Ceri's practice specialises in the commercial and regulatory aspects of international sanctions, economic crimes and torts, with a particular focus on cases concerning international bribery and corruption, and is developing a practice in cyber and its commercial/corporate aspects.
Ceri has a particular expertise in large-scale international cases with complex fact-patterns, including conducting detailed analysis and research and drafting detailed and complex documentation. Since November 2014, Ceri has been instructed by the Serious Fraud Office as Disclosure Counsel and Off-Panel Counsel in respect of three cases in its Bribery and Corruption Division and has advised them on Deferred Prosecution Agreements, Disclosure, Legal Professional Privilege, Victim and Witness Strategy, and the witness statement drafting process. Ceri has also advised the Serious Fraud Office on the potential breach of trade and financial sanctions in respect of Iran, and advised on and assisted in meetings with HM Treasury, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Department for Business Innovations and Skills.
Ceri has significant experience in using Disclosure Management and Review Platforms, conducting and advising on disclosure exercises, and assisting in the training and management of a team of Disclosure Reviewers.
Prior to November 2014, when Ceri began to focus her practice on the commercial and regulatory aspects of economic crime, Ceri was a criminal practitioner in London and on the South Eastern Circuit, specialising in violent crime, serious youth crime, and cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses.
Appointments & Memberships
- The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
- New York State Bar
- New York Bar Association
- The Fraud Lawyers Association
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
Fraud and Business Crime
Ceri has been instructed by the Serious Fraud Office since November 2014 and has particular expertise in large-scale, complex cases concerning international bribery and corruption.
Ceri was involved in, and advised on, one of the Serious Fraud Office's first Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) cases, and therefore has a detailed knowledge and understanding of the DPA regime and process.
Ceri has advised on, and managed, the witness statement drafting process for cases at the Serious Fraud Office. Consequently, Ceri has a particular expertise in distilling complex fact patterns into manageable and understandable documents, and has a particular expertise in drafting witness statements. She has also been instructed to advise on, and draft, the Victim and Witness Strategy for one of the Serious Fraud Office's cases.
Ceri has been Deputy Lead Disclosure Counsel, advising on disclosure and the disclosure exercise process, and assisted in the training and management of a team of Disclosure Reviewers. Ceri has also conducted numerous disclosure exercises herself and been involved in all stages of the disclosure process, and has thereby gained significant experience in using, and a detailed understanding of, Disclosure Review and Management Platforms.
During the course of one of these disclosure exercises, Ceri identified that an inconsistent approach had been taken in respect of Legal Professional Privilege (“LPP”) in material that had been provided to the Serious Fraud Office. Ceri was instructed to advise on LPP and advise on, and manage, a process that dealt with the inconsistent LPP material. Ceri was also instructed to give LPP training to all new team members and Document Reviewers.
Given her experience at the Serious Fraud Office, Ceri is well placed to accept instructions advising on compliance and internal investigations.
Regulatory Law (International Sanctions)
Ceri has expertise advising on the application of international sanctions regimes, particularly trade and financial sanctions in respect of Iran.
When a case at the Serious Fraud Office unexpectedly raised the issue of a possible breach of trade and financial sanctions in respect of Iran, Ceri was asked to advise and present on the matter. This involved a detailed case analysis and advising on the application of the sanctions regimes in place over a ten year period. Ceri also drafted material in order for the case team to seek advice from Government Departments and conducted meetings with HM Treasury, HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Business Innovations and Skills.
Ceri is currently assisting Philip Hackett QC with ongoing detailed research in relation to sanctions for a legal text due to be published in 2020.
Ceri is developing a practice in cyber and its commercial/corporate aspects. Ceri recently assisted Dean Armstrong QC with the second edition of 'Cyber Security: Law and Practice’.
Ceri is currently co-authoring ‘Cyber Litigation’ with Dean Armstrong QC and Fergus McCombie, which is due for publication in July 2020.
Ceri has expertise advising on business/corporate immigration, specifically the UK Points Based System. Prior to joining the Bar, Ceri was an Immigration Adviser with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner and advised on compliance, Sponsor Licence applications, and visa applications for the UK and other countries. Ceri also assisted clients in preparing for UK Border Agency audits and attended UK Border Agency audits at client premises.
- MA (Cantab) (Law), University of Cambridge
- LLM (Master of Laws), University College London
- Bar Vocational Course, City, University of London
- New York Bar, Central Law Training