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Crime: fraud

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Birketts LLP has a strong bench of advocates including barristers Laura Thomas and Matthew Gowen, both of whom have previous experience at leading criminal chambers. Thomas and Gowen, assisted by solicitor Joanna Kasprzyk, advised two hauliers charged with a £250,000 conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation. Both defendants received suspended prison sentences after admitting liability of £37,000. The team, along with senior associate Julie Gowland and associate Philippa Dyer, also defended a client accused of five counts of fraud against an executive head teacher at a middle school academy federation. At trial, the prosecution decided to offer no evidence and the £150,000 case was dismissed. The firm also handled a £1m case of fraudulent trading and a $300,000 case concerning money-laundering.

Fosters fields a crime and business defence team based in Norwich, which is widely regarded as one of the best for Trading Standards and VAT fraud cases. Chris Brown leads a team that includes standout practitioners Damien Moore (who is a higher court advocate) and Debbie Reynolds. The firm defended a former company director in Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings concerning fraud allegations exceeding £1m. Further highlights included the defence of a breach of trust fraud involving £250,000-worth of forged cheques; a £500,000 POCA case against a woman charged with operating a fraudulent business; and a major Trading Standards case involving telecoms fraud and claims of mis-selling.

Hunt & Coombs LLP is ‘a busy firm with a large amount of good-quality work; cases are all well prepared and well managed from start to finish’. The ‘intelligent, hardworking, pleasant and charmingAndrew Cave leads the fraud team and is ‘extremely good with clients but tough when he needs to be’. Also recommended are head of crime Simon Milburn, in-house counsel Davide Corbino, and criminal law clerk Glenda Hair, who is ‘extremely hardworking and very dedicated to her clients’ and is noted for her ‘considerable legal knowledge and common sense’. Milburn’s highlights included a VAT fraud case exceeding £1m. Cave and senior solicitor Jason Stevens are acting for a client accused of multiple counts of benefit fraud.

At Leathes Prior, Tim Cary leads a team that is active across the UK in business defence, crime and traffic-related matters. Solicitor Tej Thakkar is widely experienced in Magistrates and Crown Courts, including the designated serious fraud centre at Southwark Crown Court. The firm’s recent highlights include defending a client accused of fraud by the Environment Agency, and acting for a client facing allegations of theft, assault and fraudulent representation. The former case is awaiting prosecution, while no further action was taken in the latter. In another case, the firm defended a client against allegations of fraud through the copying of confidential information.

Metcalfe, Copeman & Pettefar is ‘one of the finest criminal firms in East Anglia; its service is always excellent and its advice is always delivered swiftly and efficiently’. Team head Alison Muir is ‘a first-rate advocate who manages to maintain the respect of the court and her opponents; she has impeccable tactical instincts born of her many years of experience’. Charlotte Winchester regularly acts in benefit fraud cases and Nigel Taylor is adept in complex fraud matters. Chartered legal executive Lisa Cross also handles business fraud cases. Taylor defended a client accused of false accounting and theft to fuel a multimillion-pound gambling addiction.

Gotelee Solicitors has a small team that punches above its weight in private criminal matters. Practice head Hugh Rowland brings considerable expertise in both criminal and regulatory cases. He defended a company director in Crown Court proceedings concerning charges of fraud and false representation. The defendant had pleaded not guilty and was acquitted of all charges. He also secured acquittal for a UK company prosecuted by Trading Standards for supplying dangerous goods that originated in China.


Crime: general

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Belmores is a ‘top-quality’ specialist criminal defence firm that ‘achieves brilliant results’. Clients praise the firm’s ‘excellent value and great professional service delivered by reliable and reassuring lawyers’. Simon Nicholls and Dave Foulkes run the boutique practice, which continues to provide duty solicitor coverage but has grown its private criminal defence work at an exponential rate. They act for clients across the UK and increasingly handle high-profile matters including the successful defence of a Durham University student accused of raping a drunken woman. Nicholls is currently defending a case in Exeter Crown Court on behalf of clients accused of stealing ATM machines by using explosives to remove them from banks. The firm also handles cases involving speeding, serious sexual assaults and child pornography.

Birketts LLP has a reputation for successfully defending serious private crime matters for companies and individuals nationwide. It also defends national motor groups, companies and individuals in road transport and traffic crime and is the only Road Haulage Association panel member in East Anglia. Barrister Laura Thomas leads the team. Assisted by barrister Matthew Gowen and solicitor Joanna Kasprzyk, Thomas represented a client arrested initially for assisting his wife’s suicide and subsequently her murder. This complex case involving an extremely ill victim with poor quality of life is now awaiting a decision on prosecution. Senior associate Julie Gowland and associate Philippa Dyer are also recommended.

Fostersruns a tight ship and has a team that always performs well’. The firm has an excellent reputation locally and a caseload that is national in scope. Practice head Chris Brown represented a 17-year-old boy accused of seven offences under the Computer Misuse Act following a cyber-attack on communications company TalkTalk. Higher court advocate Damien Moore has expanded his regulatory practice and last year successfully defended an international drinks manufacturer accused of multiple offences of product mislabelling. He also handled numerous cases for defendants accused of dangerous or careless driving and serious sexual assault. He also sits as a chair of the Police Appeals Disciplinary Tribunal adjudicating upon all forms of police misconduct and poor performance. Debbie Reynolds is also recommended.

Gotelee Solicitors is ‘small and specialist but first rate, showing enormous care and attention to every client in every case; the firm provides a lesson in how things ought to be done’. The ‘very clever, very careful and very observant’ Hugh Rowland is ‘truly excellent at client care’. He defended a client with no previous convictions who had been charged with two counts of GBH with intent following a night out. The case is awaiting retrial. Rowland also secured acquittal for a man accused of indecently assaulting his brother over a ten-year period, and acted for a client convicted of conspiracy to produce a controlled drug in POCA proceedings and on appeal. Howard Catherall is highly recommended for motoring law and transport-related cases.

Hegarty LLP is a ‘very professional and efficient firm that goes the extra mile for its clients’. The firm operates a 24-hour police station callout service, is active in Crown Court litigation and Parole Board hearings, and regularly handles offences of violence, sexual assault, murder, theft and motoring offences. Sarah Dunne leads the team and clients describe her and traffic and prison law expert Julie Murtagh as ‘engaging and committed to doing their best for clients’. Dunne represented a medical professional accused of stealing controlled drugs and acted for a client accused of growing a large crop of cannabis. Martin Newton, who joined from Metcalfe, Copeman & Pettefar, was among the first solicitors to gain higher rights of audience.

Clients are ‘extremely impressed with the knowledge and level of support’ from Hunt & Coombs LLP. The firm has ‘an extremely strong criminal practice and is an outstanding firm in Cambridgeshire’ for serious crime, with ‘lawyers making themselves available at all stages from police station to appeal’. The team, led by the ‘reassuring but realisticSimon Milburn, shows ‘keen attention to detail and willingness to go above and beyond for the client’. The firm has a niche specialism in mental health tribunals and related criminal proceedings, with clients lauding Andrew Cave and mental health law expert Richard Boucher for their experience in such matters; they exhibit ‘a caring attitude rarely seen at other firms’. Cave secured acquittal for a teacher accused of sexual assault by four female students. Barrister Davide Corbino and advocate Mauro Maselli are also recommended.

According to one client, Metcalfe, Copeman & Pettefar is ‘simply one of the best criminal firms, not just in north Norfolk, but the whole of East Anglia’. ‘The firm consistently offers nothing short of outstanding service to every client it represents’, says another. The firm is one of a small handful with a Large Criminal Contract with the Legal Aid Agency. Key figures include higher court advocate Alison Muir, who ‘fearlessly fights for her clients’; Charlotte Winchester, who works predominantly in the Magistrates Court and ‘impresses with her grasp of highly complex evidence and tireless effort’; experienced duty solicitor Ruth Johnson, who is ‘an inspirational solicitor who combines exceptional client care with a court presence that is clearly appreciated by magistrates’; 40-year veteran consultant Tim Bartlam, who is ‘an experienced campaigner who still has the enthusiasm of youth and the passion to make a difference’; and Nigel Taylor, who is among the firm’s many experienced police station representatives. Muir represented a vulnerable youth accused of rape, and defended a historical murder case dating back to 2007.

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP provides ‘City-quality business defence services’ thanks to the highly experienced Kathryn Gilbertson, who also provides a specialist prosecution service to private and public prosecutors not served by the Crown Prosecution Service. Gilbertson, who leads the firm’s regulatory team, prosecuted a private landlord on behalf of Humberside Fire and Rescue Services following a serious fire at a multiple-occupation residence. The defendant was imprisoned and ordered to pay £100,000 in costs. Gilbertson and solicitor Charlotte Murray also prosecute on behalf of the RPSCA in animal cruelty cases.

Leathes Prior handles a wide range of privately funded criminal defence work and is known for its ‘flexible and cost-efficient approach’. Tim Cary is ‘very switched on’ and leads a business regulatory and defence team that is active in Magistrates and Crown Courts all over the UK. Cary also heads the firm’s Traffic Lawyers service, which defends clients accused of motoring offences. Cary and solicitor Tej Thakkar defended a client accused of serious sexual assault involving an unconscious woman and prosecutors declined to take further action following the results of DNA tests.


Licensing

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

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Associate Julie Gowland leads a team at Birketts LLP that has a strong regional presence and a dedicated focus on licensing matters. Its diverse client base includes brewers, hotel chains, night clubs, race courses, event operators, churches, wedding venues, public houses and concert promoters. Solicitor Joanna Kasprzyk is part of the corporate criminal defence team in which the licensing practice sits, as is experienced barrister Laura Thomas. The team advised TA Hotel Collection on numerous licensing applications including variations to premises licences. It also prepared several new premises licences for Gastro Pubs Ltd, which operates Middletons Steakhouse & Grill outlets. Clients also include Patisserie Valerie and Whitwell & Reepham Railway.

Clients of Mills & Reeve LLP are ‘always pleased with the professional and efficient service’ provided by the ‘first-class team of lawyers’. Licensing specialist and head of department Harriet Wells has 18 years’ experience in all aspects of licensing and regularly appears before the Licensing Authorities and the Magistrates Courts. She advised new client Cheval Residences Ltd on applications for five new premises licences for luxury residences in central London. All applications were successful despite one being opposed by local residents. Further highlights included achieving a major licence variation for Theatre Royal (Norwich) Ltd to extend its licensed area to include a new four-storey building; a variation of premises licence allowing University of Bedfordshire to host boxing and wrestling exhibitions; and making significant changes to the licensing arrangements of Cambridge college Peterhouse.

The licensing practice at Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich operates under the guidance of a respected litigator in Hugh Rowland, who has developed a niche specialism advising SME clients on liquor licensing. He recently acted for residents of a quiet rural area in their opposition to a wedding venue licence application, and successfully advised a development company opposing a different wedding venue licence application on the grounds that it would have caused significant financial loss. Rowland regularly receives referrals from across the UK and from overseas clients.

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP is known for its practical advice on new licence applications, including pre-application guidance on the suitability and viability of a proposed licence. Associate director Kelly Peck from the firm’s property team in Cambridge and senior solicitor Michelle Cox from the firm’s property disputes team in Peterborough are the key contacts. Their highlights included the transfer of a licence following the sale of a public house, obtaining a new premises licence after the sale of freehold premises, and numerous new applications for small businesses including cafés and wedding venues.

Norwich-based firm Rogers and Norton has one of the leading licensing experts in East Anglia in Bruce Faulkner. He is known for his ‘practical and measured approach to licensing work and his good connections within the local community’. His work as part of the firm’s commercial property team covers the full scope of new licence applications, variations and transfers, including resolving problems clients have run into while trying to handle their own application process. The firm has a particularly strong presence in the leisure and tourism sector, having acted for many hotels and restaurants both locally and nationally.

Blocks’s licensing practice in Ipswich is led by litigation partner Graham Mead, who handles a steady flow of applications for liquor, betting and gaming licences. Corporate partner Andrew Fleming regularly advises local businesses on licensing reviews.


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