Chloe Fordham

Chloë practised at Furnival Chambers for ten years before moving her principal practice to Exchange Chambers in Manchester in 2015, although she still maintains a practice in London. Acting for both prosecution and defence, Chloë is principally a criminal practitioner with experience in a wide range of cases and a particular interest in organised crime.

In her prosecution practice Chloë has been led for the Crown in a number of complex cases involving allegations including fraud, money laundering, human trafficking, kidnap, football disorder, and controlling prostitution. She also acted as disclosure counsel in SOCA’s longest-running investigation.

In her defence practice Chloë regularly takes on serious cases including murder, violence, large-scale drugs conspiracies, and firearms cases.

Both prosecuting and defending, Chloë has considerable experience in dealing with serious sexual offences including those involving historic allegations, stranger rapes, multiple complainants, and young defendants and complainants.

She is currently instructed to advise the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to the Hillsborough investigations.

Aside from criminal work, Chloë appears regularly to present for the General Medical Council at the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal.

Notable Cases

R v Burke and others: currently instructed to defend one of thirteen defendants in a gang-related murder.

R v Andrews and others: Led for the Crown in this multi-handed prosecution of money laundering and mortgage fraud offences.

R v Motroc and others:  Led for the Crown in the trial of five defendants for the running of a large network of brothels in East London. Offences charged included rape, human trafficking, controlling prostitution, blackmail and perverting the course of justice. This trial was further complicated by both the international aspect of the offending and by the involvement of a corrupt police officer who was tried alongside the other defendants and was charged with offences including blackmail and misconduct in a public office.

R v Imiela: Led in the prosecution of the ‘M25 rapist’, Anthony Imiela, for historic offences of rape. Chloë was responsible, in this case, for dealing with the controversial scientific evidence including that of a forensic psychiatrist. deal

R v Bone and others: Led in the prosecution of nine football fans chanting racist abuse on public transport in the wake of the Stephen Lawrence trial.

R v H: successful defence of a defendant charged with a series of rapes on his university girlfriend

R v M: successful defence of a defendant charged with two counts of ‘stranger rape’.

R v D: successful defence of an eleven year old boy charged with sexual touching of a five year old girl.

R v M: successful defence of a youth accused of knife-point robbery and ‘car-jacking’


Criminal Bar Association

Female Fraud Forum

Northern Circuit

Honourable Society of the Inner Temple


Edinburgh University MA (Hons) in History 2003

College of Law, London – Graduate Diploma in Law 2004

College of Law, London – Bar Vocation Course 2005