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Crime: fraud

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Birketts LLP’s Laura Thomas and fellow barrister Matthew Gowen defended two brothers who operated a business together against a £250,000 conspiracy to defraud allegation. Thomas also handled high-value VAT fraud, tax evasion and money laundering cases.

Fosters is ‘one of the best’ for fraud matters including Trading Standards and VAT cases. Chris Brown’s team advised a former company director on fraud allegations in excess of £1m, and represented a member of the clergy accused of breach of trust and probate fraud.

Clients highlight Hunt & Coombs LLP’s ‘realistic advice and tenacity’. Andrew Cave defended a client accused of 18 counts of benefit fraud. Also recommended are Simon Milburn, in-house counsel Davide Corbino, and criminal law clerk Glenda Hair, who is ‘a legend in Peterborough Crown Court’.

At Leathes Prior, Tim Cary and the ‘precise and organised’ Tej Thakkar represented a shareholder and director of UK and Spanish companies against allegations of fraud amounting to £9m.

Metcalfe, Copeman & Pettefar is ‘a great firm for criminal defence’ and has one of the region’s largest teams. Team head Alison Muir is ‘utterly dedicated to her clients’. Solicitor Charlotte Winchester regularly acts in benefit fraud cases and Nigel Taylor is adept in complex fraud matters.

Gotelee Solicitors has ‘some of the most knowledgeable and professional solicitors’, including the ‘calmly expert’ Hugh Rowland. The firm represented a company director who pleaded not guilty to fraud allegations in the Crown Court.

Crime: general

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Specialist criminal defence firm Belmores is considered ‘the best in Norfolk’, and has also developed a national reputation. ‘Outstanding forensic advocate’ Simon Nicholls succeeded in securing acquittals for his clients in a case concerning allegations of a family sex ring involving children.

Standout figures at Birketts LLP include barristers Laura Thomas and Matthew Gowen, and ‘professional and supportive’ associate Julie Gowland; all are ‘fantastic, always available and experts in their field’. ‘Clear and thorough’ solicitor Joanna Kasprzyk is also recommended. Thomas and Gowen secured the acquittal of a man accused of historic sexual abuse.

Fosters has the largest criminal defence team in Suffolk and Norfolk. Chris Brown represented a Norfolk landowner accused of conspiracy to supply drugs. Debbie Reynolds acted for a business director charged with child sex offences. Higher court advocate Damien Moore represented a former member of the judiciary accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Gotelee Solicitors is noted for its ‘outstanding support and great empathy’. ‘Good communicator’ Hugh Rowland is ‘very experienced and imparts complex information succinctly’. He defended allegations of unfair commercial practices, possession of indecent images of children, and GBH. Howard Catherall is also recommended.

Hegarty LLP is ‘an extremely conscientious firm that goes above and beyond for its clients’. The ‘shrewd and deeply committed’ Sarah Acres (who is ‘one of the best solicitors in the local area’) secured an acquittal for a juvenile accused of sexual assault. Traffic and prison law expert Julie Murtagh is ‘approachable and knowledgeable – especially good with youths and vulnerable clients’.

Hunt & Coombs LLP is ‘a very good regional firm’. Team head Simon Milburn is ‘hugely experienced and dedicated to getting the best deal for clients’, and Andrew Cave is singled out for his ‘strength and dedication to clients’. Mental health law expert Richard Boucher and in-house barrister Davide Corbino are also recommended.

Metcalfe, Copeman & Pettefar is ‘an obvious contender in general crime; its police station representation is excellent’. Higher court advocate Alison Muir (‘one of the hardest-working lawyers in the market’) defended a vulnerable youth on trial for rape. Other recommended individuals include the ‘highly experienced’ Martin Newton and Tim Bartlam, who has over 40 years’ experience and whose ‘enthusiasm remains undimmed’.

Kathryn Gilbertson’s business defence team at Greenwoods Solicitors LLPprovides accurate and appropriate advice’. Gilbertson prosecutes animal welfare matters for the RSPCA. Solicitor Charlotte Murray ‘ensures all matters are dealt with in a timely manner and has an in-depth knowledge of animal welfare law’.

Leathes Prior provides ‘accurate and thoughtful advice’. Tim Cary (who ‘achieves the best possible outcomes’) and Tej Thakkar (who attracts praise for his ‘understanding and authority’) defended a man accused of intent to commit sexual assault, and acted for a client accused of drugs and firearms offences.

Nick Barnes at Thomson Webb & Corfield LLP excels in complex private criminal cases, especially when they involve serious injury or children’s care proceedings. Barnes is currently handling five non-accidental injury matters with parallel criminal proceedings.


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  1. Licensing
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    • Bruce Faulkner - Rogers and Norton
    • Hugh Rowland - Gotelee Solicitors
    • Harriet Wells - Mills & Reeve LLP

Birketts LLPreacts quickly and gives accurate and professional advice’. Key figures include associate Julie Gowland, advocate Richard Eaton, barrister Laura Thomas (who handles contentious matters), and Ruth Sunaway for due diligence and insolvency-related issues. Gowland advised Patisserie Valerie on new premises licences.

Mills & Reeve LLP stands out for its combination of ‘prompt, focused advice and good value for money’. ‘Clear, concise’ licensing specialist Harriet Wells advised Extreme Video on variation of the licence for a former TV studio to enable it to sell alcohol until 3am. Family Amusements and Cambridge University Press are also clients.

At Hunt & Coombs LLP, head of crime Simon Milburn, partner Andrew Cave and senior associate Richard Boucher are all well versed in licensing law. Cave advised The Solstice Public House on the review of its liquor licence.

Rogers and Norton’s Bruce Faulkner is one of the region’s foremost licensing specialists, and has a strong following among local businesses.

At Blocks, litigator Graham Mead deals with licence applications, and corporate partner Andrew Fleming advises local businesses on licensing reviews.

Respected litigator Hugh Rowland at Gotelee Solicitors has a niche in liquor licensing. He advised a nightclub owner on its third licence review and helped to keep the premises open.

At Greenwoods Solicitors LLP, associate Kelly Peck and senior solicitor Michelle Cox are recommended for licensing applications and disputes respectively.

Leathes Prior’s Tim Cary is a regulatory expert who reguarly advises haulage operators on licensing matters.

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