15 barristers tackle Betfair fraud case

A raft of 15 barristers packed the Old Bailey today prepared to fight the case of champion jockey Kieren Fallon and five others who have been accused of race-fixing.


A raft of 15 barristers packed the Old Bailey today (26 September) prepared to fight the case of champion jockey Kieren Fallon and five others who have been accused of race-fixing.

The trial, which is expected to start next week and last four months, will centre around accusations that Fallon and two other jockeys, Fergal Lynch and Darren Williams, were involved in the conspiracy to defraud Betfair punters.

Also charged with the same fraud are Lynch’s brother Shaun Lynch, former racing syndicate director Miles Rodgers and Philip Sherkle.

The six men allegedly interfered with the running of horses to ensure they lost between December 2003 and September 2004. Rodgers is also accused of concealing the proceeds of crime. All deny the charges.

A trio from 5 Paper Buildings is leading the charge for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The set’s co-head of chambers Jonathan Caplan QC is leading Nicholas Griffin and Michael Hick.

Fallon’s lead barrister is John Lesey-Fry QC of Cloth Fair Chambers, leading Ian Winter QC from the same set.

Fergal Lynch is being represented by Geoffrey Cox QC of Thomas More Chambers, who is leading Kate Bex of 2 Hare Court.

Christopher Sallon QC is leading junior Francis FitzGibbon, both of Doughty Street Chambers, for Shaun Lynch.

Rodgers has instructed Peter Kelson QC and Peter Pimm, who both practice from Bank House Chambers.

Sherkle is being represented by Michael Hubbard QC of One Paper Buildings, leading William Hibbert of Gough Square Chambers.