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Guy Bowden

Guy Bowden

Call: 2003

T: 0207 520 6000    E: chambers@18rlc.co.uk

Guy acts as leading or junior counsel in substantial fraud cases and has done so for the past five years.

Guy’s practice encompasses all areas of criminal defence and prosecution work, including fraud, money laundering, sexual offences, serious violent crime, serious organised crime, conspiracies and public order offences.

He also undertakes inquest work in the Coroners’ Court which often involves issues in relation to Article 2 rights.

Guy has excellent analytical skills and is adept at assimilating complex data and issues. He is frequently instructed in cases which require intense preparation and skilled presentation in court.


Sexual OffencesHomicide, Violent Crime & Appellate WorkFraud and Business Crime

  • R v S (2018) Represented client facing multiple allegations of rape.
  • R v AS (2014) Represented client acquitted of sexual assault at the Notting Hill Carnival. Involved lengthy video-link cross-examination of a witness in Australia.
  • R v Gutierrez (2012) EWCA Crim 3011 Appeared alone in successful appeal against sentence where the judge at first instance had given insufficient credit and failed to take into account the basis of plea when sentencing for multiple sexual assaults.

  • R v A (2020-21) Instructed to represent defendant charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
  • R v W (2019) Represented MoD Police Officer acquitted of charges flowing from road rage incident.
  • R v S (2019) Represented youth charged with possession of firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life as part of gang-related activity.
  • R v William Connors [2018] EWCA Crim 2780 Sentence in respect of handling numerous high value vehicles reduced on appeal.
  • R v W (2018) Client charged with possessing multiple firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life.
  • R v JB (2017) Client acquitted of both murder and manslaughter following trial. Led by Peter Doyle QC.
  • R v Jeton Nushi (2015) EWCA Crim 1260 Sentence in respect of a series of cash-in-transit robberies reduced on appeal.
  • R v F (2014) Client cleared of involvement in ‘Italian Job’ armed robbery following 6-week trial.
  • R v M (2012) Led by Robert Woodcock QC, secured acquittal of 16yo client charged with attempted murder involving a shotgun.
  • R v B (2012) Assisting an offender – related to an offence of attempted murder involving a firearm.
  • R v S (2012) Represented a solicitor acquitted of assaulting a court bailiff.
  • R v S-C (2012) Represented a looter during summer 2011 disorder dubbed ‘Riot Boy’ by the  press  – whose mother and sister faced eviction as a result of his actions.
  • R v C (2011) Client unanimously acquitted of aggravated arson following a 10-day trial.
  • R v T (2011) Appeared alone in appeal against conviction for murder related to Judge’s direction on ‘joint enterprise’.
  • R v T (2010) Sami Berjaoui murder –led by Robert Woodcock QC.

  • Currently instructed as one of the junior counsel to the Dame Linda Dobbs Review, a review into whether Lloyds Banking Group investigated and appropriately reported issues arising from the HBOS Reading Fraud following their acquisition of HBOS in 2009.
  • R v W (2018-19) Represented company director charged in connection with a boiler room fraud involving rare earth metals.
  • R v J (2017) Defended in prosecution brought by the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy against company directors alleged to have breached their duties.
  • R v G (2016-17) Confiscation proceedings involving hidden assets and foreign property running into millions of pounds.
  • R v F (2016) Client acquitted of allegations of masterminding a ‘boiler room scam’ and large-scale money laundering.
  • Operation Susumo (2015-16) Represented a client facing money laundering allegations said to involve a series of currency exchange bureaus throughout London.
  • Operation Duffers (2015-16) Client acquitted of highly organised defrauding of the benefit system using the details of hundreds of individuals held on NHS database.
  • R v G (2015-16) Sole counsel defending an extensive and organised plan to gain online access to UK bank accounts and remove millions of pounds by transferring money into accounts under co-conspirators’ control. The funds were removed in cash through ATMs, foreign exchange bureau or similar, or otherwise spent.
  • Operation Enderby (2014) Leading counsel for defendant charged in connection with the laundering of £50m. This involved an NCA investigation encompassing multiple jurisdictions. Client acquitted following legal argument.
  • R v H (2014) Client acquitted of involvement in a money laundering operation which saw her used as a pawn within fairly crude but effective phishing scams.
  • R v O (2013) Represented client acquitted of masterminding a complex email ‘phishing’ operation which involved multiple jurisdictions and the acquisition of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
  • Operation Compost (2010) Junior counsel for client acquitted of involvement in multi-million pound oil fraud involving the laundering and onward distribution of rebated fuel.

Inquiries & Appellate Work

Coroners’ Inquests

Guy is instructed to represent interested parties at inquest hearings. This has involved representing prison officers, prison governors, nurses and civilian police employees at pre-inquest reviews and inquests held in locations from Kingston-upon-Hull to Maidstone.

Notable inquests include:

  • Inquest concerning the death of James O’Brien (2017) Represented a nurse facing related disciplinary proceedings before the NMC.
  • Inquest concerning death of Jean Dennis (2012) Represented a civilian Met Police employee facing disciplinary action in relation to the response of the emergency services to an emergency call.
  • Inquest concerning death of William Duke at HMP Elmley (2010) Represented prison governor during inquest lasting 4 weeks. The hearing involved complex issues relating to self-incrimination and the application of Rule 22.
  • Inquest concerning death of Vicky Robinson at HMP New Hall (2008) Represented a Prison Officers’ Association member facing criminal investigation.

Publications, Lectures and Training

Currently undertaking the Diploma course in Forensic Medical Sciences run by the Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences (2020-21)

Interview with World Finance (March 2015) –
Interviewed by Jenny Hammond on the subject of identifying and prosecuting internal fraudsters.


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Politics & International Relations BSc (Hons) 2.1  – University of Southampton

PgDL – College of Law, Guildford

BVC – BPP Law School


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Inner Temple

Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit