Thompson QC

Consultant Barrister

Direct: +44 (0)20 7242 3555


Collingwood Thompson QC has specialised in both civil and criminal fraud since taking silk in 1998. Collingwood has prosecuted for all the main agencies (SFO, CPS, SOCA (now the NCA)) and advised the Attorney General of Jersey on fraud-related investigations, as well as defending clients charged on major fraud prosecutions instituted by these agencies. He is highly regarded as a specialist in cases involving money laundering, both prosecuting and defending and is a frequent speaker at international conferences on the topic. Through his fraud practice he has developed an expertise in legal professional privilege, particularly in connection with search warrants and Production Orders. His practice is increasingly international, with appearances in courts in the Caribbean and, in particular, Hong Kong. In addition he is also instructed in regulatory and compliance cases at home and abroad by both regulators and those who are subject to such investigations.

As part of his fraud practice, Collingwood has been regularly instructed by claimants and defendants in asset recovery cases linked to fraud or corruption. He has considerable experience in working with forensic accountants to identify, trace and recover the proceeds of such offences.

Collingwood took silk in 1998 and is currently the Head of Chambers at 7 Bedford Row. He is ranked in Chambers & Partners as one of the leaders at the Bar in London Criminal (Fraud). His practice is international, with appearances in courts in the Caribbean and, in particular, Hong Kong.

Practice Areas

  • Asset Recovery
  • Bribery and Corruption
  • Money Laundering
  • Fraud
  • Regulatory
  • Professional Disciplinary