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Crime: fraud

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Birketts LLP¬†is 'a very good firm indeed'. It is known for the strength of its advocacy, with barristers¬†Laura Thomas¬†and¬†Matthew Gowen¬†handling high-value cases of fraud, bribery act claims and internal investigations. Thomas, who leads the practice, is currently acting for¬†financial services provider Price Bailey in confiscation proceedings arising from a ¬£6.9m HMRC tax fraud by a large logistics company.¬†Senior associate Simon Caltagirone, who is also working on that matter, is 'a first-class solicitor; he has¬†tenacity and huge experience of criminal fraud cases, particularly bribery and competition cases, where he has a real expertise'. One client remarks that he is¬†'a huge asset to any legal team - he is extremely good with clients and takes the time and trouble to understand where they are coming from'. Senior associate and Proceeds of Crime Act specialist¬†Julie Gowland¬†is also recommended.  

The crime and business defence practice at¬†Fosters¬†frequently handles¬†fraud matters including Trading Standards and VAT cases. Practice head¬†Chris Brown¬†is a leading light in the market and has a busy caseload advising individuals and companies facing allegations and dealing with the consequences of fraud. His clients include directors of national companies, government contract holders, sports companies, and professionals in law, accountancy and healthcare.¬†Damien Moore¬†is a higher court advocate and has 17 years' experience in this area of law. The firm's recent highlights include acting for a company director¬†in criminal proceedings and subsequent POCA proceedings in excess of ¬£600,000, and handling a breach of trust fraud involving forged cheques to a value of approximately ¬£250,000.  

Hunt & Coombs LLP¬†has 'a strong criminal practice and is an outstanding firm, well respected by clients and Judges alike'. One barrister remarks that 'the firm stands out for its commitment to its clients and dedication to ensuring every brief is thoroughly prepared irrespective of its size or seriousness'.¬†Another comments that 'it falls into the top 5% of criminal firms who instruct me in terms of the high standard of care they provide and the quality of their case preparation'.¬†Andrew Cave¬†and Simon Milburn¬†¬†have 'sound judgment and a manner with clients that is reassuring but nonetheless realistic'. Milburn is currently defending a multimillion-pound fraudulent evasion of excise duty claim.¬†Criminal law clerk Glenda Hair has more than 40 years‚Äô experience in the courts and ‚Äėcan get pretty much anything reasonable done for the client; she is great for client care and the fact that she comes to court most days means that defendants get a great service and counsel are well supported'.  

Regarded as one of the most proficient criminal defence firms in Norwich, Belmores  has a growing track record of work in high-value fraud cases. Dave Foulkes represented a defendant in a case arising from Norfolk Police’s Operation Gravity, which concerned an £835,000 fraud by companies making false promises of sales relating to time-share properties. Foulkes and Simon Nicholls are currently defending a client in Ipswich Crown Court who is accused of fraudulently selling part-exchange vehicles while working for a national car dealership.

One client of Gotelee Solicitors  remarks that 'the personal quality of the service the firm offers makes it stand out amongst its competitors'. Practice head Hugh Rowland has extensive experience in criminal and regulatory matters, including the defence of fraud and false representation claims. Howard Catherall is recommended for fraud cases arising from Trading Standards and HMRC investigations into the importation of goods from outside the EU.

The regulatory and defence practice at Leathes Prior in Norwich, which is led by the vastly experienced Tim Cary, handles  business defence, crime and traffic-related matters across the UK. Newly promoted associate Tej Thakkar is also recommended for fraud cases, and his track record includes numerous matters in the designated serious fraud centre at Southwark Crown Court.

Metcalfe, Copeman & Pettefar has one of the most highly respected criminal practices in East Anglia and its large team in King's Lynn includes police station representatives and specialists in areas such as benefit fraud. Charlotte Winchester is a duty solicitor and for more than thirteen years has dealt exclusively with the defence and prosecution of benefit fraud cases. Duty solicitor Nigel Taylor has more than 20 years' experience in criminal law and his caseload includes complex fraud matters. Legal executive Lisa Cross also handles business fraud as part of her broader practice. Last year, solicitor Ruth Johnson represented a former accountant charged with defrauding a leading European company for whom she worked.


Crime: general

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Belmores¬†is ‚Äėone of the biggest names in criminal defence in Norfolk‚Äė¬† and its track record in high-profile cases sees its key partners¬†Dave Foulkes¬†and Simon Nicholls¬†act for clients across the UK from the firm‚Äôs base in Norwich. The firm, which handles both privately funded and Legal Aid work, has a broad practice that covers general criminal offences, road traffic offences, benefits fraud, health and safety matters, trading standards investigations, serious sexual offences, internet crime and domestic violence. Nicholls recently acted for two well-known premiership footballers in separate motoring offences. The firm also defended several senior members of the clergy against charges of possession of child pornography.¬† Another highlight was the firm‚Äôs work¬†in Exeter Crown Court on behalf of clients accused of using explosives to remove ATM machines from banks.

Birketts LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery efficient' and has strong advocacy skills in barristers¬†Laura Thomas,¬†who leads the practice, and¬†Matthew Gowen. Thomas defended a man accused of common assault and senior associate¬†Julie Gowland, who ‚Äėknows her stuff and is very personable and understanding', defended the same client in a breach of restraining order matter. Gowen and Gowland worked together on a complex case of harassment and perverting the course of justice.¬†Senior associate Philippa Dyer¬†and¬†criminal defence solicitor Joanna Kasprzyk¬†are 'competent, assured, well informed, realistic and open to dialogue'. Dyer's caseload included the defence of a complex claim of gross negligence manslaughter. Senior associate¬†Simon Caltagirone, who handles¬†financial crime and white collar investigations, is also recommended.

Fosters in Norwich has a stellar reputation for defending criminal cases both in East Anglia and nationwide. The firm's Crown Court team handles high-profile and complex matters, which last year included the gross negligence manslaughter of a baby. The department also expanded its work in regulatory matters, acting for professional bodies and their members, particularly in the healthcare sector. Its cases include the acquittal of nurses charged with assault at large NHS hospitals, care homes and mental health institutions. Practice head Chris Brown is a leading light in the market. Higher court advocate Damien Moore regularly appears before the Crown Courts. He also sits as a chair of the Police Appeals Disciplinary Tribunal, adjudicating upon cases of police misconduct and poor performance.

Gotelee Solicitors provides 'a bespoke criminal defence service, with the emphasis on quality rather than quantity'. Partner Hugh Rowland has been with the firm for more than 30 years and clients describe him as 'measured, accurate and utterly dependable; he is trusted by clients who recognise the importance of those qualities'. 'He charmingly knocks the prosecution down', remarks one barrister who notes that the whole practice is 'outstanding in East Anglia'. He recently secured the acquittal of a professional man indicted for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and defeated an application for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for another client. The 'calm, engaging and very clever' Howard Catherall is recommended for motoring law and transport-related cases.

Hunt & Coombs LLP¬†is a standout firm for mental health tribunals and criminal defence matters, and clients are¬†‚Äėvery impressed with the service provided‚Äė.One comments that ‚Äėthe team provides excellent support and good advice, the lawyers have always been friendly, approachable and shown a genuinely caring approach to complex mental health issues‚Äė. Another remarks that it is ‚Äėa very good firm, old-fashioned in a good way in that it prepares cases well and supports counsel in court‚Äė. Head of crime and assistant coroner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Simon Milburn¬†is ‚Äėvery thorough, but also very realistic so that clients get proper and credible advice and can decide accordingly‚Äė.¬†Andrew Cave, who is currently handling a people trafficking trial,¬†and mental health law specialist¬†Richard Boucher¬† ‚Äėhave an excellent understanding of the issues, court procedures and cases where mental health is an issue, including fitness to plead, and are extremely supportive'. Cave and criminal law clerk Glenda Hair¬†are¬†'intelligent, able, have excellent judgement and are extremely committed to their clients'. Barrister¬†Mauro Maselli¬†also plays a key role in the practice.

Metcalfe, Copeman & Pettefar is widely seen as one of the finest firms in East Anglia for criminal law matters and is highly regarded for the experience of its lawyers and their focus on client care. Alison Muir leads the practice in King's Lynn and a higher court advocate. She represents national retail companies in regulatory law matters and also advises major government departments and other agencies on prosecutions. Her recent work includes defending a client charged with more than 70 counts of serious sexual offences against children. Ruth Johnson, who is recommended for her work in the youth courts, is defending a client accused of causing death by careless driving. Solicitor Tim Bartlam has more than 45 years' experience in criminal law. Nigel Taylor is currently handling a case concerning the manufacture of medicinal products without a licence. In Wisbech, Julie Massen has 23 years' experience in prison law, for which the firm has a Legal Aid contract. She frequently represents prisoners in parole hearings and adjudications throughout the UK.

Greenwoods GRM¬†in Peterborough has a leading business defence practice that is regarded as one of the best in the region for corporate crime matters. Leading light Kathryn Gilbertson¬†also provides¬†a specialist prosecution service to private and public prosecutors who are not served by the Crown Prosecution Service. Gilbertson and senior solicitor and¬†experienced advocate¬†Anthony Le, who handles regulatory law and corporate manslaughter cases,¬† acted for the RSPCA in the prosecution of numerous animal cruelty cases in 2017. Humberside Fire & Rescue, NSAR and Camelot are also among the firm's clients.  

Hegarty LLP in Peterborough has a highly active criminal defence practice, as part of which it operates a 24-hour police station callout service. The firm handles cases in Crown Court and is also recommended for Parole Board hearings. It regularly deals with cases of sexual assault, violence, murder, theft and traffic offences. Recommended lawyers include traffic and prison law specialist Julie Murtagh, associate Sarah Dunne, whose experience includes defending young offenders and clients with mental health issues, and solicitor Martin Newton who has among the first solicitors to gain Higher Rights of Audience.

The criminal defence practice at Leathes Prior handles a diverse range of privately funded cases and has experienced lawyers in regulatory and defence team head Tim Cary and newly promoted associate Tej Thakkar. Both play key roles in the firm's Traffic Lawyers service, which acts for clients across the UK in cases involving traffic and motoring offences. Thakkar frequently handles matters involving careless driving, drink driving, overloading, driving without insurance and speeding. He also has a busy caseload of general criminal prosecutions.


Licensing

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Senior associate Julie Gowland leads the licensing practice at Birketts LLP, which calls upon the experienced lawyers in the firm's corporate criminal defence department. Gowland is well-versed in applications for premises licences, including  contested matters, as well as temporary event notices and personal licence applications. She worked with solicitor Joanna Kasprzyk to handle a review hearing in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for a client who ran a franchise of a well-known fast food chain. They also acted for an individual who objected to a premises licence variation application by a fine dining restaurant in Norwich who sought to increase the hours it could sell alcohol. They secured significant alterations to the licence application. Whitwell and Reepham Railway Preservation Society, Patisserie Valerie and Gastro Pubs Limited are among the firm's clients.

Harriet Wells¬†leads the practice at Mills & Reeve LLP¬†and has nearly 20 years‚Äô specialist experience in licensing across diverse sectors such as¬†alcohol, entertainment, late night refreshment, sexual entertainment venues, betting and gaming licensing and licensing under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. She is known for ‚Äėgood , accurate clear actions and recommendations‚Äė and regularly appears before the Licensing Authorities and Magistrates Courts. The practice has¬†a diverse and national client base within the leisure and entertainment industry and it provides licensing advice for large music festivals and events as well as holiday parks, hotels, restaurants and theatres across the UK. Wells helped¬†University of East Anglia with licence applications¬†applications for its Sportspark venue, and managed the licensing needs of Zaks (UK) Ltd, which runs a chain of themed diners in Norfolk.

At Gotelee Solicitors, veteran litigator Hugh Rowland leads the licensing practice, which focuses largely on contentious matters. As part of his dispute resolution practice he has also developed a niche specialism in handling liquor licensing applications, transfers and variations for SME clients. His recent work included acting for the owner of a local business who faced accusations of licensing and animal welfare offences. The case was discontinued. Another case saw him successfully secure a licence for the owner of new business premises despite opposition from the police and local councillors.

Associate Kelly Peck in Cambridge leads the licensing practice at Greenwoods GRM. She is an experienced property lawyer who frequently assists clients with premises licences. Senior solicitor Michelle Cox in Peterborough focuses mainly on property litigation, but her practice also encompasses general licensing enquiries and applications for new licences and temporary event notices, as well as the transfer of licences. The firm handled licensing matters arising from the sale of the Red Lion public house on behalf of its owners, and advised a client in the education sector on an application to vary its premises licence.

Rogers and Norton¬†has an outstanding licensing lawyer in Bruce Faulkner, whose experience encompasses all types of¬†licensing work and who is regularly recommended by local law firms that do not have their own licensing specialists. He has a strong flow of¬†instructions from clients applying for new licences or seeking variations to and transfers of existing licences. His clients include numerous small businesses and larger operators of multiple venues.  

Blocks in Ipswich calls on the experience of corporate and commercial partner Andrew Fleming and head of commercial litigation Graham Mead to handle a steady flow of applications applications for liquor, betting and gaming licenses. Fleming frequently handles licensing reviews for local businesses.


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