Marie Bourke qualified in 2009 and joined Russell-Cooke’s fraud and criminal litigation team in 2014.

Marie has a specific focus in representing people/companies involved in allegations of high value financial crime. In her white collar crime practice, she has defended clients facing allegations of fraudulent trading, money laundering, cheating the Public Revenue and conspiracy to defraud.

Marie also has extensive experience in dealing with complex restraint orders and confiscation. In her serious crime practice, she defends clients facing allegations of murder, rape and serious drug offences.

Financial crime

  • R v H & H – Marie successfully represented a husband and wife in forfeiture proceedings.  Essex Police had seized over £17,000 from the couple’s home and applied to the Magistrates’ court for the monies to be forfeited on the basis that it was from the proceeds of crime. The Magistrates refused the Police application, following which they appealed that decision to the Crown Court. When the Appeal came before the court, the bench agreed with the Magistrates Court decision and ordered the return of the money to Marie’s clients
  • R v L - HMRC prosecution involving an allegation of cheating the public revenue. Following investigations made by Marie and the representations put forward by her, the prosecution formally withdrew their case
  • R v Marrache - defending an accountant for a firm of solicitors in Gibraltar, Marrach & Co. The prosecution centred around allegations of fraudulent trading and was the largest prosecution of its nature to have been brought by the Gibraltarian authorities

Serious and general crime

  • R v F – Marie successfully defended her client facing an allegation of rape. It was alleged that the youth, whilst aged 13 years old, raped a 15 year old; his defence was that the sex had been consensual. Following a trial in the Crown Court, the jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty
  • R v M – Marie successfully defended an 18 year old accused of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life
  • R v F – the case against a client charged with possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition was discontinued on the second day of trial following Marie’s review of telephone material which demonstrated inaccuracies within the prosecution case
  • R v Thakrar - Marie successfully defended a convicted prisoner serving 34 years for the attempted murder of 3 prison officers at HMP Frankland
  • R v Gill - representing a young man in a one punch manslaughter case. Mr Gill pleaded guilty to the offence of manslaughter and was sentenced in the Salisbury Crown Court to 4 years in prison. The Attorney General appealed this sentence on the basis that the sentence passed by the Judge was unduly lenient. The Court of Appeal agreed with the defence representations that the sentence was consistent with case law and that it should not be increased
  • R v Ian Edmonson - defending a former Editor of the News of The World in relation to charges of mobile phone voicemail hacking in one of the widest publicised journalistic cases of recent times
  • Member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association
  • Member of the Female Fraud Forum 
  • Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association