguments at every level to great effect; she is an established leader in the field.

    Reviews

    'She really gets stuck in and gives practical and very detailed advice, which is something you can implement and use straight away.' Chambers UK (2018)

    'She is unshakably tenacious, fighting to the very last drop of blood for her client.' Legal 500 (2017)

    '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.' Chambers UK (2016)

    'Highly intelligent, fantastically hardworking and a delight to be with.' Legal 500 (2016)

    Recent Cases

    • In 2014, Ketan Somaia was convicted by a jury of nine counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception, contrary to section 15A of the Theft Act 1968.

    • Adrian Darbishire QC and Rachna Gokani acted for the defence in a private prosecution of a large British Bank and its former Director for offences of conspiracy to defraud and perjury.

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    • Briefing Note: A Prosecutor's Duty of Candour

      On 23 May, the High Court (Lord Justice Gross and Mr Justice Sweeney) allowed an application for judicial review against the refusal of Leeds Magistrates' Court to dismiss summonses that had been issued upon the application of a private prosecutor.The Cla...

    • William Boyce QC and Rachna Gokani feature on Private Prosecutions in Law Society Gazette

      William Boyce QC and Rachna Gokani consider the 'growth industry' of private prosecutions and their role in safeguarding justice.

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