Faye Rolfe

Call: 2015

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An excellent set with massive strength in fraud and serious crime.

Legal 500, 2022
Faye Rolfe

Personal profile

Faye Rolfe is a determined advocate with an eye for detail. She has a busy practice across the range of Chambers’ practice areas, both defending and prosecuting Crime cases. Faye has been instructed in trials for offences of dishonesty, Serious Violence, Drugs Offences, Sexual Offences, Road Traffic Offences, Fraud and contested Restraint, Civil Recovery & Confiscation proceedings.

Faye prosecutes on behalf of the CPS as a Grade 2 panel advocate in General Crime, Serious & Organised Crime and Fraud.
Before coming to the Bar, Faye worked as a paralegal at private criminal defence firm Hickman & Rose, where she deployed the specialist knowledge gained through her work in the pharmaceutical sector to help build the defence case for a pharmaceutical company under investigation for corporate manslaughter.

Crime

Faye has a busy practice both defending and prosecuting Crime cases. Faye has been instructed in trials for offences of dishonesty, Serious Violence, Drug Offences, Sexual Offences, Road Traffic Offences, Fraud and contested Restraint, Civil Recovery & Confiscation proceedings.

Faye prosecutes on behalf of the CPS as a Grade 2 panel advocate in General Crime, Serious & Organised Crime and Fraud.
She has also gained experience through assisting as a pupil or junior in complex prosecutions, including sophisticated thefts and burglaries from jewellery stores; a Health & Safety prosecution following the death of an employee by electrocution; and the racially aggravated harassment of an MP. When defending, Faye has assisted on cases of Murder & Manslaughter, historic Sexual Offences and money-laundering.

Featured cases

  • R v T – A young man charged with sexual activity with a child, acquitted after trial.
  • R v L – A tenant charged with burglary, acquitted after legal argument on interplay between unlawful eviction and trespass led the Crown to offer no evidence.
  • R v V – A council-worker acquitted of fraud by false representation.
  • R v M – A vulnerable client charged with robbery, supported through an elongated period on bail during the pandemic and finally acquitted after multiple rounds of representations to the Crown persuaded them to offer no evidence.

See our Crime team.

Regulatory & Professional Disciplinary

In addition to her Crime practice, Faye accepts work in the area of Regulatory & Professional Disciplinary. She has applied the scientific expertise gained during her biomedical degree to a number of serious cases before the Nursing and Midwifery Council, where she has both presented and defended cases. Faye has also assisted senior members of chambers in advisory work for and against the General Medical Council, General Dentistry Council and Solicitors Regulatory Authority. Faye has recently undertaken the Coroners and Inquests Short Course at King’s College London and would welcome instructions in this area.

Featured cases

  • NMC v K – A seven-day hearing involving charges of dishonesty around the death of a vulnerable patient.
  • NMC v H – A 13-day case in which the cause of a patient’s life-altering injuries were heavily debated by three clinical experts.

See our Regulatory & Professional Disciplinary team.

Fraud

Alongside her court practice, since November 2020 Faye has acted as Review Counsel at the SFO, managing the review of material as part of an investigation into international Bribery & Corruption. Faye has also been part of defence teams undertaking large-scale disclosure review exercises in SFO prosecutions, civil disputes and internal Investigations.

See our Fraud team.

Education

  • Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP
  • MA Honours in Natural Sciences (Biological & Biomedical Science), Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge

Awards

Accreditations

  • ‘Coroners and Inquests’ course at King’s College London taught by former Chief Coroner of England and Wales, Sir Peter Thornton QC (December 2019)
  • ‘Advocacy and the Vulnerable’ Training (March 2018)
  • ‘Youth Justice Advocacy Training for Pupils and Junior Barristers’ (February 2018).

Awards

  • Middle Temple Rosina Hare Scholarship (2014)

Professional appointments

  • CPS Panel Advocate (Grade 2)

Memberships

  • CBA
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Women in Criminal Law