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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Encompassing everything from high profile serious crime through to the increasingly competitive white collar crime market, Legal 500's crime, fraud & licensing section covers a vast array of work . In addition to general crime and white collar work, it also ranks firms for civil fraud, gaming & betting, and licensing experience. The practice spread covered means firms featuring prominently include specialist players such as Peters & Peters as well as larger UK and international firms like  Pinsent Masons, Mishcon de Reya and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.


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Rising stars

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BCL Solicitors LLP provides advice to professionals and high-profile clients, drawn from a range of industries, on a range of matters, including murder, manslaughter, motoring offences, historic sexual offences, and grievous bodily harm. Paul Morris heads the team, supported by Rachel Hubbard, Ellen Peart and Mark Haslam.

Practice head(s):Paul Morris

Other key lawyers:Rachel Hubbard; Ellen Peart; Mark Haslam

Work highlights

  • Acted for a former headmaster in a case regarding alleged sexual offences that took place in the 1980s; the client was acquitted.

Bindmans LLP is well-known for advising high-profile individuals on cases of extradition, murder, terrorism and fraud, and is especially strong in assisting with cases involving human rights aspects. Katie Wheatley leads the team, in which Kate Goold, senior consultant Michael Schwarz and associates Jude Lanchin and Jessica Skinns are key contacts.

Practice head(s):Katie Wheatley

Other key lawyers:Kate Goold; Michael Schwarz; Jude Lanchin; Jessica Skinns

Testimonials

'Bindmans are an outstanding firm at the top of their game. They provide an outstanding service to clients and put everything into each and every one of their cases. Their reputation among the activist community is unparalleled.'

'The solicitors at Bindmans come up with innovative solutions to get the best result for their clients and really look to push the boundaries and change the law where it needs changing.'

'Mike Schwarz, Patrick Ormerod and Jessica Skinns are all stand-out, dedicated individuals for are clearly passionate about the work they do.'

Work highlights

  • Acting in the long-running Mitting Inquiry, which relates to the undercover policing of protest movements since the the 1960s; the firm has secured the quashing of 50 convictions of political activists to date.
  • Representing a number of the 'Extinction Rebellion' activists, charged with criminal damage, public nuisance and highway obstruction following protests in Central London in 2018.
  • Advised Salman Malak, a Syrian refugee of Kurdish ethnicity, on the appeal against his conviction in 2015 for possession of a false identity document with improper intention; the appeal was successful.

Blackfords LLP's 'very experienced and committed' team provides a 'first-class service'. The group is strong in handling both private instructions and legal aid work, and advises clients on, among other areas, sexual offences, assaults, murders, gang crime, thefts and money laundering cases. The 'outstanding tactician' Gary Bloxsome and 'charismatic' Trevor Francis jointly head the practice; they are supported by Diana Payne, Gary Rubin and 'very bright' barrister Rachel Wilson.

Practice head(s):Gary Bloxsome; Trevor Francis

Other key lawyers:Diana Payne; Rachel Wilson; Gary Rubin

Testimonials

'Blackfords LLP is a proactive, industrious and user-friendly firm that provides first-rate advice and support for lay clients'.

'Gary Bloxsome is a senior partner with a remarkable intellect and razor sharp judgement; clients love him'.

'Trevor Francis is diligent, conscientious and as hard as nails when required'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a defendant charged with the murder of a 15-year old boy following an alleged gang dispute; the client was acquitted.
  • Represented an investment banker who was charged with 13 counts of alleged historic sexual abuse; one count was initially struck out by the court before the client was acquitted of the remaining 12 counts.

Corker Binning's team has 'a fantastic spread of talent' and 'great strength and expertise across all levels of seniority'. The firm handles work for high-net-worth individuals, and has recently seen an uptick in cases involving historic sexual abuse. Other key areas of instruction include murder, extradition, dangerous driving and drugs offences. Robert Brown heads the practice, in which Andrew Smith, Jessica Parker and Edward Grange are key contacts.

Practice head(s):Robert Brown

Other key lawyers:Andrew Smith; Edward Grange; Jessica Parker

Work highlights

  • Acted for Vladimir Bukovsky, a Russian dissident and Vladimir Putin critic who was due to go to trial for possession and creation of indecent images of children; the trial was halted on grounds of the defendant's ill health.

'Stellar firm' Hickman & Rose acts for a client base of high-profile individuals, including celebrities and high-net-worth individuals, with recent work including cases involving murder, fraud, historic sexual abuse investigations (and recent sexual offences), health and safety matters and GBH. Jenny Wiltshire - 'one of the pre-eminent lawyers in this space' - leads the practice; Ross Dixon, Ben Rose, Aileen Colhoun and Peter Csemiczky are key individuals.

Practice head(s):Jenny Wiltshire

Other key lawyers:Ross Dixon; Ben Rose; Aileen Colhoun; Peter Csemiczky

Testimonials

'Jenny Wiltshire is one of the pre-eminent lawyers in this space; she is very well connected and very knowledgeable'.

'Ben Rose is utterly practical and strategic in his approach'.

'Aileen Colhoun is a very safe pair of hands'.

'Peter Csemiczky has exceptional client care skills and is very personable'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a defendant charged with the murder of his infant daughter.
  • Defended Loic Arnaud against allegations of sexual assault against a student in 2016; the defendant was discharged after no evidence was offered in 2018.
  • Representing a defendant accused of GBH and child cruelty towards her son by means of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

Nigel Richardson leads Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors' criminal practice, which is very well known for handling cases involving serious sexual offences, murder, drugs, and matters with a human rights element. Raj Chada is 'unflappable' and 'totally committed to his clients'. Kiran Mehta is 'incisive and effective'.

Practice head(s):Nigel Richardson

Other key lawyers:Raj Chada; Kiran Mehta

Testimonials

'Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors is a firm willing to go the extra mile for every client'.

'The team provides a top-class and personal service that clients love'.

'Nigel Richardson is first class; calm, knowledgeable, vastly experienced and sensitive with lay clients'.

'Kiran Mehta is a formidable lawyer who single-mindedly perseveres in the face of adversity and achieves what few could'.

Work highlights

  • Represented 15 defendants who prevented a plane deporting refugees from taking off at Stansted airport by blocking the runway.
  • Acted for the communications manager of a high-profile charity after she was charged with trying to illegally smuggle a refugee into the UK from the 'Calais Jungle' camp after the refugee was found in the boot of her car; the defendant was found not guilty.

Viewed by some as 'a market leader in this field', Kingsley Napley LLP is notable for its 'wealth of experience in all areas of criminal and regulatory work' while its extradition practice is 'extremely well respected'. The 'very strong' team acts for individuals and corporations in cases concerning driving offences, extradition, sexual offences, fraud and matters with international elements. The 'outstanding' David Sleight, 'cool and collected' Rebecca Niblock, and Louise Hodges jointly head the practice. Sandra Paul is 'tactical and empathetic'. Counsel John Harding and senior associate Edmund Smyth - 'an innovative thinker' - are also names to note.

Practice head(s):David Sleight; Rebecca Niblock; Louise Hodges

Other key lawyers:John Harding; Sandra Paul; Edmund Smyth

Testimonials

'Kingsley Napley has real strength and expertise at all levels of the crime group. The team is hard-working, focused on getting results and yet maintains the human touch'.

'David Sleight is relentless in his pursuit of his client's case'.

'John Harding is the calm influence you'd definitely want in your corner if you were in trouble'.

'Rebecca Niblock is an excellent extradition practitioner, who always provides calm and measured advice'.

'Sandra Paul is a huge asset for the firm'.

'Edmund Smyth is a master of his cases; thoughtful, pragmatic and very client-focussed'.

Simons Muirhead & Burton's crime team is jointly led by Anthony Burton CBE and Philip Smith. The firm is well-known for acting for high-net-worth individuals and celebrities across a range of sensitive cases. Recent work for the group includes sexual assault cases, murder, bribery, armed robbery, media-related criminal law, theft and drug offences.

Practice head(s):Anthony Burton CBE; Philip Smith

Work highlights

  • Acted for Arif Ansari, the BBC Asian Network's head of news, who was prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Amendment Act 1992 for breaching a reporting restriction, after a reporter read out the real name of a victim of the Rotherham grooming scandal instead of a pseudonym on a news bulletin; Ansari was acquitted.

Tuckers Solicitors is especially strong in representing individuals involved in serious crime matters, including murder, manslaughter, fraud, corruption, bribery and sexual assault. The practice is led by Richard Egan, Jim Meyer and Sarnjit Lal.

Practice head(s):Richard Egan; Jim Meyer; Sarnjit Lal

Work highlights

  • Represented Jack Shepherd, who was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence after a passenger died in a fall from his speedboat. He was tried in absentia after absconding from the UK in July 2018.
  • Acted for John Broadhurst, who was alleged to have sexually assaulted and murdered his girlfriend. He was acquitted of murder and assault and was convicted on a manslaughter charge.

Bark&co advises on cases of murder, sexual offences, terrorism, drugs, and manslaughter, to name a few areas. Giles Bark-Jones leads the practice, in which Frederick Bunn and consultant Paul Cameron are names to note.

Practice head(s):Giles Bark-Jones

Other key lawyers:Frederick Bunn; Paul Cameron

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kenneth Umezie, who was charged with murder after stabbing drill rapper Incognito; the defendant was acquitted.

'Excellent firm' Birds Solicitors is 'fully committed to providing a first class service for its clients'. The team handles a broad spectrum of serious criminal matters, including historic sexual offences, drugs conspiracies, murder, road traffic and motoring offences, and financial crime, and also undertakes a high level of legal aid work. The 'hugely experienced' and 'incredibly hardworking' practice head Steven Bird is 'a cerebral lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law'. Associate James Peacham is 'an excellent perfomer'; 'a hands on practitioner who goes the extra mile for clients'.

Practice head(s):Steven Bird

Other key lawyers:James Peacham

Testimonials

'The firm is a paragon of good practice'.

'Steven Bird is an evergreen authority in criminal defence law'.

'James Peacham is a first-rate associate - thorough, bright and empathetic'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the former chaplain of an elite private educational institution regarding 24 counts of historical sexual offences dating back to the 1980s.
  • Defended music producer Jonathan King against 26 counts of historic sexual offences dating back to the 1970s.
  • Acted for professional photographer Pascal Molliere, who was charged with historic sexual assaults on four actresses; the defendant was acquitted of all charges.

Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson is adept at handling private criminal cases and legal aid work, and advises on a range of criminal matters, such as sexual offences, murder, fraud, drugs conspiracies, motoring offences and miscarriages of justice. Paul Harris and Shila Keshvari jointly head the team. Senior consultant Edward Preston and Kirsty Bishop are also key names. Natalie Berman was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Paul Harris; Shila Keshvari

Other key lawyers:Kirsty Bishop; Natalie Berman; Edward Preston

Testimonials

'Paul Harris is immensely energetic and a forceful advocate'.

'Natalie Berman works tirelessly to secure the best outcomes for her clients'.

The 'very knowledgeable' team at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) is experienced in handling cases of gang crime, murder, large-scale drug importation, fraud, sexual offences, and immigration, to name a few areas. Joanne Gibbons and the 'hardworking' Eddie Tang jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):Joanne Gibbons; Eddie Tang

Testimonials

'The team is formed of consummate professionals, who are extremely hard working and dedicated to their clients'.

'Eddie Tang is fearless in his approach to cases and his judgement is second to none'.

Lewis Nedas Law Limited¬†provides 'sound and professional advice' on matters of people trafficking, fraud, murder, money laundering, sexual offences, cyber crime and drugs conspiracies. Practice head Jeffrey Lewis¬†is 'a fantastic tactical litigator'. Key individuals include¬†Siobhain Egan, who 'excels at putting clients at their ease', and Miles Herman,¬†who is ‚Äėhardworking and dedicated'. Unan Choudhury, who heads the East London office, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Jeffrey Lewis

Other key lawyers:Siobhain Egan; Miles Herman; Unan Choudhury

Testimonials

'A hardworking and tactically astute team'.

'Jeffrey Lewis is an inspirational lawyer'.

'Siobhain Egan is extremely experienced, dynamic and diligent; she always goes the extra mile to assist her clients and is fearless in representing them'.

'Miles Herman is a star performer; if there is a weakness in an opponent's case, he will find it'.

'Unan Choudhury is a passionate fighter for his clients'.

Lloyds PR Solicitors' 'dedicated, professional and pragmatic' team is divided into groups to handle the progression of cases, namely: the police station team, Magistrates Court team, Crown Court team, in-house advocacy team and confiscation team. The group has recently advised on cases of murder, extradition, drug offences, serious violence, terrorism and human trafficking. Names to note include Prasad Palihawadana, Harsha Rupasinghe, Manoj Rupasinghe and associate Mohsin Ariff.

Practice head(s):Prasad Palihawadana; Harsha Rupasinghe; Manoj Rupasinghe

Other key lawyers:Mohsin Ariff

Testimonials

'Lloyds PR Solicitors is a firm with real depth and strength'.

'Harsha Rupasinghe has an air of authority that automatically leaves clients feeling they are in the safest of hands'.

'Manoj Rupasinghe is incredibly hard working and leaves no stone unturned in his preparation'.

'Mohsin Ariff is exceptionally bright and thorough. He is always on top of his brief and has excellent client care skills'.

Work highlights

  • Represented a defendant who was convicted of the murder of a transgender activist.
  • Acted for a client who was convicted of forming a conspiracy to throw acid on his three-year old son.
  • Defended a client who was alleged to have facilitated the importation of Class A drugs worth over £10m; the defendant was acquitted.

Russell-Cooke LLP's 'assiduous' team has been kept busy recently handling cases of historic and current sexual offences, assault, firearms and motoring offences. Practice head Jae Carwardine is 'meticulous, immensely intelligent and knowledgeable'; she is supported by the 'super-capable' Nicola O’Connor. Senior associate Marie Bourke is recommended. In June 2019 Martin Rackstraw returned to the firm after seven years at Bindmans LLP, where he had been joint head of the criminal law team.

Practice head(s):Jae Carwardine

Other key lawyers:Nicola O'Connor; Marie Bourke; Martin Rackstraw; Jenny Boyden

Testimonials

'Jae Carwardine has an exceptional manner with clients and leaves no stone unturned in the preparation of a case'.

'Marie Bourke is exceptional in her ability to obtain the best outcome for her client. Her determination, intelligence and intuitiveness are extremely impressive'.

'Nicola O'Connor is a super-capable solicitor. Nothing is too much trouble for her and her clients skills are fantastic. Great to have in your team'.

'Jenny Boyden stands out in a crowded field as a highly dedicated and long experienced criminal defence lawyer. She is well liked by her clients because of her ability to make each of them feel as if they are her only client. She demands the best and achieves stellar results.'

Shaw Graham Kersh is highly experienced in handling a broad range of serious criminal cases; recent work has included cases involving murder, drugs conspiracies and gang crime. Paul Graham and Philip Hill head the practice. Raymond Shaw has particular expertise in fraud work.

Practice head(s):Paul Graham; Philip Hill

Other key lawyers:Raymond Shaw

Work highlights

  • Acted for a defendant charged with participation in a large-scale drugs supply operation, involving over 100kg of cocaine and 10kg of heroin.
  • Assisted a client with an investigation into the allegedly unlicensed export of a drug capable of being used in executions.

'Highly professional firm' Sonn Macmillan Walker has recently advised on complex cases of terrorism, sexual offences, murder, extradition, drugs matters and motoring offences. Tim Walker, Amy Cox and David Sonn share leadership of the practice.

Practice head(s):Tim Walker; Amy Cox; David Sonn

Testimonials

'A highly professional firm which provides an excellent service to their clients. They go to exceptional lengths to explore potential legitimate defences available to a client and areas of inquiry which ensure their clients have a fair trial. They combine advocacy with litigation skills to ensure they provide a complete service.'

'Tim Walker and David Kitson both have extensive expertise in complex criminal cases, including murder and terrorism. They go out of their way to ensure that their clients are engaged with every aspect of the proceedings.'

Work highlights

  • Represented Salih Khater, who was convicted of two charges of attempted murder after driving his car into people outside the Houses of Parliament.

At Stokoe Partnership Solicitors, the 'very hardworking' team is noted for its 'strength in depth', covering a broad spectrum of serious criminal matters, with murder, cybercrime, armed robbery, large scale drugs conspiracies and bribery cases featuring in the group's recent workload. Senior partner and practice head Bambos Tsiattalou is 'a wise head whose advice is much sought after, and a tenacious defender', and 'he runs the firm like a well oiled machine'. Brian Swan is 'careful and thorough'.

Practice head(s):Bambos Tsiattalou

Other key lawyers:Brian Swan

Testimonials

'Stokoe Partnership Solicitors is a smooth-running firm which deals with the whole range of general crime'.

'Bambos Tsiattalou is a commanding figure who inspires trust and confidence'.

'Brian Swan is tactically smart and really goes into battle for his clients'.

The team at ABV Solicitors garners praise for its 'excellent client care and expertise across a broad and diverse spectrum of criminal law disciplines'. It is adept at handling cases of terrorism, sexual assault (including historic abuse), immigration, human trafficking and immigration. Akhtar Ahmad and Robert Borwick head the practice.

Practice head(s):Akhtar Ahmad; Robert Borwick

Testimonials

'ABV Solicitors provide a first-class service, characterised by a quiet efficiency, tactical astuteness and a personal touch'.

'Robert Borwick is an excellent all-round criminal lawyer and communicator, and very client friendly'.

'Akhtar Ahmad is an excellent lawyer in the field of very serious crime, particularly homicide cases'.

Edwards Duthie Shamash, which was formed by the merger of Steel & Shamash and Edwards Duthie in June 2019, handles serious crime matters such as terrorism, attempted murder and drugs offences, and is well known for defending teachers against allegations of assault and sexual offences. Key longstanding clients for the firm include the National Union of Teachers and the Labour Party. Rakesh Bhasin and Robert Dynowski head the practice.

Practice head(s):Rakesh Bhasin; Robert Dynowski

Key Clients

The Labour Party

The National Union of Teachers

Freemans Solicitors' team is 'hard working, dedicated and committed to achieving the best results for its clients'. Recent instructions for the group include cases of murder, sexual assault, violent crime and high-value fraud. Practice co-heads Michael Field and Kishoree Kotecha-Pau are 'extremely experienced, approachable and friendly lawyers'.

Practice head(s):Michael Field; Kishoree Kotecha-Pau

Testimonials

'Kishoree Kotecha-Pau combines an incisive legal brain with a gentle and reassuring manner. She is approachable, diligent, calm and constructive'.

'Michael Field is an excellent advocate who gets the work done very efficiently'.

GT Stewart Limited is well-known for representing vulnerable clients, with its 'passion for justice shining through in its work on appeals and youth justice'. Publicly funded work forms the backbone of the practice, and the team's workload includes cases of drugs offences, murder, robbery and sexual offences. Practice head Greg Stewart is 'creative and dynamic'.

Practice head(s):Greg Stewart

Testimonials

'Greg Stewart looks after his clients with extraordinary care and commitment, and has an extraordinary legal brain; a man to have on your side'.

Howard Kennedy LLP represents high-profile clients, high-net-worth individuals, media clients, and other professionals in cases of historic sexual offences, harassment, fraud and blackmail, among other areas. Ian Ryan leads the practice. Senior associate John Martyn is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:John Martyn

At ITN Solicitors, the team's workload includes cases of terrorism, drugs conspiracies, murder and matters with international law aspects. The 'committed, brave and highly professional' Simon Natas shares leadership of the practice with Itpal Dhillon and Tayab Ali, who is 'renowned for his work on terrorism cases'. Financial crime expert Nadeem Thanvi is another key name.

Practice head(s):Simon Natas; Tayab Ali; Itpal Dhillon

Other key lawyers:Nadeem Thanvi

Testimonials

'The team prides itself on providing the best possible service, fighting cases from all angles and taking new and innovative points'.

'Tayab Ali is a superb strategist and a force of nature in securing the best outcomes for his clients'.

'Nadeem Thanvi has exceptional case management skills and inspires enormous client confidence'.

'Itpal Dhillon is incredibly assiduous and hard-working'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sally Lane and John Letts, who allegedly sent terrorism funding to their son Jack Letts (dubbed 'Jihadi Jack' in the media).
  • Represented a defendant in a conspiracy to import heroin, cocaine and firearms into the UK from France; the defendant was found not guilty.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP provides 'a wealth of experience and an innovative approach' to cases. The firm is traditionally strong in INTERPOL matters, mutual legal assistance and extradition cases, yet is equally strong in handling a range of criminal matters, with recent work including cases of murder, sexual offences, serious violence and theft. Michael O’Kane - 'a great tactician with a wonderful ability to put clients at ease' - leads the practice. Nick Vamos and Neil Swift are key individuals.

Practice head(s):Michael O'Kane

Other key lawyers:Neil Swift; Nick Vamos

Testimonials

'The firm is equally at home advising companies and individuals'.

'Michael O'Kane can best be described as a rainmaker; he inspires great confidence'.

Work highlights

  • Advising a Yemeni billionaire, and his son by proxy, regarding allegations that the son murdered a Norwegian student in 2008.

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP's 'responsive and professional' team assists clients with a panoply of serious criminal cases, including drugs, sexual offences, murder and GBH. The 'exceptional' managing partner Rakeebah Rahim 'runs a smooth operation'; she co-leads the practice with Piers Desser, who is 'an excellent tactician'. Deniz Oguzkanli, who specialises in fraud cases, and associate Raphael Steele, who has 'an excellent manner with clients', are key contacts.

Practice head(s):Rakeebah Rahim; Piers Desser

Other key lawyers:Deniz Oguzkanli; Raphael Steele

Testimonials

'Piers Desser is the consummate criminal lawyer; he is highly intelligent, thoughtful and diligent'.

'Raphael Steele is a committed and diligent solicitor, who prioritises his clients' interests at all times'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for former Royal Ballet dancer Andrej Uspenski, who was convicted of a harassment campaign against his ex-girlfriend; he received a 12-month community order.

Rick Shearman and Mark Bowen share leadership of private client firm Shearman Bowen & Co's practice; past work for the team includes cases involving sexual assault, drugs and murder.

Practice head(s):Rick Shearman; Mark Bowen

Scott Ingram leads the practice at Slater and Gordon, which has a core focus on acting for members of police forces in cases involving, among other areas, misconduct proceedings, deaths in custody, use of force and criminal investigations.

Practice head(s):Scott Ingram

Brett Wilson LLP's 'strong criminal team' has recently advised on cases involving sexual offences, fraud, violent crime, historic sexual abuse and drug offences. 'Exceptional lawyer' Nick Brett heads the practice; he is supported by the 'tenacious and tactical' Alistair Parker.

Practice head(s):Nick Brett

Other key lawyers:Alistair Parker

Testimonials

'A boutique practice that offers impeccable client service and value for money'.

'An excellent outfit'.

'Nick Brett is an exceptional lawyer; he is extremely knowledgeable, and always a safe pair of hands'.

'Alistair Parker is tenacious, tactical and deeply committed to providing a quality service'.

Mark Beardsworth leads Brown Rudnick LLP's general crime team, which has a solid track record of handling cases of tax fraud, money laundering, sexual assault and historic child sex abuse, to name a few areas.

Practice head(s):Mark Beardsworth

Carson Kaye's team is led by John Carson and John Kaye, who has particular expertise in fraud cases. The firm specialises in private client work and is adept at handling a range of crime matters, with recent work including drugs conspiracies and cases involving serious violence. The team recently acted for far-right activist Tommy Robinson (known in litigation by his real name of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) in an ongoing case regarding Robinson's conviction for contempt of court after broadcasting a video on social media which featured defendants in a criminal trial.

Practice head(s):John Carson; John Kaye

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client who was charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs valued at over £3.5m.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors' 'hardworking' and 'committed' team covers a range of serious crime matters, including cases involving high-value money laundering, fraud, large-scale drugs conspiracies, sexual offences and murder. Hardeep Dhaliwal, Rubin Italia and Nicholas De Freitas share leadership of the practice.

Practice head(s):Hardeep Dhaliwal; Rubin Italia; Nicholas De Freitas

Testimonials

'Hardeep Dhaliwal runs a very tight ship; he has great people skills and is a formidable solicitor'.

'Rubin Italia is an extremely talented lawyer with a wonderfully warm and kind manner. Clients love him and completely trust his judgement'.

Gherson has a niche focus on extradition cases, and counts SFO matters, freezing orders and INTERPOL cases as cornerstone areas of expertise. The firm has been acting on the high-profile case concerning the UK's first-ever unexplained wealth order, which was issued against the wife of a banker jailed in Azerbaijan. Immigration law expert Roger Gherson and associate Thomas Garner lead the practice.

Practice head(s):Roger Gherson; Thomas Garner

Work highlights

  • Acting for Zamira Hajiyeva regarding the issuance of an Unexplained Wealth Order against the defendant concerning alleged spending of £16m in Harrods over a ten-year period, and defending the client against an extradition request made by Azerbaijan.

Janes Solicitors is 'an excellent firm' where 'a client feels looked after from the moment they walk in the door'. Recent cases have included drugs conspiracies, fraud, sexual assault and murder. The 'innovative and hardworking' Robert Berg leads the team. James Mullion and Alex Mincoff are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Robert Berg

Other key lawyers:James Mullion; Alex Mincoff

Testimonials

'Robert Berg is hugely experienced; his tactical knowledge and ability to get to the essentials of a case is impressive'.

Reeds Solicitors is a firm with 'wide ranging expertise across the spectrum of criminal law'. The 'industrious' team has recently advised on cases of attempted murder, conspiracy to kidnap, drugs offences and complex fraud. Practice head Abigail Ashford is 'dedicated' and 'extremely hardworking'; Mark Abbott is noted for his 'superb legal and tactical knowledge'.

Practice head(s):Abigail Ashford

Other key lawyers:Mark Abbott

Testimonials

'Abigail Ashford is always on top of her cases; she is proactive, diligent and knowledgeable'.

'Mark Abbott provides a highly personalised service to his clients, and he has an absolutely tireless work ethic'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client charged with attempted GBH and possession of a weapon after allegedly assaulting a police officer; the defendant was acquitted on the reason of insanity.

Stuart Miller Solicitors deals with cases of GBH, fraud, sexual assault, kidnap, human trafficking, possession of indecent images, drugs conspiracies, manslaughter and murder. Criminal law specialist Mohammed Zeb, together with Abu Kibla and fraud law expert Majad Habib, leads the practice. Other key names include Kate Blackmore, who has key expertise in sexual offences cases; Nawal Asskoumi, who specialises in cases involving homicide; and Gabriel Milton-Job, who focuses on fraud, cybercrime and money-laundering work.

Practice head(s):Mohammed Zeb; Abu Kibla; Majad Habib

Other key lawyers:Kate Blackmore; Nawal Asskoumi; Gabriel Milton-Job

Work highlights

  • Defended a client charged with the murder of his best friend; the client was convicted of manslaughter.
  • Represented a former teacher charged with historic sexual abuse of students at the school he worked at; the client was acquitted of all charges.
  • Acted for a client charged with manslaughter after the death of his brother via an alleged exorcism by family members; the client was acquitted.

Advice Wise Solicitors Limited's crime team has been kept busy of late with cases of burglary, murder, high-value fraud, and drugs conspiracies. Shahid Khan leads the team, while Abraar Ayaz is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):Shahid Khan

Other key lawyers:Abraar Ayaz

Work highlights

  • Acted for Syed Fahad who was convicted of stabbing a 23-year-old man.
  • Represented Mohammed Asifur Rahman, a lead defendant in a multi-handed internet banking fraud conspiracy worth more than £12m.
  • Defended Lomil Uddin who was accused of attempted murder after allegedly assaulting his partner; the defendant was acquitted of attempted murder but was convicted of GBH.
  • Represented Edward Gourlay, who admitted to over 80 criminal offences including fraud and burglary; the defendant pleaded guilty and received a four-year prison sentence.

Cantaris Locke Solicitors has recently advised on cases of human trafficking, murder, drugs conspiracies, fraud and serious violence. Recent highlights included representing an individual being prosecuted under the Modern Slavery Act in a multi-defendant case including charges of trafficking and prostitution. Costa Cantaris and the Stevenage-based Natalia Locke head the practice.

Practice head(s):Costa Cantaris; Natalia Locke

Testimonials

'Cantaris Locke provides a vigorous, empathetic service - it goes the extra mile for clients'.

'Costa Cantaris is a very determined individual who strives for the best result for his clients'.

'Natalia Locke offers straightforward, no-nonsense advice'.

Work highlights

  • Representing a client charged with the murder of his sister, who was strangled to death.
  • Acted for an individual charged with conspiracy to supply 22kg of cocaine worth around £2m; the defendant was found not guilty.

Cybercrime cases are a core area of expertise for the team at Cartwright King, and the firm is equally adept at handling other criminal matters such as fraud, serious violence, murder, extradition, manslaughter and sexual offences. Practice head Sundeep Soor, who is based in Nottingham, Richard Cornthwaite and Michael Herford are key names.

Practice head(s):Sundeep Soor

Other key lawyers:Richard Cornthwaite; Michael Herford

Testimonials

'The team is absolutely dedicated to its clients'.

'Richard Cornthwaite is superb with clients and a great tactician'.

'Michael Herford is a truly excellent solicitor: charismatic, energetic and engaging'.

Eastwoods is recognised as 'a specialist in the field of medical and professional crime'; the team is strong in defending professionals in cases involving allegations of sexual assault, manslaughter, and fraud. Surjit Dubb and Adam Smith are the key partners, and associate Stephen Hooper is recommended.

Practice head(s):Adam Smith; Surjit Dubb

Other key lawyers:Stephen Hooper

Testimonials

'Surjit Dubb is a cool, calm strategist who inspires confidence in his clients and fear in his opponents'.

'Stephen Hooper is thoughtful, hardworking, and approachable'.

Work highlights

  • Defended a female dentist charged with three counts of sexual assault against other female staff members; the defendant was found not guilty after no evidence was offered against her.

MK Law Solicitors Limited handles various serious criminal matters, including murder, terrorism cases, sexual offences, armed robbery and fraud. In 2018 the team secured an acquittal for Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, who was charged with intent to commit an act of terror after he drove to Buckingham Palace with a samurai sword. The firm opened in 2008 and now has a team forty staff covering both criminal and civil cases with offices in London and Bromley. The team is led by Manisha Knights, Hesham Puri and Derek Barry.

Practice head(s):Hesham Puri; Manisha Knights; Derek Barry

Testimonials

'MK Law Solicitors is excellent in terms of its client care and case preparation'.

'MK Law's strength is its founding partner. Manisha Knights started this firm at a time when all warned her not to, but her hard work and enthusiasm has driven the firm to the success it is now.'

'Hesham Puri is very astute, engaging and committed'.

'Manisha Knights is utterly committed to her clients'.

'Derek Barry is very hardworking, and has excellent tactical awareness'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a student charged with harassment after sending sexual photographs of a sex worker to one of her family members; the defendant was acquitted of stalking.

Powell Spencer & Partners Solicitors' 'very strong' team deals with a variety of cases, such as fraud, drugs offences, sexual assault, and robbery. Greg Powell - 'a veteran of the criminal law sphere' - and Mark Troman lead the practice, in which Sinead Zaman is a name to note.

Practice head(s):Greg Powell; Mark Troman

Other key lawyers:Sinead Zaman

Testimonials

'A very professional and knowledgeable team that provides a personal service'.

'Greg Powell is a veteran of the criminal law sphere, and his knowledge and experience is second-to-none. He always goes the extra mile for his clients'.

'Mark Troman has a keen legal mind and is always one step ahead in spotting the key points in a case'.

Work highlights

  • Defended Richard Holden, a special advisor to the former Secretary of State for Defence, against allegations of sexual assault; the defendant was acquitted.

Roe Lawyers'¬†team of 'consummate professionals' provides 'an extremely high level of service' and is 'ready to do battle when required'. Practice head Stephanie Roe¬†is ‚Äėa seasoned and knowledgeable criminal practitioner‚Äô, 'very dedicated to her cases and clients' and¬†'will always go the extra mile'. Sexual assault cases have been prominent in the team's recent workload.

Practice head(s):Stephanie Roe

Testimonials

'A boutique firm which prides itself on providing a personal service'.

'The tenacious, conscientious and hard-working team is committed to providing the highest standards of service and support to its clients'.

'Stephanie Roe is an extraordinarily committed, passionate and tenacious lawyer'.

Work highlights

  • Represented a defendant before the Court of Appeal concerning his earlier conviction for attempted murder; the conviction was quashed and a retrial ordered, after which he was convicted of intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The criminal team at Vardags acts for professionals and high-net-worth individuals in cases of sexual assault, fraud, and murder, among other areas. Robert Conway heads the team, and senior associate Lucy Winter is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Robert Conway

Other key lawyers:Lucy Winter

Testimonials

'The criminal team at Vardags go the extra mile to ensure clients’ needs are met'.

'Robert Conway is a seasoned practitioner who provides clear and concise advice and leads the team with authority; his clients love him'.


Fraud: civil

Index of tables

  1. Fraud: civil
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Rising stars

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Allen & Overy LLP is adept at dealing with high value multijurisdictional matters that involve a high volume of documents, freezing orders, disclosure orders, and search and seizure orders. Other areas of expertise include world-wide asset freezing, interim applications and ancillary orders such as for passport retention. The firm acts for claimants and defendants in the oil and gas, telecoms, manufacturing, banking and financial sectors. Senior associate Helen Biggin handles cross-border dispute resolution involving fraud in emerging markets, including Iraq, while fellow senior associate Juliet de Pencier is also well-regarded.

Other key lawyers:Helen Biggin; Juliet de Pencier; Jonathan Hitchin; Becky Valori

Testimonials

‘Well known as leaders in their field for high profile complex litigation’.

'They know their clients intimately and work throughout different departments seamlessly to maintain this.'

'Juliet de Pencier is very easy to work with and is always professional in her communications; she is extremely organised and a very hard worker’.

'Associate Alex Mobbs punches well above his weight given his performance and commitment to our case.'

'Juliet de Pencier, Becky Valori and Alex Mobbs are each excellent litigators, and also work together as formidable team.'

Work highlights

  • Advised members of the Kazakhstan Kagazy Group, one of Central Asia’s largest paper and packaging manufacturers, in a multi-million dollar fraud case.
  • Representing a major international hedge fund in relation to the theft of valuable algorithmic trading strategies by a rogue employee who fled to Hong Kong from the UK.
  • Acting for Ricardo Oliveira, RO-Car Classic and Grupo Ricardo Oliveira, defendants in proceedings brought in the High Court in England by a Portuguese state-related company, Parvalorem.

Baker McKenzie draws on its huge global network of offices to handle multijurisdictional matters; areas of expertise include cross-border fraud investigations, litigation, economic torts, fraudulent misrepresentation, asset tracing, and preservation and disclosure orders. The firm continues to act as a global legal coordinator for the Kuwaiti Government-owned Grupo Torras on the recovery of stolen assets, following the groundbreaking $800m judgment the firm obtained in its favour in England. Charles Thomson and Hugh Lyons head the team.

Practice head(s):Charles Thomson; Hugh Lyons

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Peddie; Anthony Poulton; Henry Garfield

Testimonials

‘Highly competent lawyers at all levels’.

‘Committed and user friendly’. 

‘Anthony Poulton is a very skilled negotiator’.

Key Clients

Dubai Islamic Bank

Narongdej

Tradition Financial Services

Bidcorp

The Official Receiver of the Bangkok Bank of Commerce

Kuwait Investment Office

Consolidated Contractors Company

Edwardian Hotels Group

Prandicle

Abdullah Bin Obaid

Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg (LBBW)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC in proceedings to recover circa $500m stolen from it in a complex receivables financing fraud.
  • Acting for Dr Kasem Narongdej in an alleged conspiracy involving the alleged fraudulent transfer of shares worth several billion US dollars.
  • Acting for Edwardian Hotels Group in a £100m dispute between certain of its minority and majority shareholders.
  • Acting for Prandicle Limited as a defendant in $1bn English commercial court proceedings concerning (i) allegations of fraud in the sale of a large Ukrainian steel plant; and (ii) ownership of various high profile and high value assets.

London litigation boutique Byrne and Partners LLP advises clients on high-stakes fraud disputes, as well as freezing orders and interlocutory injunctions. It also deals with trust and fiduciary issues in offshore jurisdictions, and handles related criminal issues including asset forfeiture, civil asset recovery, extradition requests and the removal of Interpol Red Notices. Clients include international conglomerates, high-net-worth individuals, investment managers and financial service professionals. Nicola Boulton - described as 'the market leader in civil fraud' - heads the team.

Practice head(s):Nicola Boulton

Other key lawyers:Yvonne Jefferies; Adam Zoubir; Elizabeth Seborg; Ben Davies; Adam Zoubir; Tom McKernan

Testimonials

‘Nicola Boulton leads a highly tactically astute team’.

‘They have vast experience at facing down the most difficult and aggressive opponents in large-scale fraud claims, both on the claimant and the defendant side’. 

‘Nicola Boulton is the market leader in civil fraud and her well-drilled team include stand-out associates such as Tom McKernan and highly skilled strategists such as Ben Davies’.

‘Their fees are extremely competitive given the quality of their work and expertise’.

‘Yvonne Jefferies is an exceptional strategist’.

‘Adam Zoubir is smart, personable and a very safe pair of hands’.

Key Clients

Lolita Danilina

Nop Narongdej and Nuttawut Phowborom

Nikolai Fetisov

Harbour Fund II, L.P.

Pavel Ovcharenko

Nikolay Sochin and Balfour Worldwide Limited

Teva Pharmaceutical

Soprim Construction Sarl

Lopag

Harbour Fund III, L.P.

Blue Companies

Work highlights

  • Acted for a Russian businesswoman and entrepreneur in her $250m  Commercial Court claim against oligarch Vladimir Chenukin, which concerned ownership of valuable real estate interests and trust claims.
  • Acting for Thai investors defending a $1 -$2bn Commercial Court fraud claim, concerning ownership of Thai renewable energy companies.
  • Acting for a former major shareholder and senior manager of a Russian Bank, in his defence of $1bn fraud claims brought in the Commercial Court.
  • Acting for a major litigation funder in a £150m Commercial Court dispute over ownership of assets, to which the SFO is also making a claim.
  • Acting for a Russian oligarch in his defence of a $380m Commercial Court fraud claim brought by a major Russian oil producer.

DLA Piper draws on its large global network of offices to provide a comprehensive service on cross-border civil fraud disputes, with a particular focus on the financial services and energy and natural resources sectors. Areas of expertise include asset tracing, international bribery, corruption and money laundering. The team also offers a rapid response hotline which provides 24-hour global crisis management advice. Jamie Curle, Jeremy Andrews and Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry head the team, which has been significantly boosted by the additions of Patrick Rappo, Rebecca Hopkirk and Anna Mills, who joined as partners during 2018 from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP, RPC and Hogan Lovells International LLP respectively, while Christina Lawrence was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Jamie Curle; Jeremy Andrews; Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry

Other key lawyers:Patrick Rappo; Rebecca Hopkirk; Anna Mills; Christina Lawrence; Phillip Kelly; Sarah Ellington; Charles Allin

Testimonials

‘Extremely dedicated to the case and its success, they work seamlessly with teams of local counsels and experts in other jurisdictions’.

‘Clever, quick and always available, they instill calm and confidence’.

‘A smooth running team which has depth and breadth of fraud experience’.

‘First rate civil fraud capability; brilliant at cross-jurisdictional problems’.              

‘Jamie Curle is absolutely brilliant at running cases, moving between the macro and the micro; he has huge expertise in juggling proceedings in different jurisdictions and is a joy to work with’.

‘Very experienced team leaders and enthusiastic junior solicitors who work hard’.

‘Jeremy Andrews is very calm and to the point’.

‘Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry has very impressive tactical nous’.

‘Jamie Curle has excellent client skills and good team management’.      

‘Jeremy Andrews is a standout partner and is hands on when he needs to be’.

Key Clients

Thomas Kalaris

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd (in Special Administration)

Premier Wealth

Renova Industries Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Renova in BVI proceedings in a $900m joint venture dispute.
  • Representing Thomas Kalaris, former CEO of Barclays Wealth, in connection with the largest fraud trial arising out of the 2008 financial crisis..
  • Advising the special administrator of Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd in its actions to recover losses of up to €3.5bn arising from allegedly fraudulent transactions entered into by Andreas Vgenopoulos and other former management of the bank and related entities.
  • Representing Premier Wealth, which is seeking to recovery of monies from a £10m fraudulent investment scheme.
  • Representing a group of four defendants in a $19m claim for breach of contract and fraud.

In addition to its top-tier disputes capabilities, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has a track record of work on high-value multijurisdictional fraud investigations, drawing on a team of experts across its international network of offices. The team also has expertise in the locating, freezing and recovery of assets, with an in-house forensics team which provides global investigation and asset tracing services for victims of civil fraud. The 'outstanding' Jeremy Garson heads the team, which also includes EMEA disputes head Philip Carrington, solicitor advocate Rachel Lidgate and 'extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful' of counsel Gareth Keillor.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Garson

Other key lawyers:Philip Carrington; Rachel Lidgate; Kevin Kilgour; Gareth Keillor; Gary Milner-Moore

Testimonials

‘They know what they can do and they carefully weigh the available options before proceeding’.

‘They follow a hands-on but respectful approach when cooperating with colleagues in foreign jurisdictions’.

‘There is integrity in everything they do’.

‘They are always punctual in delivering work of very high quality’.

‘Kevin Kilgour is meticulous in his work and communicates complicated ideas in a simple and effective manner’.

‘Jeremy Garson is an outstanding lawyer - he has excellent knowledge of the law combined with an imaginative, holistic and pragmatic approach aimed at providing his clients with the best and most efficient solutions’.

‘They are a formidable resource to have on your side’.

‘They are highly responsive and cut through to the heart of the key issues’.

'Gareth Keillor is extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful; has a lot of cross-border dispute resolution experience.'

'Jeremy Garson is a thoughtful, highly analytical and a very efficient defender of my rights. He is willing to work to tight deadlines and be aggressive when need be.'

'Chris Bushell is one of the up and coming leaders in London litigation.'

Key Clients

Gazprom Export LLC

Jyske Bank (Gibraltar) Limited

JPMorgan (JPM)

Mr Bernard Charles Ecclestone

Tarek Investments Limited (Investment vehicle of billionaire Vladislav Doronin)

A Cypriot company which owns a substantial real estate asset in England.

Tony Jimenez (Dubai-based businessman)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Gazprom Export in proceedings brought in London in relation to a shareholder dispute concerning a Bulgarian joint venture gas company.
  • Instructed by Jyske Bank to defend dishonest assistance and knowing receipt claims in Gibraltar brought by the liquidators of Marrache & Co, a Gibraltarian law firm that became insolvent in 2010 after its partners and finance director of Marrache & Co were imprisoned for fraudulently misappropriating large amounts of money from the firm's accounts.
  • Defending JP Morgan in proceedings issued by the Libyan Investment Authority.  
  • Defending a claim of over $500m brought against Bernie Ecclestone and four other defendants across two separate actions concerning the sale by Bayerische Landesbank Anstalt des Offentlichen Rechts of its stake in the Formula 1 Group in 2006.

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises a prestigious client roster on anti-bribery measures, corruption, asset recovery, money laundering and economic sanctions. Its global network of offices provides coordinated multi-jurisdictional advice, with notable experience of cases in Russia, the CIS and Libya. Clients include corporates, banks and liquidators/administrators. The 'hugely experienced' Crispin Rapinet, who heads the team, has a track record of cases involving the Middle East. Also recommended is Chris Hardman, who applies his 'litigation nous' to large fraud cases involving Russia and the CIS. The firm continues to act for ENRC in relation to the high-profile case against the SFO which re-established the importance, and applicability, of legal professional privilege, including in the context of internal investigations.

Practice head(s):Crispin Rapinet

Other key lawyers:Chris Hardman; Claire Lipworth; Michael Roberts; Liam Naidoo; Oliver Humphrey

Testimonials

‘Unrivalled expertise in high-value, high-stakes fraud litigation’

‘Michael Roberts has that winning combination of a razor-sharp legal mind, meticulous attention to detail and effective client skills’.

‘Liam Naidoo is a highly experienced fraud litigator with impeccable judgement and a keen eye for the strategic aspects of the case as well as the detail of running large-scale litigation in the Commercial Court’.

‘Crispin Rapinet is a hugely experienced fraud litigator with flawless judgement and practical nous’.

‘Oliver Humphrey is a very clever lawyer who leaves no stone unturned and has the utmost confidence of the clients’.

'Chris Hardman is a senior partner who oversees much of the work: his litigation nous is the best I have encountered, as is his ability to grasp the detail of the numerous cases in which he is involved. He is rightly regarded as one of the best litigators in the City.'

'Chris Hardman and Richard Lewis are the best civil fraud solicitors in London.'

Key Clients

ENRC/ERG

Russian Deposit InsuranceAgency

Sergiy Taruta

BTA Bank

Stephen Mullens

Cunico

PrivatBank

National Express

Libyan Sovereign WealthFund

Standard Chartered

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of ENRC, the team secured one of the most significant Court of Appeal decisions for many years, which re-established the importance, and applicability, of legal professional privilege, including in the context of internal investigations.
  • Continuing to act for the DIA in its groundbreaking litigation against former oligarch Sergei Pugachev.
  • Advising on allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt and conspiracy in connection with a shareholder dispute between four Ukrainian oligarchs who were longstanding partners in one of Europe's largest metals producers, Industrial Union of Donbass.
  • Acting for JSC BTA Bank in the largest fraud dispute before the English courts in recent years. BTA alleges that the former chairman of its board of directors, Mukhtar Ablyazov, assisted by various associates (some of whom are also defendants), effectively stole over $6bn from BTA.
  • Advising on claims by companies within the international ferroalloys conglomerate, the Cunico Group, against its former management for mismanagement and deliberate siphoning of funds.

The London team at Jones Day advise on complex cross-border matters, international asset tracing, contentious insolvency, investment fund disputes and cases involving offshore jurisdictions. , with clients including both businesses and high-net-worth individuals. Sion Richards heads the practice and specialises in multijurisdictional investigations and civil litigation; he is particularly adept at handling injunctive relief and asset tracing. Craig Shuttleworth is recommended for his experience in disputes, expert determination and claimant fraud actions.

Practice head(s):Sion Richards

Other key lawyers:Craig Shuttleworth; Annabel Treadgold; James Fidler; Barnaby Stueck

Key Clients

Nicholas Guy Edwards and Philip Stephen Bowers of Deloitte LLP in their capacities as Joint Liquidators of Angel Group Limited & other related companies

Sheikh Abdulrahman Khalid bin Mahfouz & Family and Arab Asian International Holding Company BSC

Brian Glasgow in his capacity as Bankruptcy Trustee of Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited

Hi-Level Enterprises Limited

Khalid Abdullah Al-Hezaimi

Nicholas Guy Edwards and Daniel Francis Butters of Deloitte LLP in their capacity as Joint Administrators of Angelic Interiors Limited

Chapter II Trustee of the Soundview Funds

Simon McNally and Simon Cooper

Arcadia Petroleum Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Angel Group liquidators in successful civil fraud claims worth more than £10m against former director and sole shareholder.
  • Acting for the Bin Mahfouz family in complex High Court fraud proceedings and consequent enforcement action against Muhaned El-Rashid.
  • Obtained urgent injunctive relief for Hi-Level Enterprises Limited against former employees who had deliberately misappropriated intellectual property.
  • Advising a prominent Saudi businessman in complex fraud proceedings brought against him by a former business associate and others in July 2017.
  • Acting for Arcadia Petroleum Limited in fraud proceedings against former management and associates worth around £350m.

The Linklaters LLP team takes a multidisciplinary approach, combining the expertise of lawyers across its global network of offices, including specialists in derivatives, insolvency, financial regulation, capital markets, energy and infrastructure and competition. Clients include banks and FTSE 100 companies, which it advises on high-value multijurisdictional disputes. Satindra Dogra heads the London team - which was recently boosted by the arrival of former Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders  - while Michael Bennett is global head. Other new additions to the London team include Gavin Lewis, who relocated from Hong Kong, while Teresa Laboucarie-Polak and Chris Stevenson were both recently made up to partner.

Practice head(s):Satindra Dogra; Michael Bennett

Other key lawyers:Alison Saunders; Gavin Lewis; Chris Stevenson; Christa Band; Rory Conway; Patrick Robinson; Rebecca James

Testimonials

'A strong fraud team’. 

‘The overall quality of the associates at every level makes them stand out from many rival firms in this area’.

‘Rebecca James is an extremely talented managing associate who is destined for high places’.

Key Clients

Grant Thornton LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Bayerische Landesbank

Work highlights

  • Acting for Grant Thornton, the liquidators of Saad Investments Company Limited and Singularis Holdings Limited, in its ongoing defence on behalf of those companies of fraud claims exceeding $4bn.
  • Representing Bayerische Landesbank/BayernLB, which sold its majority stake in Formula One to CVC in 2006. One of BLB’s former directors was allegedly bribed by Bernie Ecclestone in connection with the sale, which has given rise to multiple sets of prior criminal and civil proceedings in England and Germany.

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team has broad expertise, handling fraud investigations, litigation asset recovery, civil injunctions, freezing orders and cyber security. Clients include global organisations and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Kasra Nouroozi heads the team and specialises in disputes, investigations and cross-border injunctions. Kathryn Garbett is adept at handling civil fraud litigation, while Gary Miller is an international litigator and focuses on commercial disputes involving dishonesty, fraud and corruption issues. Robert Wynn-Jones is also 'extremely well regarded'. Mark Davis joined as partner from Davis & Co, while Alison Levitt QC left to join 2 Hare Court.

Practice head(s):Kasra Nouroozi

Other key lawyers:Kathryn Garbett; Gary Miller; Mark Davis; Robert Wynn Jones; Hugo Plowman; Claire Broadbelt; Annabel Thomas

Testimonials

‘Excellent resources and a go-to firm for the biggest cases’.

‘Robert Wynn Jones is extremely well regarded and is an expert in the field’.

‘A team with real strength in depth and great experience in this area’.

‘They are all very committed, extremely familiar with the area, and particularly creative with investigations and interim applications’.

‘Robert Wynn Jones is very clever, absolutely tireless in his clients' interests and always practical’.

Hugo Plowman is an excellent leader and team builder, with huge experience, and a genuine enthusiasm for the work’.

Key Clients

Sana Sabbagh

Suppiqat

Dieter Neupert

Yaroslavsky

Koza

Batista

Walid Giahmi

Allseas

Mario Staggl

Work highlights

  • Advising Nopporn 'Nick' Suppipat, an entrepreneur who built Thailand's largest wind energy company and who fled the country after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The resulting litigation involves claims for conspiracy against 17 defendants in six jurisdictions, with damages in excess of $1bn.
  • Acting for a client on a high-value claim seeking to remove him as personal executor of an English estate by the wife of the deceased and his daughter.
  • Acting for Alexander Yaroslavsky against allegations that he conspired to defraud Tatneft by means of a complex oil-siphoning arrangement.

Specialist City disputes boutique PCB Litigation LLP has a dedicated focus on fraud investigations, asset recovery and commercial disputes, and of late has been seeing an increasing amount of insolvency-related fraud claims. Clients include financial institutions, corporates and high-net-worth individuals. Trevor Mascarenhas is praised for his 'seriously impressive knowledge of the law, particularly on issues such as jurisdiction', while 'master strategist' Anthony Riem has strong experience of banking litigation and commercial litigation. Jon Felce is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional asset tracing cases and is described as 'a sophisticated thinker'. The firm is a member of Fraudnet, the global network of asset recovery specialists run by the International Chamber of Commerce.

Practice head(s):Trevor Mascarenhas; Anthony Riem

Other key lawyers:Jon Felce; Natalie Todd

Testimonials

‘Trevor Mascarenhas is a great strategist and always there to help’.

‘Camilla Cook is a rising star of litigation, a great addition to the team’.

‘The overall service is excellent - friendly but also very professional and efficient’.

‘A partner led practice, and so clients always have the benefit of a very experienced litigator leading their cases’.

‘Anthony Riem and Trevor Mascarenhas are stand out, excellent fraud and asset recovery practitioners’.

‘Nick Ractliff is a true gent, as well as being incisive and very strong minded’.

‘Unparalleled expertise of fraud disputes including the very busiest and most complex.

‘Trevor Mascarenas is a good strategist with encyclopaedic knowledge of fraud law’.

‘Rachel Turner is very easy to work with and a good associate for managing a case’.

‘A niche commercial fraud practice at the cutting edge of cross-border commercial fraud work’.

Key Clients

TPG

Walid Giahmi

BMW

Bank of Moscow

VTB

SES SA and MX1 Limited

Andrey Petrik

Vadim Kargin

Dmitry Tsvetkov

KMG International NV

Adenium SICAV

Qatcom LLC

Amanda Coombes

Jason Tsai

Work highlights

  • Acting in the defence of a $100m+ claim brought by the Libyan Investment Authority against Walid Giahmi and JP Morgan in respect of the acquisition of notes issued by Bear Stearns said to have been procured through bribery and intimidation.
  • Represented TPG Capital and related individuals and companies in successfully defending a $1bn claim.
  • Acting Andrey Petrik, the anchor defendant in dispute over the ownership of the Norebo Group, one of the largest international fishing enterprises in the world.
  • Acting for BMW in relation to significant claims arising out of an employee fraud.
  • Acted for defendant Jason Tsai, in relation to a multimillion-pound VAT fraud matter.

The team at Simmons & Simmons has recently been involved in what has been dubbed "the UK's biggest fraud trial", advising former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain on the multibillion-dollar claim brought by Hewlett-Packard over alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made about the financial state of the company. The top-end City firm, which has expertise in civil, criminal, and parallel regulatory parallel proceedings, also handles cross-border asset tracing and international enforcement of judgments, and is seeing an increase in work from high-net-worth individuals in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Other clients include FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Team co-head Nick Benwell handles large-scale, multijurisdictional and sensitive fraud investigations, working with the 'fabulous' Patrick Boylan, who has a focus on fraud disputes emanating from the CIS, Asia and various offshore jurisdictions. Stephen Gentle is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Nick Benwell; Patrick Boylan

Other key lawyers:Stephen Gentle; Stephen Moses; Ed Crosse; Adam Brown; Chloe Morris; Richard Sims

Testimonials

‘Simmons & Simmons have a number of strong partners and associates in this area, who are well able to handle big-ticket fraud litigation, and give robust and pragmatic advice’.   

‘Patrick Boylan has a level head and mature approach, and a calm manner that can reassure clients’.   

‘The breadth of experience across the team means that clients can be confident that whatever the issue, someone in the Simmons team will have dealt with it before’.

‘The team is highly respected across the City with strong continuity of personnel and an ability to attract the best new talent’.       

‘Patrick Boylan is a fabulous litigation partner who gets stuck in and is a great communicator and strategist’.

Key Clients

Sushovan Hussain

The Capital Markets Company (UK) Limited (Capco)

Shahid Ullah

O1 Group

Macquarie Bank Limited

BH Asset Management Limited

Animo Associates Limited (Animo)

Work highlights

  • Representing former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain in relation to the $5bn claim brought by Hewlett-Packard arising out of alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made about the financial state of Autonomy.
  • Representing Capco in a $145m+ fraud claim in which Capco alleged that its clients, resources and business opportunities were fraudulently diverted to new start-up companies secretly owned and controlled by Capco’s former employees.
  • Defending Shahid Ullah in claim relating to an alleged fraudulent conspiracy with a Nigerian joint venture to extract $1bn from the Afren Group.
  • Represented the O1 Group in a $600m fraud claim involving one of Russia’s largest private banks, Otkritie Bank. Successfully obtained anti-suit injunctions in the English High Court for O1 Group.
  • Defending Macquarie Bank against a complex contract/fraud claim relating to the trading of oil futures.

Stephenson Harwood handles high value fraud cases, disputes and international fraud litigation, with a strong track record of work relating to emerging markets such as Russia, the CIS, Africa and India. Areas of expertise include freezing orders, search orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, receivership orders, gagging orders and asset tracing. Ros Prince - 'a tenacious litigator without fear of standing up to oligarchs or governments' - co-heads the team and focuses on large scale fraud disputes. She works in tandem with the 'phenomenally experienced' Alan Bercow, who also heads the team, advises clients in large scale fraud and asset tracing litigation, while other key members of the wider team include commercial litigation head John Fordham, described as a 'been there and done it' partner, while senior associate Priya Grigoriadis is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Ros Prince; Alan Bercow

Other key lawyers:Tony Woodcock; John Fordham; Kamal Shah; Priya Grigoriadis

Testimonials

‘Ros Prince is a partner with an amazing ability to be all over the detail, whilst at the same time steering the strategy decisions’. 

‘Sue Millar is a measured lawyer, who understands both the legal intricacies of a case and the commercial needs of the client’.

‘Alan Bercow is a calm and efficient lawyer who is highly respected in the market and by his team’. 

‘A heavyweight fraud team with experience of some of the most complex and high value cases’.

‘Ros Prince is a fantastic lawyer who runs an extremely efficient and effective team’.

‘Ros Prince is a tenacious litigator without fear of standing up to oligarchs or governments’.

‘Alan Bercow has compendious knowledge of the practice area and a huge amount of common sense, which clients really appreciate’.

‘Alan Bercow is a real gentleman, who is phenomenally experienced’. 

‘Ros Prince is a standout fraud litigator with superb international experience’.

Key Clients

Former shareholders of Yukos Oil Company

Ukrainian parties

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Yaroslavna Lasytsya

Shane Crooks and Malcolm Cohen of BDO LLP

SPL Guernsey ICC Ltd

KPMG LLP, Ian Corfield, Allan Graham

RFC 2012

Libyan Investment Authority

Work highlights

  • Acting for the former shareholders of Yukos Oil Company on their enforcement action in England in relation to the $54bn arbitration award against the Russian Federation.
  • Advising the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in relation to a significant fraud in an underlying arbitration in which the award is worth over $400m.
  • Continuing to act in relation to the affairs of the Libyan Investment Authority, representing one of the persons claiming to be chairman of the LIA in various claims.
  • Acting for the Receivers of Sebastian Holdings which was the personal investment vehicle of Mr Vik, a sometime multi-billionaire locked in a high profile dispute with Deutsche Bank.
  • Acted for Ukrainian clients in successfully discharging a worldwide freezing order granted by the Commercial Court in support of an LCIA arbitration.

Bird & Bird LLP is adept at handling various civil and criminal fraud matters; areas of expertise include international risk management and compliance advice, HMRC investigations, pension fraud, corporate fraud, asset tracing, market abuse, money laundering, employee fraud and mortgage fraud. The firm recently launched a 24/7 business fraud and crisis response hotline. Sophie Eyre, who heads the team, has expertise in ancillary relief applications as well as extensive knowledge of trust issues arising from fraud claims.

Practice head(s):Sophie Eyre

Other key lawyers:Michael Brown; Peter Knight; Matthew Foote

Key Clients

BNP Paribas

Global Energy Horizons Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in the Supreme Court, which upheld the Court of Appeal's overturning of the first instance decision in a high-profile case in which the Playboy Club London had sued the bank for negligence.
  • Advising a defendant in relation to £1.6bn claim brought by the Danish tax collecting authority against 94 defendants in relation to the alleged fraudulent use of the Danish withholding tax regime.
  • Representing Global Energy Horizons Corporation in a damages enquiry following a determination by the Court that a party owed a fiduciary duty to the claimant and had made secret profits and benefited from the confidential business investment plans and strategies for the use of ultrasound in late life oil and gas wells to enhance production.

Brown Rudnick LLP handles various fraud and regulatory matters relating to cross-border joint ventures, money laundering and confiscation proceedings, among others. The firm regularly advises on cases that involve multiple jurisdictions including the US, MENA, offshore, as well as Russia and CIS countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The team is co-led by Neil Micklethwaite and Neill Shrimpton, while the 'extraordinarily strategic' Jane Colston is recommended for her expertise in high-value fraud and commercial banking disputes.

Practice head(s):Neil Micklethwaite; Neill Shrimpton

Other key lawyers:Jane Colston; Jamie Symington; Anupreet Amole; Chloe Pawson-Pounds; Ravinder Thukral; Olga Bischof; Nicholas Tse; Peter Bibby

Key Clients

Threadneedle Asset Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Threadneedle Asset Management Limited and Threadneedle Management Services Limited in relation to its defence of a $125m claim being brought in the English High Court by two companies within the Otkritie Group, one of Russia’s leading financial groups.
  • Acting for six defendants in a fraud claim brought by the Danish tax authority over an alleged large tax fraud for over £1.2bn.

The newly combined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, formed by the 2018 merger of Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave, now has a much larger international platform from which to handle high-value multijurisdictional cases of civil fraud spanning the US, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Areas of expertise include contested applications, investigations, regulatory risk, compliance, enforcement and freezing injunctions. The firm has an in-house forensic services team comprised of forensic accountants and IT specialists. Clients include blue chip companies, leading financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals. Co-head of team Segun Osuntokun - who was recently appointed as the firm's first-ever London managing partner - focuses on complex disputes and claims which have elements of dishonesty, fraud or corruption; he works in tandem with fellow co-head Oliver Glynn-Jones. Andrew Tuson is recommended for 'managing very complicated cases with aplomb'.

Practice head(s):Segun Osuntokun; Oliver Glynn-Jones

Other key lawyers:Graham Shear; Andrew Tuson; Sharon Kennedy; Andrew Street; Georgia Henderson-Cleland

Testimonials

‘Personable and extremely capable’.

‘Andrew Tuson is very calm and extremely gracious’.

‘Graham Shear is as an experienced and savvy commercial litigator, with particular experience in fraud cases’. 

Key Clients

Access Bank PLC

Josef Eim, Radek Stacha, Consult II s.r.o and Pavel Ivanyi

Torchlight Fund Limited Partnership and its General Partner, Torchlight GP Limited

Work highlights

  • Secured a high profile success in a £1bn claim against the former CEO/managing director of Access Bank Plc.
  • Acting for Josef Eim, Radek Stacha, Consult II and Pavel Ivanyi as claimants in relation to an alleged investment fraud by Shire Warwick Lewis Capital Limited and individuals connected with that company.
  • Acting as principal legal adviser to Torchlight Fund Limited Partnership and its General Partner, Torchlight GP Limited in relation to one of the largest disputes in the Cayman islands in recent years.    

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is adept at handling a range of civil fraud matters, including asset tracing and worldwide freezing orders. The firm works with clients including multinational businesses, regulators, professional advisers and high-net-worth individuals in sectors such as financial services, government, energy and natural resources. Stewart Hey, who heads the practice was admitted to the Cayman Bar in relation to the high-profile, multibillion-dollar AHAB/SAAD Cayman trial. Charlotte Pender has a track record on high-value cross-border banking and fraud cases.

Practice head(s):Stewart Hey

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Pender; James Hyne; Caroline Greenwell; Max Davis; Jason Freedman

Testimonials

‘Stewart Hey manages a large team well and has a good eye for strategy and tactics’.

‘Charlotte Pender always has a pragmatic approach’.

Caroline Greenwell is highly intelligent, very personable, has great insight into the detail and is a real pleasure to work with’.

‘An extremely talented team with a wealth of experience’.

‘They have excellent judgement and make sensible decisions that advance their clients’ interests’.

‘They invariably punch well above their weight and deliver a focused and often brilliant work product.

‘The team is very hard working with a good eye for detail and impressive knowledge’.

‘They compare excellently to other teams: they are well-informed, ambitious and think laterally’.

Key Clients

RSM

FRP Advisory LLP

Central Bank of Bahrain

Fica Frio Limited

Gulf Air

Morris Homes Group

Grant Thornton

CVR Global

PwC

Credit Suisse

Ooredoo Q, s.c.

Aldemore Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Joint Official Liquidators of six Cayman Islands registered companies, known collectively as the AwalCos, who were among the 15 resulting defendants in the multi‑billion dollar trial.
  • A cross-office litigation team from the firm's Bahrain, London and Paris offices acted for Gulf Air in a complex $19m fraud case.
  • Acting for the trustees in relation to the bankruptcy of a former Scottish lawyer turned hedge fund manager with personal debts of around £120m.
  • Acting for the Special Administrator of a regulated investment fund based in Gibraltar in respect of a multi-million claim for dishonest assistance against the fund’s former solicitors based in the UK.
  • Acting for Credit Suisse in relation to an action brought by borrowers for deceit, breach of duty and negligence in relation to a foreign currency mortgage entered into in January 2008.  

Clifford Chance LLP's most high-profile recent work has been its role defending Autonomy founder Mike Lynch against the multibillion-pound claim brought by Hewlett-Packard over its ill-fated acquisition of the UK software firm in 2011. The magic circle firm advises clients on a wide range of civil fraud-related matters, including asset tracing, interim relief, regulatory investigations, enforcement, cross-border investigations and corruption. Clients - which can also draw on the firm's internal forensic accounting team - include financial institutions, private equity firms and sponsors and other premium corporates. Commercial litigator Matthew Scully heads the team and is described as 'a very calm and responsible presence' when handling international disputes and recovery litigation for multinational corporations.

Practice head(s):Matthew Scully

Other key lawyers:Roger Best; Jeremy Kosky; Maxine Mossman; Kelwin Nicholls; Christopher Yates; Claire Freeman; Roger Leese

Testimonials

'Top class firm - wide expertise in all areas of law. Always sensible.'

'Matthew Scully is a very calm and responsible presence. Just what is needed in stressful fraud litigation.'

Key Clients

Mike Lynch, Founder of Autonomy

Apax Partners

Russian respondent to a freezing injunction application

Telecommunications company with operations in Africa

Russian railcar leasing business

Electronics Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Autonomy founder Michael Lynch in defence of fraud claims totalling £3.4bn brought by Hewlett-Packard after its £7bn acquisition of Autonomy in 2011.    
  • Acted for eight respondents in a High Court claim brought by the joint liquidators of a telecoms company against 47 respondents, including two of the largest international private equity firms.
  • Acting for a Russian respondent in relation to a freezing injunction application.
  • Representing a defendant company in a novel claim relating to an alleged distributed denial of service attack on a telecoms company with operations in Africa.
  • Advised a client on issues arising from the misuse of confidential information and a conspiracy between management and investors to cause loss, involving two arbitrations in the The London Court of International Arbitration and litigation in four jurisdictions.  

The practice at Fieldfisher - which is 'up there with the best teams in this sector' - advises on investigations, bribery, corruption, global asset tracing, freezing orders, search orders and passport orders. Clients include high-net worth individuals and companies with a particular focus on Russia, Ukraine and the CIS. The firm is adept at handling commercial fraud matters that involve parallel criminal or regulatory proceedings and increasingly, private prosecutions. Tony Lewis heads the team; he specialises in issues arising from fraudulent conduct, including investigations, recovering assets, corruption and money laundering.

Practice head(s):Tony Lewis

Other key lawyers:Alexandra Underwood; Aymen Khoury; Kit Jarvis; Andrew Lafferty; Daniel Hayward

Testimonials

'Very strong team with a real breadth of experience and market presence as fraud litigators; they have very strong lawyers at all levels.They are hands on, focused, smart and commercial. They are up there with the best teams in this sector.'

'Stuart Perry - busy, dynamic, smart and clear thinking fraud and insolvency litigator who has a real breadth of experience and understanding of this sector. Instinctively knows the pressure points and how best to exploit them.'

'Colin Gibson - constantly working for clients. Doesn't worry about the small points; excellent on the bigger picture.'

'Dan Hayward is a multilingual recent partner who handles Russian and Ukrainian clients well, and works closely with counsel as part of an integrated team to achieve the result desired by the client.'

Key Clients

Igor Kolomoisky

KeyMed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Limited ("KeyMed")

Alexander Gorbachev

Jeremy Willmont and Emma Sayers (as joint trustees in bankruptcy of Mikhail Shlosberg)

Equix Diamonds

Stephen Jennings and Robert Reid (Yukos Oil dispute)

PwC (as liquidators of Goldtrail Travel Limited)

Tetiana Ieremeieva and Roman Yeremeiev

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky in respect of a $1.9bn claim brought against him by PrivatBank, the largest commercial bank in Ukraine.
  • Acting KeyMed and Olympus in a claim against two former directors relating to an alleged pensions fraud.
  • Acting for Equix Diamonds DMCC in a $10m dispute.  
  • Acting for Stephen Jennings and Robert Reid, who have been sued alongside three other individuals in relation to their part in the auction of assets following the liquidation of Yukos Oil in Russia in 2007.
  • Acting for the liquidators of Goldtrail in pursuing dishonest assistance claims against a series of individuals, and Turkish airline Onur Air and in defending appeals from the first instance decision in the liquidators' favour

The team at Macfarlanes LLP, which was significantly strengthened in early 2018 by the hire of Neill Blundell from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, advises on a wide range of civil fraud matters, with a particular focus on the private wealth, financial services, and commercial and corporate sectors. Areas of expertise include asset tracing and injunctions, dishonest or unlawful conduct of directors, and pursuit of claims on behalf of the administrators or liquidators of insolvent estates and custodians of funds. Team co-head James Popperwell focuses on cross-border litigation, asset tracing, bribery and corruption, while fellow co-head Iain Mackie specialises in corporate and financial services litigation.

Practice head(s):James Popperwell; Iain MacKie

Other key lawyers:Neill Blundell; Charles Lloyd; Barry Donnelly; Joanna Constantis; Emma Cohen

Testimonials

‘Very strong team led by the super-organised and excellent strategic thinker, James Popperwell’. 

‘Efficient and strong lawyers at all level, right down to the most junior associates, offering small but focused teams to fit the case’.

‘James Popperwell is strategically brilliant, and super-organised running an efficient and highly focused team’. 

‘Iain Mackie is a well-connected partner, with very high profile work’.

‘Neil Blundell is probably one of the most experienced criminal law practitioners around, he has a very loyal client following that has grown over many years’.

‘The firm has great acumen and experience in multi-jurisdictional investigations, particularly in bribery, corruption and fraud’.

‘Neill Blundell is as sharp and focused as they come - and a true pleasure to have on the team’.

‘Macfarlanes offer unrelenting rigour and excellence in every facet of the work they perform’.

‘The team is very effective in cross-jurisdictional matters, targeting strategies that are relevant to the end goal’.

'Joanna Constantis is all over the detail, measured, and drives cases forward with enthusiasm’.

Norton Rose Fulbright's practice, which is led by Peter Scott, has seen an increase in instructions involving sovereign and state entities, as emerging markets crack down on corruption. The team advises on cross-border disputes, asset tracing, insolvency, cyber-fraud, bribery, money laundering, economic sanctions and corruption. Clients include corporates, financial institutions, insolvency practitioners and senior executives. Other areas of expertise include worldwide freezing orders, proprietary injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal Orders and search orders. Key partners include the 'hugely impressive' Ruth Cowley and 'very sharp litigator' Matthew Waudby; recently promoted partner Harriet Jones-Fenleigh is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Peter Scott

Other key lawyers:Harriet Jones-Fenleigh; Ruth Cowley; Matthew Waudby; Pamela Reddy; Michael Godden; Radford Goodman; David Harris; Dominic Hennessy; Katharine Young

Testimonials

'A great team of highly motivated and experienced litigators.'

'Patrick Bourke and Ruth Cowley are standout individuals with considerable experience of high-profile and substantial fraud litigation. They are hugely impressive: excellent lawyers but also very good at tactics and popular with clients.'

'Maria Sandler is an associate to watch.'

'Harriet Jones-Fenleigh is a new partner who is clearly going places. She is phenomenally hard working, thorough and very bright. A delight to work with.'

'Matthew Waudby is a very sharp litigator.'

'Michael Godden knows his stuff, with a mixed banking and fraud practice, and is very personable.'

Key Clients

The Republic of Angola

Banco Nacional de Angola (the Angolan Central Bank)

Citibank

Javier Martin-Artajo, Former senior executive at the Chief Investment Office of JP Morgan

Agate Assets SA

Carl Rogberg, former Tesco executive

Work highlights

  • Represented the Republic of Angola and the Angolan Central Bank in obtaining a $500m freezing order and proprietary injunction in a complex, cross-border, civil fraud claim.
  • Represented Citibank and Citigroup Global Markets Limited in Commercial Court and Court of Appeal proceedings relating to a $285m suspected fraud with market exposure of $2bn.
  • Represented a senior executive in multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations, together with related civil and criminal proceedings, arising out of multi-billion dollar losses at the Chief Investment Office of JP Morgan.
  • Represented the issuer of structured notes in a Commercial Court civil fraud dispute, with involving allegations of conspiracy, deceit and dishonest assistance.
  • Represented three of four defendants in a multi-jurisdictional $183m claim involving allegations of breach of contract and complex civil fraud claims based on the economic torts of unlawful conspiracy to injure and causing loss by unlawful means.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP - described as 'one of the best litigation boutiques in London' - handles multijurisdictional civil fraud cases and business crime litigation. Areas of expertise include freezing and disclosure orders, breach of contract claims, multi-party litigation, asset recovery, fraudulent misrepresentation and fraud investigations. Keith Oliver is head of international at the firm and is an expert on asset tracing. 'Excellent strategist' Jonathan Tickner is head of commercial litigation and civil fraud and is experienced in high-profile litigation.

Practice head(s):Keith Oliver; Jonathan Tickner

Other key lawyers:Jason Woodland; Sarah Gabriel; Emma Ruane; Amy Harvey

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and well organised team’.

‘The firm is small but extremely responsive to client needs and inventive in finding solutions to complex problems’.

‘They have excellent international connections and operate well in cross-border disputes’.           

‘Keith Oliver has excellent judgement and finds practical solutions to the most complex recovery issues’.

‘Jonathan Tickner is a really excellent strategist and hard fighter’.

‘Jason Woodland has learnt from the best and really knows what he is doing’.                  

‘One of the best litigation boutiques in London’.

‘For civil fraud they have some of the best and most experienced individuals’.

‘Jonathan Tickner is very impressive technically, hugely knowledgeable and also very creative in coming up with an appropriate strategy’.

Key Clients

Alexander Tugushev

Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Business Services Authority

Anthony Barness & 121 others

17 Claimants, including 16 former professional footballers

Newmafruit Farms Limited

Dr Jampana

Ian Billington

Baglan Zhunus, (First Defendant in proceedings brought by Kazakhstan Kagazy)

Ramu and Palaniyapan Ramasamy

Pure Energy Development Sàrl and Elnur Aliyev

Work highlights

  • Acting for Alexander Tugushev in relation to his ownership of a one-third stake in an international fishing business.
  • Acting on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Business Services Authority in relation alleged misconduct by multinational pharmaceutical group Servier.
  • Acting for 122 investors in their £35m claim against Ingenious Media and the investors’ professional advisers following the challenge by HMRC to the validity of the schemes.
  • Acting for 17 claimants who bring claims against their former financial advisers and agents in respect of an alleged systemic practice of the payment of secret commissions.
  • Acting for Newmafruit on a multimillion-pound case involving the misappropriation of monies for the purpose of financing property development projects.

Pinsent Masons LLP works with clients including financial institutions, professional services firms, liquidators, manufacturing and technology companies and government agencies on a wide range of civil fraud matters. The team, which 'has excellent experience of all forms of fraud litigation', has  expertise in areas including worldwide freezing orders, asset recovery, multiparty litigation, cyber fraud, as well as employee fraud, deceit and conspiracy. The team is led by Alan Sheeley, who is 'unafraid of fighting in the trenches if needs be.'

Practice head(s):Alan Sheeley

Other key lawyers:Andrew Herring; Andrew Barns-Graham; Jennifer Craven

Testimonials

'The civil fraud team at Pinsent Masons is one of the very best in London. It has excellent leadership from Alan Sheeley, who has a team of highly able associates. The team has excellent experience of all forms of fraud litigation and knows how to achieve results for clients, including where urgent action is required.'

‘Alan Sheeley is an enthusiastic litigator who is unafraid of fighting in the trenches if need be and indeed, possibly revels in it’.

‘Andrew Herring is not only knowledgeable, but provides practical and clear advice on the pros and cons of pursuing a course of action; he has great presence and poise’.

‘Excellent knowledge of fraud investigations and legal procedures available, with a focus on providing practical guidance on strategies for recovery of assets’.

‘Andrew Barns-Graham is extremely hard working, independent thinking’.

Key Clients

LLB Verwaltung (Schweiz)

Oriental Energy Resources Limited

Bbay Companies

NatWest Markets Plc, previously The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Teamtrend Limited, Trade Point Agro Limited, Collyer Limited, Rossyn Investing Corp, Milbert Ventures Inc and Zao Ukrtransitservice Ltd

BDO LLP

Dalriada Trustees Ltd

Work highlights

  • Defending LLB Verwaltung (Schweiz) AG  against a multi-million pound, complex fraud claim, which arose out of a failed investment scheme.
  • Acting for a Nigerian oil and gas exploration company, Oriental Energy Resources Limited, its chairman (and owner) and his daughter in a Commercial Court matter in excess of $1bn, arising out of the well-publicised collapse of Afren Plc.
  • Successfully overturned a $3bn worldwide freezing injunction brought by Russian crude oil producer PJSC Tatneft against eight clients – trust and corporate entities in England, the British Virgin Islands, the Isle of Man and Jersey – administered by Equiom Group.
  • Acting for the third to eighth defendants in relation to a claim brought by JSC Commercial Bank Privatbank alleging that the firm's clients were controlled by the first and second defendants and used as instruments to misappropriate $1.9bn from the bank.
  • Acting for BDO, the liquidators of an English company, Payroller Limited that was used over a twelve-month period to commit VAT fraud totalling approximately £7m.

The well-regarded team in US firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP's fast-growing London base¬†handles the full range of civil fraud matters for clients including major corporates, funds, investors, trustees, office holders and high-net-worth individuals. ‚ÄėCreative thinker and ferocious worker‚Äô Nick Marsh¬†heads the team and is recommended for cross-border fraud claims involving freezing orders. Other key members of the team include Sue Prevezer QC, who co-heads the London office and¬†chairs the firm‚Äôs international trial practice, and Khaled Khatoun, who is praised for his 'terrific judgement and strategic understanding'.¬†Nicola Chesaites¬†and Aidan O‚ÄôRourke¬†were recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Nick Marsh

Other key lawyers:Nicola Chesaites; Aidan O’Rourke; Khaled Khatoun; Sue Prevezer QC; Ted Greeno; Alex Gerbi; Hafsa Zayyan; Gregory Pantlin; Marina Boterashvili

Testimonials

‘The team works hard on developing and retaining their client base’.

‘Nick Marsh is a litigator of endless resource and imagination’. 

‘Khaled Khatoun is another very impressive litigator, who takes a measured and realistic but tough approach to dispute resolution’. 

Key Clients

Peter Bosworth and Colin Hurley

Gerald Metals S.A.

Gaiduk v Taruta & Mkrtchan

Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation

PCP Capital Partners LLP & PCP International Finance Ltd

Raga Enterprise Limited

Vladimir Chernukhin

Evison/Baring Vostok

Pavel Fuchs

Quantum Global Group

Work highlights

  • Representing the first and second defendants to a claim for $400m arising from an alleged fraud against the Arcadia Petroleum Group.
  • Represented a leading private global commodity company in LCIA Arbitration Proceedings against the trustees of a Panamanian company managed in Switzerland.
  • Instructed by Avonwick Limited (owned by Elena Gaiduk) which is bringing a  $1bn claim in deceit/fraud against two Ukrainian oligarchs who are alleged to have deceived Avonwick into selling its shares at a deflated price.
  • Filed a claim on behalf of the FDIC, a US government agency, in the English Courts against a number of high-profile English and European banks, and also the British Bankers Association, for losses suffered by 39 failed US banks as a result of alleged collusion in relation to the setting of Libor between 2007-2011.
  • Retained by private equity firm PCP Capital to represent it in a £1.5bn civil claim against Barclays.

Disputes boutique Signature Litigation LLP handles a broad range of civil fraud matters; areas of expertise include search and seizure orders, freezing injunctions, and multiparty, multijurisdictional disputes. Clients include large corporates, private equity houses, financial institutions, banks, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and foreign government agencies. Simon Bushell, 'a force-field of drive and determination', leads the team alongside firm founder Graham Huntley, who is described as 'an extraordinary legal mind' and Julian Connerty, who has a particular focus on international fraud, insurance, industry disputes and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):Simon Bushell; Graham Huntley; Julian Connerty

Other key lawyers:Josh Wong; Guy Robson

Testimonials

‘A very focused and knowledgeable litigation team’.

‘They provide brilliant client care coupled with very sound legal judgement’.

‘Graham Huntley is truly a force of nature, a very impressive litigator with a deeply commercial intelligence and a willingness to go more than the extra mile for his clients’.

‘The team is fantastic, well-motivated and moves with a real sense of purpose’.               

‘Graham Huntley is an extraordinary legal mind’. 

‘One of best boutiques around, delivering a high class service to clients pitted against the institutional behemoths’.               

‘Simon Bushell is a force-field of drive and determination’. 

‘The key individuals are supremely professional and very informed’

Key Clients

Georgian Co Investment Fund

Bluewaters Communications Holdings LLC

Come Harvest Holdings Limited and Mega Wealth International Trading Limited

BTA Bank

Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund

RBS Rights Issue litigation: a group of approx. 80 corporations and platforms and thousands of smaller companies and individuals known as the SG Group Claimants

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited (ENRC)

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Ivanishvili family, their corporate funds and investment vehicles in a high profile $940m dispute with Credit Suisse Group regarding losses arising out of the alleged fraudulent handling and misappropriation of assets held by the family's corporate funds and investment vehicles.
  • Representing Bluewaters Communications Holdings LLC in relation to two claims totalling £700m arising from a corrupt agreement between Bernie Ecclestone and Gerhard Gribkowsky in connection with the sale in 2005 by BLB of its stake in Speed.
  • Acting on behalf of Come Harvest Holdings Limited and Mega Wealth International Trading Limited in relation to a $280m dispute with ED&F Man Capital Markets Limited arising out of contracts for the sale and purchase of nickel in circumstances where warehouse receipts evidencing title to the nickel appear to have been created fraudulently.
  • Acting for one of the three lead groups of RBS shareholders who brought unprecedented claims under Section 90 of FSMA against RBS with respect to its failed 2008 rights issue.
  • Representing a Kazakh bank in pursuing recovery of around £500m siphoned out of the bank by one of its previous executives through various unlawful means.

Litigation-only firm Stewarts Law LLP has notable expertise in large-scale civil fraud and cross-border cases, covering disputes relating to corruption, applications for freezing orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, contempt applications, and search and seizure orders. Clients include major corporates and financial services companies. Clive Zietman heads the team, which was recently boosted by the hire of Ryan Dunleavy from DMG Media Group and the promotion of Elaina Bailes, Lorraine Lanceley and Nick Haworth to the partnership. Key partners include the 'superb' Sean Upson, who has been leading the firm's team advising a large group of institutional shareholders seeking damages as a result of the Tesco accounting scandal.

Practice head(s):Clive Zietman

Other key lawyers:Elaina Bailes; Lorraine Lanceley; Nick Haworth; Ryan Dunleavy; Sean Upson; Ian Gatt QC; David Hughes; Laura Jenkins; Lucy Ward; Mo Bhaskaran; Pia Mithani

Testimonials

‘Laura Jenkins is as bright as they come, efficient and energetic’. 

‘Stewarts are a highly devoted and determined practice with a clear sense of purpose’.

‘They punch far above their weight in terms of size’.

‘The firm provides solid and appropriate legal advice with great partner and associate availability’.

‘Sean Upson is extremely bright and quick to grasp any issue’.  

‘A niche litigation firm who are great at uncovering complex frauds’.

‘Sean Upson is very clever, thoughtful and superb lawyer’.

‘Ian Gatt QC is a great strategist and team player’.

‘Lorraine Lanceley is a star - she is fantastic with clients and works incredibly hard’.

Key Clients

Tesco securities litigation: 112 Institutional investors including the BT pension scheme, the BAE Systems pension scheme,  the Church Commissioners, Bank of America, the Shell pension scheme, the government pension fund of Thailand, the American Red Cross.

Lands Company Limited

Laurence Pagden and Simon Underwood of Menzies LLP as liquidators of Core VCT plc, Core IV plc and Core C plc

Kaupthing Bank hf –v- Deutsche Bank.

Chesterfield United Inc (in liquidation), Partridge Management Group SA (in liquidation) and their joint liquidators, Mark Byers (formerly Stephen Akers) and Mark McDonald of Grant Thornton

2 individuals and 7 companies in proceedings brought by SKAT (SKAT v Solo Capital Partners LLP and 98 others)

Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority

BlueOak Arkansas LLC

Approximately 280 individuals, including a number of high profile celebrities, who invested in the eight film and video game production partnerships promoted by Ingenious Media between 2002 and 2007

Grant Thornton BVI – as liquidators of Stanford International Bank Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for a large group of institutional shareholders seeking damages as a result of the Tesco accounting scandal.
  • Acting for a defendant in proceedings brought by the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) against JP Morgan Chase & Co and others in respect of an investment in notes of $200m that was made by the LIA in late 2007.
  • Acting for the Core VCTs Liquidators in relation to alleged fraud, mis-management, accounting irregularities, transactions at an undervalue and conflicts of interest concerning the former manager and liquidators of the Core VCT.
  • Acting for the liquidators of Kaupthing in connection with a €500m claim against Deutsche Bank arising from the sale of complex banking derivatives at the start of the credit crunch.
  • Representing nine defendants in relation to fraud and negligence claims concerning £1.6bn of Danish dividend withholding tax reclaims.

Travers Smith LLP's team has been busy in recent years advising various Hewlett-Packard group companies in relation to the high-profile fraud proceedings resulting from HP's $11bn acquisition of Autonomy in 2011. The firm advises premium clients on matters relating to bribery and corruption, while also handling investigations, asset tracing and proprietary or restitutionary claims. Clients include major corporations and banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, brokers, asset managers, directors and other professionals. Disputes chief Rob Fell, who leads the team, has a strong track record of handling investigations at major financial institutions.

Practice head(s):Rob Fell

Other key lawyers:Stephanie Lee; Stephen Paget-Brown; Andrew King; Toby Robinson; Heather Gagen; Jan Jaap Baer; Caroline Edwards; Huw Jenkin

Key Clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Kaupthing hf and Jóhannes Jóhannsson

Pathfinder Minerals plc

A significant UK company operating in the agricultural biotech sector

Work highlights

  • Continuing to represent various Hewlett-Packard group companies in $5bn fraud proceedings in the Chancery Division.
  • Instructed by Jóhannes Jóhannsson, a former member of the Winding-Up Committee of the Icelandic bank Kaupthing, to advise and represent him in connection with Commercial Court proceedings.
  • Acting for AIM-listed Pathfinder Minerals Plc (and two other relevant companies) in an ongoing dispute relating to the ownership of the mining concession licences.

Addleshaw Goddard¬†advises on ‚Äėbet the company‚Äô fraud disputes, breaches of trust, worldwide freezing injunctions, cross-border fraud and commercial litigation. Other areas of expertise include international contract and fraud disputes relating to investments, corporate and director fraud and bribery. Michael Barnett, who¬†heads the practice, has been working in tandem with¬†Louise Caswell¬†to advise Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig (KWL)¬†on its defence of a ‚ā¨350m claim brought by UBS, which ran for seven years across two jurisdictions, and concluded in 2018 when¬†UBS was refused permission to appeal by the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):Michael Barnett

Other key lawyers:Louisa Caswell; Mark Chesher; Jon Tweedale 

Testimonials

'Addleshaws has a great reputation for civil fraud work. The firm combines two unusual qualities - first, a heavyweight approach that means the firm can support even the biggest cases, and two, a regional network of offices which means that it can price extremely competitively and win the domestic as well as the cross-border work.

'Addleshaws always fields a team well-matched to the demands of the case and the needs of the client: they have real strength in depth’.

‘Louisa Caswell stands out for her unflappable ability to handle the most difficult cases and position’.

'Mark Chesher and Abigail Healey are extremely personable whilst being totally committed to the clients' cause, and unflappable, as well as good technically.'

Key Clients

KWL (the Leipzig Water Authority)

British Petroleum (BP)

Zen Shipping & Ports Private Limited, the

Work highlights

  • Acting for KWL in its defence of a €350m claim brought by UBS which has run for seven  years across two jurisdictions. In 2018, UBS was refused permission to appeal by the Supreme Court.
  • Acting for Pendragon (Master) Fund Limited in Commercial Court proceedings for fraudulent and/or negligent misrepresentation arising from defendant's purchase of shares and share options in Volkswagen in 2008.
  • Acting in relation to the impact of a worldwide corruption investigation on an international commercial bank's corporate customer group, including advising on resisting exposure to calls under multiple letters of credit and connected transactions in breach of anti-money laundering legislation.
  • Advising Güralp Systems Limited regarding SFO and DOJ investigations into payments made to a South Korean public official.
  • Successfully defending XRail in proceedings involving complex conspiracy and breach of confidence claim brought by Bourne Rail Limited and Beaver Management Services Limited.

Civil and criminal litigation boutique Bivonas Law LLP advises clients on corruption and commercial litigation, handling cases in a wide range of jurisdictions including Afghanistan, the Caribbean, Mauritius, the UAE and the US, with Russia and the CIS countries a particular focus. Clients include international banks, bankers and other high-net-worth individuals. John Bechelet, who heads the team, has a track record on Supreme Court cases, HMRC investigations and is an expert in fraud litigation. Sergey Litovchenko - 'one of the best crossover Anglo-Russian lawyers working in London' - joined as partner from Pinsent Masons LLP. Cindy Dorrington recently stepped up to the role of managing partner.

Practice head(s):John Bechelet

Other key lawyers:Sergey Litovchenko; Cindy Dorrington; Antony Brown 

Testimonials

‘Sergey Litovchenko is one of the best crossover Anglo-Russian lawyers working in London; he has fantastic client skills’.

‘Every case they treat very carefully and understand its background in details to provide the clients with the best advice’.

‘They are careful to explain issues to us, have flagged up problems and been consistently realistic about probable outcomes’.

‘Antony Brown is calm, considered and thoughtful as well as being highly reassuring’.

‘A boutique practice with a commercial mindset as well as substantial skills’.

‘Focused at all times on achieving a result for the client in the most efficient way’.

‘A broad range of both language and legal skills which can be combined to provide a very effective service’.

‘John Bechelet is a calm but determined litigator who combines deep legal knowledge with a gentle manner which puts clients at ease and achieves results for his clients’.

‘Antony Brown is not only an excellent professional but also has outstanding interpersonal skills’.

CMS advises clients on financial regulation, financial sector fraud, corruption, tax evasion and money laundering, drawing on its huge global network of offices to effectively handle cross-border matters. Key client sectors include banking, energy, insurance and cyber, and major recent work has included advising Slater and Gordon on its £637m Commercial Court claim against Watchstone Group - formerly known as Quindell - for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty arising from the law firm's acquisition of Quindell's legal services division in 2015. Bernard O’Sullivan heads the team and focuses on commercial litigation, civil fraud and regulatory issues. While Duncan Aldred and Tim Hardy have both now retired, Hardy has been retained on a consultancy basis.

Practice head(s):Bernard O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:Omar Qureshi; Tamsin Blow; David Bridge; Steven Corney; Andrew Taplin; Chris Gooding; Mark Davison

Testimonials

‘CMS is a well-resourced, well-run law firm with first class lawyers’.        

‘Omar Qureshi is a first class lawyer, with a keen eye for detail’.

‘David Bridge shows real leadership and class; he is a calming influence’.

Key Clients

Accident Exchange Limited and Automotive and Insurance Solutions Group Plc

Slater and Gordon

Work highlights

  • Represented Accident Exchange in a £127m claim for unlawful means conspiracy.  
  • Representing Slater and Gordon in its Commercial Court claim against Watchstone Group plc, formerly known as Quindell plc, for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty arising from the highly-publicised acquisition by S&G of Quindell's legal services division in 2015.

While specialist disputes boutique Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP has built a strong reputation for acting against banks, the firm has looked to diversify its offering in recent years, with claims against banks now making up a much smaller part of its civil fraud practice. The firm has a track record of work for clients in sectors including financial services, mining, commodities IT and energy; areas of expertise include injunctive relief, including Norwich Pharmacal, search and seizure orders and freezing injunctions. Key partners include firm founders Philip Young and Marc Keidan, Daniel Burbeary, 'real fighter' Sinead O’Callaghan and Lydia Danon, who is praised for her 'impeccable legal instincts'.

Other key lawyers:Marc Keidan; Philip Young; Lydia Danon; Daniel Burbeary; Stephen Elam; Sinead O’Callaghan; Arish Bharucha; Sam Roberts

Testimonials

‘Notable for a high level of partner engagement and truly excellent associates’.

‘Philip Young has an unerring eye for the real issues in a case and drives litigation forward in a lean and efficient manner to achieve excellent results’

‘Daniel Burbeary is measured, considered and effective’.

‘Sinead O’Callaghan is a real fighter; she takes a case by the scruff of the neck and shakes out the good points’.

‘Marc Keidan is excellent at the business of law and litigation’.

‘Sam Roberts is a brilliant and highly competent senior associate’.

‘Lydia Danon has impeccable legal instincts’.

‘Stephen Elam leaves no stone unturned’.

‘Philip Young has a huge intellect and is knowledgeable both about the law and the facts of the case’.

Key Clients

CMOC Sales & Marketing Limited (part of China Molybdenum mining conglomerate)

Infund LLP, Corplaw Management Ltd, Pearse Trust International Ltd and Hector Garcia

Mr Yoshiki Ohmura; a highly skilled designer of structured products and CEO of a Swiss financial services company

Mr Victor Baldorino, Mr Richard Bennett and Mr Julian Mantell

Grove Park Properties Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented CMOC in the High Court in a substantial cyber fraud case involving over 80 parties, 25 jurisdictions and at least 30 banks.
  • Advised on a $2bn dispute against one of the world’s richest men and Grupo Mexico.
  • Defending Yoshiki Ohmura in claims for fraud and bribery brought against him by FM Capital Partner, a UK fund manager for a Libyan capital investment fund, in complex Commercial Court proceedings seeking over $30m in total against the defendants.
  • Acting for three individuals in defence of a claim for over £40m relating to their roles in a successful management buy-out of a company in 2009.
  • Representing Grove Park Properties Ltd in a claim against RBS for more than £16m which includes allegations that RBS materially altered a loan agreement without Grove Park’s consent

Litigation boutique Enyo Law LLP works with an impressive roster of clients including states, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and high net-worth individuals. Areas of expertise include securing and enforcing judgments and awards internationally, as well as regulatory compliance. The 'incredibly dedicated' Pietro Marino has experience of high value commercial fraud, asset tracing and recovery, offshore contentious trust disputes and cross-border disputes. The firm also has a business intelligence unit for in-house investigative and intelligence capabilities. Richard Levett and Konrad Rodgers both joined as partners from Addleshaw Goddard and Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP respectively, while Steven McDonald was promoted to the partnership.

Other key lawyers:Pietro Marino; Steven McDonald; Richard Levett; Edward Allen; Nick Jones; Louise Bell; George Maling; Lucinda Orr; Simon Twigden; Jonathan Brook; Louise Bell

Testimonials

‘Nimble and strategically sophisticated, they focus on obtaining the right result for clients time after time’.

‘Incredibly thorough and diligent in their case preparation; tenacious in their correspondence’. 

‘Edward Allen is extremely impressive’.

Key Clients

The Libyan Investment Authority

Dmitri Merinson

Bilta (UK) Limited and others

Par-La-Ville Hotel and Residences Limited (in Liquidation), Michael W. Morrison and Charles Thresh (in their capacity as Receivers of the Trustees of the Skyline Trust), Argyle Limited (in liquidation)

Mikhail Shlosberg

Stephen Hunt, as Liquidator of Burnden Holdings (UK) Limited

Mr Vasile Frank Timis

Mr Federico Ceretti, Mr Carlos Grosso and FIM Limited

Arora Management Services Limited, Systematic Holdings Limited; Surinder Arora; Carlton Brown

Gennadiy Bogolyubov (Privatbank)

Gennadiy Bogolyubov (Tatneft)

Work highlights

  • Representing the Libyan Investment Authority, a $60bn sovereign wealth fund, across a range of issues.
  • Defending an alleged fraud claim with a jurisdiction challenge which is breaking new legal ground.
  • Representing Par-La-Ville Hotel and Residences Limited (in Liquidation), Michael W. Morrison and Charles Thresh (in their capacity as Receivers of the Trustees of the Skyline Trust), Argyle Limited (in liquidation) and trustees in relation to $12.5m unlawfully transferred away from the claimants.
  • Representing Mikhail Shlosberg in a $250m claim arising out of the insolvency of a multinational aluminium business.
  • Acting for Stephen Hunt, as Liquidator of Burden Holdings (UK) Limited in a $20m claim for unlawful distribution.

Farrer & Co represents prestigious clients in relation to various civil fraud matters including international fraud claims, freezing injunctions, asset tracing and contentious trusts. Other areas of expertise include contract disputes, misuse of confidential information, and fraudulent breaches of duty and conspiracy by directors, trustees and co-contractors. Clients include corporates, institutions and private individuals. While operating out of just one London office, the firm undertakes work in the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, the Middle East, South East Asia andEastern Europe. Adrian Parkhouse heads the team and is experienced in civil litigation including commercial and corporate disputes with fraud elements. Ben Longworth was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Adrian Parkhouse

Other key lawyers:Ben Longworth; Kate Allass; John Wilkinson; Jeremy Gordon; Toby Graham; Charlotte Fraser; Hendrik Puschmann; Jolyon Connell; William Charrington

Testimonials

'Very strong in this area. They have great strength in depth from partner level down to junior associate and even paralegal.'

'High quality, creative and personal service.'

'Toby Graham, while known principally for his work in contentious trusts, is also very strong in civil fraud. He is a great choice for a large civil fraud case, particularly one with a trusts dimension. His stand out feature from a client perspective is an absolute determination to deliver for the client.'

'Tom McPhail is the best associate level solicitor I have ever worked with, in any field. He is particularly suited to civil fraud cases because of his terrific forensic abilities and attention to detail.'

'John Wilkinson is an intuitive and creative lawyer who concentrates on the commercially important issues and keeps key parties on side.'

Key Clients

Celsa Steel (UK) Limited

Sir Owen Glenn and Kea Investments Limited

RP Explorer Master Fund

Red Kite Management Limited and others

Jeffery Holland

Holy Cross Sisters Trustees Incorporated

Robert Tchenguiz and his interests

ICTS (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Celsa Steel (UK) Limited, one of the largest manufacturers of steel reinforcement in Europe, on a complex multi-party fraud claim relating to the theft of steel and other materials from its principal manufacturing site.
  • Acted for Sir Owen Glenn and Kea Investments in a successful £200m fraud claim against Eric Watson, Novatrust Limited and others relating to agreements entered into and transactions pursued in connection with a joint venture.
  • Acting for RP Explorer Master Fund in the Commercial Court in its $80m claim for fraud against multiple defendants, arising out of its investments on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
  • Acting for Red Kite Management Limited and others in proceedings against Barclays that include substantial allegations of fraud, including claims related to losses incurred as a result of Barclays' role in the Libor scandal.
  • Acted for Jeffery Holland, one of the founding partners of the Liongate Group, an investment management and research group specialising in managing portfolios of hedge funds in a substantial dispute involving fraud allegations.

Gowling WLG's team advises on international sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption, mortgage fraud, asset freezing, missing trader fraud, carbon credit trading fraud, contentious trusts and insolvency. The firm, which is a founding and active member of the ICC FraudNet association, acts for insolvency practitioners, governments, foreign office holders, foreign trustees and other financial services clients in a wide variety of jurisdictions around the world. Co-head of team James Sidwell focuses on domestic and cross-border fraud and international asset tracing. Alex Jay, who also heads the team, specialises in international asset tracing and freezing injunctions. Catherine Naylor was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):James Sidwell; Alex Jay

Other key lawyers:Andrew Witts; Patrick Arben; Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly; Helen Davenport; Emily Till; Catherine Naylor

Key Clients

Kevin Hellard and Marcus Wide of Grant Thornton LLP as liquidators of Durant and Kildare

First Peninsula Trustees Limited and Port of Hercules Trustees Limited

Marcus Wide and Hugh Dickson of Grant Thornton LLP as liquidators of Stanford Bank

Eric Shen

CPC Group Limited, Chris Candy, Nick Candy and others

Global Equities GmbH

Gracefield Developments Limited (1) Kewal Krishan (2) Parkash Krishan (3)

Nedim Ailyan and others as liquidators of Reco Environmental Partners LLP (in liquidation) (Co 1)and Eco-Synergies Nominees Ltd (in liquidation) (Co 2)

Mark Wilson and Alexander Kinninmonth of RSM Restructuring and Advisory LLP as joint liquidators of the Refined London Group

David Ingram of Grant Thornton LLP as liquidator of Capital Alternatives Sales and Marketing Limited and Green Planet Investment Limited (Gibraltar)

Kevin Hellard and Michael Leeds of Grant Thornton LLP in their capacity as joint trustees in bankruptcy of Christos

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the liquidators of two BVI companies associated with the former mayor of Sao Paulo.
  • Advising two professional trustees in a high-value, multi-jurisdictional litigation arising out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme fraud.
  • Acted for Eric Shen, in addition to companies domiciled in the US and Singapore, in defending proceedings relating to the ownership of two rare classic cars valued at $45m and $18m.
  • Acting for CPC Group Limited and five individuals in respect of a £132m claim brought against by Mark Holyoake and his corporate, Hotblack.

Kingsley Napley LLP's fraud caseload include matters relating to insolvency, contractual disputes, directors’ duties, professional negligence, injunctions and freezing orders. Clients include governments, foreign banks, listed companies, trustees in bankruptcy, offshore trust companies, high-net-worth individuals and high-profile entrepreneurs. Sue Thackeray is recommended for her expertise in commercial litigation, international civil fraud proceedings, regulatory matters, as well as bribery, corruption and cyber fraud. Richard Foss heads the team.

Practice head(s):Richard Foss

Other key lawyers:Sue Thackeray; William Christopher; Fiona Simpson; Ryan Mowat; Mary Young

Testimonials

'The team has a good mix of intellectual and commercial capability, knowing when to push hard and when to step back and take a longer term view of matters.  Faced with an apparently intractable problem, they manage to achieve solutions that work for the client and ensure that continual delays sought by an opponent in an effort to grind their clients down are not countenanced, rather are effectively blocked'.

'William Christopher (Partner) - appropriately aggressive, not standing for nonsense from opponents, but never overstepping the mark.  Excellent at managing his own clients and their expectations, so that they know what is achievable, which he then delivers with complete confidence.  Builds the right team for a case and ensures the right person in the team (both solicitors and counsel) is deployed on the right task'.

Key Clients

Thought Machine, Paul Taylor, Sarah Moger and Mark Warrick

Madiyar Ablyazov

Stephen Doran as voluntary liquidator of Trafalgar Multi Asset Trading Company Ltd (a company incorporated in the Cayman Islands)

Paul Allen of FRP Advisory LLP in his capacity as Trustee in Bankruptcy of Jason Cheung

Razahussein Dhanji and Riazali Dhanji

Work highlights

  • Acted for a start-up fintech company, Thought Machine, and three directors/employees of the company against Capco UK, an English global business and technology consultancy, which alleged that the wrongful acts of the defendants caused its Bold Rocket division to collapse, resulting in losses of over £240m to Capco.
  • Defended BTA Bank’s claim against Madiyar Ablyazov and his father, the well-known Kazakh businessman Mukhtar Ablyazov, that £1.1m given to Madiyar by Mukhtar belonged to Mukhtar and should be released to BTA in part payment of the judgments obtained against him.
  • Acting for the voluntary liquidator of a Cayman trading company to recover substantial funds invested in the company predominately by English pensioners promised very high returns on their investments.
  • Acting on behalf of the trustee in bankruptcy in a complex matter where the bankrupt divested himself of nearly all his assets before making himself bankrupt in the face of significant tax liabilities due to the failure of various aggressive tax avoidance schemes in which he participated.
  • Continuing to act for the Dhanji brothers in respect of their High Court claim against Mr Al-Najar, a businessman who carries on a range of businesses in property development.

The London team at Morrison & Foerster LLP has expertise in cross-border fraud investigations and disputes, as well as asset tracing, fraud claims with trust elements and enforcement actions brought in by the Serious Fraud Office. Other areas of focus include compliance, money laundering and tax investigations; clients include senior executives, financial institutions, funds, trustees, and multinational public companies. The 'exceptional' Jonathan Wheeler, co-managing partner of the US firm's City base, focuses on cross-border disputes, contentious insolvency and international fraud matters. During 2018 the team was boosted by the addition of Saqib Alam, who joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP as of counsel.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:Saqib Alam; Kevin Roberts; Richard Jerman

Testimonials

‘They have some real star players’.         

‘Jonathan Wheeler is exceptional’.

Key Clients

Grant Thornton LLP as trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari

Liquidators of Saad Investments Company Limited

Landsbanki (leading Icelandic financial institution)

Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group

Work highlights

  • Continuing to act for the liquidators in connection with the $9.2bn liquidation of Saad Investments Company Limited, a case which has raised a number of jurisdictional issues.
  • Acting for the trustees in bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari in a large fraud/insolvency matter.
  • Advising in respect of a claim against former directors and officers brought by the Winding Up Board.

Osborne Clarke LLP advises clients on cross-border fraud, asset tracing disputes, cyber security, payment fraud, Bribery Act investigations and corruption. Clients include corporates and individuals across the firm's key sectors of global energy, infrastructure industries, digital businesses and financial services. Tom Ellis heads the team, while Ian Hyde joined as partner from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):Tom Ellis

Other key lawyers:Ian Hyde; Adrian Lifely; Andrew Bartlett; Artem Doudko; Peter Clough; Charles Crowne

Testimonials

‘Very competent and effective lawyers with excellent understanding of proceedings outside UK and great managerial capability in coordinating multi-jurisdictional proceedings’.

‘Andrew Bartlett is always available and efficient’.

‘Andrew Bartlett is an outstanding colleague and highly appreciated for his diligent work and legal thinking’.

Key Clients

Kazakh foods business

Koch Media Gmbh

Two former  directors and shareholders of Ministry of Cake Limited

Wirecard AG

Dell Emerging Markets (EMEA) Limited

Sotheby's Inc

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

BB Energy (Gulf) DMCC

Northampton Borough Council

PricewaterhouseCoopers Channel Islands

Work highlights

  • Acted for two former directors and shareholders of Ministry of Cake Limited in the defence of multiple claims by the company's purchasers (Mademoiselle Desserts) for fraudulent misrepresentation, fraud, conspiracy and breach of warranty.
  • Acting for BB Energy (Gulf) DMCC in a $130m claim arising out of losses suffered under oil-trading contracts entered into with a Moroccan oil refinery known as SAMIR in 2015. SAMIR was placed into liquidation in Morocco in March 2016.
  • Advising UKPF, a Kazakh foods business, in relation to a  $4m fraud committed by its employee.
  • Acting for Koch Media Gmbh in seeking to recover the proceeds of a €1m fraud involving an employee and an English business.
  • Representing Dell Emerging Markets (EMEA) Limited in  a dispute with Lebanese company Systems Equipment Telecommunications Service Sal.

Reed Smith LLP represents clients in relation to worldwide freezing orders, search and seize relief, ancillary disclosure and forensic asset tracing. Other areas of expertise include Commercial Court litigation, arbitration, investigations and enforcement. Clients include governments, banks, accountants, healthcare companies, liquidators, international corporate investors, and high-net-worth individuals. Eoin O’Shea co-heads the team alongside Ben Summerfield, who acts for clients in a range of claimant and defendant matters, often involving cross-border elements.

Practice head(s):Eoin O’Shea; Ben Summerfield

Other key lawyers:Charles Hewetson; Patrick Beale; Michael Skrein

Slaughter and May is often called in to handle 'bet the company' matters for its prestigious roster of clients, advising on high-stakes investigations and big-ticket disputes. Areas of expertise include VAT fraud, bribery, corruption, misrepresentations and data breaches. The firm also advises on contentious regulatory and tax matters, export controls, sanctions and cartels. Clients include bluechip corporates, financial institutions, governmental bodies and international organisations. Sarah Lee heads the team, which received a major boost during 2018 with the hire of former SFO director Sir David Green CB QC, who joined the firm as a senior consultant.

Practice head(s):Sarah Lee

Other key lawyers:Camilla Sanger; Holly Ware; David Green; Deborah Finkler; Jonathan Cotton; Efstathios Michael; Richard Swallow; Richard Jeens; Damian Taylor; Kathryn Hernandez; Kimia Shedy

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge and competence from partners to associates’.       

‘Efficient and quick turning around of work’.

‘Always responsive’.

’The team manages complex litigation very efficiently’.

Key Clients

Mercuria Energy Europe Trading Limited

Bupa Insurance Services Limited

JPMorgan Chase Bank

A number of large multinational corporations

Work highlights

  • Advising Mercuria in relation to claims brought against it and its co-defendant, the Royal Bank of Scotland plc, in the Financial List of the High Court. The claims arise out of trading in the carbon emissions market in 2009.
  • Advising on all aspects of Bupa’s regulatory obligations and response to the fraudulent activities of a rogue employee who stole a significant volume of data, including formal notifications to the ICO, FCA and PRA in the UK as well as advising the client on notifications and engagement with regulators in over 60 jurisdictions.
  • Advising JP Morgan on investigations by various regulators and governments relating to foreign exchange trading.
  • Advising a number of clients on the meaning and implications of new corporate criminal offences of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion.

Taylor Wessing LLP is adept at handling asset tracing, multijurisdictional corruption investigations, sanctions, anti-bribery compliance, fraud disputes and corporate crime. It has a particular focus on the financial services sector and advises on FX investigations, fraud disputes involving accountancy firms, allegations of fraudulent mismarking in hedge fund valuation disputes and disputes over alleged fraudulent misappropriation of assets provided as security for large-scale lending. The firm is particularly experienced in handling such financial matters in Russia and the CIS. Team co-head David De Ferrars focuses on commercial litigation and commercial disputes for global companies, banks, individuals and family estates. Corporate crime and fraud co-head Tim Strong focuses on corporate wrongdoing in the financial and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):David De Ferrars; Tim Strong

Other key lawyers:Andrew Howell; Shane Gleghorn; Boris Telyatnikov; Nick Moser

Testimonials

‘The partners are very knowledgeable, approachable and demonstrate great teamworking across difference disciplines of the law that enables them to provide a coordinated service’.

‘Advice is well considered, structured and practical’.

‘They have extensive experience and are able to communicate the issues in a logic well thought out manner that gives confidence to their clients’.

‘David De Ferrars is an excellent communicator, with vast experience and knowledge on what can be achieved to recover assets and in matters of litigation’.

Key Clients

C&F Green Energy Limited

Saad Investment Company Limited

Rusnano Group

CVR Global LLP

Independent Trustee Services Limited

Castle Investment Fund Limited in liquidation – liquidators are from Baker Tilly in BVI

Work highlights

  • Acting for the joint official liquidators of Saad Investment Company Limited (In liquidation) on claims worth $150m involving issues regarding banking documents, allegations of forgery and challenges to jurisdiction.
  • Acting for the independent trustees appointed by the Pensions Regulator in relation to a £20m pensions fraud.
  • Representing Rusnano Group (Fonds Rusnano Capital SA, Rusnano Capital LLC & Management Company Rusnano LLC) in claims against a former employee.
  • Advising the liquidators of Castle, a BVI investment fund, in multi-party, high-value, cross border litigation in the English High Court and the Netherlands.

The London team at US firm Akin Gump LLP , which is led by the 'extremely bright and hands-on' Kambiz Larizadeh, has a track record of work on international disputes, with areas of expertise including mandatory and prohibitive injunctions, international and domestic freezing injunctions, and anti-suit proceedings. Clients include international corporates, major financial institutions, media and technology companies, airlines and high-net-worth individuals. The firm has particular strength in the energy sector and strong experience in the Russian and CIS markets. Other key partners include 'real leader' Justin Williams, the hugely experienced Mark Dawkins and the 'astute' Richard Hornshaw.

Practice head(s):Kambiz Larizadeh

Other key lawyers:Justin Williams; Mark Dawkins; Richard Hornshaw; Jenny Arlington; Tom Laidler; Fred Thorling; Aimee Smart

Testimonials

‘Akin Gump has considerable strength in depth, with a large team of partners and associates with significant experience in this area’.

‘They are hardworking and fight the client's corner, whilst being pragmatic and exercising sound judgment, a key asset in the rough and tumble of fraud litigation’.           

‘Richard Hornshaw is astute, able to rally and organise a team effectively whilst still being on top of the detail’.

‘Kambiz Larizadeh is extremely bright and hands-on, always considering the case from all angles and with an eye on strategy at every turn’.

‘Aimee Smart is a relatively junior associate who punches well above her weight; she has a mastery of the detail, is efficient and very hard working’.

‘Justin Williams is a real leader; he engages exceptionally well with the clients and proactively addresses their concerns and proposes commercially advantageous dispute resolution suggestions’.

Key Clients

PJSC Tatneft

Renova Industries Ltd

Partners of Deloitte LLP as Joint Administrators of African Minerals Limited

The Joint Administrators of Afren PLC (in administration)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tatneft in $380m English litigation proceedings against four Ukrainian oligarchs.
  • Acting for the Joint Administrators of Afren PLC (in administration) and for certain subsidiaries in relation to more than 20 litigation claims, some of which are for sums exceeding $100m.

Ashurst advises clients on a range of civil fraud matters including asset recovery, interlocutory applications for freezing orders, search and seizure orders, delivery-up orders and third party disclosure orders. Clients include multinational corporates, financial institutions and government entities. Angela Pearson heads the team.

Practice head(s):Angela Pearson

Dechert LLP 's London team advises on multi-jurisdictional litigation and investigations, with areas of expertise including bribery, corruption, money laundering and international recovery of assets. In the finance sector, the firm advises on issues of market abuse, insider dealing, internal policies and procedures, mis-selling of financial products and disclosure of confidential information. Clients include financial institutions, hedge funds, banks, insurance companies, technology companies, manufacturers, payment service providers, high-net worth-individuals, sovereign states and major corporates. Dorothy Cory-Wright joined as a partner from Sidley Austin LLP in mid-2018 and now co-heads the team alongside Neil Gerrard, while the practice was also boosted during the year by the addition of Roger Burlingame from Kobre & Kim LLP.

Practice head(s):Dorothy Cory-Wright; Neil Gerrard

Other key lawyers:Roger Burlingame; Andrew Hearn; Adam Silver; Stephen Surgeoner; John Bedford; Daniel Natoff

Testimonials

'An excellent practice that is particularly strong in large-scale Russian/Ukrainian work.'

‘Daniel Natoff is smart, hard-working, warm, and glues many different parties together to deliver a coherent and powerful output to the client’.

‘Andrew Hearn is such an insightful and inspiring partner, he commends respect in all settings’.

‘The team is very commercial in its approach, and is well resourced with a good mix of partners and experienced and motivated associates’. 

‘They are a very strong litigation outfit and a pleasure to work with’.     

‘Adam Silver is very calm and measured and a cool head in contentious matters’. 

‘Adam Silver is tenacious and relentless in his pursuit of claims and leaves no stone unturned’.

Key Clients

The Joint Liquidators of Webinvest Limited (in liquidation)

Axle Holdings Pte Ltd (“Axle”) and Centigon Security Group Limited (“Centigon”)

Hasim Bora Özerman and Fusun Gonen

The Joint Trustees in Bankruptcy of Mikhail Shlosberg

Work highlights

  • Following acting for Avonwick Holdings Ltd in 2014 in obtaining a $200m judgement against Webinvest and petitioned to place Webinvest into liquidation, the firm has acted for Webinvest’s liquidators in a series of claims.
  • Advising in two sets of related proceedings in the UK and connected proceedings in the US regarding Axle's acquisition of the entire share capital of Centigon for approximately $80m.
  • Successfully set aside a worldwide freezing order issued by the High Court as part of Romanian insolvency proceedings against Banca Turco Romana.
  • Advised on an action to recover assets concealed by the former bankrupt Russian businessman Mikhail Shlosberg.
  • Representing the investment arm of a Middle Eastern government on a global investigation into complex financial crime, bribery, corruption and parallel litigation.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP's disputes team works almost exclusively for companies outside the banking sector, giving it an edge on other firms looking to litigate against banks. The practice is jointly led by 'highly effective litigator' and firmwide senior partner Philip Barden and James Dunn; Barden focuses on complex commercial disputes in the UK's highest courts, while Dunn specialises in fraud, regulatory and inquiry work. Fellow partner Anna Buch is also praised for her 'phenomenal presence in this market'.

Practice head(s):Philip Barden; James Dunn

Other key lawyers:Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs; James Dunn; Anna Buch; Jim Varley

Testimonials

‘Philip Barden is economic, pragmatic and client focused.'            

‘Devonshires is a strong City firm with a wide client base’.            

‘Philip Barden is an aggressive and highly effective litigator’.

 ‘A go-to team for complex crime and fraud especially with an international element’.

‘Anna Buch works tremendously hard and has a phenomenal legal presence in this market’.

Key Clients

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Law Society

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

Work highlights

  • Acting for Vadim Shulman in a dispute worth over £500m against two other Ukrainian oligarchs - Ihor Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Bogolyubov - in relation to an alleged fraud on Ukraine’s largest commercial Bank PrivatBank.

Edwin Coe LLP focuses on claimant work and is adept at handling securities and consumer fraud claims, cartel frauds, bankruptcy and corporate Ponzi frauds. Other areas of expertise include asset tracing, pursuing and defending claims of misfeasance by directors and insolvency. The firm is particularly experienced in in work in sub-Saharan Africa, advising the World Bank and donor governments, among others. Clients include large groups of consumers and shareholders. Head of team David Greene is described as 'the embodiment of the Edwin Coe business model - draped in experience, calm in any storm and highly effective'.

Practice head(s):David Greene

Other key lawyers:Ali Zaidi; Nick Neocleous; Zahira Hussain; Fred Sheppard; Thomas Johnson

Testimonials

‘The team at Edwin Coe are consummate litigators, having a superb feel not so much for the law but litigation tactics’.

‘They are one of the best firms, in my experience, balancing cost-effectiveness with litigation excellence’.

‘David Greene is the embodiment of the Edwin Coe business model: draped in litigation experience; calm in any storm; highly effective’.

‘Ali Zaidi provides a superb service particularly to insolvency practitioners, from lowly cases with razor fine commercial margins, to large complex bankruptcies and liquidations’.

‘Zahira Hussain has judgement beyond her years in practice and her client relationship skills are superb’.

‘This is an established firm with quality lawyers, well experienced in large scale litigation’.

‘Thomas Johnson stands out as tenacious and knowledgeable; highly competent and a good fighter to have on your side’.

Key Clients

Trucks Cartel claimants

BM Advisory LLP

Andreas Sofocleous & Co

Crown Currency Action Group

Soteris Pittas & Co L.L.C

St Frances Action Group

N. Pirilides & Associates LLC

150 Claimants in the Giambrone action

Resort Properties claimants

Eclipse tax scheme members

Work highlights

  • Representing a group of around 200 claimants in legal proceedings arising from the fraudulent selling of timeshare products by Resort Properties.
  • Putting together a group action to a make a claim for damages and interest against truck manufacturers in the high-profile trucks cartel case.
  • Representing a group of claimants in relation to the construction of Eclipse Film Finance Schemes. Allegations are made that a fraud was committed by the various entities that assisted in constructing the schemes including Barclays Bank, Disney and Bank of Ireland.
  • Acting for the trustee in bankruptcy of a debtor involved in a substantial mortgage fraud.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong track record of work on corporate investigations, regulatory enforcement and fraud matters, with areas of expertise including market abuse, money laundering, cybersecurity, asset tracing and recovery, online fraud and identity theft. The firm is also experienced in multi-party litigation and multi-jurisdictional trust disputes, with key client sectors including commerce, finance and sport. Neville Byford and Neville Gray head the team. Former head of corporate crime and investigations Neill Blundell left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP; he was succeeded by Zia Ullah.

Practice head(s):Neville Byford; Neville Gray

Other key lawyers:Jake McQuitty; Richard Little; Adam Fisher; David Flack; Anthony Davies; Tim Browning; Amanda Rowley; Ridah Iqbal

Key Clients

BPL

Damazein

Iranian Offshore Engineering Companies

Richard Goddard

Santander

SFO

Credit Suisse Trust

Centinel Spine

Herscher

Shingles

Work highlights

  • Acting for Damazein Global Investments Limited in a claim brought against Salamanca Capital Limited to recover sums in the region of $3m relating to a failed investment.
  • Acting for Iranian Offshore Engineering Company, one of the world’s largest offshore engineering firms, in a Commercial Court claim centring around a supposed contract for the purchase of an oil rig, for which it paid $87m.
  • Representing Santander UK in a mortgage fraud case.
  • Representing the SFO in civil proceedings before the High Court against mining giant Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC). The SFO sought a declaration from the High Court that four categories of documents being withheld by ENRC were not materials that the it was entitled to refuse to disclose or produce to the SFO on the grounds of legal professional privilege.

Fladgate LLP offers broad expertise on fraud matters, with the 'innovative and nimble' practice joining forces with lawyers from the wider firm's regulatory, trusts, employment, insolvency and banking teams to provide a co-ordinated service. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, family run companies, and publicly listed and international companies. The 'dynamic' and 'exceptionally bright' Sophia Purkis heads the team; she is particularly experienced in multi-party actions and multi-jurisdictional civil fraud claims that involve criminal proceedings. David Breslin, Ben Drew and John Ford have all recently joined the firm as partners, from Gowling WLG, Osborne Clarke LLP and Pinsent Masons LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):Sophia Purkis

Other key lawyers:David Breslin; Ben Drew; John Ford; Bree Taylor; Steven Mash

Testimonials

'Fladgate covers a wide range of practice areas with a relatively small team - they are innovative and nimble’.

‘Sophia Purkis is a well-known talent in the field’.

‘Sophia Purkis is exceptionally bright, does not just process matters but reads and considers as well as strategises’.

‘Sophia Purkis is the stand-out individual at Fladgate; she is dynamic and has vast tactical acumen in all commercial matters, particularly those involving civil fraud’.

Key Clients

Jean-Pierre Schenk

Private Members Club

Andrew Herd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Andrew Herd who is in a $70m dispute with Anthony Wollenberg, his former co-shareholder in Victoria Gate Casino
  • Acted for a well-known private members’ club in efforts to stop a “phishing” email fraud.

The fraud specialists at Keystone Law handle matters relating to bribery, corruption, directors’ disqualification, disciplinary and regulatory issues, embezzlement, extradition, tax investigations, money laundering and SFO prosecutions. A raft of lawyers joined the new model law firm during 2018, including Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs from Devonshires Solicitors LLP and Iain Roxborough, who previously spent decades as a partner at Clifford Chance LLP.

Other key lawyers:Robert Lawrie; Emily Benson; Claire Shaw; Matthew Reach; Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs; Lara Robson; Elizabeth Tremayne; Manan Singh; Iain Roxborough; Mark Sullivan; Bruno Fatier;

Testimonials

‘Robert Lawrie has almost unrivalled experience for someone of his seniority, and has been involved in numerous high-profile and ground-breaking cases’.

‘Flexible and effective; a business model that really works’.

‘Robert Lawrie is an absolutely stand-out litigator; highly able, organised, brilliant with clients - everything that you could possibly want from a lawyer’.

‘Robert Lawrie is top drawer, first class lawyer’.

Key Clients

Patrick Littaye / Access International Advisors

Nest Investment (Holdings) Limited

PPF Capital Source Ltd

Barry Carroll

Woburn Homes Ltd

Innsworth Litigation Funding

Indigo Global Partners Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a French citizen, who ran a series of companies, including Access International Advisors, which sourced funds from investors which were, ultimately, invested in companies and funds operated by Bernie Madoff.
  • Instructed by Nest, a shareholder in a Lebanese bank that was fined $102m and shut down by the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network in 2011, after the bank was used to launder funds of international drug smuggling and international terrorism.
  • Instructed by Innsworth Litigation Funding in respect of litigation to be pursued by institutional shareholder investors against Petrofac Ltd, a publicly-traded company which has been the subject of an SFO investigation in respect of its involvement in alleged bribery and corruption connected to payments made by Unaoil, a Monaco-based company, to secure oil contracts in Iraq.
  • Instructed by two defendants in relation a £17.5m fraud claim pursued by a group of claimants arising out of a series of property investments made by the claimants with the first defendant.
  • Representing one of 98 defendants, in a claim brought by the Danish Tax Authority SKAT for approximately £1.5bn.

King & Spalding LLP's London team has a particular focus on handling fraud-related disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals, for both domestic and international clients. Areas of expertise include enforcement claims, freezing orders, multi-jurisdictional disputes, and bribery and corruption. Key client sectors for the US firm's London office include aviation, banking and finance, IT, communications and energy. Sarah Walker and Thomas Sprange QC head the team, while Robert Dedman joined as partner from Navigant Consulting.

Practice head(s):Sarah Walker; Thomas Sprange QC

Other key lawyers:Robert Dedman; Ruth Byrne; Gareth Rees QC; Aaron Stephens

Testimonials

‘Thorough, structured and diligent’.

‘Very diligent and high stamina’.

Key Clients

Motorola

Antracite Investment Limited, Urgula Platinum Limited and Menrela Limited

Aldersgate Investments Ltd

KFH Capital

Attock Oil

Ascom Grup S.A., Anatolie Stati, Gabriel Stati and Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd

WesternZagros Resources Ltd

IREO

Bank & Clients

TURN8 Innovation Fund

Work highlights

  • Representing three corporate defendants in two related London High Court proceedings brought by Russian individuals relating to alleged fraud and conspiracy concerning loan notes issued to the claimants.
  • Representing Motorola in the latest chapter in a 15+ year battle to recover almost $3bn in damages owed to Motorola by members of the Uzan family, who once controlled a business empire in Turkey and now live in exile.
  • Representing Steven Kelbrick and Attock Oil International Limited, Mauritius, defending a claim brought in the High Court by Arcadia Petroleum Limited and related entities, an oil trading company relating to allegations of fraud, conspiracy and dishonest assistance.
  • Representing Ascom Grup, Anatolie Stati, Gabriel Stati and Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd in London High Court proceedings to enforce a $500m arbitral award against the Republic of Kazakhstan involving underlying claims that arose out of Kazakhstan’s seizure of the Clients’ petroleum operations in 2010.
  • Representing several Mauritian Fund Entities that are respondents to claims brought by London and New York-based hedge funds linked to Sir Christopher Hohn, an internationally renowned activist investor, alleging that an Indian real estate developer, funded by the Mauritian Fund Entities, committed the largest private equity fraud in history.

RPC has particular experience of fraud cases with connections to Russia and the CIS, as well as a strong track record on bank litigation. Clients include European regional banks, pension funds, hedge funds, other asset managers and the investment vehicles of high-net-worth individuals. Team Andy McGregor - who 'never puts a foot wrong' - focuses on high value fraud disputes and is adept at handling issues arising out of US sanctions. Sam Tate joined the firm as partner in 2018 from financial crime consultancy Exiger, where he had worked closely with new SFO director Lisa Osofsky.

Practice head(s):Andy McGregor

Other key lawyers:Sam Tate; Rupert Boswall; Tom Hibbert; Stuart Shepherd; Chris Ross; Jonathan Cary; Dan Wyatt; Rebecca Birkby

Testimonials

‘RPC have established themselves a truly great fraud litigator’. 

‘Tom Hibbert is a beacon of calm authority and wise counsel’.

‘Andy McGregor never puts a foot wrong’.

‘All lawyers from partners to associates are available out of hours and are extremely responsive’.

Key Clients

Mr Oleg Deripaska and Filatona Trading Limited

OAO Sovcomflot

Bank St Petersburg

AS Latvijas Krajbanka (in Liquidation)

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

The People of the State of California

Work highlights

  • Acted for Oleg Deripaska and his company Filatona in Commercial Court proceedings challenging the jurisdiction of an arbitral tribunal.
  • Acting for Sovcomflot in the well-known and long-running Fiona Trust litigation.
  • Acted for Bank St Petersburg in its successful $30m claim against oligarch Vitaly Arkhangelsky and his wife.
  • Acted for an insolvent Latvian bank in respect of the enforcement of an English judgment worth over €60.5m against Vladimir Antonov.
  • Representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria in claims against JP Morgan, Shell and Eni. The claim against JP Morgan is for around $875m and against Shell and ENI for over $1bn.    

SCA ONTIER LLP is adept at handling high-value, multi-jurisdictional, matters across a range of financial and industry sectors.  It also advises on injunctions, mis-selling disputes and fraudulent misrepresentation claims. The firm handles cases involving many different jurisdictions throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and North America, with key client sectors including accounting, banking and finance, commodities, energy, insurance, IP, real estate and shipping. Oliver Cain, Paul Ferguson and Seamus Andrew head the team.

Practice head(s):Oliver Cain; Paul Ferguson; Seamus Andrew

Testimonials

'This is a firm that punches above its weight in this area - the team has a commercial approach and an instinct for the right answer, with strong partners and a track record of developing excellent junior lawyers. For the right case - a hard fought medium size fraud or commercial dispute - they are hard to beat. Extremely competitive price wise also.'

'I have had excellent experiences with Seamus Andrew and Paul Ferguson. Seamus is a senior and very experienced fraud litigator. He has excellent judgement and strategic skills. Paul is very bright, personable and diligent.'

'Paul Ferguson is the lead partner in the department and has great instincts as well as very good client skills. He has a very commercial approach and knows when to step in and when to let his associates do the running.'

'Nick Dawson is an up and coming star who combines an uncommon appetite for the law with a very approachable style.'

Key Clients

Craig Wright, claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

Sears Mexico

Shanghai Shipyard Co Ltd

Calvin Ayre (founder of online gambling company Bodog)

Dommo Energia S.A. (formerly OGX Petroleo e Gas S.A.)

Mahmoud Haji Haider Abdullah and two others

Avic Weihai Shipyard Co. Ltd.

Grupo México S.A.B. de C.V. (the largest mining corporation in Mexico and third largest copper producer in the world)

Brunswick Rail Limited (a leading Russian railcar lessor)

Salbatring International (A Slovenian global oil-product trading company)

Mahou S.A. (Spanish brewing company)

Irving H. Picard, Trustee of the SIPA estate of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC

Joule Africa Limited (international power development company)

Telefonica SA

VTB Bank, VTB Capital

Grupo Carso (Slim Group)

BDO (Cayman Islands)

KPMG

Work highlights

  • Acted for Grupo Mexico and its chairman and CEO in a successful claim to rectify the Register of Companies in relation to an LLP that had been restored to the Register by fraud. The value of the claim to the claimants exceeded $1bn.
  • Representing a client in a claim against Reliantco Investments Ltd for recovery of deposited funds, trading gains and loss of profits.
  • Acting for two individuals defending allegations of conspiracy to defraud, knowing assistance, breach of fiduciary duty and misfeasance in public office.
  • Acted for Brunswick Rail Limited, a Russian railcar lessor, in respect of claims against an international investment bank which arose out of the bank’s alleged misappropriation of confidential information.
  • Successfully defending an ultra-high net worth individual in respect of allegations of bribery, fraudulent misrepresentation and dishonest assistance.

Squire Patton Boggs advises on a range of fraud claims, including multinational matters, with areas of expertise including investigations, freezing injunctions, search and seizure orders, banker’s trust orders, delivery up orders and tracing claims. On the financial side, the firm acts for banks and financial institutions in relation to international fraud and asset tracing claims, banking litigation, asset finance and asset based lending. The London team, which is led by Stephen Sampson works closely with the wider firm's network of offices across the US, the Middle East, the CIS and the Far East to provide a truly international offering.

Practice head(s):Stephen Sampson

Other key lawyers:Nicola Phillips; Gareth Timms; Chris Webber; Kate Wakeham; Victoria Drury; Nicola Phillips 

Withers LLP's private client focused practice advises on international fraud cases involving contentious trusts, offshore structures, asset tracing, freezing orders, search and seize orders, art and cultural assets, as well as multi-jurisdictional cases involving blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The firm handles work emanating from Russia, the CIS, Asia, Cyprus and the UK, and works closely with its BVI office in order to trace assets. Stephen Ross - who 'makes the work he does seem effortless' - heads the team and focuses on asset freezing and recovery cases, commercial litigation and regulatory disputes.

Practice head(s):Stephen Ross

Other key lawyers:Lesley Timms; Peter Wood; Roberto Moruzzi; Tatiana Menshenina; Eleni Polycarpou

Testimonials

‘This practice combines a strong commercial background with world-class experience in dealing with the affairs of ultra-high-net-worth individuals’.

‘Peter Wood is massively experienced and has a real global view over a multitude of jurisdictions’.

'Lesley Timms has deservedly been promoted to partnership - she is hardworking and dedicated to securing the best result for her clients’.

‘The firm has a tremendously strong team of fraud litigators’.

‘They are equally comfortable representing claimants and defendants, and have market-leading expertise when it comes to applications for injunctive and other interim relief’.

‘Peter Wood is an extremely astute litigator, who gives very shrewd and incisive advice’.

‘Eleni Polycarpou is a leading arbitration lawyer with terrific expertise in Russian and CIS matters,

‘The ability of the civil fraud team to work closely with the contentious trusts team is helpful on cases which involve trusts - as so many fraud cases do’.

‘Stephen Ross is an excellent litigator, tenacious, very understanding of client's needs, and user friendly. Stephen makes the work he does seem effortless although he is evidently a very hard worker’.

‘Stephen Ross is superb. Calm, measured, clever, thoughtful and practical’.

Key Clients

Tatiana Akhmedova

Elena Baturina

Vladimir Ivanovich Galagaev & Others

Barrowfen Properties Limited

A Cyprus holding company

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tatyana Akhmedova, the ex-wife of Russian billionaire, Farkhad Akhmedov, and managing the global enforcement of her £450m ancillary relief order.
  • Representing Elena Baturina, one of Russia's richest women, in enforcement of a Russian judgment for approximately $6m in the BVI.
  • Representing 79 claimants in relation to a $26m (and €6.1m) claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and conspiracy in connection with the sale of loan notes and the collapse of a major bank in Russia.
  • Representing a family run company, which invests in commercial and industrial properties in London, in a professional negligence claim against a preeminent law firm and a conspiracy claim against certain members of the family.
  • Representing a Cyprus holding company in a LCIA arbitration arising out of a purported fraud valued in excess of $20m.

Browne Jacobson LLP advises on both counter-fraud and asset recovery strategies. Areas of expertise include cross-border insolvency, multi-jurisdictional fraud claims, financial crime, director misfeasance, litigation and counter-fraud measures. Client sectors include financial services, health, education, retail, commercial and insurance. Nicholas Pontt and Birmingham-based Paul Wainwright head the team. John Adams was promoted to partner. Former team head Dominic Offord left the firm for Howard Kennedy LLP.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Pontt; Paul Wainwright

Other key lawyers:Derek Bambury; Serene Allen; Nick Sulman

Testimonials

‘A firm but pragmatic approach’.

‘Superb client-handling skills’.

‘A team approach to litigation’.

Key Clients

The Trustee of the substantially consolidated SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC and Bernard Madoff

BDO LLP

Towergate

NFU Mutual

Marble Arch Insurance

Cornwall Council

Plymouth City Council

Work highlights

  • Acted on a High Court claim and international investigation involving individuals and corporations connected with the two large ‘feeder funds’ that had been directing billions of dollars into Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
  • Advising the directors of a fund and the security trustees in relation to a fraud on the fund, resulting in a potential liability of circa £50m.
  • Advising the joint administrators of a highly contentious £50m estate pursuant to a bespoke order made in the Chancery Division in October 2015.
  • Acted for a local authority which, though it had admitted breach, was not liable in damages to a genuine claimant as he had grossly and fraudulently exaggerated the level of his physical ability to maximise his compensation.
  • Acting for NFU Mutual in a claim which was the first to involve indemnity costs sanctions pursuant to section 51 of the Senior Courts Act and CPR 46.2 following an alleged fraudulent claim involving alleged forgery of medical evidence by staff employed by Barber & Co.

Burges Salmon LLP is adept at handling external attacks on financial institutions, employee fraud, mortgage fraud, VAT carousel fraud, cyber-attacks, and theft and misuse of proprietary industry information. The team's expertise includes breaches of financial services regulations, breaches of environmental and health and safety regulations, and tax irregularities. Clients include international corporates, banks, insurance intermediaries and IFAs. Bristol-based David Hall heads the team and focuses on director and employee fraud, bribery and corruption, and money laundering.

Practice head(s):David Hall

Other key lawyers:Michael Ward; Kari McCormick; Chris Davies; Charlotte Whitaker

Testimonials

‘David Hall and Michael Ward are a formidable team, whom anyone should go to’.

‘Michael Ward is very clever, dogged and focused’.

‘David Hall is urbane, worldly and excellent with clients’.

‘Good quality of associates working under the partners’. 

‘Real team approach both within the firm and when it comes to the involvement of counsel and the client’.

‘A very commercial approach and a strong focus on achievable commercial outcomes’.

Key Clients

Celtic Energy

Ludlow Street Healthcare Limited

Nationwide Building Society

Work highlights

  • Acting for the largest coal mining company in Wales in a widely publicised £160m fraud case involving the BVI.
  • Acting on a complex high-value unauthorised diversion case for a company against the former CEO.
  • Acting on an ongoing high-value portfolio of property-related claims against surveyors and valuers, many involving fraud and breach of trust or breach of fiduciary duty, for a leading high-street lender.

Clyde & Co LLP handles a wide range of litigation, including cross-border disputes and commercial, contractual, trading, insider dealing, market abuse, money laundering, bribery and corruption, sanctions and securities litigation. Other areas of expertise include fabricated or exaggerated claims, serial claimants, staged incidents, personal injury claims, late notified claims and fraud rings. Key client sectors range from marine and trade to real estate, employment and pensions. Global insurers, brokers, local authorities, corporates and banks are among the team's clients. Damian Rourke heads the practice and focuses on various civil and criminal cases, including motor, personal and commercial property, employers' and public liability.

Practice head(s):Damian Rourke

Other key lawyers:Chris Murray; Chris Burdett; Charles Kuhn

Key Clients

AIG

AXA

RSA

NFU Mutual

Zurich Mutual

Allianz

Chubb

Aviva

Work highlights

  • Representing a regulatory body and multiple airlines in a recovery action against a travel agent.
  • Handling the mediation of an indemnity issue between a broker and insurer.

Cooley (UK) LLP advises clients on multi-jurisdictional fraud matters, asset recovery, arbitration, and commercial, contractual, product liability and public international law disputes. Clients include private companies, states, public sector bodies and individuals. James Maton and Laurence Harris head the team, in which Henry Stewart and Sascha Grimm were promoted to partner. Louise Delahunty left the firm for McCann FitzGerald.

Practice head(s):James Maton; Laurence Harris

Other key lawyers:Henry Stewart; Sascha Grimm; Tim Daniel; Rod Freeman; Tom Epps

Key Clients

Allergy Therapeutics plc

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Government of Trinidad

Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance

Work highlights

  • Representing Allergy Therapeutics Limited against Inflamax Research and three of its directors in High Court proceedings relating to a clinical trial undertaken in 2015; the total value of the parties’ combined claims is approximately $25m.
  • Representing AMCON and the receiver of Arik Airways in High Court proceedings against former directors of Arik.
  • Handling various asset recovery claims for the government of Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Obtained a worldwide freezing order on behalf of Med Re against one of its former directors.

Covington & Burling LLP advises on multi-jurisdictional fraud disputes in all divisions of the High Court across multiple disciplines. The firm has a particular focus on regulatory issues in the life sciences, media and technology, financial services and energy sectors. Areas of expertise include fraud and misconduct issues, criminal fraud, asset-tracing and recovery, money laundering, criminal tax matters, bribery and corruption, sanctions, and financial regulatory compliance. Team head Ian Hargreaves joined the firm from King & Wood Mallesons in 2017; his clients include high-net-worth individuals, financial institutions and corporates.

Practice head(s):Ian Hargreaves

Other key lawyers:Craig Pollack; Chiz Nwokonkor

Testimonials

‘A broad range of experience with well-seasoned leadership at the top’.

‘Great breadth of experience and knowledge’.

‘Craig Pollack has skills, patience, and dedication’.

Key Clients

Vi Holdings

Duet Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Oleg Mkrtchan, and associated entities and his related corporate entities, in a substantial claim exceeding $1bn in value brought against him in the English Commercial Court.
  • Acting for Vi Holding, a vertically integrated aluminium business with operations in China, Romania and Sierra Leone, and well-known Russian businessman Vitaliy Machitski in a highly contentious $200m dispute between substantial businessmen from Russia and the CIS.
  • Acted for five defendants (both individual and corporate) from a significant investment house on a valuation matter relating to an investment into and ownership of a five-star hotel in the Swiss Alps.
  • Acting for a former director of Carillion plc in relation to ongoing investigations by the Official Receiver, the FRC and the FCA, as well as in Parliamentary Committee hearings.

Dorsey & Whitney handles commercial litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution, regularly acting in international cases with the support of the firm's US offices. It has particular expertise in eDiscovery, allowing the firm to cope with large discovery exercises. The 'very supportive and helpful team’ is headed by Tim Maloney.

Practice head(s):Tim Maloney

Other key lawyers:Matthew Blower

Key Clients

Watchstone Group PLC

John Gregg / Bronze Monkey, LLC

Traffic Monsoon, LLC (in receivership)

Siem Industries Inc

Work highlights

  • Acting for defendant Watchstone Group plc on a high-profile warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation claim arising from a share purchase agreement in respect of the sale of Quindell’s (as it was then) Professional Services Division to Australian law firm Slater & Gordon.

  • Acting in a complex series of multi-party disputes relating to the ownership and control of a Delaware LLC and funds of approximately €10m.
  • Acting for receivers of a Utah company on an enforcement action arising from a Ponzi scheme
  • Acting for a UK-based sports marketing major in relation to a network of disputes with former South American business partners in relation to digital media rights for football.

DWF's fraud team was established following practice head Richard Twomey's arrival from Pinsent Masons LLP in April 2017. With the assistance of the firm's forensic accounting, intelligence and forensic IT teams, the practice advises on physical and procedural controls, and offers software development that identifies fraudulent activity. Areas of expertise include consequences of fraud, asset recovery and defending allegations of fraud. The team also has complementary skills in employment, data protection, regulatory, criminal and insurance law. The practice has expanded recently, with Naomi Pryde joining from Dentons and senior associate Sarah Smith joining from Irwin Mitchell.

Practice head(s):Richard Twomey

Other key lawyers:Naomi Pryde; Sarah Smith; Andy Leach; Lorraine Carolan; Joshua Fineman; Ben Johnson; Darren Kenny

Testimonials

‘Richard Twomey is a very experienced, intelligent, thoughtful, resourceful, creative and diligent litigation solicitor’.

‘The team is multi-skilled, has extensive experience in the sector and takes a pragmatic approach, thinking outside the box’. 

‘Able to clearly articulate risks and options and not afraid to take a different approach when needed’.

‘They are fantastic at client management and know what the strengths and weaknesses are’.

‘Joshua Fineman is a very hardworking individual, who is incredibly committed to his clients’.

Key Clients

 

Jamtoff Trading Limited

Sergey Fedotov

Work highlights

  • Defending three individuals in relation to a very high-profile claim brought by the Danish tax authority.
  • Acting in the public dispute in relation to the international enforcement of a £1.6 bn debt against the Indian billionaire businessman behind the Kingfisher brand and Force India Formula One team.
  • Representing a leading Russian-Cypriot manufacturer of polyethylene terephthalate in fraud proceedings.
  • Defending Sergey Fedotov, a Russian tycoon, in a £26m debt claim and worldwide asset freezing order brought by a company in the BVI.

Fox Williams LLP advises on obtaining and opposing freezing injunctions, multi-jurisdictional fraud and asset tracing claims, and frauds involving commodities and financial instruments. It also acts for individuals accused of fraud or who have become caught up in fraud claims. The firm has particular experience in litigating cases in offshore jurisdictions around the world. Clients include claimants and defendants; the team often acts against banks and financial institutions. Team head Gavin Foggo is experienced in fraud, conspiracy, fraudulent misrepresentation and equitable relief against directors and other fiduciaries. Andrew Hill joined from Stewarts Law LLP.

Practice head(s):Gavin Foggo

Other key lawyers:Andrew Hill; David Butler; Tom Custance; Evie Meleagros

Testimonials

'David Butler is very intelligent and very shrewd’. 

‘Gavin Foggo is an extremely experienced litigator who is able to handle and communicate with challenging clients easily’.

‘They have in-depth expertise in fraud and are the best niche City firm specialising in this field'.

‘Gavin Foggo and Tom Custance are standout litigators in the firm - both are very experienced and great tacticians’.

‘Andrew Hill is a good, hands-on partner’.

Key Clients

Hertz Europe Ltd

Supergroup Plc

Global Risk Partners Limited

Pamplona Strategic Investments Limited

IFG Group Plc

Balderton Capital LLP

The Bar Council of England and Wales

Salem Mounzer

Meem Memory Limited/Mr Kelly Sumner/ Mr Robert Brent/ Mr David Knox

Yesim Sakarya

Work highlights

  • Acting for Salem Mounzer in a $330m fraud claim involving fraudulent conspiracy arising out of transactions in the oil market.
  • Acted for hedge fund Pamplona Capital Management in a claim concerning the fraudulent exercise of drag-along rights in an investee company.
  • Acting for defendants in a €65m claim involving the alleged misappropriation of a group of companies.
  • Acting for Yeşim Sakarya in a successful application to discharge a $140m freezing order.
  • Acting on a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation in connection with the sale of interest rate hedging products.

Mayfair-based disputes specialist Grosvenor Law advises high-net-worth individuals, companies, partnerships and trusts on large-scale international civil fraud matters. Areas of expertise include injunctions, allegations of dishonesty, sharp practice, breach of trust, commercial litigation, asset tracing, contentious trusts, and freezing and search orders (the team is seeing a particular increase in instructions relating to worldwide freezing orders). Team head Dan Morrison is experienced in criminal and regulatory matters, fiscal investigations and complaints.

Practice head(s):Dan Morrison

Other key lawyers:Mark Hastings; Daniel Astaire; Paul Tracey; Nicola McKinney; Michelle Quinn

Testimonials

‘Grosvenor Law are an impressive outfit: a boutique law firm that are always prepared to go toe-to-toe against the City heavyweights’. 

‘A serious player in the fraud arena’.                        

‘They are flexible and strategic in approach and able to maneuver through and manage complicated litigation’.               

Key Clients

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais

Nick Candy

Simon de Pury, Michaela de Pury & de Pury LLP

The administrators of the estate of Dr Rainer Kahrmann

Springfield Energy Limited

Petroceltic International Plc

K2 Intelligence Limited and Matteo Bigazzi

BB Energy

Work highlights

  • Discharged a $3bn freezing order obtained by an Angolan sovereign wealth fund and achieved a confidential settlement on behalf of client Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais.
  • Defending Nick Candy, a prominent real estate developer, in a dispute over the £1.5bn sale of one of London’s most exclusive properties
  • Representing the partner of a deceased financier in a family dispute over a £2m inheritance
  • Acting for Springfield Energy Limited, a Ghanaian oil-trading company, in connection with its dispute with Glencore Energy UK Limited, a subsidiary of the world’s largest commodity trader.
  • Representing a global petrochemicals company which accused former directors of multimillion-dollar frauds.

gunnercooke LLP advises clients on various civil fraud matters, including asset tracing, cross-border issues, offshore work, search order supervision and cyber fraud. The firm also deals with insolvency litigation, commercial dispute resolution, and obtaining and defending emergency interim relief, including freezing injunctions, search orders and third-party disclosure orders. Client sectors include financial services, insolvency, mining and leisure, and the team acts for a number of high-net-worth individuals.

Other key lawyers:Laurence Katz; David Herbert; Fergus Buckley

Testimonials

‘This team is particularly strong in cross-border matters involving offshore jurisdictions, having experienced practitioners who have worked both offshore and onshore’.

‘Laurence Katz is an extremely skilled and technical practitioner who is diligent in relation to any task given to him’.

Key Clients

SCL Elections Limited / Cambridge Analytica

Work highlights

  • Acted for SCL Elections Limited and Cambridge Analytica in relation to the alleged use of data culled from Facebook in high-profile political campaigns in the US and the UK.

HFW advises on commercial litigation, cross-border fraud, insolvency, breach of contract claims, breach of fiduciary duties and asset tracing. Key practitioner Rick Brown has particular experience in offshore trust matters in the Caribbean and other jurisdictions. Former team head Noel Campbell relocated to the Hong Kong office.

Other key lawyers:Rick Brown

Howard Kennedy LLP advises on various civil fraud matters including multi-party and multi-jurisdictional litigation. Areas of expertise include offshore trusts, business crime, regulatory issues, bribery, corruption, and freezing injunctions and search orders. The team also acts in cases of contentious insolvency, defence of directors' disqualification proceedings, and misfeasance and breach of duties claims. Client come from a range of sectors, including financial services and property. Louise Bennett heads the team and focuses on civil fraud, asset recovery and corporate litigation. Dominic Offord joined the firm from Browne Jacobson LLP.

Practice head(s):Louise Bennett

Other key lawyers:Dominic Offord; Joel Leigh; Tim Bignell; Craig Emden; Fiona Hinds; Julia Wookey; James Wingfield

Key Clients

Mulugeta Guadie Mengiste

CJ Murfitt Ltd

Richard (Ritchie) Blackmore

Opus Art Limited

David Rubin and Partners

Ed Overbeck

Work highlights

  • Acting for N Ltd in a claim for damages against its former bank arising from the summary termination of banking facilities, among other matters, in connection with alleged suspicions of facilitating money laundering on the part of the defendant bank.
  • Acting for a client pursuing a £1m claim in negligence concerning solicitor's advice supplied in and the subsequent conduct of massively complex proceedings concerning a majority shareholding in an Ethiopian pharmaceutical company.
  • Acting for the world-renowned musician Richard Blackmore (formerly of Deep Purple and Rainbow and currently of Blackmore's Knight) in relation to his claims against HEC Limited and DPO Limited (both in administration).
  • Advising Opus Art Limited on its claim against both a company (which holds itself out as arranging exclusive events for ‘high-net-worth individuals’) and its director personally for events which our client sponsored but never took place.
  • Acting for Asher Miller and Henry Lan of David Rubin and Partners in their capacity as administrators of Agushia Limited, which fell into administration in November 2016.

Lipman Karas LLP's practice handles large-scale international investigations, as well as commercial litigation, international disputes, fraud and asset tracing. The firm also deals with allegations of dishonesty and corruption and has previously represented sportsmen faced with allegations of match-fixing and the use of banned substances. Practice head Andrew Ford is experienced in disputes involving banking transactions, derivatives, claims in tort and unfair prejudice allegations.

Practice head(s):Andrew Ford

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Scott; Caroline Phipps; Chris Atkinson

Testimonials

‘Andrew Ford and Chris Atkinson have strong expertise in complex financial litigation involving transactional issues, most often including common law and civil law’.

‘Chris Atkinson is a reliable litigator, certainly a future leader in the market’.

‘Very close-knit group that can work seamlessly across the full team involved in a major fraud case’.      

Key Clients

Algosaibi Family & Group

Tsareva & Others v Ananyev Brothers & Others

Kingate

AMUSA Proceedings

Work highlights

  • Handled the recovery of assets for the victims of the $9bn ‘Saad fraud’.
  • Handled the recovery of assets for investors in loan notes issued by the Ananyev brothers (Russian oligarchs).
  • Acting for the joint liquidators of the Kingate Funds, unravelling the fraud and defending the funds against the trustee’s allegations.
  • Acting for two defendants in enforcement proceedings relating to a foreign judgment of $1.3bn.

Mayer Brown International LLP handles litigation, dispute resolution, and restructuring and insolvency, and is able to pursue fraud claims throughout the world thanks to the firm's global network of offices across Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East. Areas of expertise include multi-jurisdictional fraud, asset recovery, fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of trust, Ponzi scheme busting, injunctions and freezing orders. Clients include banks, insolvency practitioners, lenders, pension trustees and corporates in the financial services, retail, energy and life sciences sectors. Devi Shah and Alistair Graham head the team, which was joined by Sam Eastwood and Jason Hungerford from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice head(s):Devi Shah; Alistair Graham

Other key lawyers:Sam Eastwood; Jason Hungerford; Ian McDonald; Jim Oulton; Susan Rosser; Jessica Walker; Alexandra Wood; Chris Roberts; Henry Glen; Lauren Theodoulou

Key Clients

UBS AG

Principal Global Investors LLC

BDO LLP

Sunseeker London Limited

KBC Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for MAG Financial Services LLC in a successful appeal in the Dubai International Financial Court.    

Moon Beever advises on insolvency, litigation, fraud and debt recovery, often involving multiple jurisdictions. It acts for foreign and domestic insolvency practitioners, high-net-worth individuals, SMEs, business owners and managers, and directors. Frances Coulson heads the team and has a particular focus on commercial litigation, specialising in contentious insolvency, especially cases involving fraud and injunctive relief. Christina Fitzgerald and Robert Paterson joined from Shakespeare Martineau LLP and Gowling WLG respectively, and associate Ian Rees joined from HMRC Sols.

Practice head(s):Frances Coulson

Other key lawyers:Christina Fitzgerald; Robert Paterson; Richard Saunders; Edward Saunders; Sara Crystal; Ian Rees

Testimonials

‘Personal service’.

‘Extremely experienced ‘.

‘Approachable’.

‘Frances Coulson is experienced, commercial and always thinking about reciprocity’.

Key Clients

RSM UK LLP

British Gas

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Haslers

KPMG LLP

Mazars LLP

CVR Global LLP

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP is adept at handling cross-border fraud claims, commercial litigation and arbitration, and has particular experience in Russia. Areas of expertise include freezing orders, asset recovery, wealth disputes, defamation and negligence claims, and contentious takeovers. Client come from the financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical, and property industries, among others. Neil Dooley heads the team.

Practice head(s):Neil Dooley

Other key lawyers:Ivan Gordienko 

TLT is adept at handling payment fraud, cyber security, criminal fraud, civil fraud and regulatory compliance. Areas of expertise include fraud prevention, litigation, mortgage fraud, payment fraud, recoveries and worldwide freezing injunctions. The firm has a particular focus on the financial services sector, where Bristol-based practice head Richard Hayllar is an expert, and acts for major PLCs, including banks and financial institutions. Warren Clark was promoted to partner and Michael Ruck joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):Richard Hayllar

Other key lawyers:Russell Kelsall; Andrew Lyon; Jason Cropper; Jonathan Hoey; Deborah Sheldon; Warren Clark; Nick Curling; Angela Craven

Testimonials

'An extremely versatile firm which competes with the very best.'

Key Clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Titlesolv

State Bank of India

Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises clients including public, private and third-sector organisations on prevention, investigations and recovery actions across multiple jurisdictions. Among the team's areas of expertise are freezing injunctions, anti-bribery and fraud prevention issues, including drafting and updating policies, cybercrime and group actions. Birmingham-based Mark Kenkre heads the team and focuses on commercial litigation, arbitration and investigations. Senior associates Jamie De Souza and Laura Pennells joined from Higgs & Sons and Reed Smith LLP, respectively. Keith Mills retired.

Practice head(s):Mark Kenkre

Other key lawyers:Jamie De Souza; Laura Pennells; Ned Beale; Helen Briant

Testimonials

‘Trowers have a strong civil fraud team, well capable of running complex, large and challenging fraud cases’.   

‘Mark Kenkre in particular is an excellent litigator - he is canny and relentless, both attributes crucial in a fraud litigator’.               

‘The Trowers team are thorough and comprehensive’.

‘They are a safe pair of hands and you know that the service will always be of the highest quality’.

Key Clients

St Vincent European General Partner Limited

TIBC

New Ventures

Ms Abeer Shamsan

Swimming Teachers' Association Limited

Trinity Housing Association

Protec International Limited

Sameera Toorani, Maryam Toorani, Rouhangiz Toorani, Khairiyah Toorani and Zainab Toorani

Mohammed Younis

Work highlights

  • Acted for St Vincent European General Partner Limited in its claim for damages against ten defendants based in the UK, Singapore and New Zealand, as a result of breach of contract and/or an unlawful means conspiracy stemming from the payment of a bribe of just under €1m, which resulted in development land in Poland being removed from St Vincent's control.
  • Acting for Central Bank of Bahrain in a large Middle Eastern fraud, pursuing claims well in excess of $1bn
  • Representing a high-profile CIS businessman in high-value litigation regarding the ownership of a port in that region.
  • Acting in a multi-jurisdictional dispute over ownership of the £380m estate of a deceased Gulf-based businessman.
  • Acting for the Swimming Teachers' Association Limited Charity on a fraud claim going back over 20 years.

Boutique firm William Grace advises on international and multi-jurisdictional disputes, civil fraud litigation, bribery, corruption, breach of fiduciary duties, secret profits, dishonest assistance and deceit. Other areas of expertise include contract management, risk assessment matters and contract interpretation. The firm often acts for additional or niche defendants in large-scale multi-defendant cases. Alastair Shaw heads the one-partner team.

Practice head(s):Alastair Shaw

Other key lawyers:Carolyn Burbridge

Testimonials

‘They are very proactive and transparent on fee structures’.     

‘Alastair Shaw’s true merit lies in his strategic overview and ability to think around a subject and to absorb and retain a huge amount of detail and complexity’.               

‘Willam Grace are a small but very effective firm’.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Motortrak Ltd in relation to accusations of bribery and achieved substantial reductions in the damages owed to FCA Australia.
  • Continuing to advise a client in relation to further developments relating to the discontinued LIA v SocGen and Ors matter and regarding the terms of the extensive and wide-ranging confidentiality club that was granted in order to protect our client in the circumstances of the security crisis in Libya.
  • Acting for the claimants in substantial and ongoing proceedings concerning allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and other claims against China Courier Service (USA) Corp.
  • Representing defendants up to and including successfully opposing a summary judgement application made by the claimant in proceedings concerning allegations of large-scale and wide-ranging fraud resulting in the diversion of substantial sums from a company via multiple fake intermediary companies


Fraud: white-collar crime

Index of tables

  1. Fraud: white-collar crime
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Rising stars

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BCL Solicitors LLP advises on fraud, white-collar crime and corporate crime. Clients include individuals such as directors, senior employees and high-net-worth individuals as well as corporations. Head of team Ian Burton focuses on advising individuals, businesses and government bodies on a range of issues nationally and internationally. Harry Travers deals with business crime and regulation. Richard Sallybanks deals with investigations involving allegations of fraud, corruption, sanctions offences, price-fixing, and false accounting. John Binns specialises in financial crime and Julian Hayes handles fraud, insider dealing and market abuse, bribery and corruption, and sanctions. Shula de Jersey is recommended for her experience in dealing with allegations of serious fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption. Richard Reichman was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Ian Burton

Other key lawyers:Harry Travers; Richard Sallybanks; John Binns; Julian Hayes; Shaul Brazil; Michael Drury; Shula de Jersey; Jane Glass; Guy Bastable

Key Clients

John Scouler

Ahsani family

Sudhir & Bhanu Choudhrie

John Dougall

Work highlights

  • Represented John Scouler, formerly Tesco's Commercial Director for Food in the UK, who was charged by the SFO with fraud and false accounting in connection with an investigation into accounting irregularities and overstated profits.
  • Represented the Ahsanis, and Unaoil and Unaoil Monaco, in an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into alleged corruption offences.
  • Acting for two prominent Indian business tycoons under investigation by the SFO since 2014 for suspected multimillion pound corruption involving Rolls Royce and Indian government departments over a 20 year period.
  • Acting for a former director of DePuy International Ltd (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson Inc) in connection with criminal proceedings against him (and others) in Greece arising from alleged corrupt payments, fraud and money laundering in the orthopaedic products market.

Bivonas Law LLP works on both trial and enforcement matters, regularly acting on investigations by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the NHS Fraud Investigations Unit and major business crime units of the Metropolitan and City of London Police. Particular areas of expertise include advising on allegations of bribery and corruption, unexplained wealth orders (UWOs), civil fraud, proceeds of crime, financial services and regulatory litigation. The firm is particularly experienced in handling cases with a Russian/ CIS element having been in an alliance with Russian white collar and commercial litigation firm Pen & Peter in 2016. Bivonas' head of team,  Anthony Brown , is experienced representing CEOs of major corporates and banks, and individuals alleged to have links with organised crime.  Cindy Dorrington was promoted to managing partner. George Kampanella joined as partner from EBR Attridge LLP while Roland Ellis was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Antony Brown

Other key lawyers:Cindy Dorrington; George Kampanella; Roland Ellis; Steve Sharp; Roland Ellis

Testimonials

‘Established specialist practice with excellent reputation for white collar crime’.

‘George Kampanella works extremely hard for his clients and has acted in many high profile cases’.

‘The team is proactive and take a forensic approach to criminal defence’.

‘George Kampenalla is a highly experienced, fiercely determined fraud specialist.'

‘High level of expertise across the board; dynamic and market focused, with a growing market reputation. Their strong Russian focus makes them a go to for certain work at the highest level’.

‘Antony Brown is a hugely experienced, highly effective lead adviser, with a particularly strong suite in hands-on commitment to his clients' interests. He is calm and personable regardless of the circumstances’;.

‘A very competent, engaged firm, dedicated to doing the best for its clients’.

‘Steve Sharp is exceptionally experienced and has seen pretty well everything in the fraud world’.

‘Cindy Dorrington has a meticulous, detailed and inspired approach to preparation. She has very wide experience of City fraud, coupled with more fundamental but absolutely necessary grounding in disclosure and SFO/HMRC practice’.

‘Antony Brown is a leader in his field. He knows how to solve big problems, has very good skills, charisma, and he handles difficult situations well.'

Work highlights

  • Representing senior individuals in relation to investigations connected to loans in Mozambique.
  • Advising in relation to a major tax investigation arising out of the Paradise Papers leak and the BBC Panorama exposé.
  • Acted for an individual in the SFO’s investigation into ENRC.
  • Instructed by a US law firm in relation to a large DoJ investigation involving one of the US’s largest investment banks, involving Interpol notices and diffusions.
  • Acting for the ex-director of a steel company being investigated by the SFO.

Brown Rudnick LLP is adept at advising high profile clients in criminal investigations. Head of team Mark Beardsworth acts for clients under investigation by the SFO and HMRC. Areas of expertise for the firm include banking investigations, multijurisdictional money laundering investigations and fraud investigations. The firm also advises on fraud, corruption, bribery and cyber security. Jamie Symington joined as partner from the FCA. Anupreet Amole was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Mark Beardsworth

Other key lawyers:Jamie Symington; Anupreet Amole; Marie Kavanagh; Chloe Pawson Pounds

Key Clients

Senior Partner for Unaoil

Trader charged in Euribor investigation

Rolls Royce senior individuals

Senior individuals at Barclays, in relation to Barclays / Qatar

Senior individual from ENRC

Senior individual at Tesco

Work highlights

  • Acted for a senior individual of Unaoil until November 2018, in relation to the high profile Serious Fraud Office investigation into alleged bribery and corruption in various jurisdictions, following the leak of thousands of emails reported in an Australian newspaper.
  • Representing a senior trader at a large European bank involved in trading instruments hedged to the Euro Interbank Offered Rate.
  • Acted for senior individuals from different parts of Rolls Royce in relation to the high profile Serious Fraud Office investigation into alleged bribery and corruption in various jurisdictions, as well as acting for some of them in relation to the internal investigation of the allegations.
  • Advising two senior individuals in relation to the SFO investigation into certain commercial arrangements between Barclays Bank and Qatari entities in the context of a capital fund raising in 2008, which allowed the Bank to avoid a bail-out during the economic crisis.
  • Acting for a senior individual from ENRC in relation to the ongoing SFO investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption relating to the activities of ENRC and its subsidiaries in Kazakhstan and Africa.

Boutique Byrne and Partners LLP advises individuals caught up in multijurisdictional investigations by the SFO, HMRC, the FCA and, from the US, the SEC and DoJ. Its small size enables it to avoid conflicts, while its areas of expertise include advising on fraud, money laundering, tax investigations and prosecutions and bribery and corruption matters. The firm also undertakes some publicly funded work. Co-head of team Michael Potts often advises senior management, traders and brokers in serious market manipulation and insider dealing investigations conducted by FCA Enforcement. Sara Teasdale, who also heads the team, is experienced in criminal and regulatory investigations; internal investigations and prosecutions brought by various agencies. Matthew Frankland has extensive experience defending allegations of fraud.

Practice head(s):Michael Potts; Sara Teasdale

Other key lawyers:Matthew Frankland; Ben Brocklehurst; Emma Brooks

Testimonials

'A stellar team. Every in-house counsel should have the firm on its list as go-to advisers for employees wrapped into internal investigations or subject to criminal investigations flowing from their employment. Well respected among peers and tireless advocates for their clients.'

'Strong boutique firm for white-collar crime. One of only a handful known for their expertise here.'

'They are a compact niche team with members who work seamlessly together and with defence counsel. They are very professional and experienced but small enough to provide a real sense of involvement and client care which is often lost in larger firms.'

'Sara Teasdale and Ben Brocklehurst are both excellent.'

'Sara Teasdale is sensible, good with clients and great to work with. I wouldn't hesitate to refer a client to her.'

'Matthew Frankland - uniquely approachable; clever; dedicated and extremely hard-working.  A totally safe pair of hands.  A real 'go to' practitioner. One of the very best.'

'Sara Teasdale and Mike Potts - both extremely sound practitioners, practical, commercial, wise and approachable.'

'Matthew Frankland is has a wealth of experience in handling complex frauds. Very reliable, sound tactical judgement and a real pleasure to work with. Michael Potts has many similar strengths.'

Key Clients

FH Bertling

Directors of Soma Oil & Gas

Ben Anderson

Roman Nasirov

Graham Hill

Walter Hak

John Roberts

Rodney Whiston Dew

Work highlights

  • Represented senior executives of FH Bertling in an SFO prosecution of the company and its officers for alleged corruption offences relating to the alleged payment of bribes to state officials in Angola and the North Sea.
  • Represented the Directors of Soma Oil and Gas in relation to an SFO investigation into bribery and corruption.
  • Represented the client in the FCA’s largest insider dealing prosecution to date.
  • Advised the Chairman of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine in relation to an MLA request from Ukraine in connection with a $70m fraud.
  • Successfully defended the former Chairman of Alstom International Limited in one of the SFO’s largest ever investigations into bribery and corruption.

Corker Binning advises on the full gamut of white-collar crime and related matters including tax fraud, cartels, extradition, illegitimate financial gain, fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering, sanctions and export controls. Clients include individuals from local government, FTSE 100 businesses and major banks. The firm frequently deals with all major UK agencies and foreign bodies including the SFO, FCA, HMRC, National Crime Agency (NCA), the Metropolitan Police, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ). Andrew Smith heads the team and focuses on criminal inquiries and investigations. Peter Binning is adept at handling international white-collar matters and David Corker is recommended for his experience in large fraud cases and SFO investigations. Jessica Parker has particular experience in tax fraud and investigations. Claire Cross has in-depth knowledge of FCA investigations.

Practice head(s):Andrew Smith

Other key lawyers:Peter Binning; David Corker; Robert Brown; Jessica Parker; Maia Cohen-Lask; Claire Cross; Edward Grange

Testimonials

‘David Corker is the Yoda of white collar crime; calm, collected and has a wonderful brain’.

‘Corker Binning provides a unique combination of the highest quality case preparation, tactical acuity and down-to-earth approachability’.

‘Peter Binning leads from the front and is an enormously reassuring guiding hand for clients’. ‘Andrew Smith provides legal and case analysis of the highest calibre - he is generally the smartest cookie in the room, often giving his clients the edge’.

‘Jessica Parker is a master of client and opponent-management: a tactical thinker who demands the best from counsel and drives the case to the most favourable outcome for her clients’.

‘Claire Cross is hardworking, has an excellent legal mind and is a real tactician’.

‘Great team to work with; clever, excellent communicators both orally and in writing’.

‘Jessica Parker is a leader in this field; her acumen in acting for individuals in significant fraud cases is widely acknowledged by her peers’. 

Key Clients

Nicholas Reynolds(former Global Sales and Technology Director for a subsidiary company of Alstom Group)

John Varley (ex-CEO of Barclays Bank)

Matthew Cahill (former Clifford Chance partner)

Philip Clarke (ex-CEO of Tesco)

Work highlights

  • Represented the former global sales and technology director for a subsidiary company of Alstom Group in connection with his being charged with offences of corruption and conspiracy to corrupt in an SFO prosecution before Southwark Crown Court.
  • Represented former Barclays CEO John Varley, who was charged by the SFO with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and unlawful financial assistance in relation to advisory fees paid by Barclays Bank to a Qatari sovereign wealth fund. Varley was acquitted in June 2019.
  • Represented Matthew Cahill, a former Clifford Chance and Sidley Austin partner, who was charged with cheating/conspiracy to cheat HMRC in respect of allegedly fraudulent claims for income tax relief. Cahill was cleared in early 2018.  

Dechert LLP advises on civil and criminal enforcement matters, investigations, compliance and defence from its global network of offices. Areas of expertise include multinational investigations, allegations of fraud, bribery, corruption, export controls, sanctions and money laundering. The firm has particular expertise dealing with US regulatory and criminal enforcement issues, such as those before the DOJ, the SEC and Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Neil Gerrard heads the team and is particularly adept at handling high-profile investigations. Miriam Gonzalez left the firm for Cohen & Gresser in the US.

Practice head(s):Neil Gerrard

Other key lawyers:Matthew Cowie; Caroline Black; Roger Burlingame; Matthew Mazur; Tim Bowden; Matthew Banham

Testimonials

‘A go to firm for serious corporate financial crime investigations’.

‘Roger Burlingame is a seasoned and very experienced litigator in financial crime cases’.

‘Neil Gerrard has a huge reputation as one the hardest-working solicitors in the world’.

‘Roger Burlingame is the go to guy for UK cases with a US dimension; he has superb client skills and is excellent on extradition’.

‘Matthew Cowie is a pleasure to work with and his previous experience with the SFO informs his approach to cases’.

‘Tim Bowden is a thoughtful and collaborative lawyer with a specialism in money laundering’.

‘Caroline Black is a highly experienced investigations lawyer’.    

Work highlights

  • Advised the former CEO of a multinational transportation company in relation to a criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
  • Continuing to advise a major manufacturing and engineering corporation in all criminal investigations by multiple enforcement agencies into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption.
  • Continuing to provide advice and representation on a regulatory and criminal investigation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and New York Attorney General (NYAG) into the alleged misconduct of brokers in the FX options market.

Specialist litigation boutique Hickman & Rose focuses on advising business leaders, such as directors or senior executives, when their companies are under investigation. Areas of expertise include financial regulatory, professional regulatory, bribery and fraud. Co-head of team Ben Rose specialises in financial crime. His clients include CEOs, senior managers and law firms. Ross Dixon, who also co-heads the team, is experienced in acting for individuals caught up in SFO investigations.

Practice head(s):Ben Rose; Ross Dixon

Other key lawyers:Andrew Katzen; Aileen Colhoun; Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay; Steffan Baker; Emily Sheils; Claire Wallace

Testimonials

‘Hickman Rose are a very impressive boutique practice’.

‘The team is responsive, reassuring and always fully informed about their subject areas’.            

‘Andrew Katzen is an excellent fraud solicitor; he is quick, bright and good with clients’.

‘Aileen Colhoun is a very good fraud solicitor who has a wealth of experience’.

‘Ross Dixon is a true expert in white-collar fraud and corporate crime and has acted in a number of high profile cases’. 

‘Ben Rose is a very driven individual with endless energy and a wealth of experience’. 

‘Ben Rose is sensible and pragmatic but very clear and robust in his advice’. 

‘Ben Rose  must never sleep because he is continuously agitating, cajoling and manoeuvring on behalf of his clients’.

‘Aileen Colhourn always show empathy and understanding and is always realistic about a problem’.

Work highlights

  • Advising Chris Bush, the former MD of Tesco UK, as he faced trial for fraud and false accounting relating to the alleged fraudulent overstatement by £250m of profits by Tesco PLC.
  • Acting for an individual under suspicion in the SFO’s Unaoil investigation.
  • Representing one of four principal suspects in an SFO investigation into bribery and corruption by a UK PLC operating in a West African country.
  • Acting for the former VP (Finance) of Autonomy, a FTSE 100 company acquired by Hewlett Packard for $11bn in 2011.
  • Acting for a senior executive under investigation by the SFO as part of its long running investigation into G4S in relation to tens of millions of pounds of alleged overcharging on electronic tagging contracts for offenders

Kingsley Napley LLP is adept at handling cross border, multi-jurisdictional cases, including allegations of bribery and corruption, tax fraud, false accounting, commodities and currency fraud, bank fraud, insider dealing, money laundering, cartels, index and benchmark manipulation, financial services litigation and financial sanctions breaches. It deals with investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, FCA, HMRC, CMA, DOJ, FBI and SEC. Co-head of team Louise Hodges specialises in financial crime. Jonathan Grimes, who also heads the team, focuses on financial services crime. Stephen Parkinson is a white-collar specialist who acts for individuals and corporates. Caroline Day and Rebecca Niblock are also recommended. Nicola Finnerty joined as partner from the independent monitoring board at HMP Pentonville, having previously worked at Corker Binning. Alun Milford joined as partner from the SFO, where he was general counsel. Eve Giles left the firm for Allen & Overy LLP. Johanna Walsh left the firm for Mishcon de Reya LLP.

Practice head(s):Louise Hodges; Jonathan Grimes

Other key lawyers:Stephen Parkinson; Caroline Day; Rebecca Niblock; Nicola Finnerty; Alun Milford

Testimonials

‘One of the premier white-collar defence teams in London’.        

‘Louise Hodges is a wise counsellor and a source of great tactical awareness in cases’.                   

‘Stephen Parkinson probably has the most faultless judgement in London when it comes to financial crime’

‘Louise Hodges is universally respected in this field’.

‘Jonathan Grimes is careful and has passionate attention to his clients’. 

‘Nicola Finnerty is a huge addition to the team this year; a force to be reckoned with, she's a fighter and a thinker who relishes new law and the toughest of challenges. She is destined for the top’.

‘Jill Lorimer is a key part of this department; never hogging the limelight, she is the oil in the engine of the team’.

‘Jonathan Grimes is utterly exceptional’.

'Jonathan Grimes' careful and passionate attention to his clients has made him, slowly but surely, one of the most admired operators in the field. His particular interest in international crime has inspired a huge growth in this area of work within the firm. This requires an unusually keen legal mind and a great deal of patience: he has both, and in large measure.'

'Jonathan Grimes is tenacious while at the same time being pragmatic and highly knowledgeable.'

 

Key Clients

Alexander Nix

James Garthwaite

Work highlights

  • Represented Alexander Nix, the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, in respect of a criminal investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office and the parliamentary Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee’s enquiry into “fake news”.

Norton Rose Fulbright handles matters such as  investigations, enforcement, allegations of bribery and corruption, international complex fraud, money laundering, market abuse, insider trading, extradition and corporate manslaughter. The firm deals with domestic and multijurisdictional cases brought by agencies including the SFO, FCA, NCA, HMRC and the CPS. It represents clients from interview to trial and beyond. Co-head of team Neil O’May focuses on corporate, business and white-collar crime. Patrick Bourke also heads the team. Jeff Cottle joined as partner from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP.

Practice head(s):Neil O’May; Patrick Bourke

Other key lawyers:Jeff Cottle; Ruth Cowley; Amy Shaffron; Lista M. Cannon; Pamela Reddy

Testimonials

‘Very professional and transparent’

‘This team comes with a huge amount of experience in crime and fraud’.

‘The team are fantastically well-resourced and bring an imaginative approach to defence ’.

‘Neil O'May has a wonderful combination of legal judgement and courage  -taking on the hardest cases and producing wonderful results’.         

‘Pamela Reddy is absolutely brilliant - a calm, assured presence. Personable and exercising sound judgement, she is highly versatile and very ambitious’.

'Amy Shaffron has a background in defending all manner of serious crimes, beyond simply the white-collar variety. Clients love her for her pragmatic approach and her ability to reduce complex allegations into a digestible and comprehensible format’

Key Clients

Former Finance Director- Tesco plc

Victor Dahdaleh

Senior executive at Petrofac

Rajni Mehta

Work highlights

  • Represented Carl Rogberg, the former Financial Director (CFO) of Tesco, in the high profile prosecution into accounting practices at Tesco.
  • Successfully defended through to trial, a criminal prosecution brought by the SFO against Victor Dahdaleh – one of the largest prosecutions undertaken by the SFO in relation to bribery and corruption.
  • Representing a former senior executive of Petrofac in relation to the SFO’s high profile criminal investigation.
  • Represented an individual in a prosecution brought by the Insolvency Service for acting as a director whilst disqualified (spanning a twelve year period)

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP advises on fraud, bribery & corruption, money laundering, tax fraud, sanctions and cartel defence matters. Other areas of expertise include private prosecutions, multi-jurisdictional cases, extradition, INTERPOL matters and Mutual Legal Assistance. The department works closely with the corporate crime and civil fraud teams and handles asset recovery alongside criminal matters. Michael O’Kane heads the team and focuses on corruption, cartels, sanctions and extradition. Jasvinder Nakhwal represents individuals in major investigations conducted by a number of investigative agencies, including the SFO, FCA, CMA and overseas prosecutors. Hannah Laming is experienced in advising on corruption, complex fraud, money laundering, and contentious regulatory. Maria Cronin was promoted to partner and Peter FitzGerald was promoted to of counsel. Monty Raphael QC retired.

Practice head(s):Michael O’Kane

Other key lawyers:Jasvinder Nakhwal; Hannah Laming; Maria Cronin; Peter FitzGerald; Neil Swift; Nick Vamos; Dr Anna Bradshaw;

Testimonials

‘A superb team; dedicated and professional with great ability and judgment’.   

‘Michael O'Kane is outstanding’.

‘Jasvinder Nakhwal is a fine lawyer with great vision and is well liked for her client skills’.

‘An extraordinary concentration of white-collar crime knowledge in a boutique firm’.

‘Peters & Peters’ depth of knowledge and experience is what makes them stand out from other firms’. 

‘Nick Vamos gives clear, practical advice and his judgement of legal risks and likely outcomes is impeccable’            

‘Knowledgeable, experienced; great client service’.         

‘Nick Vamos has a fabulous manner with clients; he is extremely knowledgeable on cases with an international element, particularly the law and process on extradition’.

 

Key Clients

Richard Boath

Khadem Al Qubaisi (‘KAQ’)

Walid Choucair

Zsolt Hernádi

Hermitage Capital Management / Bill Browder

Girish Patel

Work highlights

  • Representing a former senior executive of Barclays Investment Bank and a defendant (alongside Barclays itself and three other former executives) in the SFO’s landmark prosecution based on payments made by Barclays to a Qatari sovereign wealth fund and the Prime Minister of Qatar.
  • Acting as lead counsel for KAQ, a suspect in global investigations into a $6bn fraud against the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.
  • Representing the Chairman and CEO of the Hungarian national energy company, MOL. He is accused by Croatia of bribing the former Croatian Prime Minister to further MOL’s interests in negotiations concerning the increase of its stake in the Croatian national energy company INA.

  • Advising an individual charged with corruption and conspiracy in Brazil, and being investigated by the US Department of Justice.

  • Continuing to act in one of the highest profile INTERPOL cases involving Russia. The firm's client was formerly the largest foreign investor in the Russian Federation. Its founder, Bill Browder, has long been active in exposing corruption in Russia. This led to a $230m fraud against the company and the harassment of its employees.

WilmerHale represents a large number of clients involved in high-profile SFO investigations. It advises clients on the full gamut of business crime and securities enforcement. Areas of expertise include fraud, bribery, corruption, cartels and money laundering. Clients include individuals from public and private companies and in particular the financial services sector. Stephen Pollard heads the team.

Practice head(s):Stephen Pollard

Other key lawyers:Christopher David; Alison Geary; David Rundle

Testimonials

‘The team is absolutely top in the field, thanks to the combination of the skills of Stephen Pollard and Christopher David’.

‘Stephen Pollard is a leading practitioner in the white-collar arena for corporations and individuals, an excellent designer of the strategy of defense for complex white-collar crime with transnational elements’.  

‘Christopher David is an excellent practitioner in the white-collar area, with extensive experience in internal investigations, transnational practice, and on the subject of arrest warrants and Interpol red notices’.  

Key Clients

Jean-Daniel Laine

Rohan Ramchandani

Work highlights

  • Represented Jean-Daniel Lainé, Alstom’s former Director of Ethics and Compliance, in the global investigation into Alstom.
  • Represented Rohan Ramchandani, one of the four key individuals in the FX investigation

Blackfords LLP advises on bribery, corruption, investment fraud, money laundering, insider dealing, HMRC investigations and tax-related matters. It often acts in multi-jurisdictional cases, dealing with investigations and actions brought by the SFO, HMRC, NCA, FCA, the Insolvency Service, Trading Standards, CPS and the police, and other regulators. Co-head of team Daniel Cundy focuses on white-collar crime, fraud, corruption, tax and money laundering cases. Co-head of team Trevor Francis specialises in serious fraud, money laundering and confiscations. Gary Bloxsome also co-heads the team.

Practice head(s):Daniel Cundy; Trevor Francis; Gary Bloxsome

Other key lawyers:Diana Payne; Rachel Wilson; Naureen Shariff

Testimonials

‘Gary Bloxsome is a wise head with great judgement’.

‘Trevor Francis is a brilliant lawyer and tactician’.             

‘A long established firm with a very broad practice in crime’.

‘These are a collection of very talented and dedicated individuals."          

‘Highly experienced, approachable and hardworking’.

‘Danny Cundy is a first rate tactician, highly experienced and very bright’.           

‘They are an unusual firm in that they maintain a busy legal aid practice alongside an ever expanding private client base because they believe in trying to provide access to justice for all’.

‘They employ extremely good staff, associates and paralegals as well as exceptional partners so that they can provide a speedy response’.

‘Gary Bloxsome is charismatic with great judgement and a loyal following’.       

Work highlights

  • Representing the first defendant in a high-profile SFO trial of officers from FH Bertling and Conoco Philips in relation to alleged corruption.
  • Representing a client accused of making payments to a number of officials in order to facilitate and form contracts in the defence/aviation sectors. The case is part of the recent settlement by Rolls-Royce with the SFO as part of a deferred prosecution agreement.
  • Acting for a client in a case of alleged fraudulent trading linked to the Welsh Assembly

Edmonds Marshall McMahon is a specialist private prosecution law firm. It acts for companies, investigators and individuals to provide prosecution services including assembling evidence to secure convictions and the protection of assets and commercial rights. Areas of expertise include multi-jurisdictional private wealth disputes, forgery of trusts and probate, trust busting and enforcement. The firm also acts for clients who have been the victim of fraud in commercial joint ventures or employee fraud including theft of sensitive, confidential data. Stuart Lill joined as senior investigative lawyer from the SFO and Charles Fleury joined as an investigator from the SFO.

Practice head(s):Kate McMahon; Andrew Marshall; Tamlyn Edmonds

Other key lawyers:Stuart Lill; Charles Fleury; David Jugnarain; Mike Jackson; Penny Brown; Matthew Edwards; Jane Guthrie; Ashley Fairbrother; Marie-Claire Amuah

Key Clients

Argyn Khassenov

Hunter Worldwide Premium Sourcing

DAS UK Holdings

Murli Mirchandani

Alan Blinkhorn

Prashant and Yashwant Patel

Peter Panayiotou

Gary Summers

TM Eye

Work highlights

  • Successful investigation and private prosecution in a £1m conspiracy to defraud involving multiple jurisdictions.
  • Successfully investigated and brought a private prosecution on behalf of Hunter Worldwide Premium Sourcing Ltd in a £1.8m fraud against their financial controller after Hertfordshire police cited “difficulties” committing their resources to a full investigation.
  • Acted in one of the largest and most complex private prosecutions ever undertaken in a £4m business scam
  • Instructed by a client who had been the subject of malicious sustained litigation by the previous owner of his property (MP) in order to deprive him of that property, now valued at approximately £4m.
  • Instructed by Mr Gary Summers, barrister, to advise on the judicial review (JR) of whether the decision of Southwark Crown Court to grant three witness summonses was lawful.

Fox Williams LLP¬†is adept at handling regulatory, fraud, bribery, market manipulation, money laundering and sanctions compliance matters. The firm regularly handles cases for senior executives involved in investigations by the FCA, FRC and SFO. The ‚Äėvery experienced and unflappable‚Äô James Carlton¬†co-heads the team, and is experienced in financial crime, regulation and disciplinary investigations and proceedings. Peter Wright, who also co-heads the team, is particularly experienced in conducting change in control, market abuse and insider dealing investigations. Sebastian Sayer¬†¬†joined as senior associate from the FCA.

Practice head(s):James Carlton; Peter Wright

Other key lawyers:Sebastian Sayer; Sona Ganatra; Chris Finney

Testimonials

‘James Carlton has bags of experience, good judgement and a lot of charm’.

‘James Carlton cares for and understands the personal toll of long-running criminal investigations on individual suspects’.

‘Sona Ganatra is energetic and detailed; incredibly personable and reassuring’.

‘A high-calibre boutique firm with seasoned practitioners’.

‘James Carlton is uniquely approachable, clever and very affable, a veteran of many of the largest criminal prosecutions over the last 25 years and a master tactician’.

‘Fox Williams have the diversity in practice areas to be able to handle all spin off problems, in addition to fielding the central white-collar matters with exceptional skill and aplomb’.

‘James Carlton is outstanding;  he exudes a calm confidence, is brilliant with clients and is a cunning strategist’.

Howard Kennedy LLP advises on matters including regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, Bribery Act audits, the preparation of bribery policies and corporate governance, internal investigations, proceeds of crime, whistleblowing and self-reporting. Other areas of expertise include criminal cartel activity and market abuse. The firm represents clients caught up in investigations conducted by the SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC, CPS, NCA, DOJ and FBI. Head of team Ian Ryan is experienced in financial crime, regulatory work and general crime. Ben Ticehurst joined as senior associate from Rahman Ravelli. Senior associate Kyle Phillips left the firm for Fieldfisher.

Practice head(s):Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:Ben Ticehurst; John Martyn; Kevin Robinson

Key Clients

Achim Kraemer

Work highlights

  • The team secured the acquittal of Achim Kraemer, a former Deutsche Bank trader who was charged by the Serious Fraud Office with conspiracy to manipulate EURIBOR between January 2005 and December 2009. Kraemer was the only individual acquitted in this case.
  • Representing an individual  charged with manipulating Euribor between 2005-2006.
  • Advising and representing a significant individual in respect of an SFO investigation.
  • Representing a director of a company in respect of an alleged fraud of over £10m, committed by individuals and business entities. This fraud is suspected to include this individual.

Janes Solicitors handles criminal litigation, fraud, regulatory, worldwide freezing orders, confiscation and money laundering proceedings. Clients include multinational companies, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. David Janes heads the team and specialises in taxation cases, and fraud including banking, trading and derivatives, bribery, corruption, proceeds of crime and defence of SFO and HMRC prosecutions. Fiona Gavriel joined as partner from Bark&co and David Frearson joined as consultant solicitor from Alston Asquith.

Practice head(s):David Janes

Other key lawyers:Fiona Gavriel; David Frearson; Simon Barker; James Mulliion

Testimonials

‘A very close-knit team of excellent individuals who have worked closely together over a number of decades’.

‘David Janes is outstanding, bright, tactful and tactical with a genuine interest in the law’.

‘They are hardworking, pleasant and knowledgable’.

‘Wide experience in cases of the utmost complexity over many years. Team work together rather than as individuals’.

‘David Janes is an accomplished lawyer that makes even the most complicated fraud understandable’.

‘Fiona Gavriel is bright and energetic, she has a charisma that puts clients at ease but belies a strong work ethic’.

‘Their key strength is their relentlessness in defence of their clients’.

‘David Janes is one of the most dogged, indefatigable and creative lawyers’.

‘Highly experienced, very capable lawyers across the board’.

‘David Frearson is a young, energetic, committed lawyer who has a bright future ahead of him’.              

Work highlights

  • Representing a financial trader defendant in the high-profile Danish SKAT tax scandal.
  • Ongoing Serious Fraud Investigation into sale of a company for over £600m. Complex allegation of fraud, based on client conspiring with others to overstate annual profits by £312m.  Advising client during ongoing SFO investigation.
  • Represented the second defendant in a ten month trial at Southwark Crown Court. The largest ever HMRC prosecution in the UK with 720 high-net-investors including celebrities.
  • Acting for company director in criminal proceedings brought by the insolvency service in respect of alleged fraudulent trading and related offences with a total operational value ascribed of £1m.
  • Representing  a director accused of fraudulent trading involving the mis-selling of financial products up to £100 million pounds

Mishcon de Reya LLP represents clients in cross-border investigations, prosecutions, bribery, money laundering and fraud cases. It acts for clients being investigated by various agencies including the FCA, SRA, FRC, HMRC, CMA and SFO. Other areas of expertise include market abuse, insider dealing, tax and extradition cases. Highly regarded head of team, Jo Rickards , has expertise in cases involving corruption, cartels, fraud and contentious financial services. Clients include individuals, directors, boards and companies in the UK and internationally. Johanna Walsh joined as partner from Kingsley Napley LLP. Alison Levitt QC left the firm for 2 Hare Court.

Practice head(s):Jo Rickards

Other key lawyers:Johanna Walsh; Matthew Ewens; James Watson; Gareth Minty

Testimonials

‘Johanna Walsh is fantastic with clients and is available for them 24/7’.

‘The firm has interesting and important specialisms within the team including private prosecutions and intellectual property crime’.

‘Gareth Minty is an excellent lawyer, tactician and a very approachable good communicator’.

‘James Watson is very bright and hard working’.

‘Johanna Walsh is an excellent lawyer with great experience’.

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a businessman who was subject to an investigation and restraint in relation to allegations that he masterminded what has been described as potentially the largest tax fraud ever committed in Europe and that he laundered a significant part of the proceeds through the UK.
  • Acting for main suspects in the SFO's investigation into Unaoil.
  • Acted for a suspect in the long running SFO investigation into Rolls Royce.
  • Acting for a key defendant in SFO prosecution of Guralp Systems Limited.
  • Representing the managing director of a company who is being investigated for bribery, fraud and perverting the course of justice.

Rahman Ravelli¬†advises on multijurisdictional white-collar crime, corporate crime, money laundering and tax evasion. Other areas of expertise include compliance, Bribery Act advice, internal investigations and self-reporting. Clients include corporates, professionals and high-net-worth individuals. The firm often defends against major agencies such as the SFO, FCA, City of London Police and HMRC. The ‚Äėmassively experienced and highly skilled‚Äô Aziz Rahman¬†heads the team and focuses on large-scale bribery and corruption issues. Niall Hearty¬†joined the firm as senior associate from Kaim Todner Solicitors.

Practice head(s):Azizur Rahman; Neil Williams

Other key lawyers:Christopher Walton; Niall Hearty

Testimonials

‘Neil Williams is intelligent and engaging; he is excellent with clients and knows how to get to the root of any issue’.

‘Neil has an uncanny ability to be able to soak up vast reams of dense information at seemingly superhuman speed’.

‘Chris Walton is a huge asset to any complex criminal case’.

‘A team of first class lawyers with experience and expertise in fraud, money laundering and financial crime’.

‘Aziz Rahman is a dedicated and highly effective criminal litigator’.

‘Azizur Rahman is the driving force behind the firm; he has a gift for commercial success and for understanding what motivates his workforce into delivering the best representation for his firms’ clients’.

‘Neil Williams is a resourceful and talented partner whose presence in a case is always reassuring’.

‘They have a strong, bright, proactive and diligent team’.

‘Senior partner Aziz Rahman is one of the doyens of the white collar crime market, leading an excellent team’.

‘Aziz Rahman is a powerhouse figure in white collar crime - exceptionally knowledgeable, a fantastic strategist and a very well respected leader’.

Work highlights

  • Conducting a corporate  wrongdoing investigation involving a FTSE 100 company and GCC Country companies.
  • Representing a former executive of the Swiss/Swedish global engineering company ABB into the SFO’s landmark Unaoil probe.
  • Advising and representing a former CEO of a global oil and gas company in a multi-agency investigation of corruption in the Middle East.
  • Advising a former vice president of KBR on the SFO and DOJ investigation into bribery and corruption in CIS countries in relation to contracts valued in excess of $500m.

Simmons & Simmons advises corporates and individuals on a broad range of white-collar matters. Areas of expertise include preventative advice, internal investigations, search and seizure, police and regulator interviews, trials and asset recovery. The firm also handles international matters, tax issues, financial sanctions, extradition, mutual legal assistance and Interpol-related matters. Client sectors include financial services, mining, engineering, aviation and technology. Stephen Gentle heads the team and is recommended for cases involving fraud, bribery, money laundering, sanctions, criminal cartel matters, and internal and law enforcement investigations. Nick Benwell focuses on corporate crime, corruption, money laundering and fraud matters.

Practice head(s):Stephen Gentle; Nick Benwell

Other key lawyers:Cherie Spinks

Testimonials

‘Intimate service for such a large global firm and timely responses’.

‘Stephen Gentle stood  out, has a calm assessment of the key issues is very approachable and empathetic’.

Key Clients

Sushovan Hussein

Shahid Ullah

Work highlights

  • Defending the ex-COO of Afren (Shahid Ullah) against two counts of fraud and two counts of money laundering, culminating in a seven-week trial in late 2018 – one of the most significant SFO prosecutions to conclude in 2018.
  • Acting for the former CFO of Autonomy plc (Mr Sushovan Hussain) on numerous parallel proceedings, including investigations by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), following allegations that Mr Hussain and the former CEO Dr Mike Lynch committed fraud in relation to Hewlett-Packard's 2011 acquisition of Autonomy plc.

Stephenson Harwood advises clients including individuals and corporates on regulatory and criminal investigations. Areas of expertise include civil litigation, fraud, commercial litigation, regulatory compliance and employment litigation. It also advises clients in relation to allegations of bribery, corruption, and breaches of competition law. The firm acts in cases involving various agencies including the FCA, SFO, CMA, DOJ, SEC and CFTC. Clients include directors and senior executives. Head of team Tony Woodcock focuses on criminal and contentious financial services investigations and business regulation. Jake Pidcock joined as partner from the FCA. Sara George left the firm for Sidley Austin LLP.

Practice head(s):Tony Woodcock

Other key lawyers:Jake Pidcock; Sean Jeffrey; Alan Ward

Testimonials

‘Tony Woodcock has masses of experience of both regulatory and criminal defence work’. 

‘Tony Woodcock is one of the most experienced solicitors around’.

‘Tony Woodcock's Financial Crime and Regulation team are really first class and have a very good track record’.

‘Tony Woodcock is at the top of the game, having great technical insight and feel for how a case is going to go’.

‘Stephenson Harwood’s key strengths are their ability to traverse civil, regulatory and criminal law’. 

‘Tony Woodcock is the stand-out partner at the firm; he heads a very impressive team’.

Key Clients

Chris Ashton, former global head of voice spot trading at Barclays

Amit Soni – Tesco SFO  whistle-blower (profit-overstatement)

Joerg Vogt, Deutsche Bank Euribor submitter

Peter Johnson, former US Dollar rate LIBOR submitter at Barclays

Arif Hussein, former manager UBS

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Tchenguiz brothers, and related companies in relation to $2.2bn claims against the failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing.
  • Represented Peter Johnson in relation to his prosecution by the SFO for conspiracy to defraud. The allegations concern the setting of the US Dollar London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) which is a benchmark interest rate used in an estimated $350 tn worth of derivative contracts.
  • Instructed by Chris Ashton in relation to the very high profile Reuters FX Spot Fix manipulation investigations being conducted by the United States Department of Justice (US DoJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations in conjunction with the United Kingdom Financial Services Authority and Serious Fraud Office.
  • Representing two receivers, partners in FTI, who – together with a US hedge fund – are being prosecuted by a private individual for the criminal offence of conspiracy to defraud and fraud under the Fraud Act 2016.
  • Advising a managing director of a global bank in relation to FX manipulation.

White & Case LLP acts for individuals at all stages of investigation in cross-border and domestic investigations. Areas of expertise include bribery and corruption, regulatory, compliance, fraud, money laundering, sanctions, export controls, tax and accounting issues. The firm also advises on sanctions busting, insider dealing and financial services offences. Head of team Jonathan Pickworth represents individuals and corporates in relation to criminal and regulatory issues with HMRC, the SFO and the FCA. Jonah Anderson was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Pickworth

Other key lawyers:Jonah Anderson; Joanna Dimmock; Anneka Randhawa; Rebecca Copcutt

Testimonials

‘Jonah Anderson is compassionate, understands what is important and is always available’.

‘A fantastic practice with a group of lawyers who are really great to work with’. 

‘Jonathan Pickworth is a stand out practitioner; years of experience and someone you can trust to get the best result’. 

‘A really top-class international law firm with excellent partners at offices all around the world, really adept at a quick response in multi-jurisdictional investigations and with excellent contacts at the DOJ in the USA’.

‘Jo Dimmock is an incredibly bright, excellent lawyer and inspires trust in her clients’.

 'Jonathan Pickworth is a well-connected and cerebral lawyer’.

‘Joanna Dimmock displays a real level of legal expertise in this sector, arising from a keen intellect and experience of some of the most high profile international cases of the last decade’.

‘White and Case provide advice at the very highest level -there is nobody better for complex, high-stakes and multi jurisdictional legal matters’.

‘Joanna Dimmock is undoubtedly the future of white collar crime defence; she displays exceptional intellect, tactical know-how and remarkable commitment to her clients’.

Key Clients

Ziad Akle

Richard Usher

Work highlights

  • Representing Richard Usher, who was indicted in the US regarding alleged price fixing and bid rigging in relation to supposed manipulation of the $5 tn per day foreign exchange market.
  • Representing a client who is charged in relation to two matters in connection with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into Unaoil, a Monaco based oil industry consultancy firm.

Allen & Overy LLP made a significant push into the white collar market with its hire of the well-regarded Eve Giles from Kingsley Napley LLP to head up its investigations team and bolster its ability to represent individuals in high profile criminal investigations. The team has experience acting for corporates and individuals and its areas of focus include advising on FX investigations, allegations of money laundering, insider dealing and market abuse, as well as anti-bribery and corruption investigations, data protection and cybercrime matters. The firm is involved in a number of standout corporate crime matters involving investigations by organisations such as the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority. In London, Giles' practice complements those of regulatory and corporate crime partners Arnondo Chakrabarti and Jonathan Hitchin. Outside the UK, Allen & Overy has criminal practitioners in offices including the US, Netherlands, France, Hong Kong and Germany.

Practice head(s):Eve Giles

Testimonials

‘A&O is a huge and highly skilled firm, with great skills across the board.’

‘The addition of Eve Giles, from Kingsley Napley, brings some old-fashioned and deep criminal experience to complement the firm's existing litigation skills.'

'Eve Giles is dedicated and clever, with great tactical awareness. She provides exceptional client care and is detailed, meticulous and persistent.'

Key Clients

Individual in the SFO’s Rolls Royce investigation

Individual in the SFO’s investigation into G4S

Individual in the SFO’s investigation into Rio Tinto

Work highlights

  • Acting for an individual from Rolls Royce who is a suspect in the SFO’s investigation into overseas corruption.
  • Acting for an individual following the high profile investigation into G4S for the overcharging of contracts for tagging offenders.
  • Acting for an individual in the SFO’s ongoing investigation into alleged overseas corruption by Rio Tinto.

Bark&co advises on high-profile criminal fraud investigations and frequently handles large cases, with thousands of pages of electronic evidence. Areas of expertise include corruption, bribery, money-laundering, insider dealing, boiler room frauds, VAT and MTIC frauds, fraudulent trading and mortgage fraud. The firm deals with investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, CPS, HMRC, FCA, the Environment Agency, and the National Health Service. The firm also provides crisis and media management expertise. Giles Bark-Jones heads the team and deals with general crime and criminal fraud.

Practice head(s):Giles Bark-Jones

Other key lawyers:Maria Stalbow; Frederick Bunn; Alex Nelson; Sabrik Dhamu; Paul Lennon; Pat Wilson; Riz Majid; Hannah Jameel; Charles Long; Anthony Le; Abdul Mojid

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a client charged with being party to a large-scale international fraud against a number of film rental equipment companies based across the globe.
  • Achieved a high profile acquittal this year in a widely-reported case involving charges of international money laundering by a wealthy and high profile sportsman in the UK and Nigeria

Bindmans LLP advises individuals involved in investigations and prosecutions by organisations including the SFO, FCA, Office of Fair Trading, HMRC and Police Specialist Fraud case teams. Clients include lawyers, accountants and journalists. The firm acts in privately and publicly funded cases as well as cases funded by third parties, such as employers and insurance companies. Areas of expertise include fraud and international bribery and corruption. Head of team Katie Wheatley is described by clients as 'an absolute star' and has experience defending in private prosecutions, while associate Jessica Skinns is recommended for her experience in financial crime. The former co-head of the team, Martin Rackstraw , left for Russell-Cooke.

Practice head(s):Katie Wheatley

Other key lawyers:Jessica Skinns; Michael Schwarz; Kate Goold

Testimonials

‘Every member of the team gives 100% all of the time’.

‘Hugely experienced in the field of criminal defence and fraud’.

‘Mike Schwarz always gives robust and sensible advice in the kindest possible way’.

‘Katie Wheatley lives and breathes her cases; an absolute star who heads up the department and sets the standard’.

‘Jessica Skinns is hardworking and intelligent, constantly on the lookout for a new angle’.               

‘They have a vast amount of experience defending complex fraud private prosecutions which is a niche area and requires a different technique to dealing with normal prosecution agencies’.          

‘Katie Wheatley has great empathy for her clients and provides very good client care’.

Work highlights

  • Defending in a privately brought prosecution for large scale multi-million pound fraud.
  • Represented a client prosecuted for conspiring to receive false payments.
  • Represented a company Financial Controller privately prosecuted for misappropriation of over £1m of company funds.
  • Representing an individual in relation to an appeal against conviction for fraud and money laundering offences.

Cartwright King advises individuals involved in allegations of fraud, bribery, asset forfeiture and recovery, tax issues, mortgage fraud and cyber crime from offices in locations including Birmingham and Manchester. It conducts work that is privately funded as well as taking on matters funded via legal aid and insurance-backed work. It has seen increasing instructions relating to investigations by HMRC's Fraud Investigation Service. Richard Cornthwaite heads the team and has dealt with investigations by organisations including the CPS, SFO, HMRC and the  FCA. Gary Broadfield left the firm for Barnfather Solicitors.

Practice head(s):Richard Cornthwaite

Other key lawyers:Sundeep Soor; Richard Holliday; Glen Henry; Laura Smith

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors advises clients on matters such as corruption, bribery, financial sanctions and has particular experience of cases that arose from the financial crisis. The firm has teams that specialise in confiscation and the Proceeds of Crime Act and acts in publicly and privately funded cases. It regularly defends clients in investigations by the SFO, HMRC and FCA. Clients include high-net-worth individuals and senior executives. Leo Martin was recently promoted to partner.

Other key lawyers:Leo Martin; Raj Chada; Kiran Mehta; Ruth Harris

Testimonials

‘Raj Chada immediately explains and reassures you o’.

‘The firm is almost unique in being a large firm dealing with the whole spectrum of criminal law that contains a highly-specialised financial crime team able to compete with firms who focus only on this area’.

‘The partners are all highly accomplished and respected lawyers, and they are supported by industrious and motivated associates and senior associates'.

‘There is no better firm undertaking publicly funded defence in fraud cases. The level of service they provide to private clients can compete with those firms who specialise in such work’.

‘Ruth Harris is diligent and thoughtful’.

‘Leo Martin is intelligent and hard-working but also very warm, personable and engaging’.

‘A forward-thinking, successful criminal firm who are fast-rising in the world of financial crime and fraud’.

‘Kiran Mehta has the ability to cut straight to the root cause of issues; he is a brilliant lawyer who moves from outlining the actual issues to practical solutions’.

Key Clients

Carlo Palombo

Jalpa Trivedi

Michael Boorman

Mark Hawkins

Debczak-Debski

Michael Moore

Marcus Allen

Alin Mag

Jie Huang

Work highlights

  • Represented an ex-Barclays derivatives trader accused by the SFO of attempting to manipulate interbank offer rates.
  • Representing an accountant accused of fabricating company and tax records with a view to assisting foreign nationals applying for UK visas.
  • Represented an individual in alleged involvement in a fraud concerning the illegitimate supply of mobile phone contracts to students.
  • Continue to be instructed by a remaining defendant in the on-going Operation Tabernula prosecution - the largest and most complex ever FCA prosecution for insider dealing.
  • Acting for one of the defendants in a £60m Chinese money laundering prosecution.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) advises on corruption, VAT fraud, insider dealing and financial investigations. It advises clients from the internal and regulatory investigation stage through to criminal proceedings. The firm undertakes a mix of publicly and privately funded work. John Milner heads the team and has experience representing clients caught up in SFO and FCA criminal fraud trials.

Practice head(s):John Milner

Other key lawyers:Eddie Tang; Caroline Dunne

Work highlights

  • Representing a Danish national and former Barclays employee charged in connection with the SFO investigation into EURIBOR.
  • Representing  George Alexander in an SFO prosecution into the defrauding of banks out of £160m.
  • Representing a client in relation to an SFO prosecution into allegations of bribery and corruption in the Oil and Gas sector in Angola and the UK involving international freight-forwarding company FH Bertling.

Jenner & Block LLP  ramped up its UK white collar practice in 2018 with the hire of Christine Braamskamp as a partner from K&L Gates LLP . She now heads the 'fast growing' investigations, compliance and defence team at the firm, which advises on matters of white-collar crime, bribery, corruption, fraud and defence of private prosecutions. The firm often advises individuals caught up in investigations by the SFO, DOJ, FCA and FRC. Client sectors include financial services, energy, technology, transport, manufacturing, professional services and hospitality. The firm also hired Paul Feldberg and Rob Dalling  from K&L Gates LLP as partner and special counsel respectively.

Practice head(s):Christine Braamskamp

Other key lawyers:Paul Feldberg; Rob Dalling; Kelly Hagedorn

Testimonials

‘High calibre work performed by first class lawyers’.

‘Christine Braamskamp is the stand-out partner; bright, hugely conscientious, and a delight to work with, she provides a really excellent service to her stellar clients’.   

‘Kelly Hagedorn is calm and professional at all times, and exhibits excellent subject knowledge; a real joy to work with’.              

Kobre & Kim LLP advises on disputes, investigations, government enforcement defence, asset forfeiture defence, financial fraud and market manipulation. It acts for high-profile individuals globally. The London team is co-headed by three partners: Robin Rathmell, who focuses on contentious offshore trust matters, and commercial and cross-border litigation; Jason Masimore who advises on cross-border, white-collar crime, regulatory enforcement actions and internal investigations and Jonathan Huth , who joined from HSBC, and handles US regulatory enforcement matters and cross-border investigations for clients in the UK and Europe.

Practice head(s):Robin Rathmell; Jason Masimore; Jonathan Huth

Other key lawyers:Polly Wilkins

Testimonials

‘This international firm has a fast growing reputation in the London market for heavy weight corporate crime cases’.

‘Most of the prominent lawyers’ background as former prosecutors brings a distinguishable edge to their approach to a white collar crime case’.

‘Jason Masimore is a class act who provides no nonsense advice and a well thought out strategy’.

Work highlights

  • Representation of Jho Low, an international businessman, in global legal matters arising out of the multi-billion dollar “1MDB” asset protection case, which involves criminal charges and civil asset forfeiture proceedings brought by the DOJ, as well as additional legal action from authorities located in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and various other countries.

Lewis Nedas Law Limited¬†acts in cases of fraud, business crime and regulatory matters. Areas of expertise include cyber-crime, proceeds of crime allegations, money laundering, VAT enquiries, umbrella frauds, false accounting, tax evasion and firm tax avoidance schemes. Clients include company directors, finance professionals, accountants and solicitors. The firm regularly defends against investigations by the SFO, HMRC, NCA and¬† the FCA. The ‚Äėhighly intelligent and results-driven‚Äô Jeffrey Lewis¬†heads the team.

Practice head(s):Jeffrey Lewis

Other key lawyers:Miles Herman; Siobhain Egan; Keith Wood; Unan Choudhury

Testimonials

‘Exceptional service for a team based out of the City’. 

‘There is a heavy focus on client care and ensuring that advice and support is always available’.  

‘Siobhan Egan has exceptional client care skills’.

‘The solicitors and staff are very well-versed in dealing with even the most complex and voluminous fraud cases and are extremely dedicated and meticulous in their preparation and presentation’.

‘They are professional and approachable and are available 24 hours a day to assist’.

‘Jeffrey Lewis is approachable and very pleasant and extremely analytical’.

'Jeffrey Lewis is highly intelligent; up to date and results driven. He has the details of the case at his finger tips.'

'Siobhain Egan is exceptional in her knowledge and ability in dealing with serious fraud cases. She is meticulous in her preparation and presentation of her client's case. She is extremely diligent and her dedication is far more than that which is normally associated with fraud lawyers. She has a vast knowledge of the law and is analytical, and knows her cases inside out. She stands out in her approach to client care and in her ability to negotiate and broker advantageous deals with opponents. She is tough but fair and very supportive of her clients. I would wholeheartedly recommend her in her specialist field of white collar crime.'

'Jeffrey Lewis is regularly instructed in serious fraud cases both here and abroad. His vast experience and depth of knowledge make him stand out from other fraud lawyers as being the one to go to. He is approachable and very pleasant. He is heads above other major competitors as he is extremely analytical and able in giving advice both legally and practically. He is willing to go the extra mile for his clients.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in an NCA Prosecution involving highly complex organised money laundering which was further laundered through a diamond business in Israel, Holland and Belgium.
  • Acted for a defendant  acquitted of a multimillion pound charity fraud.

Macfarlanes LLP has significantly strengthened its regulatory and white collar practice with the hire of Neill Blundell from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  in 2018 to help set up its corporate crime and investigations team. The firm advises individuals who face international criminal investigations by multiple regulators, including the FCA, SFO and DOJ, and also deals with prosecutions and extradition proceedings. Areas of expertise include Fraud Act offences, bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax offences, insider dealing, market abuse, unexplained wealth orders and cartel offences. Clients include senior executives, members of family offices, entrepreneurs and ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):Neill Blundell

Other key lawyers:Barry Donnelly; James Popperwell; Lorna Emson

Testimonials

‘While a new team, they have the calibre, expertise, commitment and energy to really go places’.

‘Neil Blundell is practical, efficient, driven and at the top of his game’.

‘Neill Blundell has started this department from a standing start and provides a first class service’.

‘The team is relatively boutique but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in talent’.

‘Neil Blundell is highly regarded and super-talented’.

Morrison & Foerster LLP advises on financial crime, corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations and high-profile white-collar investigations. Other areas of expertise include compliance, tax investigations, commercial disputes, international fraud and asset tracing. It often deals with investigations from the FCA and SFO, and also handles cross-border contentious insolvency matters. Clients include senior executives, financial institutions, funds, trustees, and multinational public companies. Head of team Jonathan Wheeler is experienced in court proceedings, arbitrations, and mediations. Saqib Alam joined as of counsel from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:Saqib Alam; Kevin Roberts; Paul Friedman; Shawna Pasquale

Key Clients

Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group

Work highlights

  • Acted in connection with one of the decade’s highest profile Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations, the probe into Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) for alleged fraud, bribery and corruption.
  • Acting for the trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari in a large fraud/insolvency matter.

Ropes & Gray LLP advises on white-collar crime, fraud, corruption, and regulatory and criminal investigations nationally and internationally. Client sectors include financial services, private equity, healthcare, life sciences, and energy and natural resources. In 2018, the highly regarded Judith Seddon joined from Clifford Chance and now co-heads the team; she is experienced in representing individuals in investigations. Amanda Raad, who also co-heads the team, is experienced in handling cross-border cases, and cases of financial fraud and money laundering. Rosemarie Paul  joined as a partner from Akin Gump.

Practice head(s):Judith Seddon

Other key lawyers:Amanda Raad; Matthew Burn

Russell-Cooke LLP handles confiscations, forfeiture, restraint and freezing orders, and defence and prosecution of private prosecutions. Areas of expertise include multijurisdictional cases, employment, regulatory, international and tax advice. The firm is particularly adept at handling cases that involve intrusive media attention. Head of team Jae Carwardine is experienced in advising all levels of professionals and has defended cases against the SFO, FCA, HMRC and CPS. Hannah Bains joined as senior associate from Bark&co and Martin Rackstraw joined as a partner from Bindmans LLP.

Practice head(s):Jae Carwardine

Other key lawyers:Hannah Bains; Martin Rackstraw; Marie Bourke; Nicola O’Connor; Jenny Boyden

Testimonials

‘This is a well-established team of high quality criminal lawyers’.

‘They are friendly, experienced and well resourced’.

‘Nicola O'Connor is absolutely first class - easy to deal with, bright, approachable and hard-working’.

‘Russell Cooke's practice is wide and varied, they are able to deal, as a firm, with practically any allegation in the criminal and regulatory sphere’.

‘Jenny Boyden stands out in a crowded field, she is a highly dedicated and long experienced criminal defence lawyer’.

‘Nicola O'Connor is a partner in the criminal team who has very high standards and is prepared to go the extra mile for her clients’. 

‘Jae Carwardine demonstrates high standards and a work ethic second to none’. 

'Jae Carwardine has an exceptional manner with clients and leaves no stone unturned in the preparation of a case.'

'Jae Carwardine is meticulous, immensely intelligent and knowledgeable and puts the clients needs at the heart of the service.'

'Jae Carwardine is dedicated to every case she does and devoted to the client - a great combination.'

Key Clients

Chin Lam

Lucinda Barton

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in a £1m VAT evasion and money laundering case.
  • Defending director in £6.2m care home fraud.
  • Advising solicitors facing trial over allegations of conspiracy to defraud.
  • Representing a client in a matter that relates to VAT fraud over a six year period involving multiple false tax returns and the creation of false invoices totalling an inaccurate reclaim of almost £300,000 in VAT.
  • Following a three month trial at Southwark Crown Court our client was acquitted of conspiracy to defraud.  A private prosecution was then brought where it was alleged that our client and others defrauded many millions of pounds from insurers. All were acquitted.

Shearman Bowen & Co handles cases against the SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC and the police. Areas of expertise include money laundering, bribery, corruption, and fraudulent evasion of excise duty and VAT.

Practice head(s):Rick Shearman; Mark Bowen

Other key lawyers:Colette Kelly

Simons Muirhead & Burton advises clients on bribery, corruption, money laundering, sanctions and financial fraud cases. The firm is seeing an increase in instructions relating to pre-charge and  pre-investigation advice. It represents clients in criminal and civil courts and also in SFO investigations. Co-head of team Anthony Burton CBE is particularly adept at handling financial crime matters. Philip Smith, who also heads the team, focuses on corruption, public inquiries and money laundering.

Practice head(s):Anthony Burton; Philip Smith

Other key lawyers:Henrietta Ronson; David Phillips 


Key Clients

Peter Smith

Simon Childs

Amy Silvester

Hans-Olav Eldring

Carlo Palombo

Work highlights

  • Acquittal of prominent shipping figure in immensely complex ten-week bribery and corruption trial.
  • Massive property fraud case arising from what would have been the tallest residential building in Europe.
  • Acting for Carlo Palombo, one of a number of former employees at Deutsche Bank and Barclays who was charged by the SFO in relation to allegations that they plotted to fix benchmark rates (EURIBOR) - the jury failed to reach a verdict.
  • Instructed by two businessmen who, together with their company, were the subject of a lengthy City of London Police investigation focusing on the influx of millions of pounds from investors.
  • Representing Simon Childs on charges of fraud by abuse of position and money laundering.

Stewarts Law LLP handles white-collar-related matters including civil fraud, asset recovery, tax litigation and reputation management. Areas of expertise include bribery, corruption, fraud, asset recovery, tax evasion, money laundering and market abuse. Richard Kovalevsky QC joined the firm in July 2018 and heads the team; he focuses on financial crime. David Savage joined as partner from SG Kleinwort Hambros.

Practice head(s):Richard Kovalevsky QC

Other key lawyers:David Savage; Pia Mithani; Karen Hutchinson

Testimonials

‘Richard Kovalevsky has an affable style linked to a detailed approach’. 

‘Stewarts' criminal practice is relatively new, but they have quickly assembled a group of highly qualified, respected lawyers who are very well placed to advise on all areas of financial crime’.           

‘David Savage is a sanctions specialist who actually knows how sanctions work - having worked extensively in this field for years’.

‘Stewarts provide an excellent level of service and are extremely professional’.

‘Richard Kovalevsky QC is also able to provide unusual, often successful, solutions to complex legal problems which places him in a different league of lawyers’.       

Key Clients

Frank Dowling

Dr Cansun Guralp

Martin King

Work highlights

  • Acting for a suspect connected to a mining company, caught up in the SFO’s ENRC investigation.
  • Bribery investigation concerning the collapse of a UK plc. The investigation involves an officer of a bank who is said to have received corrupt payments for the award of construction contracts.
  • Investigating large scale money laundering activity with the purpose of disclosing findings to the authorities.
  • Retained directly by an Ambassador to advise in a sensitive criminal difficulty.
  • Representing Frank Dowling, a high-profile London restauranteur and club owner prosecuted by HMRC in relation to allegations of substantial non-payment of tax.

Boutique Stokoe Partnership Solicitors provides privately funded and legally aided advice on various financial and white-collar crime matters. Areas of expertise include commercial fraud, bribery, corruption, cybercrime and hacking. The firm also handles HMRC and VAT issues, confiscation and civil recovery matters and is seeing an increase in instructions in relation to money laundering, confiscation and extradition. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, professionals including solicitors, financial brokers and company directors, and corporate entities. Bambos Tsiattalou heads the team and is adept at handling financial matters including insider dealing, regulatory and FCA investigations.

Practice head(s):Bambos Tsiattalou

Other key lawyers:Amjid Jabbar; Brian Swan; Paul Oliver; Maria Theodoulou

Work highlights

  • Representing two clients convicted of a £245m bribery and corruption scheme at HBOS. The investigation and trial have taken approximately 7 years and the case is now subject to a further enquiry by the Financial Conduct Authority.
  • Representing a client who, prior to our instruction, was convicted of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue. The alleged fraud, which began in early 2002, is estimated at up to £250m and is widely known as the “film schemes”.
  • Representing a client charged with perpetrating a fraud on HMRC the value of which is in excess of £13m.
  • Represented two lawyers who were prosecuted for perpetrating a £4m fraud against the Legal Aid Agency.
  • Representing a number of clients said to be part of a criminal organisation who perpetrated a VAT fraud estimated to exceed £3m.

Taylor Wessing LLP is adept at defending individuals and representing them at interviews conducted by various regulators including the FCA, FRC, SFO and SEC. Financial regulatory investigations are a particular area of focus and the firm also advises on data protection, cybercrime, corruption, asset tracing and parallel criminal, civil and regulatory proceedings. The team is headed by corporate investigation and commercial litigation specialist David De Ferrars and corporate wrongdoing and regulatory investigation specialist Tim Strong.

Practice head(s):David De Ferrars; Tim Strong

Other key lawyers:Laurence Lieberman; Paul Glass; Shane Gleghorn; Andrew Howell

Work highlights

  • Acting for Professor Russel Griggs, the Independent Reviewer appointed by Lloyds Banking Group, in consultation with the FCA, in the high profile review and redress programme for those SME customers impacted by the £250m fraud that took place at the Reading branch of HBoS in the early 2000s.

Tuckers Solicitors advises on criminal defence, regulatory, civil liberties and prison law. Areas of expertise include business crime, corruption, risk management, compliance, regulatory matters, crisis management and cross-border fraud investigations. Clients include companies, financial institutions, government authorities and high-net-worth individuals. Richard Egan is recommended for his experience in fraud, private client instructions, money laundering and international criminal conspiracies.

Practice head(s):Richard Egan; Jim Meyer; Sarnjit Lal

Key Clients

Robert Bevan

Diezani Alison-Mudueke

Matthew Hird

Nathan Wyatt

Ralph Murphy

Work highlights

  • Acting for the lead defendant in an international conspiracy to cheat the public revenue of hundreds of millions of pounds in a tax avoidance scheme causing investors to invest in film development projects.
  • Acting for Diezani Alison-Mudueke the former president of OPEC and former Nigerian minister for Oil and Transport who is subject to a long running NCA investigation in the UK relating to fraud, corruption and money laundering along with moves by the current Nigerian regime to extradite her back to that jurisdiction to stand trial.
  • Acting for the financial director of a British Mining Company with contracts in Sierra Leone who is being investigated by the SFO for alleged fraud and corruption relating to mining rights in the African Republic.

Arnold & Porter advises clients on regulatory investigations, corporate crime and compliance. Areas of expertise include negotiations with foreign regulatory agencies, advising boards, anti-fraud policies and criminal defence. Co-head of team Kathleen Harris is experienced in representing board-level executives seeking criminal law and regulatory advice. Sean Curran, who also co-heads the team, is adept at handling investigations by the SFO, FCA, HMRC and FRC.

Practice head(s):Kathleen Harris; Sean Curran

Testimonials

‘The breadth of knowledge in respect of white-collar crime surpasses every other firm that purports to offer a service at a corporate level’.

‘Kathleen Harris is a genuine force of nature and one of the most formidable litigators in corporate white-collar defence’.

‘Sean Curran is approachable, charismatic and someone who wears his considerable intelligence very lightly’.

‘Arnold & Porter have unique expertise in managing complex corporate crime for corporate and individuals’.

‘Kathleen Harris is fearless, measured, and acts with integrity, which means she commands the respect of the authorities who are investigating her clients’.

‘Sean Curran is an experienced and robust litigator handling some of the heaviest white collar crime instructions in the City’.

‘Kathleen Harris is the best of the best in her field’.

Fieldfisher's white-collar practice includes dedicated criminal law experts - both solicitors and barristers - who are able to advise a client from the beginning of an investigation through to trial and, where necessary, appeal. The team regularly acts for individuals caught up in high profile criminal cases, advising in relation to allegations such as fraud, corruption, money laundering and sanction breaches. It handles matters involving various regulatory/investigatory authorities including the SFO, the FCA, HMRC and the National Crime Agency in the UK and the US DoJ.  It also provides advice around Bribery Act compliance and issue management. The team is headed by Tony Lewis   and Francesca Titus, with the firm adding Kyle Phillips as a senior associate from Howard Kennedy.

Practice head(s):Tony Lewis; Francesca Titus

Other key lawyers:Kyle Phillips

Testimonials

‘The firm provides a Rolls Royce Service - nothing is impossible’.

‘Fieldfisher have an excellent reputation within the industry for representing and advising private clients in large scale white-collar crime cases and internal fraud investigations within companies’.

‘Tony Lewis has expertise, knowledge and passion for his area of work that is unquestionable’.

‘Francesca Titus brings years of independent practice as a barrister to offer a unique advantage for those wishing to avoid litigation. She is brilliantly clever and a delight to work with’.

‘Francesca Titus leads a team that provides really excellent legal advice and representation in the area of crime, particularly white-collar’.

‘Kyle Phillips has developed an impressive reputation as a highly efficient lawyer with excellent judgement and an impressive work ethic’.

Work highlights

  • Representing a defendant, a former director of a successful printing company who counted Royal Bank of Scotland as a client.  The directors are alleged to have committed an 8 year fraud against HMRC leading to a loss to HMRC of around £4m.

Since launching its UK white collar defence and special investigations practice in 2018 with the hire of Barry Vitou from  Pinsent Masons LLP , US firm  Greenberg Traurig, LLP has been on an upward trajectory. In addition to its work for corporates, the team also advises individuals facing domestic and international investigations by various regulatory authorities including the FCA, HMRC, CPS and SFO. Areas of expertise include worldwide criminal money laundering investigations, bribery, recovery orders, enforcement, compliance, pre-investigations, investigations and prosecution. Anne-Marie Ottaway joined as partner from Pinsent Masons LLP in October 2018.

Practice head(s):Barry Vitou

Other key lawyers:Anne-Marie Ottaway; Gareth Hall

Testimonials

‘A wide range of hands-on experience and expert knowledge of UK regulators and law enforcement agencies’.

‘A really good grasp of the underlying issues behind a matter’.

'An ability to find solutions that don’t “boil the ocean', which helps keep costs down’.

Key Clients

Roger Jenkins, former Barclays' investment banker in the Middle East

Work highlights

  • Continuing to represent Roger Jenkins, former head of Barclays’ investment banking and investment management business in the Middle East, in connection with his trial at Southwark Crown Court, which started on 9 January 2019.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP' corporate crime and investigations team is able to advise on white collar crime compliance and investigations work around the world. Its UK team is backed by offices across Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the US, advising on multiple aspects of corporate crime including bribery, corruption and money laundering, taking the lead on both investigations and compliance work. Individual clients include directors, senior management and other employees. Susannah Cogman heads the team and has experience advising on anti-money laundering systems and controls failures, and representing clients in FCA investigations.

Practice head(s):Susannah Cogman

Other key lawyers:Brian Spiro; Dan Hudson; Kate Meakin; Elizabeth Head; Ajay Malhotra; David Knott; Kathryn Boyd

Testimonials

‘The team is stuffed with highly intelligent, hard-working, gifted lawyers’.

‘Elizabeth Head is a star in the making’.

Key Clients

The Executive Counsel to the Financial Reporting Council

Roger Jenkins

Various employees and ex-employees of Tesco plc

A senior British businessman involved in bribery allegations concerning GlaxoSmithKline's activities in China

Various individuals in respect of the SFO's investigation into Afren PLC

Work highlights

  • Defending former Barclays' Middle East investment banker Mr Roger Jenkins in the SFO prosecution of Barclays senior executives in relation to Qatar's 2008 investment and acting for Jenkins in related civil proceedings.
  • Acting for an individual in respect of an ongoing US Department of Justice and US Internal Revenue Service investigation.
  • Advising individuals who were suspects in an SFO investigation.
  • Acting for an ultra-high-net-worth individual in relation to a criminal investigation following the Panama Papers leak.

Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for individuals, companies and financial institutions in relation to matters including investigations, compliance, bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraud, tax evasion and false accounting. With clients praising it for offering 'real insight', the team is adept at handling investigations by the SFO, FCA, NCA and the police. The firm often deals with multi-jurisdictional cases and has particular experience in Russia. Crispin Rapinet heads the team and is adept at handling matters involving the UK Bribery Act and international legislation.

Practice head(s):Crispin Rapinet

Other key lawyers:Chris Hardman; Claire Lipworth; Liam Naidoo

Testimonials

‘This is a team with real insight into the practical and multifaceted problems in managing white-collar cases’.    

‘Claire Lipworth is an exceptional lawyer and a great strategist’.              

‘Chris Hardman is rightly regarded as one of the best litigators in the city’.

 ‘They are innovative and dogged in their pursuit of a client’s case’.        

Key Clients

ENRC

Stephen Mullens

Borelli Walsh

Isha Johansen

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Isha Johansen, president of the Sierra Leone Football Association, in relation to an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Sierra Leone into allegations of improper use of FIFA funds.
  • The team has achieved a successful settlement in defending Stephen Mullens, a former lawyer to Bernie Ecclestone, in a  high-profile claim by a New York investment company, Bluewaters Communications, alleging bribery in relation to the 2006 sale of the Formula 1 business. Fellow defendants included Bernie Ecclestone (long-time head of Formula 1), Bambino, one of the Ecclestone family trusts, and German bank Bayern Landesbank (BLB).

K&L Gates LLP advises individuals and corporations on investigations, regulatory compliance and risk. Areas of expertise include bribery, corruption, fraud, insider trading, anti-money laundering advice, cartels, health and safety, sanctions, extradition and mutual legal assistance. The firm has recently handled cases involving investigations by the FCA and SFO. Co-head of team Dylan Moses handles multi-jurisdictional white-collar crime, fraud, bribery, corruption and regulatory matters. Brian Saulnier, who also co-heads the team, specialises in corruption matters.

Practice head(s):Dylan Moses

Other key lawyers:Brian Saulnier; James Millward; Clarissa Coleman

Kangs Solicitors is adept at handling financing crime issues, multijurisdictional crime matters, regulatory investigations, tax fraud, bribery, corruption, cartels, insider dealing, investment fraud and money laundering. Clients include solicitors, accountants, financial advisers, City traders, doctors, dentists and surveyors. Hamraj Kang heads the team and often deals with investigations by the SFO, FCA, BIS and HMRC.

Practice head(s):Hamraj Kang

Other key lawyers:John Veale; Frances Murray; Timothy Thompson

Work highlights

  • Represented one of 10 defendants charged with bribery, corruption and money laundering offences by Scotland Yard’s complex fraud team.
  • Represented 1 of 18 defendants in relation to a multi-jurisdictional investment fraud claim at Southwark Crown Court.
  • Represented a client in relation to a complex missing trader intra-community/VAT fraud claim valued  in excess of £20m at Sheffield Crown Court.
  • Represented a high profile consultant surgeon in relation to allegations of  fraud and perverting the course of justice.
  • Represented the chairman of a UK PLC in an SFO investigation into allegations bribery and corruption in the former Soviet Republic.

Morgan Rose Solicitors advises clients in relation to fraud, bribery, corruption, investigations, confiscation and restraint matters. It often deals with investigations brought by the SFO, FCA, HMRC, CPS, NCA as well as various government departments. Clients include company officers, high-net-worth individuals and employees. The firm also provides advisory work pre-charge. Head of team Simon Rose is experienced in cross-border regulation and prosecution work.

Practice head(s):Simon Rose

Other key lawyers:Gary Lesin-Davis; Mark Rostron

Osborne Clarke LLP¬†is adept at representing individuals including senior executives caught up in multijurisdictional investigations, financial crime matters, fraud, extradition, bribery and corruption. The firm advises clients in the financial services, investment funds, real estate, automotive, life sciences, technology, and retail sectors. The ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable‚Äô¬†Jeremy Summers¬†heads the team and is experienced in acting in SFO investigations.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Summers

Other key lawyers:Tom Ellis; Charlie Wedin; Peter Sheppard

Testimonials

‘Jeremy Summers is leading a team that is extremely efficient and capable in dealing with fraud and white collar matters’.

‘Jeremy Summers has decades of experience as a criminal defence solicitor’.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur advises corporates and individuals on fraud, white-collar crime, compliance and regulatory matters. Areas of expertise include injunctions, PoCA matters, confiscation, money laundering, prevention of crime and internal investigations. The firm often deals with investigations by the SFO, CPS, FCA and HMRC.

Practice head(s):Nigel West

Other key lawyers:Anil Rajani; Stuart Lindley

Testimonials

‘Anil Rajani is results driven and always has the correct strategy in mind’.

Work highlights

  • Advising former directors of Northampton Town Football Club in relation to parallel civil proceedings breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and substantial criminal investigations and proceedings for fraud, money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and offences of conspiracy to cheat.
  • Advising a Saudi Arabian national and his company, in proceedings against an American corporation in relation to allegations of breach of contract involving potential offences under the Bribery Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Allegations were made in relation to money laundering and complex corporate structures to conceal the proceeds of crime.
  • Representing John Blavo in relation to allegations of a £23m fraud involving the Legal Aid Agency and the Lord Chancellor’s department.
  • Representing a lawyer currently under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office in relation to allegations of fraud by false representation and breach of position in addition to potential offences of money laundering.


Gaming and betting

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  5. Rising stars

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CMS advises on regulatory compliance and the obtaining of licences, and has expertise in online and new media technology. The firm also handles employment litigation and data protection matters in the gambling industry. Practice head David Zeffman is an expert in strategic transactions, while newly promoted partner Anna Soilleux-Mills advises on the commercial and regulatory aspects of M&A transactions in the gambling industry. Clients include gambling and betting companies as well as broadcasters, sports rights holders, publishers and advertisers.

Practice head(s):David Zeffman

Other key lawyers:Anna Soilleux-Mills

Key Clients

888

Apax Partners

Ascot Racecourse

AsianLogic

Best of the Best

Betfred

BetVictor

Betway

BGO

Blueprint

Dusktildawn

Gamesys

Work highlights

  • Advised online gambling company the Rank Group on the acquisition of the entire €52m issued share capital of QBS Gaming
  • Advised online gambling company BGO Entertainment on the negotiation and successful agreement of undertakings with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).
  • Advising online gambling company Gamesys on the entry into various commercial agreements
  • Advised Intellectual Property and Software on the £65m sale of European Domain Management and Rocket 9 to LeoVegas
  • Advised Apax Partners on its acquisition of Genius Sports Group

Harris Hagan advises on operating licence applications, M&A, due diligence, affiliate marketing and sponsorship agreements. The¬†'astute‚Äô John Hagan¬†and the ‚Äėhighly experienced‚Äô Julian Harris¬†head the practice and specialise in gambling and licensing law, as well as on online and land-based gambling law. The ‚Äėexceptional and creative‚Äô Bahar Alaeddini advises start-ups, private equity firms and banks on corporate control applications, investor due diligence and the restructuring of group licences. The team was bolstered by the arrival of consultant Hilary Stewart-Jones¬†from DLA Piper¬†in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Julian Harris; John Hagan

Other key lawyers:Bahar Alaeddini; Hilary Stewart-Jones

Testimonials

The firm has first-class experience and knowledge in this industry

The team understands the issues clients typically face and always provides solutions

The firm pleases with its professionalism and is invested in the client’s success

The firm is technical and energetic, while simultaneously having a deep understanding of the industry

Mishcon de Reya LLP has expertise in M&A transactions, gambling licensing regulations and defending regulatory enforcement proceedings. The practice is experienced in drafting and negotiating commercial gambling and platform contracts, and in advising on anti-money laundering procedures and data protection measures. Nick Nocton advises on eSports and virtual currencies, while practice head Susan Breen assists with migration plans for the transfer of businesses across different jurisdictions. Niki Stephens, who was promoted to partner in April 2019, advises on enforcement actions by the Gambling Commission.

Practice head(s):Susan Breen

Other key lawyers:Nick Nocton; Stuart McMaster; Niki Stephens

Testimonials

They have the ability to work together as a true team and provide a seamless, consolidated approach

The practice is proactive, polite, knowledgeable and determined to fully understand technicalities before forming a response

'Stuart McMaster provided pragmatic and practical advice in a manner which maintained fees and costs at an acceptable level.'

'Susan Breen and Niki Stephens are a killer combination. They really care about their clients but are also very good and cut to the chase of the issues.'

'Susan Breen has the secret sauce to being an outstanding lawyer, she is personable, unique and clients adore her. She pragmatic, commercially sharp, doesn't get bogged down with problems but is solutions focused.'

Key Clients

Bede Gaming

DraftKing

Jackpotjoy

GVC

Videoslots

Kwiff

Catena Media

SportPesa

Kambi

Gaming Innovation Group

Matchbook

Gaming Nation

Bet365

Football 1x2

Carousel Group

B2B Gaming

188bet.com

Bet-at-home

Camelot

iGaming.com

Inspired Entertainment

Ladbrokes

Lottomart

Optimizer Invest

Red Tiger Gaming

Summit Partners

TAG Media

Videoslots

Work highlights

  • Advising DraftKing on regulatory and compliance matters
  • Advising Videoslots on licensing and compliance matters
  • Advising Ladbrokes Coral Group on the defence of two claims brought by the operators of the Arena Leisure horse racing courses and the chosen partners to distribute audio-visual footages of races from those courses
  • Advised Catena Media on the acquisition of the horse racing site gg.co.uk

Wiggin LLP has expertise in providing regulatory, corporate and commercial advice, which involves assistance with regulatory investigations and international risk strategies, ongoing advice on compliance and licensing, assistance with M&A transactions and business-to-business arrangements, and advice on advertisement contracts. The team regularly represents clients from the betting, poker, casino, lottery, media and sports sectors, while Stephen Ketteley, who co-heads the practice with Jason Chess, is particularly active for clients from the online gambling sector.

Practice head(s):Stephen Ketteley; Jason Chess

Other key lawyers:David McLeish; Chris Elliott

Testimonials

This is probably the best all-round gambling and betting practice in the UK. The firm is responsive, astute and meticulous in its work

Stephen Ketteley has a true passion for the industry and intimate knowledge of British regulations in this area, as well as a deep understanding of how the industry works internationally

Jason Chess is a very well-respected senior figure

Stephen Ketteley and Jason Chess provide a speedy high-quality service

'David McLeish has a wealth of industry experience from his time as a GC in the sector, which gives him a unique insight on how commercial and risk decision-making really gets done, driving pragmatic and focused advice'

'Chris Elliott is fantastically knowledgeable of the regulatory issues facing the industry. An upcoming star'

Key Clients

The Stars Group

bet365

Playtech

William Hill

Worldpay

GVC

LeoVegas

Casumo

Addison Global

Betsson

IGT

Kindred

GoLotto

Perform Group

Genius Sports

Evolution

Netent

SBTech

Royal Panda

Work highlights

  • Advised Ladbrokes Coral on the undertaking of due diligence and the co-ordination of gambling regulatory approvals in connection with its public takeover by GVC Holdings.
  • Advised William Hill on a regulatory investigation by the Gambling Commission, which resulted in the client paying a £6.2m penalty package.
  • Advised William Hill on the £250m takeover of online casino operator Mr Green.
  • Advised Casumo on a regulatory investigation resulting in a £5.85m penalty package.
  • Advised Playtech on an investigation by the CMA regarding bonus promotions and the accessibility of customer funds.

Bird & Bird LLP provides gambling and betting regulatory advice and assists with the advertising of gambling and the establishment of commercial relationships between the sports and gambling industries, as well as with content streaming, software supply and payment processing deals. The firm is also experienced in technology transfer, data protection and intellectual property work. Andrew Danson regularly advises on online gambling regulations, and senior associate Elizabeth Dunn has expertise in software supply, content streaming and hosting.

Practice head(s):Andrew Danson

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Dunn

Testimonials

'We have worked with Andrew Danson and Elizabeth Dunn at Bird & Bird and they have been very responsive, commercial and pragmatic and a pleasure to work with. We found it particularly helpful that they were able to come in a brief our commercial colleagues in a way that was accessible and grounded in practical examples and experience to take the advice beyond the theoretical.'

Key Clients

Zeal Group

Sky Bet

GVC

Gamesys

Sporting Index

Smarkets

The Stronach Group

Metric Gaming

Football Index

FunFair Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advising Zeal Group on regulatory issues and the negotiation of commercial agreements 
  • Advised GVC on the £42m acquisition of Crystalbet 
  • Advising Gamesys on its relationship with various game providers, including NetEnt and Scientific Games 
  • Advised Sky Bet on the five-year renewal of its naming rights sponsorship agreement with the English Football League
  • Acting for The Stronach Group on agreements in relation to its international media and wagering rights business for North American horse racing, including licensing agreements with Sky Bet, BoyleSports and 188Bet

Ince provides regulatory and commercial advice in the gambling sector, including assisting with domestic and cross-border licensing queries, criminal proceedings and the defence of licences. The practice is also experienced in advising on sponsorship contracts and trade mark and domain name protection, as well as on corporate structuring. Alex Ktorides advises on the implementation of measures to comply with anti-money laundering, bribery and corruption legislation. Andrew Cotton advises on advertisement regulations and assists overseas-based remote operators and software suppliers with their applications for operating licences from the Gambling Commission. Andrew Tait relocated to the firm's Gibraltar office.

Practice head(s):Philip Somarakis

Other key lawyers:Andrew Cotton; Alex Ktorides

Key Clients

Metric Gaming

Spin Games

Genesis Global

Billion Dollar Draw

Nektan

Work highlights

  • Advised Genesis Global on a gambling regulatory compliance assessment regarding UK and Maltese regulatory requirements 
  • Advising Nektan on the drafting of gambling software licenses for an array of suppliers and customers of the client, which involves regulatory advice and company restructuring

Kemp Little LLP specialises in online and mobile gambling, providing advice on the development of micro-payments and premium rate services, in-app purchases and digital currencies, as well as on software development and licensing. The practice also advises on regulated financial services, including spread bets and advice on the payment services arrangements that underpin the gambling industry. Promotional competitions and prize draws are another area of expertise. Practice head Susan Biddle focuses on gambling regulated by the Gambling Commission.

Practice head(s):Susan Biddle

Testimonials

The practice is unique in the sense that it makes a large quantity of standard help available without charging for it. Additionally, there is always someone available who has deep knowledge of the particular case

The team stands out with its breath of knowledge, both historical and current, its personal approach and its understanding of the client market

Key Clients

Gamblewise

Property Prizes Limited

SKW Schwarz for Hugo Boss

Work highlights

  • Advised Gamblewise on commercial contracts and data protection in relation to a mobile product to help gamblers control the time spent on gambling
  • Advising Property Prizes on the structuring, operation and promotion of its proposed skill competitions that offer a series of residential properties as prizes
  • Advised lawyers of SKW Schwarz in relation to several promotional campaigns for the benefit of SKW Schwarz’ client Hugo Boss
  • Advised a gambling software company on issues relating to the development of technology
  • Advised an advertisement company on the appropriate promotional mechanisms and legal aspects of competition

Memery Crystal LLP advises clients from the gambling and lotteries industries on market entry regulations and provides comparative regulatory advice regarding the applicable licensing regime across different jurisdictions. The firm is also experienced in advising on disputes in the gambling sector. The ‚Äėcharismatic and helpful‚Äô Carl Rohsler heads the practice and has expertise in M&A transactions in the gambling industry.

Practice head(s):Carl Rohsler

Testimonials

The firm provides the very best advice

Carl Rohsler has a charismatic personality with an encyclopaedic knowledge of gambling law and regulations

Key Clients

Health Lottery

888.com

Scottish TV Group

Telegraph Media Group

Gaming Realms

Fulham FC

BetBull

Union Jaxx

Arm Candy

Initial Rewards Limited

Project 11

Avantage Entertainment

Roland de Wolfe

Goldchip Gaming

Metric Gaming

West Bromwich Albion FC

Aston Villa FC

Work highlights

  • Advising Gaming Realms on the £11.5m sale of its business-to-customer focused subsidiary Bear Group to River iGaming
  • Advising Health Lottery on government consultations on marketing regulations
  • Advising Fulham FC on the advertising of gambling
  • Advising Avantage Entertainment in relation to the development of its UK business with an application for a UK pool betting and casino licence
  • Advising Telegraph Media Group on the development of its Fantasy Football product in strategic partnership with Coral

Pinsent Masons LLP provides regulatory advice to gambling sector clients and assists with strategic projects such as business expansions and financing, the introduction of new business-critical systems, relocations and strategically significant disputes. The firm also advises on M&A transactions, tax, employment, data privacy and pensions matters. The team assists online operators with cross-border transactions and is experienced in providing both contentious and non-contentious licensing advice. Diane Mullenex, who is noted for her particular expertise in the French gaming market, and Glasgow-based legal director Audrey Ferrie lead the practice.

Practice head(s):Diane Mullenex; Audrey Ferrie

Key Clients

Canaccord Genuity

Pizza Express

Stride Gaming

XLM Media

CPFC

Harrods

Adil Group

Mint Festival

World Island

Work highlights

  • Advised Cannaccord Genuity in connection with the transfer of the listing category of its entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital
  • Advising Adil Group on licensing services for its estate across the UK, including its KFC and Taco Bell restaurant
  • Advised Harrods on the obtainment of licences for extended restaurant hours 
  • Advised World Island on the securing of a premises licence for a new festival based in Leeds
  • Advised Mint Festival for the obtainment of licences for the relocation of the festival

Nick Arron heads the practice at boutique licensing firm Poppleston Allen and advises bookmakers, bingo operators, family entertainment centres, gambling machine manufacturers and gambling centre arcades on licensing regulations. The practice also acts for online gambling operators and lotteries. The team is experienced in advising on compliance issues and also assists with regulatory negotiations with the Gambling Commission.

Practice head(s):Nick Arron

Key Clients

PaddyPower Betfair

The Bingo Association

Blueprint Operations

City Gaming

Bongo’s Bingo

Gauselmann

Bourne Leisure

Butlins

Bandai Namco Amusement Europe

BoyleSports UK

Taylor Wessing LLP is experienced in advising domestic and cross-border clients in the spread betting industry and has expertise in binary bets, as well as in their interface with financial services regulatory issues. The practice also advises gambling start-ups on the obtainment of licences and provides regulatory advice on their business models, and advises unregulated clients in the gambling industry on regulatory issues, digital media, promotional activities and licensing projects. Other aspects of the team’s work include contractual advice and assistance with data privacy and intellectual property. Practice head Graham Hann has extensive experience in eGaming.

Practice head(s):Graham Hann

Key Clients

Amaya

NetEnt

bwin.party digital entertainment

Activision

Cashcade

Blizzard

Work highlights

  • Advising online gambling brands owner Amaya on trade mark, copyright and design disputes

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP handles the licensing and regulatory aspects of both online and offline gambling, and regularly assists with the application for new licences. The firm also has expertise in online gambling issues, which involves assistance with the regulatory and corporate aspects of online business models; advises on contentious gambling matters; and assists clients in relation to enforcement investigations by the Gambling Commission. Practice head Craig Baylis has particular experience with licensing issues.

Practice head(s):Craig Baylis

Work highlights

  • Advising PT Entertainment in relation to an enforcement investigation by the CMA into a number of operators in the online gaming industry
  • Advising The Hippodrome on applications regarding its premises
  • Advised Playtech on its €846m acquisition of approximately 70% of the issued share capital of gaming operator Snaitech
  • Advising Luxury Leisure on the obtainment of a premises licence for an adult gaming centre in Norwich
  • Advised digital performance marketing company XLMedia on its placing of new ordinary shares worth £31.7m

DLA Piper provides regulatory advice in the gambling, betting and media sectors. The firm is also experienced in assisting with licensing agreements, commercial contracts, litigation matters and tax-related issues. Nick Fitzpatrick acts as the global co-chair for the media, sports and entertainment sector and advises on advertisement in the gambling and betting sector. Hilary Stewart-Jones left the practice in June 2018 to join Harris Hagan as a consultant.

Practice head(s):Nick Fitzpatrick

Fladgate LLP assists with corporate structuring in the gambling industry as well as with licensing matters. The firm is also experienced in advising on tax matters, gambling disputes, and software development and provision. The practice is led by Grant Gordon, who has expertise in advising on the regulatory issues arising in due diligence processes, and the appropriate warranties to ensure gambling law compliance within corporate transactions. 

Practice head(s):Grant Gordon

Key Clients

Red Tiger Gaming

NGV Intergalactic Software

Work highlights

  • Advising Red Tiger Gaming on negotiations with Ladbrokes Coral Group regarding the client’s bonus and jackpots platform
  • Advising Red Tiger Gaming on revised and renegotiated template agreements, including the client’s operator agreements and reseller agreements 
  • Advised a gambling operator on the setting up of a corporate structure to facilitate the client’s entry into the EU
  • Advised a gambling company on the re-gear of its lease at a shopping centre
  • Advised shareholders of a gambling company on an M&A transaction in the digital bingo business 

Hugh James handles both online and land-based gambling matters, with a particular technical expertise within sports betting and licensing. The firm also advises on anti-money laundering measures and dispute resolution, as well as regulations concerning software development and IT protection. Cardiff-based practice head Aled Walters has experience in advising high-profile gaming companies on corporate and commercial issues such as M&A transactions and on IP licensing.

Practice head(s):Aled Walters

Key Clients

Amelco

Big Wave Gaming

Pentasia

Raffle House

iosport

Double Diamond Gaming

Rock ‘N Rolla Management

iBet Group

Guess the time

Superbet

Depot Warehouse

Eclipse Competitions

Work highlights

  • Drafting and negotiating the licence of Amelco’s sports betting platform to Intralot
  • Advising iBet Group on an application for a remote betting intermediary licence
  • Advising Rock ‘N Rolla Management on an application for a remote casino licence
  • Advised Eclipse Competitions on how its online competitions could be operated in compliance with the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005
  • Advised ioSport Group on the obtainment of remote betting host and remote gambling software licences

K&L Gates LLP advises on corporate, commercial, litigation, tax, real estate and competition law matters in the gambling industry. Practice head Warren Phelops is experienced in advising on the drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements, including white label, software licensing, hedging, technology supply and IP licensing contracts. Other areas of expertise include advice on sponsorship agreements and payment service provisions. The practice acts for both online and retail operators. Martin King was promoted to partner in March 2018.

Practice head(s):Warren Phelops

Other key lawyers:Martin King

Key Clients

The Racing Partnership

Arena Racing Corporation

Aspire Global

Anakatech

Work highlights

  • Advised the Racing Partnership, Arena Leisure and Arena Racing Corporation as the claimants in High Court actions and related applications against bookmakers and betting stakeholders including Ladbrokes, Coral, Betfred, The Tote and SIS 
  • Advising Arena Racing Corporation on the acquisition of media rights for horse racing and greyhound racing from various domestic and international rights holders
  • Advising Cricket West Indies on contractual arrangements relating to the appointment of Betway as an official betting partner 

Keystone Law boosted its practice with the recruitment of consultants Richard Williams and Niall McCann from Joelson in April 2019. The team advises both land-based and online gambling clients on regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering measures and prosecutions arising from breaches of licence conditions. The practice also assists with the drafting and improving of policies and procedures, and licence review proceedings, which regularly involve the negotiation of financial settlements. Another area of expertise is the provision of advice to social media companies about the legality of proposed offerings with or without the need for licensing.

Other key lawyers:Richard Williams; Niall McCann

Key Clients

Lottoland

Betconnect

Fitzdares

Wynn Resorts

Mr Green

Solomon Markets

Stakers

Trada Casino

Condor Gaming

Tabcorp

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lottoland in a judicial review challenging a ban on EuroMillions in the High Court
  • Advising Betconnect on licensing compliance, terms and conditions, advertising and marketing
  • Advised Wynn Resorts on its £100,000 joint venture agreement with sportsbook and casino operator Betbull
  • Advising Fitzdares on regulatory compliance
  • Advising Mr Green in relation to its proposed £242m takeover by William Hill


Licensing

Index of tables

  1. Licensing
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

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    • Luke Elford - Woods Whur

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's licensing team demonstrates great breadth; its client base includes developers, casinos, bars, pubs and clubs. The firm provides specialist advice to both brick-and-mortar as well as online clients. The practice is headed by Craig Baylis, who successfully obtained new licences for the Globe Theatre. Another key member of the team is associate director Jeremy Bark, who acted for The 100 Club, located in the stress area within Westminster, on an application to amend the terms of its licence.

Practice head(s):Craig Baylis

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Bark

Testimonials

'Genuinely on the ball all of the time, completely reliable with responses.'

'Very prompt, competent responses at all times.'

'Craig Baylis knows his subject, knows the people involved and manages everyone to make things happen.'

Key Clients

Tesco

The British Film Institute

Marriott Hotels

Starbucks

Hippodrome

Here East London

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tesco in hearings for new applications, including handling an application for a licence in Camden.
  • Acting for Here East London on obtaining licenses for cafes, shops and restaurants.
  • Acted for The 100 Club on an application to amend the terms of its licence, which included an increase in capacity.
  • Obtained new licences for the Globe Theatre as part of its plans to extend hours and have greater flexibility.
  • Varied the existing licences for the IMAX theatre by Waterloo and the BFI exhibition centre on the Southbank. The applications related to changes to the layout, changes to hours and a relaxation of certain conditions

Keystone Law has a full service licensing capability advising on early morning alcohol restriction orders, enforcement issues, temporary event notices and restaurants. The firm has a mix of new and long-standing clients. Gareth Hughes is a key name for clients in the hospitality and entertainment sectors; he is advising Dragon Knight on the licensing issues concerning a large-scale development in London, which involves thousands of residential buildings and leisure premises. Andrew Wong also has strength in the leisure, entertainment and hospitality sectors. Niall McCann and Richard Williams joined from Joelson in April 2019; the pair now have a consultancy agreement in place to continue to provide services to their former firm.

Other key lawyers:Andrew Wong; Gareth Hughes; Niall McCann; Richard Williams

Key Clients

Bounce Leisure

Obar Camden

ETM Group

Royal National Theatre

Chiltern Street Hotel

Work highlights

  • Advised Obar Camden, a music and entertainment company, on licensing and applications concerning Koko in relation to Camden High Street's redevelopment.
  • Advising on obtaining several premises licences on the Greenwich Peninsular for Knight Dragon, which is engaged in building residential dwellings and introducing leisure and hospitality premises for the new residents.
  • Acting for Manhattan hotel owner, Hg Europe, on its first venture in London
  • Acting for Alula Leisure in resisting all challenges to its licence and advising the client on day-to-day licensing matters.
  • Acting for Chiltern Street Hotel, located in Marylebone, on securing the original grant of a 24-hour licence.

Poppleston Allen's specialist licensing team has considerable breadth, acting for pubs, clubs, restaurants and property developers. Clare Eames, who jointly heads the practice, acts for the Stonegate Pub Company, owner of close to 700 pubs across the UK, on various matters. Fellow co-head Lisa Inzani is acting for the Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen in gaining a new premises licence in the cumulative impact zone of Westminster. Another notable member of the team is associate Steve Burnett; he advises on drafting policies, obtaining pavement licenses and defending premises licence reviews.

Practice head(s):Clare Eames; Lisa Inzani

Other key lawyers:Steve Burnett

Key Clients

Stonegate Pub Company

Selfridges

Honest Burgers

Caprice Holdings/The Birley Group

Tribeca Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advising on the licensing aspects of Stonegate Pub Company’s acquisition of 34 Be At One cocktail bars.
  • The group obtained a new premises licence on Mercer Walk, near Covent Garden, for kebab restaurant Maison Bab.
  • Obtained a new premises licence for Scotts, the Caprice Holdings-owned restaurant, on Mount Street.
  • Acting for Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen in obtaining a new premises licence, allowing the client to extend into the next-door property to double the size of its seafood bar and kitchen.
  • Acted to remove restaurant conditions for a number of Ivy's Collection and Bill's restaurants.

Thomas & Thomas Partners LLP is a boutique licensing law firm that acts for developers, landlords, theatres, private members' clubs, restaurants and hotels. Thomas O'Maoileoin has been lead partner on several licensing matters concerning hotels and studios. One highlight was his advice to Michelin starred restaurant Murano on varying the terms of its premises licence. Alun Thomas is another key name and has considerable expertise advising on the extension of the number of live music events at Hyde Park. Jack Spiegler was part of the part assisting with licensing matters for GBK.

Practice head(s):Thomas O’Maoileoin; Alun Thomas

Other key lawyers:Jack Spiegler

Key Clients

Canary Wharf

The Groucho Club

GBK

Westfield

Royal Parks

Angela Hartnett

Work highlights

  • Advised Murano on a variation to its premises licence to permit the sale of alcohol from 8am until 1am the following day without it being ancillary to food.
  • Assisted the Royal Parks with an application to extend the number of live music events at Hyde Park.
  • Acted for VQ Euston Square on an application to extend its alcohol licence, contrary to Camden’s policy, until 2am.
  • Advised Riverside Studios on applying for new licences to allow the entire site, which has a capacity close to 2,000, to operate from 7am until 1am.
  • Advising GBK on its CVA concerning the client's 80+  restaurants nationwide.

TLT's licensing team has considerable breadth, covering the charity, restaurant, leisure and hotel sectors. The firm's client base includes pubs, bars, brewers, festivals, conference venues, galleries and theatres. Matthew Phipps is a significant figure in licensing and has worked on matters including the opening of Flight Club Darts' new Manchester office. Piers Warne is another name to note; he has experience in dealing with contested applications and licence reviews.

Other key lawyers:Matthew Phipps; Piers Warne

Testimonials

'Matthew Phipps is very good.'

'Strength, industry insight and vastly experienced.'

Key Clients

Bloomberg

Blakes Hotel

Manhattan Loft Gardens

L'Oscar

The Arts Club

Nobu Hotel

Mortimer House

Work highlights

  • Advise on all licensing matters for Blakes Hotel.
  • Assisting Electric Shuffle Spitalfields with a new premises licence application.
  • Acted for the Royal Society of Arts on opening its premises up to the public.
  • Successfully obtained a new premises licence for Flight Club Darts in Manchester.
  • Advised Brewdog on its applications to enable the company to brew beer on site at its bars in Tower Hill and Manchester.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP is particularly known for its work for supermarkets, petrol station forecourt operators, hotels and pubs. With one of the largest licensing practices in London, the firm undertakes a high volume of off-trade licensing matters. Robert Botkai, who leads the team, has over 30 years of experience and has worked on a range of licensing matters. Sabrina Cader is another key name and frequently works alongside Botkai.

Practice head(s):Robert Botkai

Other key lawyers:Sabrina Cader

Ince's team acts for landlords, casino operators, theatres and breweries. Practice head Philip Somarakis has considerable experience representing clients before licensing committees and in the Magistrates Court. In one notable highlight, he is acting for Club K in obtaining a variation of a premises licence in Hounslow's cumulative impact zone. Andrew Cotton is another standout figure, particularly for liquor licensing, where he advises clients on the licensing of premises.

Practice head(s):Philip Somarakis

Other key lawyers:Andrew Cotton

Testimonials

'The team fully understands exactly what is required in the licensing process in multiple jurisdictions and have excellent interpersonal skills.'

Key Clients

Open Air Theatre

BAFTA

Ping Pong

Heals Department Stores

Chinawhite

Sunbeam Studios

Work highlights

  • Advised Old Laundry Yard on an application for a new premises licence.
  • Advised Open Air Theatre on an application to extend its licensed area following a grant to develop further customer facilities.
  • Assiting Club K with the variation of a premises licence within Hounslow Council's cumulative impact zone.
  • Acted for The Gunnersbury Tavern to allow it to trade in the interim while a new application was made to renew a previously lapsed licence.
  • Instructed to act for BAFTA in its refurbishment project in Piccadilly and advise on all licensing related work.

Joelson's licensing team works in the restaurant and hospitality and leisure sectors, while also carrying out licensing work for other city law firms. Niall McCann and Richard Williams now lead the team as consultants.

Practice head(s):Niall McCann; Richard Williams

Testimonials

'They are focused, commercial and very responsive.'

'Joelson have both depth and breadth when it comes to advice on licensing law, an area which many law firms don't cover.'

'Their knowledge and experience of the industry sector and, crucially, the licensing authorities is invaluable when applying for a new licence.'

'Niall McCann is very good indeed. Excellent licensing knowledge, commercially astute and a good strategic thinker.'

'Niall McCann is our go-to lawyer. He's very approachable and accessible and gives good practical, commercial advice.'

'Niall and the team at Joelson will always be my first port of call when legal advice is needed.'

Key Clients

Gunnersbury Estate

B&M Retail

City Pub Company

Vapiano

Brewhouse Kitchen

40Ft Brewery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Grind & Co

Dover Street Market

Mosaic Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Pioneer City Pub Company on an application to vary the hours of sale of alcohol, music permitted outdoors and the use of a large television screen in a courtyard of the distillery.
  • Acted for Vapiano on varying a premises licence for its new Tottenham Court Road restaurant.
  • Assisting B&M Retail with general licensing and regulatory issues.
  • Obtaining a new overarching premises licence for the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
  • Acted for Gunnersbury Estate on obtaining a new premises licence to allow weddings, parties and events throughout Gunnersbury Park.

LT Law is a boutique licensing law firm, which advises a wide range of clients including nightclubs, bars and restaurants. The firm advises on all matters concerning licensing such as applications, grants and variations. The practice is led by the 'very good' Lana Tricker who is well regarded in the market.

Practice head(s):Lana Tricker

Pinsent Masons LLP covers the full range of licensing work. The firm is known for its UK-wide work in the restaurant, hotel and retail sectors. Legal director Audrey Ferrie heads the team and has expertise in liquor and civic government licensing, where she represents companies in the leisure and hospitality industry. Associate Christopher Rees-Gay  has experience handling contentious and non-contentious alcohol licensing issues.

Practice head(s):Audrey Ferrie

Other key lawyers:Christoper Rees-Gay

Key Clients

Harrods

Adil Group (Taco Bell & KFC)

Mint Festival

Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Asda

The Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club

Work highlights

  • Acted for Harrods on submitting a premises licence variation to extend restaurant hours, as well as an update to the plans for the premises.
  • Advised the Adil Group on obtaining the licences necessary for Taco Bell and KFC to trade.
  • Assisted with the 2019 Mint Festival, which included liaising with the Local Authority Safety Advisory Group to ensure the festival could safety go ahead at Leeds East Airport.
  • Secured a new license premises for the World Island Festival in Leeds, which included liaising with the Local Authority Safety Advisory Group.

Squire Patton Boggs' licensing team is 'straight to the point', working to advise clients on a range of issues in the retail, transportation, hospitality and leisure sectors. The firm has a particular expertise advising on hotel licenses, where it acts for key players in the market. Stephanie Perraton heads the team; her recent highlights include advising Etc Venues on the opening up of a new venue in Houndsditch and the redevelopment of an existing venue in Eastcheap. Director Nicola Smith, who specialises in the hospitality and leisure sector, has had recent success representing clients in a number of contested hearings.

Practice head(s):Stephanie Perraton

Other key lawyers:Nicola Smith

Testimonials

'Sometimes firms make things more complicated with the wrong approach, Squire Patton Boggs is completely the opposite.'

'Straight to the point.'

'Being in Westminster, we do have challenges related to applications for variations but they are able to make the entire process less stressful.'

'Worked with the firm for many years and in that time have had excellent results. The team is efficient, knowledgeable and personable.'

'Nicola Smith is our main contact and is very through when dealing with a case.'

'The attention to detail when dealing with a contentious case has been vital in our outcomes.' 

Key Clients

Select Service Partner/SSP Air

One Stop Stares

Jurys Inn

Roadchef

RBH Management

InterContinental Hotels Group

Dalata Hotel Group

Work highlights

  • Advised on the management of various licenses nationally for Select Service Partner/ SSP Air, including new ones for Grind and Urban Express at London Bridge.
  • Assisted Roadchef with all of its licence applications.
  • Advising Etc Venues on the opening of a new London venue and the redevelopment of an existing venue in Eastcheap.
  • Handled various licence applications for Intercontinental Hotels Group's managed estate and advising on Project Dragon, the acquisition of 13 Principal and De Vere hotels in the UK by Convivio.
  • Advising Custard Factory on the redevelopment of its site on the outskirts of Birmingham, including re-opening the old market all as the factory works.

Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors is a specialist practice which covers all aspects of alcohol and licensing law. The firm covers reviews, enforcement and licence premises variations for bars, restaurants and private individuals. Key practitioner David Dadds is a popular choice for small businesses and local authorities. Natasha Nunn is also notable and frequently acts for clients in licensing reviews and appeals.

Other key lawyers:David Dadds; Natasha Nunn

Goodman Derrick LLP's team advises on entertainment and liquor licensing law to a range of clients, including pubs, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, retailers and hotels. James Daglish, who heads the team, combines 'commercial awareness with legal acumen' . The team acted for Simmons Bars Group on the licensing aspects of the sale of the Group to Lonsdale Capital.

Practice head(s):James Daglish

Testimonials

'Integrates other departments very smoothly with its licensing team.'

'James Daglish is very acute and has wide industry knowledge and networks. Matches commercial awareness with legal acumen.'

Key Clients

Simmons Bars

The Natural Kitchen

The Lucky Pig Bar

The Haunt

 

Work highlights

  • Advised on the licensing aspect of the sale of the Simmons Bars Group to Lonsdale Capital on 1 February 2018, worth approximately £10m.
  • Advising on the licensing aspects of Proud Group's acquisition of the venue known as One Embankment on Victoria Embankment.
  • Defended Fulbeck Inns Limited against an attempted prosecution for alleged breach of its capacity condition at its premises on Clipstone Street, which ultimately resulted in the charge being dropped and a caution issued instead.
  • Providing ad hoc advice to The Natural Kitchen on minor licensing queries and issues arising during the day-to-day operation of its business.
  • Advised Nice Bars on the licensing aspects of the disposal of three sites in the City of London: The Pepys, The Lion and The Ship.

Gregg Latchams LLP acts for a broad range of clients, including theatres, stadiums, bowling centres, hotels, breweries, restaurants, and alcohol retailers. Legal director Ewen MacGregor, who leads the team, acts for a number of national brands and smaller independent operators. In one notable highlight, he advised on obtaining a new premises licence for seven units within Boxpark's development in Wembley Park.

Practice head(s):Ewen MacGregor

Key Clients

Accor UK Business and Leisure Hotels & Accor UK Economy Hotels

The Original Bowling Company

Ambassador Theatre Group

HJ Tenger Holdings

Ashton Gate

Boxpark

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Work highlights

  • Advised Boxark on obtaining new premises licence for seven units within its development in Wembley Park.
  • Assisted Lion, an Australian multinational company, with its application for its first licences in the UK.
  • Advised Ambassador Theatre Group on its applications to permit patrons to take glass containers into the auditorium of its venues, as well as handling day-to-day licensing work.
  • Advised Daylesford Organics on its application for a new special treatment licence and on day-to-day licensing administration.
  • Assisted HJ Tenger Holdings with its applications for new licences as part of its expansion.


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