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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.

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