Rachel Scott’s core areas of practice are crime (with a particular emphasis on fraud), extradition and international law and public and administrative law, including inquests. She also advises and appears in licensing and regulatory enforcement matters.
Scott’s criminal practice encompasses both prosecution and defence work. She is instructed alone in cases of robbery, GBH, sexual offences, firearms offences and perverting the course of justice and has successfully represented the Crown as respondent in an appeal against conviction before the Court of Appeal.
As junior counsel, Scott regularly appears in serious and high-profile criminal cases. Recent examples include the prosecution of a three-handed conspiracy to murder trial arising out of the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Trident and the defence of a police inspector charged with misconduct in public office following a death in custody.
She has particular expertise in fraud, having been appointed to the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO’s) List of Counsel (C Panel). As junior counsel for the SFO in a six-handed conspiracy to defraud, she brought to bear her experience of international law by advising on and preparing requests for mutual legal assistance from various foreign jurisdictions and by drafting extradition requests to secure the return for trial of the three defendants resident abroad. Scott is currently instructed as junior prosecution counsel in a further SFO case, concerning an investment fraud worth in the region of £11m.
Scott also practises in the fields of extradition and international, public and administrative and regulatory enforcement.
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