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Crime: fraud

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  1. Crime: fraud
  2. Leading individuals

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

Cartwright King’s five-partner fraud team ‘is nothing short of excellent’. It routinely handles a wide range of investigations for both corporate clients and individuals before the Magistrates Court, the Crown Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court. Sundeep Soor leads the team, which includes Mark Hopwell, senior associate Steve Kirby and associate Andrew Cant.

Kevin McGrath leads the ‘very professional’ team at Smith Partnership, which provides an end-to-end service, from investigations to representing clients before the Magistrates Court, the Crown Court, and the Supreme Court. Andrew Oldroyd, Stuart Newsam and Steven Newcombe are also recommended.

Excellent’ boutique firm Richard Nelson LLP is highly regarded for its strength in fraud and financial crime. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Mark Wilson, who joined in late 2015 from Cartwright King. Richard Nelson is also recommended.

Crime: general

Cartwright King’s ‘superb’ wide-ranging criminal defence practice is praised as being ‘second to none’. The practice’s track record covers matters concerning murder, rape, drugs, conspiracy, smuggling and benefit fraud. Mark Hopwell, Imogen Cox, Andy Cash and Graham Heathcote are the names to note.

Smith Partnership’s team ‘possesses real strength in depth across the entire spectrum of criminal cases’. Stephen Chittenden, Andrew Oldroyd and Kevin McGrath are recommended.

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s ‘knowledgeable’ team is led by Andrew Holt and recently defended a client facing life imprisonment due to desertion charges. Alex Rynn and Rachel Taylor are the key contacts. Gilbert Blades and Nigel Burn have retired.

Mansfield-based criminal defence firm Forrest Williams is lauded for its ‘passionate and customer-focused’ approach. Steve Williams heads the practice.


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  1. Licensing
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Poppleston Allen has a strong track record acting for clients in the leisure industry and attracts praise for its ‘comprehensive, robust and always appropriate’ advice. Lisa Sharkey led advice to longstanding client Mitchells & Butlers on its acquisition of the Orchid pub group. In another highlight, Jonathan Smith advise Red Oak Taverns on its acquisition of 148 pubs from GRS Pubs. Graeme Cushion, James Anderson, Nick Arron and Andy Grimsey are also recommended.

Flint Bishop LLP acts as sole adviser for Star Pubs & Bars, a leased pub division of Heineken, on their estate across England, Wales and Scotland. Practice head Andrew Cochrane is the name to note.

Fraser Brown’s very experienced and reliable’ team acts for a wide range of clients including independent operators and licensing and police authorities. Practice head David Lucas, Joanne Soar and newly promoted partner Walaiti Rathore recently represented Greene King Retailing on its appeal before the First Tier Tribunal in relation to a licensing decision of the Regulatory Panel of the Gambling Commission.

In 2015, Shoosmiths LLP continued to act for flagship client McDonald’s on several mandates, including the application for a series of licenses for new restaurants. Ron Reid’s group was joined by Hannah Price in August 2015, further strengthening the team’s regulatory expertise.

At Freeths, regulatory expert and department head Lisa Gilligan and her team were recently appointed to Nottingham Trent University’s panel and advised on its premise licence application for the Bonington Gallery. The practice acts on a range of matters including new licence applications, reviews, variations, and contested applications for clients including Aldi and Ed’s Easy Diner Group.

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