Tom Payne and Rebecca Chalkley appointed Silk

January 19, 2024

It is with great pleasure that RLC announces that, on the recommendation of The Lord Chancellor, His Majesty The King has announced his intention to appoint Tom Payne and Rebecca Chalkley as King’s Counsel in the Ministry of Justice’s new Silk appointments published today, 19 January, 2024.

Tom Payne specialises in Business Crime and Fraud (particularly cases of financial crime involving complex issues of taxation, accountancy and money laundering) and complex general Crime. He is routinely instructed in cases of unusual complexity or sensitivity (e.g. EncroChat, Hillsborough), and his career has included a number of legal firsts including the first paperless criminal trials in England and Wales using EPE and iPad jury bundles in a series of highly complex tax frauds; the first prosecutions for the cartel offence; the first prosecution arising from the Victims Right of Review scheme and the first prosecution for offences under s2(16) CJA 1988. Read more: [Tom Payne Profile]

Specialising in Financial Crime and Regulation (Environmental, Medical, Financial and Health & Safety) Rebecca has over 20 years of experience of financial and commercial wrongdoing, including fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption and market abuse. She both prosecutes and defends and is Standing Counsel to The Insolvency Service and in April 2022 led the successful prosecution of six-time Grand Slam Tennis Champion Boris Becker for offences under the Insolvency Act relating to his bankruptcy. This was the most high-profile prosecution of its kind ever and is now seen as a landmark case and one that demonstrates a sea-change in the attitude of courts to both insolvency offending and celebrity. Rebecca was “The Times Lawyer of the Week” in April 2022 in recognition of this success and listed in The Lawyer’s Hot 100. Read more: [Rebecca Chalkley Profile ]

Head of Chambers Gillian Jones KC and Tom Forster KC said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new King’s Counsel and on behalf of all our members, clerks, staff and colleagues offer our congratulations to Tom and Rebecca. Their success is a result of years of hard work and both are great examples of the talent we nurture and cultivate within RLC. The collaborative work of our barristers, clerks and staff proudly demonstrate the exceptional qualities, skills and expertise we have in Chambers with special credit to Mark Bennett (Practice Director) and Nick Parkinson (Deputy Practice Director) who play a pivotal role in all those attaining Silk.”

These recent appointments elevate RLC’s standing to 26 Silks in Chambers. The full list of RLC Silks can be viewed here: [Red Lion Chambers Barristers]

The full list of 2024 KC appointments can be viewed here: [KC Appointment]