Called to the Bar:1992

Silk:2018

  • Selva Ramasamy QC has been at the top of every field he has operated in. Astonishingly bright, forensically astute, a master of the complex, he "glides around the courtroom" "making it all look so easy".

    Corporate & Financial Crime 

    Selva Ramasamy has a long established and impressive practice in the field of corporate and financial crime.  He is a specialist in cases involving corporates and professionals under investigation and charged in criminal, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. He is therefore able to provide advice and representation in cases involving concurrent criminal and regulatory investigation, taking into account the specific forensic needs of both types of investigation.

    Crime

    The foundation of Selva Ramasamy’s career is in general and serious crime.  He has since become a specialist in cases involving professionals charged in criminal proceedings of all types although sexual allegations and matters relating to fraud regularly feature. He is favoured by those who need forensic understanding of complex scientific and technical issues.  Clients love his calm and reassuring manner and his commitment to leaving no stone unturned to secure the best result for them.

    Regulatory 

    Selva has over 20 years of experience in regulatory law. He is often involved in the most serious types of regulatory cases which involve concurrent investigation by the police and regulators. Given his wide experience in criminal law, he is able to provide advice and representation across both spheres, taking into account the specific forensic needs of both types of investigation.

    Selva was the Legal advisor to the General Medical Council’s Review of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide, an independent review into how each of these serious offences is applied to medical practice. 

    To read the report in full, please see the GMC's website.

    Selva is Head of Chambers’ Regulatory practice group.

    Private Prosecutions

    Selva Ramasamy has significant experience in conducting private criminal prosecutions, particularly on behalf of professional regulatory bodies.  He has been an innovator of private prosecutions arising from the regulatory field, conducting the very first private prosecutions for a variety of significant regulators.  He has also advised and acted for individuals and corporates, advising on the merits of a prosecution and conducting subsequent cases.

    Public Law

    Selva’s substantial practice in regulatory law brings with it inevitable experience in the fields of inquests, inquiries and cases involving challenges in the High Court. He has considerable experience with difficult and sensitive inquests arising from medical, police and military action, where he draws on his skills in dealing with complex scientific and technical evidence.

    Reviews 

    Chambers UK 2019: Professional Discipline – New Silk; Financial Crime – New Silk.

    Legal 500 2018: Professional Discipline and Regulatory - Tier 1 (New Silk); Fraud Crime - Tier 1 (New Silk).

    'Particularly impresses with the thoroughness of his preparation.' Chambers UK Financial Crime (2019)

    'An exceptionally thorough counsel who gets to the bottom of the facts in every case.' 'A charming, smooth advocate whom juries trust and have confidence in.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2019)

    'An exceptionally thorough counsel who gets to the bottom of facts in every case – no stone is unturned.' Legal 500 Fraud: Crime (2018)

    'Panels appreciate the lengths he goes to explain the cases from them.' Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2018)

    'His tactical acumen is astounding.' Chambers UK Financial Crime (2018)

    'An exceptionally thorough counsel who gets to the bottom of facts in every case. No stone is left unturned.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2018)

    'A consummate professional. Always thoroughly prepared, very personable and an excellent advocate.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2018)

    '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 Professional Discipline (2017)

    '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 Crime (2017)

    Appointments

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

    Professional Memberships

    • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
    • British Association of Sport and Law
    • Criminal Bar Association
    • Health and Safety Lawyers Association
    • Public Access Bar Association – PABA

    Education

    • LL.B (London)
    • LL.M (London)

    Recent Cases

    News

    • GMC's Gross Negligence Manslaughter Review is published - Selva Ramasamy QC

      Selva Ramasamy QC acted as Legal Advisor to the General Medical Council’s (GMC) Review of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide, an independent review into how each of these serious offences is applied to medical practice. You can read...

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    • Congratulations to Edward Henry and Selva Ramasamy who have been appointed Queen's Counsel

      QEB Hollis Whiteman is delighted to announce that Edward Henry and Selva Ramasamy have been appointed Queen's Counsel. They were formally appointed as Silks on 26th February 2018.

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    • Selva Ramasamy is ranked as a Leader in his Field in Financial Crime and Professional Discipline in Chambers UK Bar Directory 2018.

      Details of the rankings and commentaries will be published in November 2017 in the Chambers UK Bar Directory 2018.

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    • Selva Ramasamy and Tom Coke-Smyth speak at Army Professional Training Conference

      Selva Ramasamy and Tom Coke-Smyth spoke on the topic of disciplinary proceedings at the Army Legal Service's Annual Professional Training conference. The conference was attended by the officers of the ALS and the heads of the military legal organisations ...

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    • R v Madden

      Selva Ramasamy defended Aoife Madden, an actress and film producer. This case centred on a series of claims for tax and VAT credits in relation to the making of an award winning feature film, and was the first ever prosecution by HMRC for film tax credit ...

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    • Selva Ramasamy appears at inquest into death on board warship

      Selva Ramasamy represented the family of Lt. Joshua Woodhouse at the Inquest into his death. Lt Woodhouse died in a fall from height while serving aboard HMS Ocean, a Royal Navy helicopter carrier, in port in the USA.The Jury returned a narrative verdict ...

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    • GDC v Hill & PW Healthcare

      S. Ramasamy, instructed by Field Fisher WaterhouseThese were the first prosecutions of companies and individuals for commercial tooth whitening.The GDC had received a number of complaints from members of the public and dental professionals which raised co...

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    Articles

    • Criminal Prosecutions for Regulators

      Selva Ramasamy examines how and why the issue of a criminal prosecution may arise, and the advantages and disadvantages of criminal proceedings for regulators.

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    • Fitness to Practise proceedings

      Drafting allegations for Fitness to Practise proceedings in the General Medical Council.

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    A barrister who stands out for his mastery of the detail, fantastic intellect and tactical acumen, Selva Ramasamy QC has extensive experience in the fields of corporate and financial crime.

    Overview

    Selva Ramasamy has a long established and impressive practice in the field of corporate and financial crime.  He is a specialist in cases involving corporates and professionals under investigation and charged in criminal, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. He is therefore able to provide advice and representation in cases involving concurrent criminal and regulatory investigation, taking into account the specific forensic needs of both types of investigation.

    Experience

    Selva Ramasamy has operated in the field of corporate and financial crime for more than 2 decades. 

    He has substantial expertise in cases of fraud involving banks, companies, financial advisers and share dealing and has experience of both the criminal and regulatory aspects of financial crime.

    Selva is recognised for his experience in representing and prosecuting professionals.  He is well known for his knowledge of the healthcare sector and has acted in cases involving health professionals accused of financial irregularity or other serious commercial wrongdoing. He has considerable experience in prosecutions brought under the Legal Services Act and the Solicitors Act against persons pretending to be lawyers.

    Selva has prosecuted and defended companies in a wide range of areas, including serious breaches of health and safety legislation and breaches in relation to the supply of services such as tooth whitening and private security services to the public.

    Recent cases have included: defending an actress and producer in the first prosecution for fraudulent claims for film tax credit; defending a sub-postmaster accused of trading in counterfeit stamps; defending a CEO in a prosecution for making misleading statements to the market in the largest fraud on the Alternative investment Market; defending a pharmacist in a case involving brand equalisation and illicit distribution; and privately prosecuting a commercial lawyer for misleading the public and legal professionals, whilst making financial gain.

    Recognised and recommended by market leaders, he is meticulous, ruthlessly hardworking and a devastatingly incisive advocate.  His calm manner makes him the client’s choice.

    Notable Cases

    R v N and S (2017 - 2018)
    Selva defended an entrepreneur against allegations of fraudulent removal of property prior to winding up (s.206 Insolvency Act).

    Financial Conduct Authority v X and Y (2017)
    X and Y were founding partners of a firm authorised by the FCA to provide personal investment advice - after protracted proceedings, the FCA banned X and Y from working in financial services for integrity failings.

    Re Ivanov and Avtonoshkin (2013-2017)
    Selva Ramasamy represented the owner and the director of the Faberge Museum in Baden-Baden, Germany, after HRMC seized a large quantity of valuable antiques bought at auction in London. Selva advised over the course of a four year investigation in the UK and Germany in relation to allegations of VAT irregularities.

    SFO v Pearson (2011) 
    Defending the CEO of Crown/Langbar in prosecution for making misleading statements to the market (s.397 FSMA). The case involved share sales in excess of £200m and is said to be the largest ever fraud on the Alternative Investment Market.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Financial Crime – New Silk.

    Legal 500 2018: Fraud Crime - Tier 1 (New Silk).

    'Particularly impresses with the thoroughness of his preparation.' Chambers UK Financial Crime (2019)

    'An exceptionally thorough counsel who gets to the bottom of facts in every case – no stone is unturned.' Legal 500 Fraud: Crime (2018)

    'His tactical acumen is astounding.' Chambers UK Financial Crime (2018)

    '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 Crime (2017)

    Recent Cases

    • Selva Ramasamy QC is advising an employee of a Core Participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. 

    • Selva Ramasamy represented Alexander Ivanov (owner of the Faberge Museum in Baden-Baden, Germany) and Sergei Avtonoshkin (the director of the museum).

    • Selva Ramasamy QC is advising a software company in relation to allegations of bribery.

    • Selva is advising a manufacturer of medical products in relation to allegations of fraudulent use of websites and emails said to be damaging to competitors.

    • Representing a Director and Trustee of a charity in relation to an inquiry into missing funds, with parallel consideration of Company Director Disqualification Act proceedings.

    • Selva defended an entrepreneur against allegations of fraudulent removal of property prior to winding up (s.206 Insolvency Act).The prosecution alleged that a significant sum of money had been diverted away from creditors. Selva negotiated a considerably ...

    • X and Y were founding partners of a firm authorised by the FCA to provide personal investment advice.Following action taken by the Financial Conduct Authority in May 2011 over mis-selling of geared traded endowment policies (GTEP products) the firm became...

    • Defending in a serious case involving two pharmacists alleged to have stolen pharmaceuticals for illicit distribution. The principal issue became the distinction between the branded and generic prices of the drugs.

  • Selva Ramasamy QC is known for his calm approach, sound judgement and polished advocacy; he "glides around the courtroom" and his cross examinations are "devastatingly incisive" and get to the bottom of the case.

    Overview

    The foundation of Selva Ramasamy’s career is in general and serious crime.  He has since become a specialist in cases involving professionals charged in criminal proceedings of all types although sexual allegations and matters relating to fraud regularly feature. He is favoured by those who need forensic understanding of complex scientific and technical issues.  Clients love his calm and reassuring manner and his commitment to leaving no stone unturned to secure the best result for them.

    Experience 

    Drawing on over 20 years of experience in the criminal courts, Selva acts in cases of general crime. Through his substantial experience in the regulatory field, he has developed a strong practice defending health professionals in cases involving allegations of sexual assault and fraud. In the recent past he has also represented other professionals facing criminal charges such as blackmail and assault. He also acts in driving cases.

    Recent criminal cases include defending a doctor against allegations of sexual assault; defending an osteopath against allegations of historical sexual assault; SRA private prosecutions under the Solicitors Act and the Legal Services Act; defending an actress/ producer in the first prosecution for fraudulent claims for film tax credit; defending a sub-postmaster accused of trading in counterfeit stamps; and defending a CEO in a prosecution for making misleading statements to the market in the largest fraud on the Alternative Investment Market.

    Notable Cases

    R v Coventry & Others (2018)
    Selva defended Keith Coventry in St Albans Crown Court in this multi-handed case involving a death by stabbing.

    R v MR (2017)
    Selva defended a HMRC officer facing allegations of possession of offensive weapons.

    R V X (2016)
    Selva defended a solicitor charged with blackmail arising out of text messages sent to a former partner. 

    R v Dr M (2016)
    Selva successfully defended a doctor charged with sexual assault on a trainee doctor. 

    R v Madden (2013)
    Selva defended Aoife Madden, an actress and film producer accused of film tax fraud.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Financial Crime – New Silk.

    Legal 500 2018: Fraud Crime - Tier 1 (New Silk).

    'Particularly impresses with the thoroughness of his preparation.' Chambers UK Financial Crime (2019)

    'An exceptionally thorough counsel who gets to the bottom of facts in every case – no stone is unturned.' Legal 500 Fraud: Crime (2018)

    'His tactical acumen is astounding.' Chambers UK Financial Crime (2018)

    '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 Crime (2017)

    'A good jury advocate.' Chambers UK (2014)

    'Selva Ramasamy has a calm and collected approach and puts his clients at ease.' Chambers UK (2014)

    Recent Cases

    • Selva Ramasamy QC defended in this multi handed case involving a death by stabbing.

    • Selva Ramasamy defended a HMRC officer facing allegations of possession of offensive weapons. (Harrow Crown Court) 

    • Selva Ramasamy defended a solicitor charged with blackmail arising out of text messages sent to a former partner. The allegation of blackmail was dismissed following legal submissions. (Snaresbrook Crown Court)

    • Selva Ramasamy successfully defended a doctor charged with sexual assault on a trainee doctor. 

    • Selva Ramasamy successfully defended an osteopath charged with sexual assault on patients.

  • Accomplished in the professional regulatory sphere, Selva Ramasamy QC continues to impress with his absolute understanding of the issues a regulator and professional may face at all stages of proceedings. He draws on his skills in dealing with complex scientific and technical evidence to conduct cross-examinations which are "devastatingly incisive".

    Overview

    Selva has over 20 years of experience in regulatory law. He is often involved in the most serious types of regulatory cases which involve concurrent investigation by the police and regulators. Given his wide experience in criminal law, he is able to provide advice and representation across both spheres, taking into account the specific forensic needs of both types of investigation.

    Selva was the Legal advisor to the General Medical Council’s Review of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide, an independent review into how each of these serious offences is applied to medical practice. 

    To read the report in full, please see the GMC's website.

    Experience 

    Selva is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in cases involving doctors and other healthcare professionals, in particular where complex technical issues or issues of financial irregularity arise. He has substantial experience of such cases at first instance and on appeal to the High Court.

    He draws on his considerable experience in financial crime to conduct cases involving financial regulation by the FCA, and to conduct cases involving allegations of financial irregularity brought by other regulatory bodies.

    Selva has acted in cases involving regulation of the legal profession (both solicitors and barristers) and is a member of the Bar Standards Board Prosecuting Counsel Panel for Disciplinary Hearings. Drawing on his criminal law experience, he has conducted several private prosecutions on behalf of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

    Selva also represents police officers in disciplinary proceedings and has appeared in a number of high profile cases in this sphere in recent years, including cases involving deaths in custody, where he has concurrently acted for the officer in the inquest proceedings.

    Selva’s prominence in the field of professional regulation is very much deserved; he moves effortlessly between disciplines, providing reassurance at the most challenging of times for the client.

    Selva is Head of Chambers’ Regulatory practice group.

    Notable Cases

    R v PC X (2018 and 2019)
    Defence of a police dog handler whose dog bit and seriously injured a runner in training for the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

    SRA v Perry (2018)
    Acted for the Solicitors Regulation Authority in this case concerning a solicitor who misled his employer about substantial payments from a client.

    Inquest into the Death of NM (2018)
    Represented a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology in this inquiry into the death of a mother and baby in a maternity unit.  

    GMC v Dr XX (2018)
    Defended a long established doctor accused of sexual assault on a fellow doctor.

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

    GDC v Dr W (2009)
    One of the largest cases of NHS fraud taken on by the GDC.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Professional Discipline – New Silk.

    Legal 500 2018: Professional Discipline and Regulatory - Tier 1 (New Silk).

    'An exceptionally thorough counsel who gets to the bottom of the facts in every case.' 'A charming, smooth advocate whom juries trust and have confidence in.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2019)

    'Panels appreciate the lengths he goes to explain the cases from them.' Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2018)

    'An exceptionally thorough counsel who gets to the bottom of facts in every case. No stone is left unturned.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2018)

    'A consummate professional. Always thoroughly prepared, very personable and an excellent advocate.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2018)

    '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 Professional Discipline (2017)

    Recent Cases

    News

    • GMC's Gross Negligence Manslaughter Review is published - Selva Ramasamy QC

      Selva Ramasamy QC acted as Legal Advisor to the General Medical Council’s (GMC) Review of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide, an independent review into how each of these serious offences is applied to medical practice. You can read...

    • Selva Ramasamy and Tom Coke-Smyth speak at Army Professional Training Conference

      Selva Ramasamy and Tom Coke-Smyth spoke on the topic of disciplinary proceedings at the Army Legal Service's Annual Professional Training conference. The conference was attended by the officers of the ALS and the heads of the military legal organisations ...

  • Private Prosecutions

    At the forefront of criminal private prosecutions, particularly arising from the regulatory arena, Selva Ramasamy QC has conducted several ground breaking private prosecutions.

    Overview

    Selva Ramasamy has significant experience in conducting private criminal prosecutions, particularly on behalf of professional regulatory bodies.  He has been an innovator of private prosecutions arising from the regulatory field, conducting the very first private prosecutions for a variety of significant regulators.  He has also advised and acted for individuals and corporates, advising on the merits of a prosecution and conducting subsequent cases.

    Experience 

    Selva has ample experience of conducting private criminal prosecutions, particularly on behalf of professional regulatory bodies.  He acted for the Security Industry Authority, successfully conducting the first private prosecutions of companies under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.  He acted for the General Dental Council, successfully conducting the first prosecutions of companies and individuals for illegal commercial tooth whitening.  He is regularly instructed to bring private prosecutions on behalf of the Solicitors Regulation Authority against those wrongly holding themselves out to be solicitors; all these cases have resulted in custodial sentences and full orders for costs.

    Using his impressive knowledge of the field, Selva has advised other regulators and private individuals as to the merits and mechanisms of bringing a private prosecution.

    Notable Cases

    Solicitors Regulation Authority v Preston (2015)
    Prosecution of a solicitor who had been struck off but continued to practise. An immediate custodial sentence was imposed, together with an order for prosecution costs.

    Solicitors Regulation Authority v Gandham (2012)
    Prosecution of a person who had never been admitted to the Roll, but who had held herself out as a solicitor and who had practised in a number of different fields. A suspended sentence was imposed, together with an order for prosecution costs.

    General Dental Council v Hill & PW Healthcare (2011)
    The first prosecutions for illegal commercial tooth whitening.

    Reviews

    'An exceptionally thorough counsel who gets to the bottom of the facts in every case.' 'A charming, smooth advocate whom juries trust and have confidence in.' Chambers UK (2019)

    'His tactical acumen is astounding.' Chambers UK (2018)

    Recent Cases

  • Selva Ramasamy QC has the full range of Public Law experience; he has appeared in inquests and proceedings in the high court including Judicial Reviews and Cases Stated. 

    Overview

    Selva’s substantial practice in regulatory law brings with it inevitable experience in the fields of inquests, inquiries and cases involving challenges in the High Court. He has considerable experience with difficult and sensitive inquests arising from medical, police and military action, where he draws on his skills in dealing with complex scientific and technical evidence.

    Selva was the Legal advisor to the General Medical Council’s Review of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide, an independent review into how each of these serious offences is applied to medical practice. 

    To read the report in full, please see the GMC's website.

    Experience

    Selva has acted in several inquests involving fatalities arising from medical treatment, accidents in the workplace, deaths in police custody and in a military setting. He has appeared in a variety of cases in the High Court (statutory appeals, applications for orders or injunctions) and in cases of judicial review and case stated. Noted for his ability to deal with complex scientific and technical evidence, his determination to leave no stone unturned and his calm manner with clients make him a popular choice for solicitors. 

    Notable Cases

    GMC’s Review of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide
    Appointed as the legal advisor to the independent review led by Dame Clare Marx. 

    Grenfell Tower Inquiry
    Advising an employee of a Core Participant in the Inquiry. 

    Inquest into the Death of NM (2018)
    Representing a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology in inquiry into the death of a mother and baby in a maternity unit.  

    Inquest into the death of JC (2017)
    Representing a leading orthopaedic surgeon in inquiry into a death following surgery.

    Inquest into the death of ML (2016)
    Representing a police custody sergeant in a two week inquest into a death in custody.

    Inquest into the death of BW (2014)
    Inquest into a death by electrocution which occurred during a refit at the plant of a leading food processing company. Selva represented a company contracted to install equipment (Chichester Coroner’s Court).

    Reviews 

    'Particularly impresses with the thoroughness of his preparation.' Chambers UK (2019)

    'Selva Ramasamy has a calm and collected approach and puts his clients at ease.' Chambers UK (2014)

    Recent Cases