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Crime: fraud

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    • Richard Nelson - Richard Nelson LLP
    • Sundeep Soor - Cartwright King

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Cartwright King’s ‘first-class’ team has a ‘vast level of experience and expertise’, and is led by the renowned Sundeep Soor. The group defends board members and traders, and handles a workload of banking and investment fraud investigations involving overseas assets and cases concerning boiler room fraud, Ponzi schemes and diversion fraud allegations. It also has experience prosecuting cases involving corruption. Mark Fowler has a ‘magnificent eye for detail’ and ‘absolutely encyclopaedic knowledge of nearly every fraud prosecuted in the criminal justice system’. Associate Andrew Cant and senior associate Steve Kirby ‘go the extra mile’. Mark Hopwell left the firm.

Smith Partnership represents directors and companies facing investigations as well as handling cases involving conspiracy to defraud the Department of Works and Pensions and HMRC. The ‘superb’ Kevin McGrath is ‘very experienced’, ‘great with clients’ and ‘gets the job done’. He recently acted for one of the defendants in a case involving allegations of corruption and conspiracy to commit fraud through awarding contracts to external contractors and issuing royal warrants within the royal household. He is also defending a company director against allegations of large-scale fraud involving abuse of the procurement process for the provision of re-training for soldiers discharged from service. Stuart Newsam and Derby-based Andrew Oldroyd are also recommended, as is consultant Steven Newcombe. All individuals mentionedare based in Leicester unless noted otherwise.

ZMS Solicitors defends against fraud allegations and acts for clients in fraud and money laundering investigations. Recent work includes defending care home staff against charges of internal fraud, and defending an individual charged – along with five co-defendants – with conspiracy to evade tax as part of an illegal importation scheme. The group also handled an illegal money lending fraud case. Amar Mehta, Parmjit Singh and Yakesh Tanna are the names to note.

Mark Wilson and Richard Nelson at Richard Nelson LLP defend board members in banking fraud cases and private prosecutions as well as representing individuals in tax evasion cases and against allegations of conspiracy to defraud. Marie Dancer has a solid track record representing healthcare professionals in fitness to practice investigations. The team’s areas of expertise also include tax investigations and prosecutions, law professional disciplinary proceedings before the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Proceeds of Crime Act work and money laundering matters.


Crime: general

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Cartwright King’s ‘expert’ team includes Alwyn Jones, who prosecutes and defends serious offence cases, and Andy Cash and Imogen Cox, who both specialise in motoring matters. Work highlights included defending an accused in rape and murder cases as well as against allegations of indecent assault, burglary, solicitation and theft with elements of breach of trust. Defence advocate Paul Wright assists the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals with private prosecution work, while Derby-based Simon Dhillon is another name to note. All individuals mentioned are based in Leicester unless noted otherwise. Graham Heathcote and Mark Hopwell left the firm.

The ‘impressive and hardworking’ team at Smith Partnership comprises ‘a vast array of dedicated and knowledgeable criminal lawyers, who work tirelessly for their clients’. ‘Amazing all-rounder’ Andrew Oldroyd is recommended for motoring prosecutions as well as youth defence work, where he defended a young person against charges of attempted child abduction and conspiracy to kidnap in a case involving the co-defendant faking pregnancy, arranging a social media scam and posing as a social worker. In another matter, Oldroyd defended the accused in an armed robbery and murder case, resulting in the conviction of manslaughter and sentence to custody. Adrian Pearce represents defendants in large-scale conspiracy cases and investigations relating to drug crime and trafficking. Kevin McGrath and David Cusack are also recommended. Stephen Chittenden has retired.

Providing an ‘excellent service’, Wilkin Chapman LLP is particularly recommended for army-related cases. Gordon Holt, renowned for his court martial expertise, successfully defended several individuals from a custodial sentence and dishonourable discharge from the Armed Services. Outside the military space, the firm is a panel member for the National Farmers Union, National Union of Teachers and Royal College of Nursing. Rachel Taylor combines ‘integrity and commitment with an astute understanding of the law and a practical approach’ to deliver ‘immaculately prepared cases with diligence and care’. She recently prosecuted a case for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arising from dog fighting. Andrew Holt heads the team from Lincoln. Alex Rynn joined Kaim Todner Solicitors.

Steve Williams is the key contact at Forrest Williams, which defends individuals in cases ranging from drink driving to sexual offences and fraud. Williams defended in a historic sex offence case involving the client’s family members and dating back 20 years. Other recent work includes handling a high-profile death by dangerous driving case and defending a client against charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.

ZMS Solicitors’ group includes criminal defence specialists Amar Mehta, Parmjit Singh and Yakesh Tanna, and is recommended for a wide range of complex matters including serious sexual offences and charges related to drug activity. The team represented a defendant in a high-profile case involving multiple rape charges; handled a murder case pertaining to drug distribution; and acted for a previously convicted client regarding charges of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.


Licensing

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Poppleston Allen’s ‘fantastic’ ‘go-to’ team is praised for its ‘strength in depth’ and ‘first-class service’, assisting independent bars, chain restaurants, private equity investors and development groups in the retail and leisure sectors. The ‘super-bright, hugely well-connected and commercialJonathan Smith is ‘someone you want on your side’; he acted for the Gatecrasher nightclub brand in an appeal against license suspension, which involved transferring the license into the new owner’s name, lodging the appeal and conducting negotiations with the police and the Licensing Authority. Smith also assisted Stellex Capital Management with the licensing aspects of its multimillion-pound acquisition of the Chapman Group. ‘Absolute subject matter expertLisa Sharkey is advising the Consolidated Group on its £90m St Giles Circus development, including licensing support during the planning stage. Carluccio’s is also among Sharkey’s clients, and she is managing their premises licenses across the UK. Graeme Cushion led a team assisting Pizza Express with licensing administration matters following its acquisition of Firezza; advice included consolidating existing licenses of both companies and ensuring consistency across the outlets. Andy Grimsey, acting for Moto Hospitality, successfully challenged the Stirling Licensing Board’s refusal of a premises license for a Moto service station. James Anderson provides ongoing licensing assistance to Boparan Group, and Nick Arron is also recommended.

Providing an ‘excellent service’, Flint Bishop LLP assists with matters involving change of ownership and refurbishment of premises, and remains particularly strong on licensing reviews across the country. The team represented clients before local authorities against noise abatement orders, conducted reviews of premises licenses and secured occasional licenses in the aftermath of licenses lapsing. Other work highlights included license revocations, provisional licenses and relicensing. The ‘responsiveAndrew Cochrane leads the practice.

Fraser Brown’s ‘reliable and experienced’ team provides ‘efficient’ advice in a ‘professional manner’ and is renowned for its work in the gambling sector. The group guides clients through licensing reviews and new premises licence applications, often following ownership transfer. Examples included assisting Looe Leisure with applications for gambling authorisation opposed by the regulator and applying for a new premises licence in Leamington Spa for Everards Brewery. The ‘knowledgeable, skilful and experienced’ David Lucas ‘works hard for his clients’, and is advising Cashino Gaming on licensing applications and representing Greene King in appeal proceedings against the Gambling Commission’s refusal to grant an operating licence for providing commercial bingo at the premises. Roxy Leisure and Fraser Capital Management are new clients.

The ‘reliable and professional’ team at Freeths LLP provides an ‘exemplary standard’ of service. The firm is particularly recommended for retail and hospitality sector matters, and the workload also extends to handling regulatory issues and appeal proceedings. The ‘adept and experienced’ Lisa Gilligan gives ‘practical and insightful advice’ that ‘instils confidence in clients’; she continues to act as the sole licensing counsel nationwide for Aldi, managing supermarket premises licences for stores across the country. Other work highlights for the team included advising Charnwood Borough Council on contested premises licence hearings; assisting Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars with licensing applications and regulatory reviews; and acting for the Royal Air Forces Association during the full licence review across its 85 premises nationwide.


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