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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.

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