Chloe Fordham

Call 2005

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Chloe regularly appears in high-profile, multi-defendant cases involving the most serious of allegations. She has a particular interest in organised crime and spent a period of time on secondment to the Organised Crime Division of the Crown Prosecution Service.

She has a wealth of experience in prosecuting and defending serious sexual offences, including historical allegations and those involving young people.

As disclosure counsel in respect of the Hillsborough Investigation and in SOCA’s longest running operation she also has an in-depth knowledge of this area of criminal law.

Chloe is direct access qualified so, in appropriate cases, can be instructed directly by lay clients to provide advice and representation without the need for a solicitor. This includes advices on appeal.

Criminal Cases

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)