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In 2015-2016, the corporate crime space saw the first-ever UK Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) and the first admission of guilt by a corporation under section 7 of the Bribery Act. As a result, lawyers and clients now have a clearer idea of the expectations of the SFO going forward. Individuals facing allegations of financial crime may have more to fear than ever before, as the successful prosecution of Tom Hayes serves as an indication of the resolve with which UK prosecutors might seek individual convictions. Additional market trends in the fraud and corporate crime arena include a sharp increase in the number of whistle-blower allegations, as well as evolving sanction regimes, meaning that firms with sanctions expertise will be increasingly sought after in future.

With regards to general crime, the market is still plagued by substantial cuts to legal aid, with many firms having no choice but to forego their publicly funded practices altogether. Sexual abuse allegations – specifically historic cases – are on the rise, and in this context, lawyers note that the burden of proof seems to be shifting and the level of media coverage is often overwhelming, which presents unique challenges for firms acting for defendants.

Virtually every civil fraud department is involved to some degree in claims arising out of the 2008 market crash. Russian and CIS litigation has not necessarily declined, but with more disputes pouring out of emerging markets such as South America and South-East Asia, and jurisdictions in North Africa and the Middle East, the civil fraud arena is no longer dominated by any single region. Furthermore, as the line between civil and criminal fraud is becoming increasingly blurred, firms with expertise in both areas will be well positioned to remain atop the market trends.

Mobile and online gaming seems to be the way of the future, and remote gaming operators continue to seek advice on expanding into UK markets following the Gambling Act 2014. There has been considerable market consolidation across the gambling sector, so in addition to licensing expertise, a strong M&A department is also relevant to gaming and betting practices.

In the licensing area, ability to work and maintain amicable relationships with licensing commissions is important as much of the high-profile leisure and hospitality work in London is coming from foreign investors, who expect to secure prime property in the city.

Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)

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Arnondo Chakrabarti and the β€˜practical and no-nonsense’ Jonathan Hitchin jointly lead the department at Allen & Overy LLP. The β€˜top-of-the-league’ team receives high-profile instructions from foreign governments, financial institutions, and engineering and energy services clients.

Baker McKenzie LLP’s β€˜excellent’ business crime practice is led by Charles Thompson, Joanna Ludlam and Sunny Mann. The firm’s global reach has allowed it to respond to the increasingly co-ordinated global efforts of regulators and prosecutors. Jonathan Peddie recently joined the group from Barclays, where he led the litigation and financial crime team. Andrew Keltie retired at the end of 2015.

Clifford Chance LLP remains β€˜right at the top of the very competitive group’ of London corporate crime teams. Luke Tolaini continues to advise Serco, following an SFO investigation into the company’s billing practices. The department is led by the β€˜bright and experienced’ Judith Seddon and Roger Best.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides a β€˜reliable and prompt’ service in matters involving international investigations, compliance and government enforcement. Lord Peter Goldsmith QC and the β€˜outstanding’ Karolos Seeger are advising ENRC in relation to the SFO’s investigation of fraud, bribery and corruption in Africa and Kazakhstan.

Jointly led by Matthew Bruce and Geoff Nicholas, the team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP specialises in advising and representing corporates in large-scale international investigations. Ali Sallaway and Raj Parker are also recommended.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s β€˜thoughtful and effective’ team is regularly involved in some of the highest-profile corporate crime investigations. Rod Fletcher led a team in a landmark case that resulted in the UK’s first Deferred Prosecution Agreement. Susannah Cogman is also highly recommended.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s β€˜world-class team’ includes Crispin Rapinet, Liam Naidoo and Jeremy Cole (β€˜a powerhouse in the field’). The group has particular expertise in international investigations, and has advised on various trade and economic sanctions recently.

Stephen Parkinson’s department at Kingsley Napley LLP continues to β€˜hold its own against the Magic Circle firms’. The β€˜exceptional’ group, which includes Jo Rickards and Louise Hodges, has received increased instructions from corporates and is acting for Tesco in relation to the SFO’s high-profile investigation into accounting irregularities.

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Lista Cannon brings β€˜immense gravitas and decisive strategy’ to the regulation and investigations department. The team has β€˜excellent expertise’, and includes the β€˜slick and professional’ Chris Warren-Smith, Neil O’May and Sam Eastwood.

Pinsent Masons LLP is β€˜emerging as a leader in the fields of corporate criminal defence and anti-corruption compliance’. The β€˜expert’ team is led by Barry Vitou, who, along with newly promoted partner Anne-Marie Ottaway, represented Sweett Group in the first admission of guilt by a corporation under section 7 of the Bribery Act.

Simmons & Simmons is β€˜one of the leading firms’ in the corporate crime arena, which advises on international investigations regarding corruption, bribery, sanctions and money laundering. The team is β€˜strong across the board’, and includes Nick Benwell, Richard Sims and Stephen Gentle. Stephen Moses and Emma Sutcliffe were recently promoted to partner.

The lawyers at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP use their β€˜unmatched industry knowledge’ to provide a β€˜one-of-a-kind’ service to corporate clients facing a range of criminal allegations. Department head Ryan Junck advised CrΓ©dit Agricole and BNP Paribas in relation to economic sanctions. Matthew Cowie left for Dechert LLP and Elizabeth Robertson joined from K&L Gates LLP.

Slaughter and May’s β€˜outstanding’ dispute resolution group is headed by Jonathan Cotton, who successfully defended Olympus Corporation in Crown Court proceedings regarding false representation to the auditors of a UK subsidiary.

Adopting a β€˜pragmatic approach’, Ashurst’s β€˜experienced’ team represents clients in the energy, resources, infrastructure and financial services sectors. Angela Pearson displays β€˜sound client management skills’ and leads the team, which includes Tom Cummins and Edward Sparrow.

Acting for corporates and individuals in matters covering the full gamut of business crime, BCL Solicitors LLP has earned β€˜a profile that is entirely justified’. Headed by Ian Burton, the team provides an β€˜exemplary’ service and includes the highly recommended Richard Sallybanks and Shaul Brazil.

β€˜Creative thinker’ and US and UK dual-qualified lawyer Aaron Stephens leads the β€˜superb’ practice at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. Stephens’ team benefits from the firm’s global presence, but still offers β€˜specialist niche advice of the highest quality’.

The β€˜go-to’ team at Brown Rudnick LLP includes β€˜two of the best business crime lawyers of their generation’: Mark Beardsworth and Tom Epps. The team specialises in advising companies on enforcement issues where there are dual UK and US aspects.

Covington & Burling LLP provides a β€˜superior level of service’ across a range of disciplines. David Lorello combines β€˜expert knowledge with a commercial outlook’ and leads the corporate crime group alongside Robert Amaee*. The team is experienced in dealing with US and UK prosecutors, and has expertise in international – and particularly US-facing – investigations. *Robert Amaee joined *Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in August 2016.

The β€˜responsive and proactive’ group at DLA Piper handles some of the largest multi-jurisdictional criminal and regulatory investigations. David Gray’s team is β€˜among the highest quality in terms of strength in depth’, and includes the β€˜calm and assured’ Simon Airey and Tony Katz.

Neil Gerrard’s team at Dechert LLP has earned its reputation as a β€˜leader in the areas of trade and sanctions litigation’. The β€˜internationally minded’ Miriam Gonzalez has handled several high-profile matters regarding sanctions compliance. Matthew Cowie joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP and Jonathan Pickworth left for White & Case LLP.

β€˜Excellent tactician’ Neill Blundell heads the fraud and investigations department at Eversheds LLP. The team includes Polly Sprenger, a β€˜commercially minded expert in the field’. The group receives significant instructions from banks and financial institutions including HSBC, Barclays and Lloyds Bank.

The β€˜proactive’ corporate crime and investigations department at Fieldfisher is headed by the β€˜pragmatic’ Tony Lewis. His team displays expertise in parallel civil and criminal proceedings, and is advising Currencies Direct on funds that may be considered proceeds of crime.

K&L Gates LLP includes Christine Braamskamp, who is a β€˜walking one-stop shop’ for criminal advocacy. The team is advising Trinity Mirror on the highly publicised Operations Elveden and Golding. Elizabeth Robertson joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP in 2016.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s β€˜nascent’ team is headed by Satnam Tumani and has particular expertise in internal investigations as well as sanctions advisory work. Chris Colbridge and Harkiran Hothi are recommended, as is Neema Dowson-Collins, who recently made partner.

Linklaters LLP provides β€˜tailored advice on all aspects of potential corporate offences in the UK and other jurisdictions’. The dispute resolution group is led by the β€˜calm and steady’ Michael Bennett and Satindar Dogra, who wields the β€˜unerring ability to deliver the right advice’.

Michael O’Kane’s β€˜fantastic’ business crime department at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP works closely with the firm’s top-ranked civil fraud practice to provide advice to corporates and individuals on potential criminal liability. The crime team includes Hannah Laming, who provides compliance advice regarding anti-bribery and corruption and sanctions.

RPC’s team is β€˜particularly adept in matters involving regulators and breaches of financial sanctions’. β€˜Standout lawyer’ Richard Burger has vast experience in advising the insurance sector on financial crime matters. Recent personnel developments saw Parham Kouchikali join from Linklaters LLP and Davina Given promoted to partner.

Led by Eoin O’Shea, Reed Smith LLP’s practice is regularly instructed in high-profile international fraud and bribery cases.

Headed by Tony Woodcock, the regulatory litigation team at Stephenson Harwood provides β€˜seamless representation between the civil, regulatory and criminal fields’. The β€˜dedicated’ Sara George had recent success acting for Tradition Financial Services and Sean Jeffrey advises a number of high-profile organisations on sanctions compliance.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s compliance and enforcement department is led by the β€˜very knowledgeable’ Peter Burrell, who is β€˜always willing to listen and take a client’s views into consideration’. Burrell’s team is experienced in advising on compliance regarding anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions, and money laundering. Rita Mitchell made partner in 2015.

The level of service offered at WilmerHale β€˜consistently exceeds expectations’. Led by the β€˜clear-headed and technically skilled’ Stephen Pollard, the team is involved in several of the most noteworthy investigations currently underway in the UK. Christopher David and Alison Geary are also recommended.

Despite its small size, the corporate crime team at Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP β€˜punches well above its weight’. Department head Kathleen Harris is β€˜unparalleled’ and continues to act as specialist criminal adviser for News UK in all aspects of the News of the World phone hacking case.

Headed by Antony Brown, Bivonas Law LLP’s practice is a β€˜serious player’ in the market. Brown’s team includes the β€˜calm and sensible’ Steve Sharp, and John Bechelet is acting for a company in High Court proceedings brought by the FCA regarding manipulative trading.

At CMS, the anti-corruption department is led by Omar Qureshi, whose team includes Amy Smart. It is advising a number of corporates on investigations following whistle-blower allegations.

Jointly led by Chris Hill and John Whittaker, the level of service at Clyde & Co LLP is β€˜paramount’. The β€˜strong’ group has particular specialism, and indeed numerous instructions, with regards to assessing and advising on sanctions compliance.

Fox Williams LLP’s financial crime investigations department is led by James Carlton and includes Peter Wright. The team works across a variety of sectors and acts for FirstEnergy Capital on an ongoing basis.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s white-collar defence practice prides itself on its multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary capabilities. Department head Philip Rocher acts for UBS regarding a number of global fraud investigations.

Headed by the β€˜astute’ Sarah Wallace, Irwin Mitchell’s financial crime team is β€˜becoming increasingly sought after’. Wallace is currently instructed by clients involved in investigations by the FCA and the SFO. Robyn Walters is recommended.

McGuireWoods London LLP is an example of β€˜a US firm with a proper white-collar capability in London’. Vivian Robinson QC is β€˜a port in a storm’ and leads the corporate crime group.

With a focus on fraud and corruption matters, Michelmores LLP acts for Octopus Investments on their purchasing agreement with Glasgow Rangers FC. Andrew Oldland QC leads the London regulatory and financial services team, which includes Peter Sigler.

The β€˜proactive and highly creative’ Agnes Quashie leads the practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP. Quashie has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional matters and her team has picked up several new clients recently.

Marcus Thompson and Amanda Raad are recommended in Ropes & Gray LLP’s corporate crime and investigations practice. The team advises on anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions, and money laundering in matters where there are international – specifically US – aspects.

Steptoe & Johnson’s cross-departmental group is jointly led by Jeffrey Cottle, Patrick Rappo and John Rupp. The practice has experience in dealings with UK and US prosecutors.

The team at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP includes Theodore Edelman and has significant experience in acting for financial institutions. The group advises on sanctions compliance and also parallel US-UK proceedings.

David de Ferrars and Tim Strong lead the β€˜outstanding’ corporate crime and fraud practice at Taylor Wessing LLP. The team recently acted for Pi Consulting on a substantial pension fraud. Shane Gleghorn is also recommended.

White & Case LLP’s practice was strengthened following the arrival of Jonathan Pickworth from Dechert LLP. The team has acted for several global financial institutions in relation to internal and regulatory investigations.

Corker Binning β€˜remains one of the best smaller firms covering corporate crime’. The team is led by the β€˜calm and authoritative’ Peter Binning and includes Jessica Parker.

The β€˜extremely efficient’ team at Jones Day enjoyed tremendous success through securing the first UK Deferred Prosecution Agreement for Standard Bank. The practice is led by Sion Richards and Glyn Powell.

The corporate crime practice at King & Wood Mallesons is β€˜excellent in all respects’. Headed by Ian Hargreaves, the team advises on a range of financial crime matters and has conducted investigations and risk assessments in Africa for several companies.

Mayer Brown International LLP is led by Devi Shah and the β€˜first-rate’ Alistair Graham. The group has extensive experience in bribery and fraud investigations, and was instructed by Sweett Group to carry out an investigation regarding alleged bribery in the Middle East and North Africa.

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s business crime group is led by the β€˜fierce and thoughtful’ Alison Levitt QC, and includes β€˜incisive tactician’ Gareth Minty. In addition to the team’s defence work, Levitt has also led several private prosecutions.

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP’s practice is headed by Kevin Roberts, a higher court advocate with an β€˜excellent legal mind’. The team is particularly experienced in international regulatory compliance investigations that are US facing.

Osborne Clarke’s practice is led by Jeremy Summers, who joined the firm in 2015 from Slater and Gordon. The team is instructed by several FTSE 250 companies across a variety of sectors.

The team at Shoosmiths LLP is led by Stephen Dawson. It advises corporates on a range of matters including sanctions violations, anti-bribery and corruption, and money laundering. The group has particular experience dealing with FCA enforcement actions.

Under the leadership of the β€˜very well-respected’ Euros Jones, Weightmans LLP is gaining increased recognition for its representation of companies in potential criminal matters. The team acts for a number of clients in the insurance and construction sectors.

The β€˜very strong’ team at Withers LLP advises corporate clients on the full gamut of business crime matters and has experience dealing with nearly every UK regulator and prosecuting authority. Gerallt Owen and Anne Davis are both β€˜highly experienced and accomplished’.

Crime: general

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BCL Solicitors LLP’s β€˜phenomenally impressive’ team is headed by the β€˜authoritative and immensely knowledgeable’ Paul Morris. The group acts for high-profile individuals such as Sir Cliff Richard, Jeremy Clarkson and Adam Johnson. Other key figures include Rachel Hubbard and Ellen Peart

Bindmans LLP is β€˜one of the very best firms for a reason, and that is the hard work they put into all cases’. Martin Rackstraw and Katie Wheatley are joint heads of this β€˜simply outstanding’ practice, which demonstrates particular specialism in protest cases and extradition. Other key figures include Kate Goold, who regularly represents high-profile individuals.

The crime group at Blackfords LLP combines β€˜experienced experts’ who deal with a wide range of serious criminal matters. The β€˜committed and determined’ Gary Bloxsome jointly heads the team alongside Trevor Francis, the latter of whom successfully defended Johannes Woltering in a multimillion-pound drug smuggling case in 2015.

Corker Binning’s crime practice is β€˜an established Rolls-Royce set-up’ led by β€˜outstanding criminal solicitor’ Robert Brown. Edward Grange, whose β€˜reputation in the field of extradition is second to none’, joined the firm in 2015 to lead the extradition department.

Despite significant cuts to legal aid, the β€˜rough and tough, no-nonsense’ group at Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson continues to act for publicly funded clients while also maintaining a private client base. The β€˜outstanding’ Edward Preston leads the team with managing partner Paul Harris.

Jenny Wiltshire leads the β€˜pre-eminent criminal defence’ group at Hickman and Rose. Ben Rose, Jane Hickman and Ross Dixon are all β€˜experienced and personable’ and β€˜willing to go the extra mile’.

The β€˜top-class’ department at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP is led by Nigel Richardson, β€˜the man to go to for sex cases’. The team also has expertise in matters involving protests and extradition. Raj Chada is recommended, as is the β€˜professional’ and β€˜committed’ Ruth Harris, who β€˜instils confidence’ in her clients. Daniel Godden left the firm to found Berkeley Square Solicitors.

John Harding and David Sleight lead the β€˜top-flight’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP. The former acted for Rolf Harris in the Operation Yewtree trial. Sandra Paul also comes highly recommended. Angus McBride joined News UK in April 2016.

Founding partner Bambos Tsiattalou jointly leads the β€˜reliable and progressive’ department at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors with Maria Theodoulou. The firm acted for the first defendant in the Hatton Garden burglary trial.

The β€˜extremely bright’ Jim Meyer jointly leads the serious crime group at Tuckers Solicitors with β€˜one of the best lawyers of his generation’, Richard Egan. Philip Smith and Sarnjit Lal defended Dr. Emmanuel Edet and Antan Edet in a highly resourced investigation involving the Slavery Act 2013.

Steven Bird’s practice at Birds Solicitors focuses on serious violent crime and appellate cases. Richard Locke is regularly instructed on matters involving rape and child pornography.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s β€˜innovative and effective’ group acts for both privately and publicly funded clients. Joanne Gibbons leads the team alongside the β€˜personable and knowledgeable’ Eddie Tang, who handles a range of serious criminal matters.

Lewis Nedas Law Limited is β€˜a City firm in a non-City location’. The team is led by Jeffrey Lewis and the β€˜incredibly user friendly’ Siobhain Egan. Rhys Mardon is another name to note.

The team at Lloyds PR Solicitors provides a β€˜first-class service’ and handles matters in almost every area of serious crime. Manoj Rupasinghe and Harsha Rupasinghe lead the department, and Mohsin Ariff is also recommended.

Russell-Cooke LLP’s crime practice is headed by Jae Carwardine. The team is acting for two defendants in the highly publicised Operation Elveden proceedings.

Founding partners Raymond Shaw, Paul Graham and Daniel Kersh lead the β€˜extremely impressive’ crime group at Shaw Graham Kersh. Philip Hill, acts for a defendant in Operation Sanctuary/Shelter involving the alleged grooming and rape of vulnerable youths.

Criminal defence boutique Shearman Bowen & Co provides a β€˜level of engagement that is vanishingly rare among criminal firms’. Led by Rick Shearman and Mark Bowen, the team is instructed in a Court of Appeal case concerning murder and miscarriage of justice.

Providing a β€˜modern and professional’ service, Simons Muirhead & Burton is particularly experienced in sexual offence cases. The team is led by β€˜legal legend’ Anthony Burton. Pamela Reddy joined the firm from Hodge Jones & Allen LLP.

Sonn Macmillan Walker has specialised departments handling a range of criminal offences. Euan Macmillan leads the police station, Magistrates’ Court and extradition teams; Tim Walker runs the Crown Court group; and David Sonn heads the private client work.

TV Edwards LLP’s β€˜incredibly experienced’ crime, fraud and extradition department is led by Farhana Rahman-Cook. The team handles a range of matters from financial crime, to murders and road traffic offences. Anthony Edwards and Sean Richards are also recommended. Marilyn Mark retired in 2015.

At GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates, founding partner Greg Stewart specialises in criminal appeals. His team also has expertise in defending young people and clients with mental health problems.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP’s criminal department is led by the β€˜exceptionally skilled’ Helen McDowell. The firm has a dedicated extradition practice and Monty Raphael QC is becoming increasingly involved in cyber-crime matters.

Piers Desser leads Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP’s β€˜professional and reputable’ crime practice. The group deals with most aspects of serious crime and specialises in pre-charge investigations. Rakeebah Rahim and Deniz Oguzkanli are also key contacts.

Scott Ingram’s practice at Slater and Gordon specialises in defending police officers charged with misconduct and other offences. The firm now has a dedicated private crime service.

Robert Dynowski and Rakesh Bhasin lead Steel & Shamash’s criminal department. In addition to their work involving sexual allegations, the firm also has a reputation for representing clients with mental illnesses.

Bankside Law specialises in representing professionals in disciplinary proceedings. Department co-head Bill Wilson successfully defended a general medical practitioner facing four separate counts of sexual assault.

Giles Bark-Jones leads the β€˜well-respected’ team at Bark&co, which focuses on complex, high-profile criminal matters. Alison Hill is β€˜calm under fire’.

The team at Birnberg Peirce & Partners handles a range of criminal matters from public order offences to matters involving immigration, extradition and criminal appeals.

Brown Rudnick LLP’s practice is led by the β€˜outstanding’ Mark Beardsworth. Since joining the firm from Kingsley Napley LLP, Beardsworth has defended several high-profile celebrities and high-net-worth individuals.

David Phillips & Partners’ London team is led by Paul Greenberg. The practice regularly handles proceedings against the police and cases involving cyber-crime.

Led by Vince Reveglia and Warren Brazier, the team at EBR Attridge LLP handles serious criminal matters as well as providing expertise in confiscation, restraint and forfeiture proceedings.

Edward Hayes Lawyers is an β€˜excellent firm that works for both lay and professional clients’. The β€˜highly regarded team’ is led by Christopher Hayes, Charles Long and Mark French, and specialises in fraud and sexual allegations.

Edwards Duthie’s practice is led by Shaun Murphy and Bernie Huber. The team receives regular instructions from the Medical Protection Society regarding allegations of professional malfeasance.

Freemans Solicitors’ crime team is led by the β€˜talented’ Michael Field and the β€˜experienced and knowledgeable’ Kishoree Kotecha-Pau. The firm continues to expand and recently added Andrew Andrews from Steed & Steed.

Howard Kennedy LLP works exclusively for privately funded clients in high-profile criminal matters. Ian Ryan is the key contact.

Peter Hughman has led the team at Hughmans for over 40 years. He and Lee Adams represent clients facing serious drug and violent crime allegations.

Managing partner Timur Rustem is the name to note at Rustem Guardian LLP. The team acts in matters ranging from serious violent crime to fraud, and recently defended a client against sexual assault allegations in a Crown Court trial.

Fraud: civil

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The civil fraud group at Allen & Overy LLP is led by Mona Vaswani, a β€˜tireless, tenacious and inventive’ commercial litigator. The team is working in conjunction with the firm’s Asian and US offices to pursue claims of Β£50m against a former employee of a major international hedge fund for breach of confidence and infringement of intellectual property.

Baker McKenzie LLP combines β€˜a huge amount of knowledge and experience’ with a vast global reach to make the firm a β€˜recognised and respected serious player’. Department co-head Charles Thompson has been involved in the ongoing Grupo Torras fraud litigation since 2002. Andrew Keltie retired at the end of 2015.

James Kennedy heads the practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, which focuses on high-value multi-jurisdictional cases and has gained a number of new clients of late. The team plays an integral role in the highly publicised Ablyazov litigation.

The β€˜particularly impressive’ Crispin Rapinet heads Hogan Lovells International LLP’s β€˜first-rate’ practice. The firm has global expertise and has acted for notable clients such as ENRC and Standard Chartered. Rebecca Wales made partner in 2016.

The β€˜quick and proactive’ fraud group at Jones Day is headed by Sion Richards, who is praised for his β€˜encyclopaedic knowledge of the law’. Craig Shuttleworth and Barnaby Stueck also have a β€˜deservedly strong market reputation’. The firm continues to handle ongoing asset tracing for the joint liquidators of Weavering Capital, following the conviction of former chief executive Magnus Peterson.

Ian Hargreaves and Craig Pollack* lead the practice at King & Wood Mallesons. The team’s instructions from Chinese oligarchs and institutions is becoming increasingly voluminous as the London practice works closely with the firm’s β€˜market leading’ Chinese offices. *Following publication of The Legal 500 UK 2016, Craig Pollack has joined Covington & Burling LLP.

Linklaters LLP’s dispute resolution team is headed by the β€˜tireless’ Michael Bennett and Satindar Dogra, the department’s β€˜brightest star’. The firm continues to act for Grant Thornton LLP in what has been described as β€˜one of the largest financial frauds in history’.

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s β€˜top-class’ and β€˜highly responsive’ dispute resolution practice is led by β€˜fraud grandee’ Kasra Nouroozi. Kathryn Garbett and Claire Broadbelt are also recommended, as is Annabel Thomas, who recently joined from Enyo Law LLP.

PCB Litigation LLP is perhaps β€˜the pre-eminent boutique’ in London’s civil fraud arena. Civil fraud β€˜guru’ Steven Philippsohn is the practice head, while partners Trevor Mascarenhas and Anthony Riem are both β€˜brilliant’. Following its successful defence of a $1bn claim arising out of Saudi Arabia, the firm has been extending its reach to some of the world’s emerging markets.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP’s practice is led by β€˜fabulous rainmaker’ Keith Oliver. Work highlights included representing Peter and Yvonne Moore in highly complex multi-jurisdictional proceedings worth upwards of €160m. Jonathan Tickner and Sarah Gabriel are β€˜outstanding’, and Jason Woodland was promoted to partner in 2015.

The β€˜absolutely first-class’ team at Simmons & Simmons is β€˜right at the top of its game’. Jointly led by Patrick Boylan, it specialises in cross-border asset tracing and international enforcements of judgments. Stephen Moses was recently promoted to partner.

John Fordham and Alan Bercow are the practice heads in Stephenson Harwood’s β€˜efficient and professional’ civil fraud and asset tracing group. Ros Prince is also singled out as β€˜a pleasure to work with’. The team is handling an extremely high-value matter for the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s β€˜first-rate’ team is led by β€˜go-to’ partner Mark Hastings. β€˜Cool under fire’, Hastings was the lead partner in the Dar Al Arkan litigation.

The β€˜clear and pragmatic’ group at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is led by Segun Osuntokun, commended for his β€˜commercial acumen and genuine desire to do the right thing’. Andrew Tuson made partner in March of 2016.

Sophie Eyre’s civil fraud group at Bird & Bird LLP works across a range of sectors and jurisdictions. The team successfully represented Despina Papadimitriou in a dispute ultimately concerning a bank’s potential liability to non-customer third parties. Ludovic de Walden is also well regarded.

Byrne and Partners LLP continues to expand its civil fraud practice with Tim Beale joining from Reed Smith LLP. Yvonne Jefferies and Ben Davies successfully acted for the defendants in Republic of Djibouti et al v Abdourahman Boreh et al.Nicola Boulton is also recommended.

The β€˜client-focused’ practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is headed by β€˜extremely dedicated’ litigator Stewart Hey. The firm’s work in this area is becoming increasingly international after various successes acting for the Central Bank of Bahrain.

Headed by β€˜one of the best commercial fraud lawyers’ in the market, Roger Best’s team at Clifford Chance LLP focuses on high-value matters. It works closely with the firm’s internal forensic accounting unit.

Chris Burdett and Conrad Walker jointly lead Clyde & Co LLP’s β€˜uniformly excellent’ practice, which regularly handles matters involving insurance fraud. Work highlights also saw the team representing a Latvian shipping company in a High Court case concerning the recovery of proceeds of a fraudulent chartering scheme.

DLA Piper’s full-service approach and seamless international collaboration is β€˜a real help in international commercial disputes’. β€˜Streetwise’ practice head Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry and the β€˜calm and experienced’ Jeremy Andrews are recommended.

β€˜First-rate’ specialist disputes firm Enyo Law LLP includes well-respected partners Simon Twigden, Pietro Marino and Edward Allen. As part of its rapid expansion, in 2015, the firm unveiled its business intelligence unit to assist with cross-border investigations.

The team of emergency relief and rapid response specialists at Fieldfisher is led by β€˜shrewd commercial and civil fraud litigator’ Tony Lewis. The group acts for claimants and defendants, and recent work has involved instructions from clients in the energy and finance sectors. The β€˜tenacious’ Alexandra Underwood is highly regarded.

Andrew Smith and Andrew Witts are key names at Gowling WLG, which has placed considerable focus on Brazil and South America, following its success in the groundbreaking Paulo Maluf litigation. The β€˜down-to-earth and approachable’ Alex Jay is also recommended.

β€˜From partner to associate level’, the team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP provides β€˜spot-on advice’ with a β€˜thoughtful and personable’ demeanour. The practice is led by Jeremy Garson and Philip Carrington. Robert Hunter left to join Edmonds Marshall McMahon.

Macfarlanes LLP is lauded for its ability to β€˜bring in a wealth of resources to handle large-scale and complex litigation’. Barry Donnelly and Charles Lloyd jointly lead the department, which includes Dan Lavender. The three partners are involved in a slew of Libor claims.

Tom Ellis and Adrian Lifely lead Osborne Clarke’s UK litigation practice. The team handles substantial domestic frauds, but showcases its international capabilities with ongoing instructions from Wirecard Bank, for whom they co-ordinate litigation in the UK, France and Barbados.

Alan Sheeley’s practice at Pinsent Masons LLP specialises in complex international fraud and is highly regarded for its technological innovation. The team acts for RBS and LLB Verwaltung.

The β€˜very responsive’ team at Reed Smith LLP is jointly led by Eoin O’Shea, Charles Hewetson and Patrick Beale. Their practice focuses primarily on the financial services sector, and clients include HSBC and Trinity Capital.

Taylor Wessing LLP’s department head David de Ferrars is β€˜an excellent lawyer, outstanding manager of people and a joy to work with’. The practice specialises in fraud and corruption emanating out of Russia and the CIS. Shane Gleghorn is also highly recommended.

Angela Pearson heads the β€˜experienced and pragmatic’ group at Ashurst. The β€˜exceptionally clever’ James Levy successfully led an audit negligence claim against PwC that was valued at over Β£1bn.

Founding partner Antony Brown is the key contact at disputes boutique Bivonas Law LLP. With an in-house Russian advocate, the practice receives a significant amount of work from clients in Russia and the CIS.

The β€˜responsive and highly creative’ group at Brown Rudnick LLP is headed by Neil Micklethwaite. The civil fraud practice was recently strengthened through the addition of Jane Colston – β€˜one of the standout litigators of her generation’ – from Stewarts Law LLP.

Farrer & Co is β€˜a polished outfit’ and one of the first ports of call for offshore trusts-related work. Jointly led by Adrian Parkhouse and Jeremy Gordon, the team was instructed by a group of trustees regarding claims of more than $2bn against Sergei Pugachev.

Kingsley Napley LLP’s dispute resolution practice head Richard Foss is β€˜a true specialist in commercial fraud claims’. His team has a β€˜very strong defence’ focus and is aided by the firm’s renowned criminal team. William Christopher and Fiona Simpson are other names to note.

With almost 30 years of civil fraud experience, Simon Bushell heads the practice at Latham & Watkins. The team has developed a reputation for art fraud and Russian and CIS matters.

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP β€˜punches above its weight’ and has a β€˜superb’ international approach. Kevin Roberts and the β€˜dogged and determined’ Jonathan Wheeler are key contacts.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜brilliant’ dispute resolution department is led by Deirdre Walker and includes the β€˜hands-on and practical’ Chris Warren-Smith. The team promoted three new partners in 2015 and receives most instructions from banks and financial institutions.

The fraud and investigations department at Olswang LLP is headed by β€˜canny operator’ Bernard O’Sullivan. The team has particular experience in Russian and CIS matters and receives a variety of instructions from Yukos Capital. Anna Caddick made partner in 2016.

Providing β€˜thorough analysis and clear advice’, the β€˜excellent’ team at Slaughter and May acts for Deutsche Bank in a series of proceedings concerning benchmark manipulation. Deborah Finkler is the practice head and Jonathan Cotton is a β€˜first-class lawyer’.

Through offices in London and Leeds, Stewarts Law LLP has β€˜a go-to commercial litigation practice with strength in a number of fields’. Clive Zietman’s team is one of the few groups of comparable size to accept instructions against banks and financial institutions. Jane Colston left for Brown Rudnick LLP in 2016.

Travers Smith LLP’s β€˜top-end’ dispute resolution department is led by Stephen Paget-Brown. The β€˜strategic and knowledgeable’ team is representing Hewlett-Packard in a case concerning claims of around $5bn. Kaupthing and Pathfinder Minerals are also clients.

At Withers LLP, Stephen Ross’ department continues to β€˜punch above its weight’. Much of the group’s work emanates out of Russia, the CIS and Cyprus, and it is greatly assisted by the firm’s fraud practice in the BVI.

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is an β€˜outstanding’ boutique that regularly acts against banks in major fraud claims. The team is representing Property Alliance Group in a Β£30m Libor claim against RBS. Philip Young and Marc Keidan are recommended.

Headed by β€˜tenacious litigator’ Philip Barden, the team at Devonshires Solicitors LLP acts primarily on behalf of claimants. Barden is handling litigation in Guernsey and the BVI involving offshore trusts disputes.

Dorsey & Whitney’s trial department is led by Nicholas Burkill, an expert in international e-discovery issues, who founded the Anti-Fraud Network, a global network of asset recovery and fraud specialists.

The β€˜exceptional’ team at Edwin Coe LLP has a strong focus on claimant work, and regularly acts for large groups of consumers or shareholders. David Greene’s practice is among the few specialising in sub-Saharan Africa.

At Eversheds LLP, the β€˜commercially astute’ fraud and investigations group is led by Neill Blundell and Neville Byford. The team combines an extensive criminal background with expertise in commercial fraud to bring a cohesive, multi-disciplinary approach. Polly Sprenger, in particular, is β€˜very good at understanding how the civil and criminal processes can work in tandem’.

Fladgate LLP’s β€˜wide-ranging’ practice acts primarily for corporate clients. Led by the β€˜tactical and effective’ Sophia Purkis, the team handles a number of high-value claims and is involved in ongoing FX investigations.

At Holman Fenwick Willan, Noel Campbell’s β€˜unflappable’ team displays β€˜great international experience’ and continues to act for Grant Thornton in a series of proceedings arising out of the insolvent estate of Boris Berezovsky. Marina Rogers-Nash is also recommended.

Sue Thackerey’s β€˜brilliant’ commercial litigation team at Howard Kennedy LLP is β€˜a real alternative to Magic Circle firms’. The practice has a strong reputation in the financial services arena, and also handles fraud concerning property, mortgages and trusts. Fiona Hinds made partner in 2016.

Stuart Shepherd’s practice at Ince & Co specialises in fraud relating to marine insurance, trade and shipping. Clients include HDI-Gerling Industrie Versicherung and XL Specialty Insurance Company.

Signature Litigation LLP includes founding partner Graham Huntley; a litigator β€˜you would not want to have on the other side’. The team is currently acting for claimants Blue Tropic and Coppella Ventures in damages claims totalling $40m.

Squire Patton Boggs’ litigation team is led by β€˜first-class strategist’ Laurence Winston, who also leads the firm’s CIS fraud initiative. The group regularly acts for banks and financial services clients.

Derek Bambury heads Browne Jacobson LLP’s β€˜robust, diligent and principled’ counter fraud and asset recovery department. The team acts as sole English counsel for the trustees of two of the largest feeder funds involved in the Bernie Madoff fraud scheme. Paul Wainwright is also recommended.

Capsticks LLP’s fraud team is led by Daniel Purcell and acts almost exclusively for healthcare providers. The department is the only national approved provider of counter-fraud services to NHS bodies including insurers, regulators and care providers.

Cooley (UK) LLP’s fraud practice is led by Laurence Harris and James Maton. The team specialises in advising foreign governments and has been carrying out ongoing civil recovery claims for the Turks and Caicos Islands government since 2009.

Gavin Foggo leads Fox Williams LLP’s dispute resolution department. The team defends Salem Mounzer in a $340m claim for conspiracy, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt.

K&L Gates LLP’s civil fraud practice is closely integrated with the crime and investigations group. Headed by John Magnin, the team successfully acted for The Central Bank of Ecuador in Privy Council proceedings involving claims of $579m.

Keystone Law’s civil fraud practice is new to the scene and is led by the β€˜bright and pragmatic’ Robert Lawrie, who joined the firm from Howard Kennedy LLP in 2015. Lawrie regularly represents banks and financial institutions.

At King & Spalding International LLP, Jane Player and Thomas K. Sprange QC are key names in the international commercial dispute resolution practice.

The insolvency and litigation department at Moon Beever is headed by Frances Coulson, who regularly handles civil recovery orders and litigation regarding fraudulent transactions. British Gas and KPMG are among the team’s notable clients.

Agnes Quashie’s team at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP β€˜exemplifies qualities of both diplomats and warriors’. The group represents clients in the banking and financial services, energy, and pharmaceutical sectors.

SCA Ontier LLP formed after a merger between SC Andrew LLP and ONTIER. The firm is acting for a trustee responsible for the liquidation of Bernard Madoff Investment Securities regarding claims for the recovery of assets in Madoff’s unprecedented Ponzi scheme. Seamus Andrew leads the litigation and arbitration group.

Simons Muirhead & Burton’s β€˜experienced and highly regarded’ fraud practice has expertise in civil and criminal law. Led by Susan Monty, the team includes Pamela Reddy, who joined last year from Hodge Jones & Allen LLP.

Neil Dooley joined Steptoe & Johnson from Hogan Lovells International LLP in 2014 to head the fraud and asset recovery department. He is currently acting for Otkritie Financial Corporation in various proceedings including the enforcement of a $150m judgment against various Russian fraudsters.

Alastair Shaw* started Swan Turton LLP’s civil fraud department in 2012 and it already β€˜punches far above its weight in this area’. Shaw has the β€˜ability to manage large commercial litigation’ and is acting for a client in a sizeable claim brought by the Libyan Investment Authority. *Since publication, Alastair Shaw has left the firm to establish William Grace.

Fraud: white-collar crime

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  2. Leading individuals

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The β€˜strategic’ Ian Burton leads the β€˜expert’ group at BCL Solicitors LLP, which includes Richard Sallybanks, the β€˜meticulous and experienced’ Harry Travers and Shaul Brazil.

The β€˜diligent’ crime team at Bark&co is led by the firm’s founder, Giles Bark-Jones. Bark-Jones secured an acquittal for criminal barrister Andrew Fitch-Holland in a case involving match-fixing in professional cricket. Alison Hill and Fiona Gavriel are also recommended.

Bindmans LLP’s β€˜first-class fraud practice’ is jointly led by Martin Rackstraw and the β€˜hardworking and well-organised’ Katie Wheatley, who won an acquittal for an interdealer broker in proceedings known as β€œLibor 2”.

Bivonas Law LLP has been handling white-collar crime since the firm’s inception, 19 years ago. Antony Brown heads the practice, which acts for several clients involved in SFO investigations. β€˜Calm, sensible tactician’ Steve Sharp is highly praised by clients.

β€˜One of the most outstanding white-collar firms in London’, Byrne and Partners LLP specialises in financial crime, restraint and confiscation matters. Michael Potts led the group in its successful defence of Bruno Iksil in FTC and FCA proceedings concerning J.P. Morgan’s $6.8bn loss. David Byrne and Matthew Frankland are recommended.

Corker Binning’s β€˜best-in-class’ white-collar department is headed by the β€˜peerless’ Peter Binning. The β€˜brilliant’ Andrew Smith acts for Andy Hind in the FCA’s insider dealing prosecution arising out of Operation Tabernula.

Stephen Parkinson’s β€˜premier’ department at Kingsley Napley LLP is instructed in several SFO investigations. The group has β€˜a very strong stable of partners’ including Louise Hodges and Jo Rickards.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP has β€˜become a repository of legal expertise in white-collar work’. Department head Michael O’Kane and the β€˜inspirational’ Monty Raphael QC are recommended. David McCluskey joined Taylor Wessing LLP in 2015.

Working across a variety of sectors, the β€˜extremely strong and well-organised’ team at Tuckers Solicitors is the largest criminal defence provider in England and Wales. The group is led by the Philip Smith, the β€˜passionate and empathetic’ Richard Egan and Jim Meyer.

Stephen Pollard, a β€˜polished and dedicated class-act’, leads the white-collar crime team at WilmerHale. The group acts for both individuals and corporates and has been involved in eight of the SFO’s top ten cases over the past two years.

At Blackfords LLP, business crime matters are led by Trevor Francis and Gary Bloxsome; partners β€˜with different qualities that enhance one another’. In addition to being β€˜enormously organised in case preparation, it is client care where the team excels’.

The β€˜exceptional’ team at Brown Rudnick LLP is led by Tom Epps and Mark Beardsworth; β€˜leading lawyers in this competitive field’. Both act for senior individuals at Barclays with regards to the SFO’s investigation into emergency capital raising in Qatar.

Dechert LLP uses its β€˜powerful international reach’ to β€˜answer the needs of companies and individuals with exposure in several different jurisdictions’. Neil Gerrard has attracted an β€˜extraordinary team’ which now includes Matthew Cowie, who joined the group in 2016 from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP. Jonathan Pickworth left for White & Case LLP in 2015.

The β€˜practical and commercially astute’ fraud and investigations group at Eversheds LLP, is led by the β€˜razor-sharp’ Neill Blundell, who led the defence for the former head of global finance at Deutsche Bank in the SFO’s Libor investigation. Polly Sprenger, is β€˜extremely committed with an impeccable eye for detail’.

At Fox Williams LLP, James Carlton heads the financial crime team, while Peter Wright leads the financial services regulatory and investigations department. The firm is instructed in a number of FX and Euribor proceedings.

β€˜Approachable and driven’, the lawyers at Hickman and Rose have β€˜an instinct for how to achieve the best outcome for a client’. Ben Rose and Ross Dixon are key contacts.

Irwin Mitchell’s regulatory and criminal investigations lawyers can β€˜tackle major litigation in a structured way because they have good leadership’ in Sarah Wallace. Wallace’s β€˜increasingly sought after’ team reports an uptick in internal investigation instructions.

The β€˜responsive and professional’ team at Janes Solicitors continues to handle high-profile tax related offences. David Janes adopts a β€˜very human approach’ and recently secured an acquittal for Assad Amin in a prosecution by HMRC involving alleged investor fraud.

Boutique criminal firm Lewis Nedas Law Limited, has β€˜a structure and stability that is envied by many’. Siobhain Egan and Jeffrey Lewis lead the β€˜noteworthy’ financial crime group, and Miles Herman is also recommended.

The β€˜standout’ practice at Lloyds PR Solicitors is led by β€˜extremely intelligent’ solicitors Manoj Rupasinghe and Harsha Rupasinghe. The β€˜dedicated and thorough’ Mohsin Ariff is another name to note.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜measured and savvy’ white-collar crime department is led by Neil O’May. Lista Cannon and Chris Warren-Smith are also recommended in the team, which includes three newly promoted partners. The group is acting for individuals from various household-name financial institutions in ongoing FX and Libor investigations.

Led by the β€˜tenacious and wise’ Jae Carwardine, the team at Russell-Cooke LLP provides β€˜thorough and sensible’ advice to professionals facing allegations of fraud and money laundering. Peter Cadman secured an acquittal for a highly respected former attorney in the Turks and Caicos Islands, who was charged with conspiracy to defraud the Turks and Caicos Islands government.

With some β€˜major successes in highly publicised cases’, Shearman Bowen & Co is β€˜now one of the eminent players in the white-collar crime field’. Specialising in POCA, restraint and asset forfeiture work, the team is jointly led by the β€˜diligent’ Rick Shearman and the β€˜first-class’ Mark Bowen.

The team at Slater and Gordon is headed by Shula de Jersey, who led the defence for the former finance director of Swift International against allegations of bribery in Nigeria. Jeremy Summers joined Osborne Clarke in 2015.

The β€˜courageous and steadfast’ Tony Woodcock heads Stephenson Harwood’s regulatory litigation department, where the workload is increasingly international. Sean Jeffrey is representing Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz in a Β£2.2bn claim against the SFO, which arose out of the SFO’s dawn raid of Kaupthing in 2010.

Dedicated solely to private prosecutions, Edmonds Marshall McMahon is a β€˜market innovator’. The β€˜tenacious’ Kate McMahon, Tamlyn Edmonds and Andrew Marshall are key contacts.

Garstangs Cartwright King LLP is the result of a recent merger between Garstangs Burrows Bussin and Cartwright King. Richard Cornthwaite leads the London fraud team, which is involved in several high-profile matters involving benchmark manipulation and other β€˜heavyweight’ banking fraud.

The β€˜highly skilled’ fraud team at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP includes Raj Chada, who is β€˜industrious and inventive’, and Ruth Harris. Daniel Godden left the firm to found Berkeley Square Solicitors.

Howard Kennedy LLP’s business crime and regulatory department provides β€˜excellent advice’ and β€˜breadth of experience’ in matters involving bribery, corruption, restraint and confiscation. Practice head Ian Ryan is recommended. Dan Hyde has joined Penningtons Manches LLP.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s fraud practice is headed by John Milner, a β€˜go-to lawyer for white-collar crime’. Milner and Aman Uppal led the defence of George Alexander, a former sales director of an asset finance company, who was charged by the SFO for allegedly defrauding two banks out of Β£160m.

The team at K&L Gates LLP makes use of the firm’s financial services and commercial litigation departments when handling fraud and financial crime matters. Key names include Christine Braamskamp and specialist counsel Sasi-Kanth Mallela. Elizabeth Robertson joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP in 2016.

Kangs Solicitors is a boutique criminal fraud firm with a reputation that has β€˜grown immensely’. Practice head Hamraj Kang is β€˜both an astute businessman and a great tactician’.

Headed by the β€˜outstanding’ Kevin Roberts, Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP’s team is acting for Grant Thornton trustees in relation to the fraud and bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari. The team is also involved in the highly publicised Libor and FX investigations.

Rated as β€˜very strong across the board’, Simmons & Simmons’ fraud group is led by Stephen Gentle and Nick Benwell, who are representing former executives and politically exposed individuals in a number of ongoing SFO investigations.

David Sonn and Tim Walker lead Sonn Macmillan Walker’s financial crime practice. The group is handling a number of money laundering and regulatory Crown Court proceedings.

The financial crime team at White & Case LLP was strengthened by the addition of new department head Jonathan Pickworth from Dechert LLP. Following his arrival, the group has picked up some high-profile clients involved in several widely publicised investigations by the SFO and international authorities.

The β€˜professional and personable’ Gerallt Owen heads the regulatory and corporate crime department at Withers LLP, which includes Anne Davis and Tessa Lorimer. The firm is defending clients in various matters involving the SFO, HMRC and FCA.

At ABV Solicitors, Deepak Vij heads the β€˜adept’ fraud team, which includes Amirah Ajaz and Akhtar Ahmad. Vij and Ahmad are defending various individuals facing Crown Court charges for money laundering.

The professional discipline and regulatory group at Bankside Law is led by managing partner John Williams, who has extensive experience defending fraud and white-collar crime allegations. He has been involved in matters arising from the SFO’s Libor and FX investigations.

The white-collar crime practice at Brett Wilson LLP is headed by the β€˜fearless and hardworking’ Nick Brett, who successfully represented the lead defendant in Operation Cotton – the first prosecution carried out by the FCA.

HKH Kenwright & Cox’s β€˜excellent’ fraud team is led by Khurram Mian, who is handling a number of matters currently being prosecuted by the FCA and HMRC.

Henry Milner’s team at Henry Milner & Co is experienced in a variety of white-collar crime and fraud matters.

β€˜A fierce adversary to the government and a loyal confidante to his clients’, Roger Burlingame leads the financial crime offering at Kobre & Kim LLP’s London office. Burlingame represents individuals facing parallel US and European proceedings and has solidified his position as β€˜the go-to guy for European targets of high-profile US-facing investigations’.

β€˜Working particularly well under pressure’, Alison Levitt QC heads the β€˜outstanding’ white-collar fraud group at Mishcon de Reya LLP. Despite being new onto the scene, the team, which includes the β€˜exemplary’ Gareth Minty, has already defended several high-profile cases against the SFO.

At Morgan Rose Solicitors, Simon Rose and Mark Jones provide a β€˜bespoke service’ to individuals from pre-charge through to trial. Jones has β€˜a phenomenal client following that belies his years’ and is currently representing a former senior executive at the Mirror Group in relation to Operation Golding.

An β€˜embodiment of calm reassurance’, Kiran Mehta* jointly leads Neumans LLP’s white-collar crime group with Nabeel Sheikh. The team provides a β€˜competent and cost-competitive’ service to individuals facing various fraud allegations, and was recently involved in the highly publicised Operation Tabernula. *Since publication, Kiran Mehta has joined Hodge Jones & Allen LLP.

Osborne Clarke has bolstered its white-collar crime practice with the additions of Jeremy Summers from Slater and Gordon and senior associate Chris Wrigley from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Summers is the department head and defends in several SFO investigations.

Peter Wilson and Angela Wilson are recommended at Peter Wilson Legal LLP. Their team specialises in representing clients facing criminal tax fraud charges and also receives instructions from clients in the gambling sector.

The β€˜comprehensive’ white-collar practice at Rahman Ravelli Solicitors is led by Aziz Rahman, β€˜an authority on white-collar crime’. The team acts for a former managing director of Cyrill Sweett International in the SFO’s investigation regarding corruption in the Middle East. Neil Williams is also recommended.

Richard Nelson LLP’s β€˜highly professional and diligent’ London fraud practice is led by Jonathan Wright and was strengthened by the hire of Mark Wilson, formerly head of business defence at Cartwright King. The group specialises in tax fraud cases.

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP’s β€˜excellent’ fraud team is headed by Rakeebah Rahim and includes Deniz Oguzkanli. The firm has been involved in a number of fraud-related extradition cases of late.

James Saunders heads the criminal fraud team at Saunders Law. The firm is adept in both civil and criminal fraud in addition to a variety of regulatory work.

Raymond Shaw is a key contact at Shaw Graham Kersh, where the recent workload includes tax fraud, boiler room frauds and a VHCC. The firm acts for both privately and publicly funded clients, but is gradually shifting its focus to privately funded individuals.

The fraud department at Simons Muirhead & Burton is jointly led by the β€˜experienced’ Susan Monty, β€˜consummate negotiator’ Anthony Burton, and Pamela Reddy, who joined the firm in 2015 from Hodge Jones & Allen LLP. The team is representing employees of Barclays and Deutsche Bank in highly publicised matters involving benchmark fixing.

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors is β€˜involved in the full-range of white-collar crime’. Founding partner Bambos Tsiattalou is β€˜the driving force’ behind the fraud group and heads the department alongside Maria Theodoulou.

With β€˜tremendous strength in depth’ Taylor Wessing LLP has particular expertise in benchmark-fixing cases and is instructed in a number of FX-related investigations. Key names include the β€˜outstanding’ David de Ferrars, Daivid McCluskey, who heads the crime group, and Shane Gleghorn, who leads the disputes and investigations department.

Gaming and betting

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Harris Hagan specialises in online licensing and regulatory matters. The team combines β€˜pragmatic, sound and commercially sensible solutions’ with β€˜unmatched industry knowledge, networks and relationships’. Founding partners Julian Harris and John Hagan lead the practice, and Bahar Alaeddini is a β€˜rising star’.

Mishcon de Reya LLP has broadened its capabilities through recent hires including Nick Nocton from Jeffrey Green Russell, who made partner when he joined in late 2015. Susan Breen leads the β€˜helpful’ team.

Olswang LLP has an international, full-service gambling practice as well as expertise in the increasingly busy remote gaming sector. The firm advised Gamesys on its Β£425m sale of Jackpotjoy to Intertain Group. β€˜Well-known guru’ David Zeffman heads the group, which includes the β€˜impressive’ Stephen Hignett.

Carl Rohsler’s gaming practice at Squire Patton Boggs provides international gambling regulatory advice and also remains atop the UK market with a flow of lottery-focused work. Clients include Health Lottery and STV Group.

Wiggin LLP is regarded as a new heavyweight in the gaming landscape, following Stephen Ketteley’s arrival from DLA Piper. The practice looks to increase its work in digital gaming and has vastly expanded its client base following Ketteley’s arrival. David McLeish also joined from an in-house position at Playtech.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP has a comprehensive and β€˜highly effective’ gambling practice, with experience in litigation, licensing issues and compliance advice as well as expertise in online and land-based gaming matters. Alex Latner, Jeremy Bark and Craig Baylis are recommended for their β€˜down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach’.

Led by the β€˜skilled and very pragmatic’ Hilary Stewart-Jones, the team at DLA Piper continues to handle β€˜extremely complex and sensitive work’. Work highlights included advising Paysafe Group on gambling regulatory issues surrounding its acquisition of Skrill. Former department head Stephen Ketteley left for Wiggin LLP.

Gordon Dadds makes its way onto the gambling scene with the integration of almost the entire Jeffrey Green Russell gaming group. The combined alcohol, gaming and betting, and licensing team is led by Andrew Cotton. Alex Ktorides, Gareth Hughes and consultant Tony Coles are also recommended.

Joelson’s presence in the gambling market is fast growing following a merger with LR Law. Niall McCann’s combined licensing and gambling department now includes solicitor advocate Richard Williams.

Working alongside department head Warren Phelops, the β€˜knowledgeable and thoroughly pragmatic’ Andrew Danson is a key name for K&L Gates LLP in the gaming sector. The group specialises in co-ordinating international gambling advice and advising on large commercial contracts. Danson’s clients include William Hill and Nektan.

Peter Wilson Legal LLP’s β€˜greatly respected’ team, while small, has a β€˜substantial impact’ on the marketplace. Peter Wilson and Angela Wilson β€˜listen and get to the heart of issues quickly’. The firm is instructed by clients such as Sportradar and is currently assisting BACTA with an enforcement system for self-exclusion agreements.

Diane Mullenex heads the practice at Pinsent Masons LLP, which displays β€˜impressive knowledge of international matters’. The team handles land-based matters for clients such as Aspers and Diageo.

Grant Gordon’s practice at Fladgate LLP is part of a larger team that provides IT, IP and M&A expertise.

Tom Usher leads the practice at King & Wood Mallesons, which includes Jeremy Schrire. The team advised Ladbrokes on its highly publicised proposed merger with Gala Coral’s gaming and betting business.

The β€˜excellent’ and β€˜pragmatic’ group at Taylor Wessing LLP continues to act for some of the industry leaders in electronic gaming such as and Odobo. GTECH is a new client. Neil Hawley and Graham Hann head the practice.


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  1. Licensing
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Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s β€˜all-star’ licensing department is headed by the β€˜highly effective and resourceful’ Craig Baylis. The team acts for developers, banks and owners as well as a wide range of well-known operators such as Tesco, Marriott and Harrods. The β€˜hardworking’ Jeremy Bark is also recommended.

Lisa Inzani and Clare Eames lead an increasingly busy practice at Poppleston Allen. The team advises nearly 850 pubs, restaurants and venues in London alone. Steve Burnett represents clients who find themselves in breach of regulatory legislation.

β€˜Exceptional’ licensing boutique Thomas & Thomas Partners LLP is made up of two partners, Alun Thomas and Thomas O’Maoileoin, and associate Jack Spiegler, who are regarded as β€˜super practical, super charming and super calm’, respectively. The group has received new instructions from The Ritz Hotel and continues to act for longstanding clients such as Westfield.

Blake Morgan LLP’s licensing team is headed by Jon Wallsgrove, who is always β€˜quick and clear’ when responding to client concerns. The firm recently merged with Piper Smith Watton and acts for large retailers such as John Lewis, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer.

Gordon Dadds has added considerable strength to its licensing practice after several practitioners joined from Jeffery Green Russell in late 2015. Department head Philip Somarakis leads the team, which now includes the β€˜truly outstanding’ Andrew Wong and the β€˜vastly experienced’ Gareth Hughes.

Joelson recently merged with LR Law. Richard Williams, who joined with the merger, brings with him vast experience in Scottish licensing, which will expand the reach of Niall McCann’s licensing practice. Work highlights included securing the license for the first Hyatt Place hotel in the UK.

Following Julian Skeens’s arrival from Jeffrey Green Russell, TLT can now be ranked β€˜among the best’ licensing practices in London. Since joining the firm, Skeens has worked with Luke Elford – another new addition to the team – on licensing leisure and retail units at the new media headquarters for Bloomberg.

The β€˜knowledgeable’ Robert Botkai leads Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s β€˜excellent’ licensing practice. Regarded as market leaders in the petrol forecourt sector, the team provides a β€˜highly efficient and detailed’ service. Sabrina Cader is praised for her β€˜ability to act quickly’.

Bond Dickinson LLP acts for clients across the alcohol and gambling sectors. With instructions from clients such as Gala Leisure and Coral Racing, practice head Ewen Macgregor brings his intimate knowledge of the gambling industry to this small, but experienced team.

Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors is led by David Dadds. The team has acted for more operators in license review hearings in the High Court and Court of Appeal than any other firm in London.

Audrey Ferrie’s practice at Pinsent Masons LLP has expertise in both transactional work and licensing applications. The team acts for household names such as KPMG, and has recently added Standard Life Assurance and House of Fraser to its client list.

The licensing team at Goodman Derrick LLP is part of a larger real estate department. The firm secured a number of licenses for Simmons Bars in 2015 and regularly acts for operators in need of special treatment licenses. James Daglish and Michael Collins are names to note.

Squire Patton Boggs’ licensing team is headed by Stephanie Perraton, who is β€˜a paragon of professionalism’. The practice provides an β€˜outstanding service’ particularly regarding hotel and transport licensing.

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