Chloe Fordham

Call 2005

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Practice Overview

Chloe specialises in criminal and regulatory work. Her criminal practice is wide-ranging but she has a particular interest in organised crime and has extensive experience both prosecuting and defending in large-scale drugs and firearms conspiracies.

She has successfully represented a multitude of defendants in cases involving allegations of serious sexual offences and is a member of the specialist rape and sexual offences prosecution panel.

In her regulatory and sports practice, Chloe is regularly instructed by the General Medical Council to present fitness to practice cases in front of the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal. She has experience in sports disciplinary work and is a member of the Disciplinary Panel of England Boxing and Chair of the Competitions Disciplinary Committee for England Handball. She is also member of the Sports Resolutions pro bono panel with specialisms in safeguarding and anti-doping. Chloe has experience representing clients before the Sports Resolutions Tribunal in proceedings brought by the Lawn Tennis Association and the British Horse Racing Authority.

Chloe has experience in private prosecutions and is also direct access qualified so can be instructed directly by lay clients to provide advice and representation without the need for a solicitor in appropriate cases.

Of particular relevance to private prosecutions is Chloe’s in-depth understanding of disclosure in criminal cases – an area for which private prosecutions often come under close scrutiny and which, if not properly handled, can be their downfall.  Chloe’s efficient approach to her cases makes her well-suited to dealing with professional clients.

Having practised in London for over ten years, Chloe also maintains a practice there.


Hillsborough Investigation (Operation Resolve): Instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service to advise on disclosure matters

R v Motroc & others: Five defendants tried in connection with the operation of a large network of brothels in East London. Offences included rape, human trafficking, controlling prostitution, blackmail and perverting the course of justice. This trial was further complicated by the international aspect of the offending and by the involvement of a corrupt police officer who was tried alongside the other defendants and was charged with offences including blackmail and misconduct in a public office. (Prosecution junior)

R v McLean, Andrews & others and related trials (Operation Villalot): Defendants charged with multiple allegations of mortgage fraud and money laundering. Required meticulous examination of bank records and cross-examination of around fifteen witnesses called for the defence. Also conducted a number of ‘spin-off’ trials. (Prosecution junior for main trial. Junior alone for spin-off trials.)

R v Burke & others (Operation Troop): Thirteen defendants prosecuted for a joint enterprise gang-related murder. (Defence junior)

R v Holland & others (Operation Uxbridge): Prosecution of defendants for conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life. (Prosecution junior)

R v Vernon & others (Operation Volcano): Represented first defendants in conspiracy to supply class A drugs involving 19 kilos of heroin and cocaine. Conducted subsequent confiscation proceedings. (Defence)

R v Murray & others (Operation Optica): Multi-handed case concerning a charge of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life. (Prosecution junior)

R v Ferguson & another: Multi-million pound VAT fraud concerning the sale of data leads. Required a detailed understanding of a complex commercial enterprise. Responsible for conducting the defendant’s evidence in chief despite being led. (Defence junior)

R v O’Regan & others (Operation Cosmetic): Seven defendants charged with conspiracy to supply commercial amounts of cannabis and production of amphetamine. Conducted the subsequent proceeds of crime hearings and dealt with the applications for serious crime prevention orders. (Prosecution junior)

R v Brown & others and R v Pinnock (Operation Image): Two linked trials for conspiracy to murder in a gang-related incident. (Defence junior)

R v Kent & others (Operation Leopard): Junior counsel for the first defendant in very high-profile conspiracy to murder trial. Involved detailed scrutiny and analysis of telephone and cell-site material. (Defence junior)