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In the general crime space, firms report a slightly more stable period following the previous year’s cuts to Legal Aid, with most firms handling a healthy mix of private and publically funded cases; however, both the Criminal Procedure Rules and the police have suffered substantially as a result of the loss, which has caused significant difficulties with regards to the efficiency of the justice system. Violent crime, drug supply and sexual assault cases remain highly prevalent, as do gross negligence manslaughter claims brought against employers. Terrorism-related work has seen a significant increase, as have cybercrime matters and investigations into major historical disasters.

Claims arising out of the 2008 GFC remain predominant in the civil fraud space, as does litigation surrounding Russia and the CIS, South America and the Middle East. Civil litigation resulting from internal and external investigations is also on the increase, with courts keen to compensate parties for losses arising from corruption and fraudulent activity. Senior management liability claims are also gaining traction, with governments and regulatory agencies continuing their focus on bringing senior executives to account using increasingly sophisticated investigation methods; authorities including the SFO and Competition and Markets Authority are increasingly employing the use of wiretapping, along with IT and forensic approaches. There is some uncertainty regarding the future of the SFO in civil fraud and white collar crime cases with the Conservative government proposing its incorporation back into the NCA, a move not welcomed by the majority of the legal market. Corporate, commercial and regulatory matters continue to form the bulk of gaming and betting work, with the market showing a patent interest in smartphone apps, online gaming and digital currency. Market consolidation shows little sign of slowing down, so law firms’ M&A departments have seen a strong pipeline of merger, acquisition and joint venture work. Tax, finance and intellectual property issues also remain popular, with clients seeking advice on the complex tax regimes governing the gambling sector, as well as new media issues in relation to remote gambling operations.

Licensing sector firms have reported mixed and buoyant practices, and the area has seen an increased trend towards developer and landowner activity, with the hotel sector being of significant interest to domestic and international investors alike. The ranking lists firms who maintain strong relationships with licensing commissions and clients across the food and drink, leisure and hospitality sectors, and who regularly handle contested license applications for well-known venues.


Crime: general

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β€˜Market leader’ BCL Solicitors LLP is β€˜the preeminent firm for crime-related matters’, handling β€˜countless high-profile cases and clients, all of which illustrate the firm’s position in the market’. The team of β€˜top tier lawyers’ is β€˜straightforward to deal with, and is very responsive to out-of-hours calls for clients in urgent need of advice’. Practice head Paul Morris β€˜commands great respect and admiration, and is undoubtedly a solicitor you want on your side’. Ellen Peart is β€˜an enormous asset to have at the police station’, and Rachel Hubbard has β€˜unrivalled experience in general crime’. The firm has represented numerous high-profile individuals including Sir Cliff Richard and Jeremy Clarkson.

β€˜First-class criminal defence firm’ Bindmans LLP has β€˜a stellar reputation which is thoroughly deserved’, β€˜preparing all cases with fantastic rigour and always going the extra mile to fight for the client’. The firm is noted for its strength in matters involving fraud, extradition and political protest, and counts numerous high-profile individuals as its clients. The practice is co-headed by β€˜fantastic solicitor’ Martin Rackstraw, who β€˜is reassuring, utterly level-headed and has a great legal brain’, and Katie Wheatley, who has notable expertise in privately funded matters and cases surrounding "mercy killings". Jude Lanchin and Michael Schwarz, who β€˜has incredible client care skills’, are also key figures, as is Kate Goold, who regularly handles high-profile cases involving allegations of murder and abuse, as well as extradition matters.

Corker Binning is β€˜fast becoming the go-to firm for interesting and complicated criminal cases, particularly those with an international dimension’. The firm acts for well-known figures in the business, politics, sports and entertainment industries, handling cases related to drug possession and supply, grievous bodily harm, contempt of court and sexual offences, amongst others. Department head Robert Brown is β€˜calm, authoritative and knowledgeable’; Edward Grange is β€˜fantastic with clients and meticulous in his preparation’; and David Corker specialises in international criminal and regulatory investigations.

Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson continues to act on a broad range of serious criminal matters including substantial fraud, money laundering, drug conspiracies and sexual offences, and has recently advised on significant public inquiry and inquest work. Paul Harris heads the practice, and has recently represented several clients in the high-profile Hillsborough Inquiry. Other key figures include Edward Preston, Natalie Berman and Kirsty Bishop.

Hickman and Rose is β€˜a very well-regarded firm which deals with high-profile clients’, and the team is praised for its β€˜excellent advice, attention to detail, experience level and overall great knowledge’. The practice is known for its expertise in criminal appeals, miscarriage of justice matters, police investigations and serious and organised crime. Practice head Jenny Wiltshire is β€˜professional knowledgeable and experienced’, and key figure Ross Dixon β€˜has exceptional foresight, which allows him to work out an effective strategy’.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s β€˜strong general crime team’ has β€˜maintained its presence as a professional yet accessible practice’, and β€˜has particular expertise in fraud, protest work and youth crime’. Key figure Raj Chada is β€˜at the forefront of representing defendants in protest cases’, and Ruth Harris is β€˜widely respected amongst the legal community’. Nigel Richardson heads the practice, and specialises in cases involving sexual offences.

Kingsley Napley LLP is a β€˜first-class firm in terms of client care, as well as its thorough and meticulous approach to case preparation, both at pre-charge stage and at trial’. Recent highlights included representing individuals in relation to allegations of war crimes, and the team also handled several dangerous driving matters and an allegation of assault arising out of the apprehension of a shoplifter. David Sleight is β€˜extremely calm, tactically astute and ferocious in support of his clients’. John Harding is also a key practitioner, and is described as β€˜a great lawyer with excellent judgement’.

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors is β€˜a real powerhouse which retains a fantastic reputation for serious organised crime’. The team β€˜attracts demanding clients, but earns their trust through commitment, hard work and tactical ferocity’, and β€˜never wavers when dealing with legal aid or private clients’. Founding partner Bambos Tsiattalou is β€˜a powerful and charismatic head of the team with a formidable intellect’, and key partner Maria Theodoulou is β€˜bright, tenacious and exceptionally hard working’.

Headed by Jim Meyer and Richard Egan, Tuckers Solicitors specialises in all aspects of criminal defence work, handling the full gamut of cases including serious fraud, terrorism, homicide and public order matters. Highlights included representing the "Hound of Hounslow" following a world stock market crash resulting from spoof trading, and defending a former police & crime commissioner accused of misconduct in public office. Philip Smith heads the private client department and acts for high-net-worth and high-profile individuals.

Birds Solicitors has a strong track record representing clients in cases related to theft and dishonesty, drugs offences, murder and serious sexual offences, and the team has recently handled a number of matters involving motor vehicle theft. Steven Bird is the name to note for serious crime matters.

Blackfords LLP has a strong track record across the full scope of criminal work, and has recently handled a number of high-profile burglary, corruption and drug importation cases. Practice co-heads Trevor Francis and Gary Bloxsome and Youth Court specialist Diana Payne are recommended. The team recently defended TV personality Kevin O’Sullivan against allegations of a homophobic assault.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) represents clients throughout each stage of the criminal process, from the Magistrates and Crown Courts to the Court of Appeal, and has notable expertise in road traffic incidents and financial crime. Recent highlights included successfully representing a client charged with four counts of murder and violent disorder, and organising the surrender of a client at Harrow police station. Joanne Gibbons heads the practice, and Eddie Tang is the other name to note.

Lewis Nedas Law Limited is β€˜an excellent firm which acts proactively for clients’ and β€˜has a good reputation in both general and fraud-based crime, particularly in high page-count cases’. Key individuals include: Miles Herman, who β€˜has excellent judgement and goes to great lengths for his clients’; Siobhain Egan, who is β€˜a committed legal professional with a no-nonsense attitude’; and Jeffrey Lewis, who specialises in fraud and serious crime matters.

β€˜Standout firm’ Lloyds PR Solicitors provides β€˜comprehensive proofs and useful observations, and ensures that all requests are actioned quickly and effectively’. The team is split across five departments dealing with cases at various points in their progression, including the police station, Magistrates Court, Crown Court, and in confiscation and advocacy proceedings. The team is headed by Prasad Palihawadana, and Mohsin Ariff has β€˜a fantastic grasp of the law and a very sharp mind’.

Russell-Cooke LLP is β€˜experienced and highly proficient across the full range of criminal cases’, and β€˜is best known for its experience, commitment and determination in long and complex matters’. In a recent highlight, the team represented a former Labour MP facing historical allegations of sexual abuse, acting for the client across a series of hearings and a High Court appeal. Practice head Jae Carwardine is β€˜an exceptional practitioner’ who β€˜quickly identifies the relevant issues and puts the necessary enquiries in place to meet the client’s case’.

At Shaw Graham Kersh, highlights have included representing a defendant charged with gang-related murder; acting for two clients accused of conspiracy to evade duty on cigarettes; and defending an individual charged with conspiracy to import firearms following a joint investigation by Operation Trident of the Metropolitan Police. Founding partners Paul Graham, Daniel Kersh and Raymond Shaw are the leading practitioners, and Philip Hill is β€˜an excellent solicitor who combines client care with forensic case preparation skills’.

Shearman Bowen & Co is β€˜a heavyweight player in the crime area’ and β€˜adopts a thorough and methodical approach to all cases’. The firm has increasingly focused on investigations and pre-charge work, and runs a strong private client department alongside its legal aid practice. β€˜Astute and experienced practitioner’ Rick Shearman co-heads the practice with Mark Bowen, who β€˜has a burgeoning reputation in defending large-scale fraud matters for both individuals and companies’.

The β€˜outstanding’ practice at Simons Muirhead & Burton is β€˜dedicated, passionate and untiring in its work’, and has notable expertise in media-related criminal law and sexual offences. Key figures include the β€˜diligent’ Anthony Burton and Pamela Reddy, who β€˜has an excellent knowledge of the law, and handles all cases with great emotional sensitivity’. Recent work included representing the former managing editor of News of the World, who was charged with conspiracy to intercept communications.

Sonn Macmillan Walker provides β€˜an excellent public and privately funded service’ and β€˜is particularly adept at dealing with serious and complex crime’. Key areas of expertise include protest cases, housing benefit fraud and white-collar fraud, and the team regularly utilises its specialist extradition team. Practice head Tim Walker is β€˜a highly intelligent and imaginative lawyer’ who β€˜displays exceptional legal analysis and litigation skills’.

β€˜Heavyweight criminal firm’ TV Edwards LLP β€˜puts a great amount of effort and client care into each case’, and is particularly known for its work in youth crime, fraud, financial crime and road traffic. Practice head Farhana Rahman-Cook recently represented the foreman of a scaffolding company charged with gross negligence manslaughter, and Anthony Edwards is the key figure for financial fraud cases.

The β€˜talented and hardworking solicitors’ at Bark&co have β€˜an excellent reputation in matters of general crime’, providing β€˜clear and tactical advice from the outset, and extending their advice to media and PR issues’. Giles Bark-Jones is β€˜charismatic and tactically astute, and quickly wins the trust of clients’, and Frederick Bunn is also a key figure.

Freemans Solicitors goes β€˜well beyond what is expected in terms of client care and preparation’, and the team’s β€˜steely determination obtains the best possible results’. β€˜Excellent advocate’ Michael Field co-heads the department with Kishoree Kotecha-Pau, who β€˜is an expert in every aspect of criminal law’. Recent work includes a mix of fraud, extradition and serious violence cases.

GT Stewart Limited has β€˜strong expertise in appeals, youth work and work with vulnerable clients’ and is β€˜able to provide a skilful nationwide service in serious cases’. Practice head Greg Stewart recently obtained an acquittal in a high-profile prosecution of a mother who accessed a police national computer, and has also handled several complex murder cases.

Howard Kennedy LLP provides β€˜an exemplary service’, and the crime department β€˜is client-focused, very driven, and has excellent up-to-date knowledge’. Key figure Ian Ryan is β€˜an excellent lawyer who brings considerable experience when defending professionals’, and is regularly instructed by public figures from the arts, media and business sectors.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP handles cases involving all types of serious crime including human trafficking, extortion, murder and manslaughter, and is also noted for its extradition and private prosecution expertise. Michael O’Kane heads the business crime department; managing partner Helen McDowell handles the full gamut of general crime work; and Neil Swift is β€˜experienced, confident and thoughtful’.

The β€˜competent and conscientious solicitors’ at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP β€˜can be trusted to fight hard for the best possible result’. The firm specialises in pre-charge investigation cases, and also handles appellate and extradition work. Managing partner Rakeebah Rahim is β€˜a real strategic thinker who is always five steps ahead of the opposition’; Deniz Oguzkanli β€˜is known for his expertise in human trafficking matters’; and Piers Desser is β€˜a safe pair of hands in all cases’.

Slater and Gordon provides β€˜an excellent service, especially to police officer clients’, handling criminal and misconduct investigations in relation to police shootings, road traffic accidents and deaths in police custody. Practice head Scott Ingram recently represented several Met firearms officers in separate fatal shooting cases, and Susan Freeburn specialises in serious criminal and disciplinary proceedings.

Steel & Shamash has β€˜a continuing excellence in the field of heavyweight private crime’, acting for clients (which include The Labour Party and The National Union of Teachers) in high-profile offences arising out of electoral matters, and in criminal investigations and prosecutions. Practice head Robert Dynowski is β€˜a market leader - brilliant in every area from sexual offences, to fraud, to homicide and terrorism’ cases.

Brown Rudnick LLP’s β€˜fantastic and talented team’ is led by Mark Beardsworth, who is β€˜outstanding in complex cases and is very good with clients’. The firm acts primarily for high-net-worth individuals.

The β€˜capable, conscientious and professional’ team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides β€˜a harmonious and effective service’, and is particularly known for its legal aid expertise. Key figures include the β€˜bright and tactically astute’ Rubin Italia, who β€˜has a wonderfully calm and kind manner’, and Hardeep Dhaliwal, who is recommended for fraud defence work.

EBR Attridge LLP is particularly adept at serious fraud, cyber crime and complex confiscation cases. Managing partner Vince Reveglia regularly appears before the Magistrates, Youth and Crown Courts.

Edward Hayes Lawyers offers advice on both general and serious crime, and has significant expertise in computer and cyber crime matters. Specialist fraud litigator Christopher Hayes is the key practitioner.

Edwards Duthie is noted for its representation of medical professionals before the General Medical Council and General Dental Council. Shaun Murphy and Bernie Huber co-head the practice.

Peter Hughman is the key practitioner at Hughmans, which represents clients in serious drug and violent crime matters.

Rustem Guardian LLP is led by Timur Rustem, who recently represented an individual charged with drug smuggling. The team has also handled numerous sexual assault cases.

ABV Solicitors has a strong track record in handling serious drugs and sex offences, assaults and police investigations. Akhtar Ahmad is noted for his expertise in complex international fraud, and founding partner Robert Borwick is the other key figure.

Bankside Law is noted for its professional disciplinary practice, and recently represented a primary school teacher following allegations of child neglect and abandonment. Bill Wilson heads the practice.

Birnberg Peirce & Partners’s areas of expertise include terrorism and public order offences, amongst others. Matt Foot is the name to note.

Brett Wilson LLP provides β€˜an efficient, effective and client-focused service at a boutique price’, and β€˜regularly obtains great results’. Practice head Nick Brett is β€˜an outstanding criminal defence solicitor’, and has recently handled a number of sexual offence cases.

At DPP Law, key specialisms include burglary, robbery and theft, driving offences and assault charges. Paul Greenberg is the name to note.

Extradition and immigration specialist Gherson represents individuals subject to international sanctions and INTERPOL Red Notices. Roger Gherson is the leading practitioner.

At HKH Kenwright & Cox, highlights included representing a client charged with conspiracy to evade the prohibition of a controlled drug of class A, where imports were valued at Β£13m, and handling a serious domestic violence matter over a seven-year period. Khurram Mian heads the practice.

ITN Solicitors is a β€˜solid and well-organised firm of solicitors who are at the top of their game’, and the team β€˜is excellent in advising on which QC to secure’. The firm deals primarily with serious crime matters, and also has notable expertise in terrorism cases, protest law and police powers. Key practitioner Nadeem Thanvi is β€˜a confident and knowledgeable lawyer who prepares each case very well’, and β€˜class act’ Simon Natas is praised for his β€˜creativity and practicality’.

Headed by Umar Zeb, J D Spicer Zeb’s practice covers general crime, serious fraud, terrorism and extradition matters. In a recent highlight, the team successfully defended an individual accused of assault.

Janes Solicitors is β€˜an excellent criminal firm which provides high-quality standards of work’. Key figures include the β€˜strategically impressive’ Robert Berg, who is recommended for money laundering, drug trafficking and serious violence cases, and James Mullion, who specialises in fraud litigation and regulatory matters.

Managing partner Greg Powell is the key figure at Powell Spencer & Partners, which handles the full gamut of cases including major crime, terrorism, sexual assault and armed robbery. Sinead Zaman is recommended for extradition proceedings and human rights issues.

Reeds Solicitors has β€˜a national presence’ and β€˜is well placed to handle major criminal cases, and to provide a tailored service according to various geographical needs’. The team has recently handled a number of high-profile sexual assault cases, and is also adept at dealing with theft, money laundering and other financial crime matters. Abigail Ashford β€˜stands out for her sheer dedication, skill and legal acumen’ and β€˜matches a quiet commitment with a painstaking approach and tactical astuteness’.

At Reynolds Dawson, Colin Reynolds is noted for his expertise in misconduct and disciplinary proceedings, and regularly represents individual police officers in criminal allegations. Elizabeth Fox is the other key practitioner.

Saunders Law has a strong track record across a broad range of cases including international drug trafficking, firearms crime, murder and manslaughter. James Saunders heads the private crime and appeals department.

The β€˜impressive solicitors’ at Stuart Miller Solicitors β€˜know all of their cases and clients inside out, and can always be relied upon to go the extra mile’. The team has significant expertise in serious crime and fraud matters, and regularly advises on cross-border investigations involving Cyprus, Hong Kong and Pakistan. Key figure Sarah King is β€˜a bright, hardworking and tenacious solicitor who has a great ability to gain trust from even the most difficult clients’. Abu Kibla heads the Magistrates Court practice, and Majad Habib is the main contact for serious crime and fraud.

Wainwright & Cummins is β€˜a well-established high street crime firm’, its areas of expertise including allegations of serious fraud, violence, possession of offensive weapons and drug-related crime. Andrew Wainwright is the key figure along with Rod Jones, who heads the advocacy team. Consultant solicitor Rachael Archer is β€˜a formidable character full of drive and determination who gains the complete trust of her clients’.


Fraud: civil

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The β€˜strong team’ at Allen & Overy LLP β€˜attracts significant instructions from large corporate clients as well as individuals’, and is best known for handling complex multijurisdictional cases involving freezing and disclosure orders, along with search and seizure orders. Highlights included representing a major international hedge fund in relation to the theft of confidential information and trading strategies by a former employee, and acting for Kazakhstan Kagazy in a multimillion-dollar fraud case. Practice head Mona Vaswani is β€˜an impressive, no-nonsense solicitor with good judgement and a commercial attitude’ who β€˜invariably remains calm and collected, even in the face of unusual and challenging circumstances’. Senior associate Helen Biggin is noted for her expertise in emerging markets, and regularly handles matters across Iraq and Kazakhstan.

The β€˜top-tier’ practice at Baker McKenzie utilises its global network to handle cross-border fraud investigations involving conspiracy claims, economic torts and fraudulent misrepresentation, and the team also advises on international asset tracing and disclosure orders. Practice head Charles Thomson specialises in banking and finance sector matters; Hugh Lyons represents a mix of banks, corporates and financial institutions in high-profile disputes; and Jonathan Peddie focuses on bribery, corruption and money laundering cases. Highlights for the firm included acting for Dubai Islamic Bank in proceedings to recover $500m stolen in a complex receivables financing fraud, and representing Bidcorp Foodservice as claimant following misappropriation of company assets by its former managing director. The team also acts as global legal coordinator for Grupo Torras in relation to the recovery of stolen assets.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP continues to handle a vast array of multijurisdictional fraud cases involving freezing and search orders, asset tracing and cross-border proceedings. Highlights have included acting for two KPMG receivers in a fraud case against JSC BTA Bank, where a banker was accused of perpetrating a multibillion-pound fraud, and advising three partners of Alvarez & Marsal Europe in a follow-up matter to the JSC BTA Bank v. Ablyazov litigation. Practice head James Kennedy has handled matters across the UK, France, Russia and the Middle East, and other key figures include Matthew Bruce and Philip Croall, who has notable expertise in the Cyprus legal market.

Hogan Lovells International LLP is β€˜an absolutely top-drawer firm when it comes to civil fraud’, and β€˜has conducted some of the best known fraud litigations of the last decade’. The firm has significant expertise in cases involving Russia and the CIS, advising both individuals and private corporates in the aerospace and defence, financial services and healthcare sectors, amongst others. Highlights included representing the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA) in a series of high-profile judgements against former businessman and senator Sergei Pugachev, and representing FM Capital Partners in a High Court claim against its former CEO in relation to the mismanagement of an investment portfolio. The team is headed by the β€˜hugely experienced’ Crispin Rapinet, who β€˜can always be relied upon to make the right strategic call and never fails to command the respect and attention of the client’. Other key figures include Michael Roberts, who β€˜has a rare combination of superb client skills, impeccable strategic judgement and meticulous attention to detail’, and Chris Hardman, who focuses on offshore matters.

Jones Day provides β€˜high levels of technical expertise, supported by commercial and practical approaches to all cases’. Acting primarily on the claimant side, the team specialises in cross-border civil fraud matters with an offshore element. Highlights included representing the foreign representative of KPMG Eastern Caribbean in proceedings before the English Courts, a case where secured claims were valued at circa Β£10m; acting for CT Service Procurement in a Β£65m claim against Carbon Capital following the collapse of a tax-efficient carbon credits trading scheme; and advising a Chapter II Trustee of the Soundview Funds following its collapse. The β€˜technically excellent’ Sion Richards heads the practice, and the β€˜enormously experienced’ Craig Shuttleworth is the other key practitioner.

Linklaters LLP has β€˜the strength and depth of talent to be able to undertake incredibly complex, wide-scale multijurisdictional investigations, and to advise companies on all aspects of their obligations and liabilities’. The firm’s cross-border capabilities encompass Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and the team regularly works with its insolvency, derivatives and financial regulatory departments, amongst others. Recent work included representing a major accountancy firm in a professional negligence claim in relation to a collapsed property investment fund in the Isle of Man, and acting for Grant Thornton as liquidator in on ongoing $9.2bn fraud trial in the Cayman Islands. Practice head Michael Bennett’s β€˜years of experience have imbued him with a sense of calm control, which is deeply reassuring to clients’; Satindar Dogra is praised for his β€˜absolute dedication to each case’; and Christa Band is β€˜incredibly astute and sure-footed in her approach’.

Mishcon de Reya LLP is β€˜a standout firm in the category of civil fraud’ and is noted for its strength in asset recovery cases, most notably those involving pre-emptive civil injunctions and freezing orders. The team recently acted for an individual accused of civil bribery and corruption, a case brought by the Libyan Investigation Authority (LIA), and also represented four New Zealand Trustees in a well-publicised High Court litigation brought by a Russian bank and the DIA against the bank’s co-founder, Sergei Pugachev. Key partners include practice head Kasra Nouroozi, fraud specialist Kathryn Garbett and Gary Miller, whose β€˜tactical judgement, hewn over decades, is almost without parallel’.

PCB Litigation LLP is β€˜a niche firm which has built up an outstanding reputation in the civil fraud field’, β€˜punching well above its weight’ and providing β€˜pragmatic, current and appropriate advice on all fronts’. The team handles asset tracing matters on behalf of banks, large corporations and high-net-worth individuals, and has a strong track record in all types of property fraud and employee fraud, bribery, manipulation and conspiracy to injure. Recent work includes acting for TPG Capital in a claim brought by the liquidators of Hellas II, a Greek telecoms company, in relation to fraudulent trading. Key practitioner Anthony Riem is β€˜a shrewd tactician and a great fighter’, and Trevor Mascarenhas is praised for his β€˜encyclopaedic knowledge of the laws of multiple jurisdictions’.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is β€˜arguably London’s best civil fraud litigation boutique’, and is β€˜particularly sought after for its wealth of experience and its additional support in criminal and regulatory litigation’. The team has been instructed on a number of substantial cases involving freezing and disclosure orders, and acts primarily for claimants who has been victims of major fraud. Keith Oliver heads the commercial litigation, civil fraud and asset recovery team and β€˜brings many years of practical and commercial litigation experience to every dispute’; Jonathan Tickner is β€˜a fabulous solicitor who quickly gains the clients’ trust’; and Sarah Gabriel is β€˜an accomplished and serious lawyer who gets into the details of her cases to excellent effect’.

Simmons & Simmons has β€˜a strong and diverse practice with a particular emphasis on the financial services sector’, and regularly handles disputes encompassing various jurisdictions including Eastern Europe, Russia and Japan. Notable work included representing a Russian businessman in a banking and fraud claim, a case arising from a $150m loan from the Bank of Moscow to JFC, a Russian fruit distribution company, where the latter failed to repay the loan. The team also acted for Walter Saunders, a conveyancer who acted for an individual fraudulently posing as the true owner of a Β£1.4m property. Key practitioners include Nick Benwell, who has a strong track record of dealing with large-scale investigations, and Tim Boyce, who advises financial institutions on fraud claims and major disputes.

Stephenson Harwood’s β€˜extremely professional team’ of "star individuals" provides β€˜timely, practical and cost-effective advice which is specifically tailored for the client’. The team is particularly strong in cases involving Russia, the CIS, Africa and India, and continues to pick up significant instructions from individuals and major companies regarding major fraud litigation. Recent work includes representing the former shareholders of Yukos Oil Company in the enforcement of a $54bn arbitration award against the Russian Federation, and acting for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in allegations that defrauded the company of millions of dollars. Alan Bercow jointly heads the practice with Ros Prince, who is β€˜one of the best fraud partners in the City’. Senior associate Priya Grewal has β€˜an excellent grasp of complex legal issues’. Experienced litigator John Fordham is also recommended.

Addleshaw Goddard has β€˜a strong track record in big-ticket fraud work’, and continues to handle significant bet-the-company cases on behalf of clients including British Petroleum, Popli Khalatbari Charitable Foundation and Bank Alkhair. The team recently acted for the latter in a Commercial Court claim seeking the enforcement of two judgements of the Bahrain Chamber of Dispute Resolution, a claim totalling Β£2.5m. In another highlight, the firm defended the Leipzig Water Authority against claims brought by UBS in relation to credit derivatives and bribery. The team is headed by Michael Barnett, and other key figures include Jon Tweedale, β€˜seasoned fraud litigator’ Mark Chesher and Louisa Caswell, who β€˜has great commitment and judgement’.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP continues to attract complex fraud, corruption and dishonesty mandates from high-profile companies and individuals, and is noted for its strength in cases involving embezzlement of state funds, breach of management, recovery of fraud proceeds and security enforcement. In a recent highlight, the team successfully acted for the Central Bank of Nigeria in a Supreme Court case regarding the misappropriation of trust assets, a significant matter valued at Β£900m. The group also continues to act for Access Bank in a claim against its former CEO and managing director, and is currently advising Thames Water on various fraud-related issues. Segun Osuntokun heads the department, and Graham Shear is the other key practitioner.

Bird & Bird LLP is known for its arbitration expertise in relation to civil fraud matters, and has a strong track record across various sectors including aviation, oil and gas, financial services and construction. The team recently represented Property Alliance Group in a Β£32m claim against a bank which had allegedly mis-sold four interest rate swaps and breached a customer agreement. It also defended Banca Nazional Del Lavoro (BNL) in the Court of Appeal against a claim brought by the Playboy Club casino, who alleged negligence with regards to a banker’s reference for the solvency of a customer. Practice head Sophie Eyre has significant experience in domestic and international arbitration, and Ludovic de Walden specialises in art-related cases, acting for a mix of galleries, museums and dealers.

Byrne and Partners LLP’ β€˜robust litigation practice’ is β€˜preeminent amongst firms specialising in civil fraud defence’, and the team has β€˜an excellent international client base and contact list, which gives them a real depth of knowledge and expertise of the area’. The department is headed by Nicola Boulton, who is described by clients as β€˜an natural leader with unsurpassed knowledge of her field, with excellent judgement and an unerring ability to pick the right strategy’. Yvonne Jefferies is also a key figure, and is β€˜a highly impressive communicator who achieves outstanding results in highly difficult circumstances’. Work highlights included representing a high-profile businessman in various civil and criminal proceedings brought in multiple jurisdictions, successfully obtaining a dismissal of all actions brought against the client.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP utilises its β€˜strong international coverage’ and has β€˜a great depth and breadth of experience in dealing with fraud work, particularly with high-value offshore fraud litigation’. Recent work included representing the joint official liquidators of Awal Bank subsidiaries in claims alleging fraud, unjust enrichment and dishonest assistance, a high-profile case centred in the Cayman Islands. Practice head Stewart Hey is β€˜an exemplary fraud lawyer- extremely hard working, easy to deal with and with an excellent strategic mind for any case’; James Hyne specialises in restructuring and insolvency law; and legal director Charlotte Pender is β€˜reliable, and grasps complex issues very quickly’.

Clifford Chance LLP is β€˜an extremely strong player which is perfectly equipped to deal with the toughest fraud cases on both sides of the fence’, and the firm β€˜continues to act on a wide range disputes for an equally wide range of clients’. Roger Best heads the department which recently acted for Citi in proceedings brought by Terra Firma, who alleged that the client induced the company to purchase London-based music group EMI at an inflated price. Other key figures include Jeremy Kosky, who acts for major corporates in fraud cases, and β€˜outstanding tactician’ Matthew Scully, who is β€˜extremely bright and has a real depth of experience in bribery litigation’.

Clyde & Co LLP’s β€˜highly responsive’ team provides β€˜sound commercial advice and a clear, hands-on approach to the client’s issues’. The firm has a notable focus on developing economies and emerging markets, and has handled matters spanning Russian and the CIS along with India, China, South America and the Middle East. Recent work includes representing Zurich Insurance in a claim against several individuals involved in an employee-led fraud ring, where workers were deliberately staging accidents with outside parties for financial gain. Chris Burdett co-heads the department with Conrad Walker, who has β€˜an amazing ability to quickly understand the needs of the client and the complexity of the case’.

DLA Piper has β€˜a strong civil fraud practice both in litigation and arbitration’ and provides β€˜pragmatic advice with good risk analysis’. Key individuals include β€˜tough opponent’ Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry, β€˜polished and innovative thinker’ Jeremy Andrews and Jamie Curle, who β€˜moves easily between the details and the big picture’ and β€˜has an excellent strategic grasp of all issues’. The team recently acted for Standard Chartered Bank in the recovery of $140m of secured assets in Tanzania, where security was provided in relation to the client’s investment in a local power plant, and also represented Simetra Global Assets in proceedings against a London-based FCA defendant regarding the misappropriation of $375m worth of investments. AB Bank is also a key client.

Enyo Law LLP is β€˜an excellent boutique firm’ with β€˜outstanding lawyers capable of taking on the most complex and high-value work’. The team has substantial experience in managing cases before the High Court of England and Wales, and regularly handles fraud-related arbitration in seats across multiple jurisdictions. In a recent highlight, the team represented The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) in a claim against French bank SocGen regarding corrupt payments funnelled through a Libyan intermediary, and also advised the same client in claims against Goldman Sachs in relation to a series of derivative transactions. The department is co-headed by Pietro Marino, who β€˜has fantastic work ethic and is always focused on getting to the bottom of the matter’, and Edward Allen, who β€˜has excellent judgement as to how litigation tactics might play out’.

Fieldfisher’s β€˜knowledgeable and driven’ team has β€˜a strong reputation in civil fraud’ and β€˜attracts high-profile clients in multimillion-pound fraud claims’. The firm regularly handles matters involving freezing, search and passport orders, and is increasingly involved in private prosecutions, most notably across Russia and the CIS. Highlights included acting for one of four defendants in a claim for over $368m worth of oil payments, which were alleged to have been diverted as part of a major fraud, and representing PricewaterhouseCoopers as liquidators of Goldtrail in a case related to a fraud carried out by the latter’s former principal. Practice head Tony Lewis is β€˜level-headed, experienced and creative’ and is β€˜an effective organiser who always approaches cases strategically’. The β€˜commercial and bright’ Kit Jarvis is also recommended along with Alexandra Underwood, who β€˜knows freezing orders inside out’.

Gowling WLG provides β€˜commercial and practical advice in complex situations’ and β€˜has great strength and depth in the team, given its international coverage’. The firm is particularly strong in asset tracing matters, and also has notable expertise in financial services, contentious trusts, insolvency and anti-bribery. Practice head James Sidwell specialises in disputes across the banking and financial services sectors, and, along with Andrew Witts, acted for The Federal Republic of Brazil and The Municipality of Sao Paulo in proceedings against two companies on the grounds of unjust enrichment. The team also continues to advise First Peninsula Trustees in a multijurisdictional litigation arising out of Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP brings β€˜an enormous amount of litigation experience to the table, both in civil fraud and in specialist areas such as banking, trusts and private wealth, which is of enormous value in complex cases’. The department’s client list includes Alpha Bank, Jyske Bank and Bernard Ecclestone, and the firm recently acted for the latter in a series of connected matters related to the sale of Formula 1 shares by a German Bank, Bayerische Landesbank, to a US private equity firm, and also represented several entities including Tarek Investments, Pontwelly Holdings and AH Overseas in a high-profile shareholder dispute. In another highlight, the team defended Jyske Bank before the Supreme Court of Gibraltar in proceedings brought by the liquidators of Marrache & Co. The team is headed by the β€˜calm and strategic’ Jeremy Garson who β€˜is very hands-on and relentless in his pursuit of the opposition’. Philip Carrington is adept at handling cross-border matters, and Gary Milner-Moore specialises in fraud matters involving breach of directors’ duties, economic torts and secondary liability.

King & Wood Mallesons specialises in asset tracing and internal investigations, and regularly handles a broad range of complex fraud cases across multiple jurisdictions. The team is also adept at crisis management and both internal and external PR issues, along with anti-corruption matters, whistleblowing cases and breaches of statutory duty. Work highlights have included defending Marshall Capital in a fraud and deceit claim brought by VTB in the English High Court; representing the liquidators of an unregulated collective investment scheme in relation to various fraud and insolvency matters; and acting for a shareholder in a dispute with a chain of Russian supermarkets. Dorothy Murray is the key name to note.

Macfarlanes LLP is β€˜an excellent choice for clients and foreign law firms involved in large civil fraud cases with an international dimension’. Recent work included representing The British Bankers’ Association (BBA) and BBA LIBOR in seven suits alleging fraud in the US, a case which is part of a larger enforcement action against various banks including Barclays, UBS and RBS, and acting for Danish financial institution Roskilde Bank in cross-border proceedings alleging fraudulent mis-selling of the bank’s subordinated debt. The team is co-headed by James Popperwell, who is β€˜adept at managing the challenges that arise in complex, cross-border fraud disputes’, and Iain Mackie, who specialises in large-scale financial services litigation.

The β€˜responsive, effective and professional’ team Osborne Clarke LLP has a strong track record in cross-border fraud and asset tracing disputes, and also handles Bribery Act and corruption investigations on behalf of its corporate clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Recent work includes representing Kenvett in English High Court proceedings regarding alleged fraud between business partners, a matter worth upwards of $200m, and acting for claimant Koch Media, who sought to recover the proceeds of a fraud involving an employee and an English business. Adrian Lifely and Tom Ellis co-head the practice, and Andrew Bartlett wins plaudits for his β€˜practical and pragmatic approach’.

Pinsent Masons LLP provides β€˜a faultless level of service, carefully outlining all threats and opportunities’ and β€˜managing each case with consummate ease’. The group has significant expertise in obtaining freezing, disclosure and passport delivery up orders, and regularly deals with fraud committed in offshore jurisdictions. Aeroflot, Gold Point Media and LLB Verwaltung (Schweiz) are amongst key clients, and the firm is currently defending the latter in a multimillion-pound fraud claim regarding a non-existent investment project and investment sum misappropriation. The group is also acting for Aeroflot in various proceedings against the estate of the late Boris Berezovsky and associates, who allegedly defrauded the client of a significant proportion of international income. Alan Sheeley heads the department, and is currently defending two major banks in fraud-related claims.

Reed Smith LLP handles global and domestic fraud disputes across the banking, pharmaceutical, investment and energy sectors, advising on the full spectrum of issues including freezing orders, search and seize relief, disclosure orders and forensic asset tracing. Notable work included acting for Osiris Trust in a dispute with a former solicitor, a high-profile matter involving allegations of fraud and perversion of the course of justice, and representing HCA International in civil proceedings following the bankruptcy of a senior employee guilty of fraud. Eoin O’Shea, Charles Hewetson and Patrick Beale are the key practitioners.

Taylor Wessing LLP’s team of β€˜top-drawer litigators’ is β€˜supported by an excellent team of associates’, which β€˜makes it a firm of choice for serious allegations of fraud’. The group is known for its expertise in the financial services sector, and also maintains a strong track record in sanctions, anti-bribery and compliance matters along with global corruption investigations. The firm is currently representing Castle Investment Fund in a cross-border multiparty litigation regarding business deadlines between three Russian businessmen, a case involving allegations of fraud, transactions at undervalue and unlawful means conspiracy. Practice co-heads David de Ferrars and Shane Gleghorn are β€˜known for their excellent experience and judgement in the civil fraud area’.

Ashurst is β€˜very thorough and skilled in the field of civil fraud’, acting for a range of leading corporates and financial investigations in misappropriated asset recovery matters and conspiracy cases. Practice head Angela Pearson has β€˜a strong commercial sense’ and β€˜is very good at managing client relationships’; Lynn Dunne specialises in insolvency, restructuring and banking disputes; and Edward Sparrow undertakes a broad range of banking and regulatory work. Sparrow recently represented Nomura Bank International in a fraud matter arising from its structured project transaction with an international businessman, and Dunne defended Cerberus against allegations of unlawful conspiracy between the client and RBS. Other active clients include Anglo American, Daiwa and RoadChef.

Bivonas Law LLP is β€˜a niche firm which has built up an outstanding reputation in the civil fraud field’, and has β€˜a strong wealth of international expertise, working with different jurisdictions including Russia, Spain, Asia and the US’. The team has a strong financial services offering, and is increasingly handling alternative dispute resolution matters involving breaches of fiduciary duty, bankruptcy and allegations of defrauding. Key partners include Antony Brown, a β€˜great leader with a personable attitude’; John Bechelet, a β€˜highly responsive, no-nonsense lawyer who has a strong ability to pitch explanations and advice in an understandable language’; and Russian advocate Geliya Chukmarova, who specialises in Russian civil, commercial and regulatory litigation.

Brown Rudnick LLP’s team of β€˜effective international fraud lawyers’ makes the firm β€˜a serious option for any litigant’. Key partner Jane Colston is β€˜a dynamic and creative practitioner’ who β€˜brings a fabulous intellect, credibility and command of law along with incredible strategic thinking and client-facing skills’. Neil Micklethwaite is the other name to note, and is a β€˜heavyweight stalwart who is engaged in the biggest cases’. Micklethwaite is currently representing Hermitage Capital Management in a high-profile matter related to the destruction of the Hermitage Fund by the Russian authorities, a case involving asset tracing and fraud proceedings in Guernsey, the BVI, New York and Russia. In another highlight, the team acted for National Bonds Corporation (NBC) in proceedings before the DIFC Courts in relation to a Β£300m property development.

Farrer & Co’s β€˜energetic and hands-on’ team β€˜adopts strategic and well thought-out approaches which achieve the client’s objectives as expeditiously and efficiently as possible’. The firm specialises in international, multiparty fraud claims involving freezing orders and asset tracing issues, and is notably strong in the financial services sector. Work highlights included advising GB Minerals Holdings in a dispute concerning alleged bribery activity, and representing RP Explorer Master Fund before the Commercial Court in an $80m fraud claim against multiple defendants, a case arising from the client’s investments on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Practice head Adrian Parkhouse is β€˜a sensible litigator with an eye for the real issues in a case’, and Kate Allass is β€˜very reassuring when it comes to managing client expectations and concerns’.

Kingsley Napley LLP advises a mix of claimants and defendants on the full range of civil fraud issues including breach of fiduciary duty, deceit, contempt of court and bribery and corruption. Richard Foss heads the practice, and has a notable track record in advising directors and management teams on fraud matters, and commercial litigation specialist William Christopher is recommended for contractual disputes and insolvency-related issues. Fiona Simpson is also a key practitioner, and recently represented the son of a Kazakh businessman who was facing multiple claims of fraud related to his involvement with JSC BTA Bank, successfully securing a favourable result. Confiance, Reditum Capital and Foster Care Associates are also key clients.

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP has β€˜a strong knowledge of tactics in the fraud arena’ and is β€˜always available to provide sensible, level-headed advice’. Representing a range of financial institutions, funds and multinational companies, the group is well-placed to handle all types of asset tracing and trust-related disputes, as well as domestic fraud investigations and enforcement actions. The firm continues to act for the liquidators of Saad Investments Company, dealing with banks and assets across a variety of jurisdictions, and has also represented the Icelandic administrators of Landsbanki in several successful asset recovery and High Court actions against major retailers. The β€˜exceptional’ Jonathan Wheeler heads the practice and β€˜has a superb sense of tactics’, and Kevin Roberts is β€˜great at identifying pressure points in order to achieve a settlement’.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s wide-ranging practice encompasses cross-border fraud and asset tracing matters along with insolvency, cyber fraud and bribery and corruption, and the department utilises the firm’s regulatory investigations and criminal law practices both domestically and on an international level. Work highlights included representing Citibank in a $285m Commercial Court dispute over financing transactions entered into with Citigroup Global Markets, and acting for the liquidators of Drive Assist UK in a High Court claim against its former CEO, alleging wrongful trading and breach of duty as a result of false accounting. Deirdre Walker heads the department, where Ruth Cowley and Matthew Waudby are also leading figures.

Following its three-firm merger in May 2017, CMS β€˜continues to provide an excellent level of service’ and β€˜has a great strength and depth within the team’. The department is noted for its β€˜great knowledge of Russia’, and regularly handles cross-border fraud disputes involving Russian and CIS jurisdictions. Key active clients include Par-La-Ville Hotel and Residences, Guralp Systems and Yukos Capital, and the firm is currently representing the latter in a Commercial Court claim against individuals who allegedly acquired shares by means of a rigged auction. Practice head Bernard O’Sullivan is β€˜a lateral thinker who doesn’t scare easily’ and β€˜always puts his client’s interests first’. CMS

Slaughter and May is β€˜consistently superb in major, high-pressure cases’ and β€˜always remains calm and works hard to ensure that everything is resolved to perfection’. The team receives a strong flow of mandates from a broad range of business sectors, advising on investigations, litigation and arbitration in the context of civil fraud. Highlights included advising Barratt Development in civil proceedings against defendant company Top Construction Services, a matter involving bribery allegations and a Metropolitan Police Service investigation. The β€˜smart and experienced’ Deborah Finkler heads the team; Jonathan Cotton is β€˜particularly strong in money laundering and financial crime work’; and Efstathios Michael is β€˜always on top of every detail’.

At Stewarts Law LLP, highlights have included acting for the claimants in a long-running claim for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties and dishonesty in relation to assets across various jurisdictions; representing Kaupthing in a €500m claim arising from the sale of banking derivatives during the financial crisis; and acting for Chesterfield United and Partridge Management Group in claims against Deutsche Bank in relation to two credit derivative transactions funded by Kaupthing. Clive Zietman heads the practice, and Sean Upson is praised for his β€˜immaculate legal mind and keen sense of the commercial’.

Travers Smith LLP is β€˜an excellent firm to go to on large-scale dispute resolution matters’, as clients comment it has β€˜a stellar practice’. The department is headed by Stephen Paget-Brown, an β€˜enormously experienced lawyer’ who is β€˜extremely good at case analysis and can easily see the bigger picture whilst also identifying the core issues’. Other leading practitioners include Huw Jenkin, a β€˜very hands-on advocate whose case knowledge is second to none’; Rob Fell, who is β€˜very good in multifaceted cases with regulatory angles’; and Andrew King, who β€˜has an amazing way of explaining complex concepts simply and effectively’. Highlights for the firm included representing Hewlett Packard Enterprise in fraud claims arising from the $11.1bn acquisition of Autonomy Corporation.

Withers LLP is β€˜an excellent firm with a real understanding of civil fraud cases’, and the team β€˜does great work for both claimants and defendants, paying real attention to detail in the interim stages and doing what is required to take a case to trial’. The firm’s well-established international practice covers the US, Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands, and recent work has included a wide range of high-value international fraud cases. Examples include representing Ivanbridge Company and the Ivan Trust in a fraud matter involving €7.6m in Trust funds, a matter spanning Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, and acting for QPR Holdings in a claim regarding various loan repayments. Stephen Ross heads the practice and has β€˜impeccable judgement, always remaining calm and reacting quickly and flexibly to fluid situations’.

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is β€˜a well-respected boutique firm which wins high-quality, high-value work’ and β€˜punches above its weight due to its competitive rates, combined with excellent client care and legal and strategic excellence’. The team is notably strong in bank and finance-related fraud cases, handling high-profile investigations into domestic and overseas parties. Key names to note include the β€˜hugely energetic’ Marc Keidan, who β€˜has an unrivalled commitment to client needs and has a great ability to think outside the box’; founding partner Gerald Cooke; and Philip Young, who acts for a range of blue-chip companies in litigation and arbitration.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP maintains a strong client base in the housing and regulatory sectors, acting for a number of housing providers and regulatory bodies on fraud matters, cross-border investigations, regulatory issues and PFI disputes. Work highlights included advising the Solicitors Regulation Authority in seven interventions to close solicitors’ firms, undertaking all accounting investigations and numerous applications to set aside interventions. Key figure Philip Barden has a strong track record in both litigation and mediation, and Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs is noted for his expertise in cases involving the Isle of Man, the British Virgin Islands and various Middle Eastern jurisdictions.

At Dorsey & Whitney, highlights included representing a high-profile investment company in numerous investigations brought by a number of regulatory authorities, successfully obtaining a favourable settlement following an internal investigation; defending a major public company in connection with an SEC investigation following a financial restatement; and acting for a client in an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into alleged trading violations. Managing partner Tim Maloney is the key contact.

The β€˜professional, efficient and responsive’ team at Edwin Coe LLP has β€˜a strong level of experience in this field, particularly in the frequently overlapping areas of insolvency and fraud’, and is β€˜excellent at handling clients and producing very good results’. The firm regularly acts for claimant groups of consumers and shareholders, and has handled a number of multimillion-pound bankruptcy and corporate Ponzi fraud matters. Recent work includes representing a group of 500 claimants in proceedings arising from the fraudulent selling of timeshare products by St Frances Marketing, and acting for the creditors of the collapsed Crown Currency Exchange, an operation run as a Ponzi scheme. David Greene is β€˜unflappable, practical and realistic’, and Ali Zaidi β€˜strikes up good working relationships with clients’.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is known for its representation of financial services clients, most notably in relation to fraud matters conducted by individual directors and employees, and the team also regularly advises on investigations in developing markets. The firm recently represented National Iranian Oil Company in a High Court challenge to a multi-billion dollar arbitration award regarding a long-term gas sales contract, and currently acts for Centinel Spine in a claim brought by its liquidators alleging that intellectual property was fraudulently transferred to Centinel by Surgicraft. Key practitioners include Neville Byford and Neill Blundell along with Mariafrancesca De Leo, who joined from the firm’s Milan office and brings significant multijurisdictional expertise to the London team.

Fladgate LLP’s β€˜excellent partner-led litigation team’ wins plaudits for its β€˜great commercial approach and solid judgement’, and is β€˜a strong contender in the civil fraud market’. The firm is noted for its strong international focus with multiple foreign desks; examples include acting for a Swiss claimant in a matter regarding unpaid returns by a bank and alleged conspiracy to defraud, and advising PCP Capital Partners in alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made by Barclays, into which the client had invested Β£3bn in Middle Eastern money. Simon Ekins heads the practice, and Sophia Purkis β€˜fights tenaciously for her clients and has a long track record of successes.

HFW’s β€˜hugely experienced fraud litigators excel on all cases, are easily accessible on a 24/7 basis and have strong expertise in multijurisdictional matters’. The firm is particularly strong in insolvency-related litigation, advising on matters which emerge out of contentious administration, and also handles cases involving asset tracing, freezing injunctions and complex trust structures. Practice head Noel Campbell is β€˜a seasoned litigator and master strategist’, and recently represented the liquidators of the Arena Group of companies in a matter involving allegations of dishonest assistance, unlawful means of conspiracy and breach of trust.

Ince & Co has β€˜extensive experience of handling large, complex fraud cases’, and is best known for its strengths in the shipping, trade and insurance sectors. Highlights included acting for HDI Global in a major marine insurance case regarding fraudulent conduct in the presentation of insurance claims, a €3.2m claim with significant industry sector impact, and representing Novoship (UK) before the Court of Appeal in a long-running dispute concerning bribery and secret profits. Ben Ogden heads the team, where insurance expert Joe O’Keeffe is the other key figure.

Latham & Watkins continues to handle a broad array of high-profile, cross-border fraud matters across the US, Europe, the CIS and the Middle East. Oliver Browne is a key name to note, specialising in international arbitration across various sectors, and Philip Clifford has substantial experience in the oil and gas, power and financial services industries.

Signature Litigation LLP’s β€˜outstanding’ practice is β€˜a force to be reckoned with in the civil fraud disputes area’, and the team β€˜shows great client care and ultimate professionalism’. The group saw a number of significant hires in the last year, former practice head Simon Bushell from Latham & Watkins and Josh Wong from DLA Piper being among the most notable. The firm currently represents Blue Tropic and Coppella Ventures in a high-value claim for damages under Georgian law, where the two claimant companies allege significant misappropriation of assets. Graham Huntley and Julian Connerty co-head the practice.

Squire Patton Boggs continues to attract significant litigation and arbitration cases, primarily containing cross-border elements involving the US and the Middle East. Key areas of expertise include international fraud and asset tracing claims, asset-based lending matters and banking litigation, Close Invoice Finance and ABN AMRO Commercial Finance being notable clients. Laurence Winston heads the litigation team, and specialist fraud lawyer Robert Weekes is also recommended.

Browne Jacobson LLP is β€˜an excellent performer in the area of civil fraud’ and has β€˜an acknowledged expertise in the niched and difficult area of cross-border insolvency’. The team’s β€˜knowledge is effectively brought to bear in litigation, particularly in cases involving an international element’. Highlights included representing a former managing director of JPMorgan Chase following losses of over $6.2bn, and advising a trustee in relation to proceedings issued against a bankrupt company in Gibraltar. Dominic Offord is β€˜a very astute lawyer with a real depth of knowledge’, and Derek Bambury is β€˜able to navigate difficult waters with skill’.

Capsticks LLP has a strong knowledge of the public sector, advising a broad mix of clients on a range of fraud issues. Daniel Purcell is the key practitioner and regularly provides counter-fraud services to NHS bodies, advising on procurement, identity and sick pay fraud along with Bribery Act and anti-corruption matters. Associate Jane Barker is also a name to note.

At Cooley (UK) LLP, James Maton advises companies and governments on various contractual, commercial and regulatory disputes, and Laurence Harris acts for public and private companies and public sector bodies in fraud and asset tracing matters. Recent work includes advising the Turks and Caicos Islands Government on civil recovery efforts in relation to a major land sale, and representing a former Serco Company director in an SFO investigation regarding a contract with the Ministry of Justice.

Dechert LLP’s β€˜client-oriented, creative and cost competitive’ team has a solid track record in asset recovery matters and fraud investigations. Highlights included acting for an individual in a claim against a Russian oligarch, a matter revolving around Russian company Rusal, and representing NML Capital in long-running claims against Argentina following the latter’s defaults in payment. Andrew Hearn and David Hughes are the key figures.

Fox Williams LLP is β€˜more than capable of dealing with major cases’, and the team is β€˜able to get to grips with complex facts and present them in the form of clear and concise instructions’. The firm is increasingly being instructed on cross-border disputes, internal investigations and business crime matters, some key client names including Salem Mouzner, Pamplona Strategic Developments and Samir Arab. Practice head Gavin Foggo is β€˜careful, analytical and has immensely good judgement’.

Howard Kennedy LLP maintains a strong reputation in the financial services area, representing a mix of banks and financial institutions in multiparty, cross-border fraud matters. The group also has significant insolvency and professional negligence expertise, advising on civil fraud claims involving insolvent companies and allegations of constructive partnership. Managing partner Craig Emden is the key contact along with Simon Taylor, who heads the dispute resolution practice.

John Magnin heads the team at K&L Gates LLP, which has a strong track record in high-profile fraud cases involving international unauthorised dealings with both assets and cash. The group recently acted for the joint receivers of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund in a fraud claim against various professionals, financial services companies and peripheral individuals, and representing The Central Bank of Ecuador in longstanding proceedings arising from the 1996 collapse of Banco Continental.

Keystone Law is β€˜building up a strong reputation in this practice area’ and β€˜is particularly well placed to handle complex commercial fraud disputes’. The team works with a range of banks, businesses and individuals on fraud prevention and resolution, and has recently advised Nest Investments in a claim against a Lebanese bank which was shut down by the United States Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. Key figure Robert Lawrie is β€˜a very experienced individual’ who β€˜has razor-sharp legal skills and is extremely user friendly’.

Mayer Brown International LLP provides β€˜an outstanding legal service which effectively assists clients in making their decisions’, and the team β€˜always takes commercial values into consideration’. The practice is comprised of lawyers from the dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency teams, and the group is also supported by specialist financial services, regulatory enforcement, insurance and corporate departments. Devi Shah is the key figure along with Alistair Graham, who is praised for his β€˜ability to understand the client’s business and provide sound legal advice’.

Moon Beever is β€˜a niche firm which is excellent in civil fraud investigations’, and the β€˜strong team’ of β€˜knowledgeable and experienced partners’ provides β€˜great value for money’. Practice head Frances Coulson is β€˜highly recommended in all aspects of fraud, settlement negotiation and strategic cases’, and barrister Richard Saunders is β€˜an experienced advocate and an excellent litigator’. Key clients of the firm include British Gas, KPMG and Grant Thornton.

SCA Ontier LLP’s β€˜creative and responsive’ team is β€˜extremely good at dealing with requests and enquiries’. The group handles the full spectrum of corporate crime issues, and has recently been engaged in a number of investigations and compliance issues for major corporates. Seamus Andrew leads the practice and specialises in international litigation and arbitration, and Paul Ferguson has strong insolvency expertise.

The β€˜excellent’ practice at Seddons is headed by Susan Monty, who has β€˜a wealth of experience in complex fraud cases’ and β€˜combines a high level of intelligence with a commercial approach, steering clients through cases and excellently managing their expectations’. The team advises on financial disputes, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, asset tracing and internal investigations.

Simons Muirhead & Burton’s β€˜thriving civil litigation practice’ is β€˜vastly experienced in fraud allegations, and is extremely competent in internal investigations and litigation’. Practice head Anthony Burton is β€˜an immensely experienced and well-respected solicitor’; Stephen Shotnes is β€˜tenacious, diligent and thinks outside of the box’; and Razi Mireskandari heads the overall dispute resolution team.

Steptoe and Johnson LLP is currently acting for independent Russian bank Otkritie in proceedings to enforce a judgement made against various individual fraudsters, a case involving significant recovery of assets and freezing orders, and the team has recently commenced two further actions against parties implicated in the fraud. Other notable clients include the National Bank of Moldova, Trust Bank and a number of high-profile individuals. Neil Dooley is the key figure.

TLT advises on fraud prevention, financial services litigation, private prosecutions and cybercrime, amongst other issues. The group is also handling a number of payment fraud matters, and is currently dealing with several cases for major banks related to invoice, mandate, impersonation and safe account fraud. Notable individuals include Emily Benson, who has substantial expertise in financial crime risk management and recovery strategies, and Jake McQuitty, who deals with infrastructure and banking-related matters. Russell Kelsall is also a name to note in the non-contentious regulatory space.


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BCL Solicitors LLP has β€˜a well-deserved reputation for being at the cutting edge of white-collar defence work’, and β€˜has a huge amount of experience in high-profile cases, where the team fights tooth and nail for its clients’. The firm advises on all areas of fraud, business and white-collar crime, acting for a range of individuals including directors, senior employees and high-net-worth individuals. The β€˜intelligent, imaginative and dedicated’ Ian Burton heads the practice, where key figures also include the β€˜hugely personable and sympathetic’ Richard Sallybanks; Harry Travers, who is β€˜uniquely placed to navigate the technical and tactical aspects of civil and criminal investigations’; and Shaul Brazil, a β€˜staunch defender of his clients who has a clever tactical eye’.

Bark&co’s β€˜core of talented and hardworking solicitors’ have β€˜a first-class reputation in matters of financial offending’, and the team β€˜prepares all cases with energy and focus, and is meticulous in its work’. In a recent highlight, the firm acted for a former broker from Tullett Prebon charged with conspiring to rig the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), a high-profile matter mounting up to trillions of dollars in value. The group also represented the CEO of a multimillion-pound logistics company, who faced allegations of conspiring with corrupt accountants to defraud HMRC of over Β£6m in PAYE, VAT and other payments. Practice head Giles Bark-Jones is β€˜without doubt one of the sharpest defence lawyers practicing today’, and other key figures include Frederick Bunn and the β€˜smart, experienced and tactically astute’ Fiona Gavriel.

Bindmans LLP’ β€˜practical and realistic team leaves no stone unturned’, and β€˜fully deserves its reputation for being utterly committed to its clients’. The department specialises in investigations and prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), HMRC and Police Specialist Fraud case teams, amongst others, and regularly acts for a range of professionals including lawyers, accountants and journalists. Highlights included acting for a former City broker in the high-profile SFO investigation into the alleged misreporting of daily LIBOR rate submissions to the British Banking Association. Martin Rackstraw and the β€˜highly intelligent’ Katie Wheatley co-head the practice, where β€˜outstanding fraud lawyer’ Michael Schwarz is also a key figure.

The β€˜professional legal team’ at Bivonas Law LLP provides β€˜timely, in-depth and industry appropriate advice’. The team has substantial experience in handling major multijurisdictional matters, and regularly represents individuals in investigations conducted by the SFO, FCA and HMRC. Key figures in the team include practice head Antony Brown, who β€˜has great leadership qualities’; Steve Sharp, who is β€˜very strong both in the pure legal aspects and in the practical and tactical elements of case preparation’; and Cindy Dorrington, β€˜a brilliant lawyer who tenaciously defends her clients’.

The β€˜strong and capable’ team at Byrne and Partners LLP is β€˜held in high esteem by its peers’ and β€˜has an in-depth knowledge of the enforcement authorities’. The firm advises on all aspects of fraud, money laundering and tax investigations and prosecutions, and is especially noted for its strength in high-value disputes spanning multiple jurisdictions. Recent work includes representing a client charged with corruption in relation to major transport infrastructure contracts in India and Poland, where the individual was jointly charged with conspiracy, and advising FH Bertling on an SFO prosecution related to alleged corrupt payments to an employee of Sonangol Group, an Angolan state-owned oil company. David Byrne is recommended along with β€˜outstanding lawyer’ Matthew Frankland, and Sara Teasdale and Ben Brocklehurst β€˜operate a fine-tuned pas de deux addressing complex cross-border procedural issues’.

β€˜High-quality boutique’ Corker Binning is β€˜a leading firm in this practice area, and is involved in many of the most serious and high-profile cases’. The team β€˜brings a strong wealth of experience in dealing with criminal litigation into the complex world of fraud’ and the β€˜talented lawyers demonstrate the highest professional standards’. Peter Binning is β€˜a seasoned expert, particularly in the field of international white-collar crime’; David Corker is β€˜a fantastic technical lawyer with extensive experience in the financial services area’; and Jessica Parker is β€˜a dynamic and bright individual who works well with clients’. Highlights included acting for the former CEO of Tesco in the SFO’s investigation into alleged accounting irregularities, and representing a trained accountant who was charged by the FCA with passing inside information to fund managers.

Kingsley Napley LLP is β€˜a standout firm for individual white-collar crime representations’, and the team is β€˜great to work with . Reliable, and shows excellent judgement and strategic initiative’. The group has substantial expertise in cross-border cases involving allegations of bribery and corruption, tax fraud, money laundering and insider dealing, amongst other issues, and the firm is also adept at dealing with investigations and prosecutions brought by various institutions. Practice head Stephen Parkinson is β€˜regularly entrusted with cases of the very greatest complexity and intellectual demand’, and Louise Hodges is β€˜the first choice for traders and City individuals under investigation’. In February 2017, Jo Rickards moved to Mishcon de Reya LLP.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is β€˜an excellent criminal law boutique with superb expertise in handling international business and financial crime matters’, and the β€˜professional and highly-organised’ team is β€˜quickly able to adjust to changes in the case and maintain control at all times’. The team acts for individuals in high-profile sanctions cases as well as INTERPOL and extradition matters, and is increasingly representing clients in major cross-border litigation. β€˜Outstanding lawyer’ Michael O’Kane heads the business crime team and is β€˜deeply familiar with international financial crime’; Hannah Laming is β€˜an excellent investigative lawyer with broad experience in handling corruption cases’, and Neil Swift is praised for his β€˜pragmatic, easily digestible input’. Monty Raphael QC is also a key practitioner.

WilmerHale has recently been at the forefront of several major financial crime cases investigated by the SFO, and continues to represent a mix of corporates and individuals across the full gamut of financial services-related criminal matters. Key figure Stephen Pollard is β€˜a leading white-collar crime practitioner’ who is β€˜tactical, commercial and has a way of setting his sights on a clients’ goal and doing his utmost to achieve it’. Elly Proudlock is also a name to note, along with Christopher David.

Blackfords LLP’ β€˜incredibly busy’ practice is β€˜willing to deal with legal aid white-collar fraud cases as well as having a large private practice’. The firm has a notable focus on London and the South East region, acting primarily for high-profile and high-net-worth individuals across the full spectrum of fraud matters. Highlights included representing a financial sector individual who allegedly conspired to deal in securities by using insider information, and acting for a defendant in a high-level mortgage fraud matter valued at Β£40m. The team is co-headed by Daniel Cundy and Gary Bloxsome, who is praised as being β€˜a great tactician who is diligent to the nth degree’.

The β€˜dynamic team’ at Brown Rudnick LLP provides β€˜an excellent overall level of service with precise answers’, and is β€˜capable of adapting perfectly to a fast moving market’. Notable work included representing a trader at a major European bank who was involved in trading instruments hedged to the EURO interbank offering rate, and acting for a senior individual in relation to an ongoing SFO investigation into allegations of corruption and bribery, a matter involving Africa and Kazakhstan-based subsidiaries. The β€˜experienced, strategic and committed’ Tom Epps is recommended along with Mark Beardsworth, who β€˜has top legal knowledge combined with excellent communication skills’.

Dechert LLP has β€˜established itself as a major firm in this area’, providing β€˜excellent personal attention, a good level of experience and timely responses’. The team is notably strong in SFO investigations and prosecutions, and recently represented an individual in an ongoing criminal investigation regarding their employment at Alstom and alleged bribery activity. The team saw a number of hires in the last year, most notably that of former SFO prosecutor and β€˜international expert’ Matthew Cowie. Neil Gerrard heads the practice.

Edmonds Marshall McMahon is β€˜a firm with unsparing attention to detail’ that is β€˜the very model of how fraud cases should be prosecuted in the Magistrates and Crown Courts’. The team recently handled the confiscation, enforcement order and pursuance of gifts in a case regarding the transfer of money by deception, and is currently advising on the private prosecution of the high-profile β€˜Fake Saudi Princess’, a matter involving Β£14m worth of property. Kate McMahon is β€˜a fearless and energetic prosecutor’; Tamlyn Edmonds β€˜has a great manner with clients in difficult circumstances’; and Andrew Marshall is noted for his expertise in the fraud, regulatory and quasi-criminal areas.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP works alongside fraud specialists, former prosecutors, regulators and investigators in high-profile fraud investigations, and regularly utilises its cross-border capabilities. Neill Blundell and Zia Ullah co-head the practice, which recently represented the former head of global finance in relation to the dollar LIBOR manipulation, negotiating a settlement with the US Department of Justice and SFO.

The β€˜professional and experienced’ team at Fox Williams LLP is β€˜a significant player in the white-collar crime environment’ and β€˜has a strong reputation in the market’. The firm has acted in relation to several longstanding SFO investigations and prosecutions, most notably in the financial services space. Practice co-head James Carlton has β€˜a first-class knowledge of the law and also empathises with his clients, making them feel that he is on their side’. Peter Wright is β€˜excellent in his field’.

Hickman and Rose handles β€˜high-quality work’ and β€˜fights tooth and nail for its clients’, advising various LIBOR clients in relation to criminal charges and representing a broad range high-level individuals in SFO investigations. Key figures include Ben Rose, an β€˜acknowledged heavyweight who has great strategic sense and is rigorously client-focused’; Ross Dixon, who has β€˜great judgement and an easy command of complex law’; and Andrew Katzen, a β€˜top notch lawyer who puts everything into his cases’.

Irwin Mitchell β€˜draws on the strength of its multidisciplinary practice to effectively deal with white-collar instructions’, and has β€˜a broad range of experience, from health and safety and trading offences to complex financial services frauds’. The team is increasingly instructed in corporate internal investigations involving regulatory breaches, and has acted for several corporates and individuals in financial crime investigations. The β€˜tactically excellent’ Sarah Wallace heads the practice, and is β€˜adept at tailoring her services and approach to the different requirements of different cases’.

Janes Solicitors is β€˜a busy firm with a thriving criminal defence practice’ which β€˜punches massively above its weight’ and is β€˜never short of ideas or new strategies when it comes to combating a new challenge’. The team recently handled the high-profile acquittal of a former RBS banker in an HMRC prosecution against investors in film schemes, and also represented a key defendant known as β€˜Lord Libor’ in the SFO prosecution concerning criminal manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate. David Janes is β€˜an excellent lawyer with a sound tactical nous’, and Simon Barker is β€˜great in high-pressure situations’.

Lewis Nedas Law Limited is β€˜in the top category of solicitors who provide a personal and diligent service to both public and privately funded clients’. Key individuals include Siobhain Egan, who β€˜provides a thorough and committed service’ and β€˜gives 100% to all clients’, and Jeffrey Lewis, who advises on VAT and tax investigations, money laundering and regulatory and disciplinary issues.

Lloyds PR Solicitors has β€˜built a formidable reputation of expertise’ and β€˜has developed a team of talented lawyers who show a great deal of enthusiasm and commitment towards their clients’. The group has significant expertise in handling high-profile fraud, money laundering, forgery and regulatory matters, and recently represented a defendant jointly charged with laundering money originating from criminal activities, a matter involving the investigation of three money exchange bureaus. Key figures include β€˜fearless fighter’ Manoj Rupasinghe, β€˜great tactician’ Harsha Rupasinghe and β€˜smooth operator’ Mohsin Ariff.

The β€˜excellent’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright is β€˜always one step ahead of the opponent, anticipating movements well ahead of time’. The firm represents a mix of senior executives, corporates and financial institutions in regulatory and enforcement proceedings, internal investigations and civil litigation, amongst other matters. Neil O’May is the key practitioner, and recently represented the former finance director of Tesco in an ongoing SFO investigation into the accounting practices at Tesco. Lista Cannon is the other name to note.

The β€˜fantastically competent criminal fraud group’ at Russell-Cooke LLP provides β€˜excellent preparation and an insightful approach to difficult evidential issues’, and β€˜is able to handle even the busiest of cases without letting any of the spinning plates fall’. Practice head Jae Carwardine is praised as being β€˜an exceptional practitioner who prepares cases thoroughly’, and is β€˜approachable but authoritative with clients’. β€˜Formidable opponent’ Nicola O’Connor is also a key figure.

β€˜Premier firm’ Shearman Bowen & Co is β€˜well-regarded in the area of fraud and white-collar crime’ and is β€˜known for its thorough and methodical approach to all cases’. Highlights included successfully defending the head of a Hong Kong-based fiduciary company against a money laundering charge, and representing an individual in an SFO bribery and corruption investigation in relation to a major automotive manufacturer. Senior partner Rick Shearman is β€˜a modern solicitor and a driver of the firm’s brand’, and Colette Kelly is described by clients as β€˜a star on the rise’.

Stephenson Harwood provides β€˜useful and appropriate advice’, and the team β€˜always goes the extra mile to assist the client’. Highlights included representing the former US dollar rate submitter at Barclays in relation to the LIBOR rate-setting investigation conducted by the SFO, and the firm is also advising the Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees in relation to claims against the Icelandic bank Kaupthing. The β€˜personable and practical’ Tony Woodcock is recommended along with Sara George, who is β€˜energetic and fully dedicated to the defence of her clients’.

Tuckers Solicitors has a strong London-based and regional presence, and is noted for its strength in criminal law, civil liberties and regulatory proceedings. Key individuals include Philip Smith, who specialises in high-profile fraud and corruption cases; Jim Meyer, who has handled a number of money laundering and Bribery Act investigations; and Richard Egan, who heads the special casework department.

The β€˜top-notch’ team of β€˜multinational and multijurisdictional experts’ at White & Case LLP are β€˜vastly experienced across the full range of white-collar fraud’. The team has handled matters cross the UK and US, Russia, Africa and the Middle East, and is adept at dealing with issues including sanctions, INTERPOL Red Notices and extradition proceedings. The β€˜highly analytical’ Jonathan Pickworth heads the practice, and recently represented an individual indicted in the US on allegations of price fixing and bid rigging.

Cartwright King is β€˜recognised as an excellent crime, fraud and financial firm’, and β€˜has some of the sharpest and most intelligent lawyers in the area’. The team has expertise across a broad range of areas including financial fraud, asset forfeiture and cybercrime, and regularly undertakes a mix of privately funded, legal aided and insurance-backed work. Practice head Richard Cornthwaite is β€˜the lawyers’ choice of lawyer, and brings and unrivalled depth of expertise and knowledge to the table’.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s β€˜exceptional white-collar crime team’ is β€˜able to handle all types of criminal cases, and can be relied upon to do a thorough job’. Practice head John Hartley, is a β€˜sensible and skilful lawyer’ who β€˜balances an understanding of the details of the case with a detached strategic oversight’ and β€˜really gets to the heart of the issues’. Highlights included representing an individual charged with conspiracy to commit fraud in relation to the sale of rare earth mineral oxides, and handling a major HMRC prosecution involving the alleged submission of false immigration information.

Howard Kennedy LLP is β€˜an extremely highly thought of firm for white-collar work’, offering β€˜a highly personalised service and an impressive level of devotion to its clients’. The firm handles privately funded work, primarily defending high net-worth individuals in bribery and corruption allegations, money laundering cases and FCA investigations. Practice head Ian Ryan is β€˜an excellent lawyer with a wealth of experience in dealing with high-profile, tricky cases requiring good strategic input’, and β€˜excellent tactician’ John Martyn is also recommended. Dan Hyde has joined Penningtons Manches LLP.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has β€˜an impeccable knowledge of all matters at hand’ and provides β€˜a case analysis which is always lucid, balanced and objective’. The team recently represented a Russian individual in a case brought by Otkritie Investment Bank, where the client was acquitted of four counts of conspiracy to defraud and one of money laundering, and also acted for an asset director of a finance company in an SFO prosecution regarding the defrauding of two banks out of Β£160m. Consultant John Milner is β€˜a tenacious and committed lawyer who looks after his clients’ interests with great care, tenacity and wisdom’.

K&L Gates LLP provides β€˜a highly commercial approach which is founded on solid, practical advice’, and the firm β€˜has the benefit of drawing on a vast pool of international lawyers, which is of particular help in cross-border investigations’. The group has notable expertise in bribery and corruption, internal investigations and money laundering, among other matters, and recently represented a Deutcshe Bank trader in investigations into the LIBOR scandal. Practice head Christine Braamskamp has β€˜a keen ability to get to the heart of a case’, and Dylan Moses is β€˜a particularly bright man with excellent judgement and a huge capacity for hard work’.

Kangs Solicitors is β€˜a truly exceptional firm’ with β€˜a very strong team of lawyers who are well-regarded by clients and other professionals’. The firm continues to be instructed on a range of serious fraud work, acting for a mix of City traders, surveyors and medical professionals in matters involving VAT fraud, money laundering and bribery and corruption, amongst other issues. Team head Hamraj Kang is β€˜a brilliant strategic thinker with a razor-sharp eye for case preparation’, and John Veale is β€˜very calm and considered in his approach’.

Kobre & Kim LLP is β€˜superb in cross-border cases’ and β€˜has a good reputation for strong, commercial advice in a difficult practice area’. The firm specialises in international investigations, and the team consists of five former US Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers who regularly undertake US-related investigations and enforcement actions. Recent work includes representing a mix of UK and European-based traders, salespeople and senior executives facing allegations of criminal activity in the financial markets, and acting for a UK-based trader in parallel suits brought by the DOJ and the CFTC. Roger Burlingame heads the practice, and is β€˜a great communicator who is smart, strategic and has a great manner with clients’.

Morgan Rose Solicitors is β€˜an excellent niche outfit specialising in white-collar crime and commercial litigation’ which provides β€˜accurate and appropriate advice, and overall great value for money’. The team recently represented a senior broker under investigation by the SFO in connection with the LIBOR scandal, and is currently acting for a client facing multiple allegations of conspiracy to defraud, fraud by false representation, money laundering and bribery. Key practitioner Mark Jones is β€˜a clear thinker with excellent judgement’ who is β€˜quick to assimilate facts and identify the significant points in a case’.

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP is noted for its expertise in cross-border financial crime, along with corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations, and the team has also handled a number of contentious insolvencies involving criminal elements. Highlights included representing the Icelandic administrators of Landsbanki in a Β£30m asset recovery and High Court action, and acting for the trustees of Muhamed Al-Ansari in a major fraud and insolvency matter. Jonathan Wheeler heads the practice, and Kevin Roberts is β€˜an excellent and pragmatic lawyer who inspires confidence’.

Rahman Ravelli Solicitors is β€˜a dynamic firm which provides a stellar service to its clients’ and β€˜has the resources and the know-how to take on the most complex of cases, never failing to impress client and colleagues alike’. The team acts primarily for high-net-worth individuals, advising on multimillion-pound frauds, money laundering and tax evasion, and recently successfully defended its clients in a high-profile investment fraud matter. Key figures include Azizur Rahman, whose β€˜formidable intellect and great strategic judgement mark him out as an exceptional lawyer’, and Neil Williams, who β€˜has an intuitive grasp of the finer tactical points that arise in complicated cases’ and β€˜mixes a logical and structured analysis with an experienced but creative response’.

At Simmons & Simmons, highlights included acting for a former chief financial officer charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and representing a senior Russian businessman in connection with allegations of fraud and tax evasion in Russia, a case involving INTERPOL Red Notices and extradition from the UK. Nick Benwell heads the practice, and Stephen Gentle β€˜brings a calm reassurance to all problems’.

Slater and Gordon regularly handles corruption and bribery-related SFO investigations, and recently represented the former finance director of Swift International in relation to bribery payments to Nigerian tax officials. Practice head Shula de Jersey is β€˜bright, tenacious and determined’, and Helen Simm has extensive experience in representing clients before various regulators.

Sonn Macmillan Walker is adept at handling both legal aid and privately-funded cases, and has significant expertise in white-collar crime and confiscation matters. Highlights included defending an individual against allegations of British film industry tax fraud, and representing one of three defendants accused of conspiracy to defraud the customers of First Asset Management, a case valued at Β£1m. David Sonn heads the department.

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors has β€˜a great reputation with professional colleagues and other firms’ and β€˜always goes the extra mile for its clients’. The team advises on high-value cases involving commercial fraud, money laundering, corruption and HMRC and VAT investigations, and also handles confiscation and civil recovery matters. The practice is headed by the β€˜energetic and charismatic’ Bambos Tsiattalou who β€˜fights his clients’ corner robustly and is very responsive to clients’. The β€˜hardworking’ Maria Theodoulou is the other name to note.

Brett Wilson LLP has considerable experience in handling carousel, advance fee and boiler room fraud cases, and also advises on computer misuse offences and money laundering. Senior partner Nick Brett heads the department, and has recently been involved in a number of major fraud prosecutions and SFO investigations.

The β€˜superb’ team at Gowling WLG provides β€˜an excellent level of service, always providing the client with the necessary support and assistance’. The firm is currently engaged in litigation and arbitration matters across the USA, Russia, the Cayman Islands and Singapore, amongst others, and has strong expertise in fraud and asset recovery matters involving insolvency, trusts and anti-bribery matters. The team recently acted for The Federal Republic of Brazil and The Municipality of Sao Paulo in cross-border investigations involving Sao Paulo’s former mayor, where it is claimed that the defendants received fraud proceeds. The firm also continues to advise several professional trustees in the high-profile litigation arising out of Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. The β€˜technically excellent and very commercial’ Alex Jay heads the practice, and is β€˜great at identifying a strategy in order to make recoveries’ and β€˜carefully assesses various risks along the way’. Catherine Naylor is the other name to note.

HKH Kenwright & Cox acts for both individuals and corporations in major fraud investigations along with corruption matters and environmental crime cases, and the team is adept at crisis management and risk prevention. Notable work included defending a client accused of intent to pervert the course of justice. Managing partner Khurram Mian is a key practitioner.

Mishcon de Reya LLP provides an all-encompassing strategic defence service, advising on the full gamut of issues including extradition, judicial review, private prosecution and internal investigations. Notable work included handling an SFO money laundering prosecution arising out of a boiler room fraud, the third in a series of SFO prosecutions and previous convictions. Alison Levitt QC heads the practice. In February 2017, leading figure Jo Rickards joined from Kingsley Napley LLP.

Osborne Clarke LLP’s β€˜excellent’ team has notable strength in the investment funds sector, and also regularly handles criminal matters in the real estate, energy, media and high-tech fields, amongst others. Practice head Jeremy Summers β€˜demonstrates great professional care and competence’, and β€˜is compassionate and supportive of clients on a personal level’. Other key figures include Tom Ellis and Charlie Wedin, who focuses on cross-border disputes involving technology.

Peter Wilson and Angela Wilson are the key practitioners at Peter Wilson Legal LLP, which handles a range of white-collar defence cases involving fraud, money laundering and bribery. Highlights included acting for a solicitor under criminal investigation by HMRC on the basis of alleged evasion of income and capital gains tax, following a failure to file self-assessment tax returns for seven consecutive years.

Pinsent Masons LLP is β€˜a very strong firm in this area’, with β€˜good strength at partner level and a great deal of experience in the field’. The firm is known for its strength in the infrastructure, energy and mining, technology and financial services sectors, and has recently advised on a number of corruption investigations and private prosecutions in these areas. Notable work included representing Sweett Group in a corporate prosecution brought by the SFO in connection with the Bribery Act and alleged failure to prevent bribery, where the client entered a guilty plea. Leading practitioners include Barry Vitou, a β€˜good strategist and thoughtful lawyer who always fights his client’s corner’, and recently promoted partner Anne-Marie Ottaway, who β€˜brings great experience from the SFO’. Tom Stocker is also a name to note, specialising in bribery, fraud, money laundering and international trade sanctions cases.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur is β€˜an excellent firm for dealing with fraud, in particular the cases where criminal and civil matters overlap’. The team has significant experience in handling injunctions brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and regularly handles confiscation matters, internal investigations and proceedings initiated by various regulatory bodies including the SFO, FCA and HMRC. Highlights included representing a client under investigation by a financial regulator and the Environmental Agency, a matter resulting in an out-of-court resolution, and acting for a German-based corporate in potential allegations of bribery under the Foreign Practices Act. Anil Rajani heads the department, and is β€˜a very experienced criminal litigator who inspires real confidence and is a strategic master’. Stuart Lindley is the other key partner.

At Richard Nelson LLP, key areas of specialism include tax-based investigations and prosecutions, legal professional matters and money laundering cases. Key partner Jonathan Wright has solid experience across a broad range of domestic and international fraud matters; Steve Roberts is noted for his expertise in motoring prosecutions, and Mark Wilson is the name to note for tax fraud.

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has β€˜a strong reputation for being able to deal with the most serious and complex cases’ and β€˜is a firm you can trust to fight hard for the best possible result’. The team regularly handles pre-charge investigation cases, and is adept at dealing with multi-faceted fraud cases with an international dimension, and has notably acted for a foreign government in a cross-border fraud dispute valued at several billion US dollars. Rakeebah Rahim heads the department and is β€˜a real strategic thinker who is always five steps ahead of the opposition’. Deniz Oguzkanli is the other key lawyer, and is β€˜brilliant for export control and sanctions matters’.

Shaw Graham Kersh’s β€˜well-resourced department’ has β€˜a thriving practice in this area’, and the team β€˜has an excellent work ethic which attracts the best fraud work in the country’. Work highlights included representing an individual in tax fraud allegations involving government incentives to bolster the British film industry, and acting for a former director or a private equity investment company alleged to have stolen over Β£12.5m from Russian investors. Raymond Shaw is the key name to note, and is praised as being a β€˜tenacious individual who works incredibly hard on every case and is fearless in defence of his clients’.

Simons Muirhead & Burton has significant expertise in defending serious and complex fraud prosecutions, and regularly handles revenue and VAT investigations, asset forfeiture and confiscation proceedings. Key figure Anthony Burton is β€˜astute, highly experienced and tactically sound’, and Pamela Reddy β€˜has an excellent knowledge of the law, and also understand the emotional struggle of what the client is going through’. Work highlights included representing a number of ex-Deutsche Bank and Barclays employees charged with plotting to fix the EURIBOR rates, and acting for a Wales-based landlord charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, a case revolving around the Discretionary Housing Payment.

Taylor Wessing LLP’s team is best known for advising on matters involving the manipulation of FX rates along with data protection and cybercrime, corruption investigations and anti-bribery cases. Key individuals include practice head Shane Gleghorn, who specialises in banking and financial sector investigations; David De Ferrars, who advises on fraud and asset tracing; and Tim Strong, who focuses on disputes in the financial and energy sectors.

Withers LLP has advised on a range of investigations brought by the SFO, HRMC, Lloyds of London and the FCA, representing a mix of individuals, corporations and financial institutions in fraud and corruption matters. Recent work include acting for one of eleven defendants in an SFO prosecution regarding alleged EURIBOR rate setting, and representing a bank director under investigation by the FCA.


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The β€˜all-round excellent’ team at CMS advises a mix of broadcasters, sports rights holders, publishers and software developers on the full range of gambling issues across various sectors. The team continues to advise the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) on the UK Government’s reform to the taxation of remote gambling services, issuing judicial review proceedings for the High Court to determine the lawfulness of the new tax regimes, and is also advising online gambling business Gamesys on the Β£425m sale of its Jackpotjoy, Starspins and Botemania business to the Intertain Group. Key practitioners include practice head David Zeffman, corporate lawyer Rob Willis, litigation specialist Dan Tench and Stephen Hignett, who has notable expertise in the gambling sector. Of counsel Anna Soilleux-Mills is also recommended.

Harris Hagan provides the full gamut of corporate, commercial and regulatory advice to its client base within the betting, gaming, licensing and entertainment sectors. Its expertise extends to both land-based and online gaming, and the group frequently advises on applications for license renewal and license variations. Julian Harris and John Hagan are the key names to note, and Bahar Alaeddini is recommended for establishing operations in the UK and in offshore jurisdictions.

Mishcon de Reya LLP provides β€˜a consistently high level of hands-on knowledge, professionalism, responsiveness and top connections with industry movers’. The team advises on the full gamut of legal and regulatory matters affecting the gaming and betting area, and is notably strong in corporate and M&A transactions, IPOs and restructurings. Other areas of expertise include compliance and licensing issues, social and computer gaming, and matters under European law. Highlights included advising Hydra Industries Acquisition on its Β£200m acquisition of Inspired Gaming Group and its affiliates, and advising DraftKings on various regulatory compliance issues along with data protection issues, anti-money laundering compliance, terms and conditions and reputation management. Practice head Susan Breen is praised for her β€˜pragmatic approach to client matters, business-oriented mind and great problem solving attitude’. Nick Nocton specialises in regulatory and commercial matters, and Stuart McMaster focuses on gambling-sector work.

β€˜Market leading firm’ Squire Patton Boggs provides β€˜a service of the highest standard’, offering β€˜swift advice with the right amount of depth to instil confidence in the client’s subsequent actions’. The team has notable expertise in betting-related matters across Asian markets, and regularly advises on lottery law and various lottery schemes. Highlights included advising STV Group on a new scheme to aid children in Scotland, successfully obtaining a licence from the regulatory panel, and assisting Gala Leisure with a major business process change and outsourcing to Playtech. The β€˜eloquent and engaging’ Carl Rohsler leads the department, and has β€˜an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Gambling Act’ and β€˜a strong reputation within the industry’.

Wiggin LLP provides β€˜practical, responsive and realistic advice’ and has β€˜an excellent reputation in gaming regulation matters’. The team represents clients across the betting, poker, media and sports sectors, amongst others, and regularly advises major banks and payment processors on gambling-related issues. Practice head Stephen Ketteley has β€˜exceptional gambling industry knowledge’, and recently advised Playtech on its high-value acquisition of Swedish games studio Quickspin. Other highlights included assisting William Hill with its Β£13.5m acquisition of Grand Parade, and advising fantasy sports operator FanDuel on its entry to the British market, preparing its policies and procedures to reflect British gambling regulation requirements. Jason Chess is the other key figure, and has significant expertise in online gambling, lotteries, competitions and promotions.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP provides β€˜a professional and responsive service’ and β€˜has a strong, well-established reputation within the leisure industry, particularly in the hotel sector’. The team regularly advises on licensing for large developments, its clients including a number of casinos, betting shops, developers and banks, and cross-border matters are a notable area of expertise. The firm successfully handled a number of liquor and gambling applications for the Hippodrome Casino in London, and continues to provide gambling and associated regulatory advice in connection with Playtech’s acquisition of Consolidated Financial Holdings. Practice head Craig Baylis is β€˜a hardworking solicitor’ who is β€˜highly respected in the licensing world for his no-nonsense approach and his depth of knowledge’, and key practitioner Jeremy Bark β€˜provides sound advice and guidance, ensuring the client has the full background and detail to assist with any decision making’.

DLA Piper’s practice regularly handles IT, IP, corporate and litigation matters for its broad range of gambling sector clients, and also has notable expertise in domestic and international tax issues. Key clients include William Hill, Jackpot.com and Paysafe Group; the team recently advised the latter on gambling regulations and risk impact across 28 European jurisdictions for the purposes of reshaping its market presence policy, and also assisted with the preparation of worldwide international travel policies. The firm also represented Gala Coral Group in its voluntary settlement with the GB Gambling Commission, a matter involving significant licensing ramifications. Nick Fitzpatrick and Hilary Stewart-Jones co-head the department, and the latter is praised for her β€˜very wide knowledge of both UK and international gaming law’.

Gordon Dadds LLP has a substantial client base of international entities, and is well-established in the gaming operator and startup spaces where the team advises on corporate and M&A matters, tax issues and the establishment of new operations. In a recent highlight, the team advised Run Lines on the suspension of an Adult Gaming Centre Operating License, a formal licence review and a criminal investigation by the Gambling Commission where a settlement was negotiated and the criminal action dropped. The firm also assisted Aristotle International Europe on a license submission to the FCA for a credit reference license, a bespoke product held by five other UK companies. The β€˜extraordinarily knowledgeable’ Andrew Cotton heads the gaming and betting team, and Alex Ktorides β€˜handles cases diligently and imaginatively’.

The β€˜extremely responsive’ team at K&L Gates LLP β€˜understands the clients’ business well’, and is noted for its integrated sports and gambling practice group. The team advises on the full range of gambling industry matters including licensing and regulatory issues, public listings and M&A work, technology supply, payment service provision and IP licensing agreements. In a recent highlight, the firm acted for MyLotto24, Tipp24 Services and Smartgames Technologies on a variety of commercial and regulatory gambling issues, including the expansion of MyLotto24’s lottery betting services, and Smartgames’ hosting arrangements and reorganisation of its platform. The team is headed by Warren Phelops and Andrew Danson, and John Elgar β€˜provides balanced and responsive advice’.

Gambling specialist Peter Wilson Legal LLP is advising a number of international gambling operations along with professional gamblers, banks, payment processors and media companies on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Peter Wilson and Angela Wilson are the key names to note, and recently advised Betvictor on the sale of its race course pitches and list positions to independent bookmaker Star Sports.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s β€˜unique team’ provides β€˜swift and precise advice which focuses on finding a solution whilst also making sense from a business perspective’, and the group is β€˜very knowledgeable about all new developments within the sector’. The firm is known for its expertise in business expansion and financing, and regularly advises the introduction of new business-critical systems, relocation and strategically significant disputes, alongside other gambling and betting industry issues. The team is headed by the β€˜extraordinary’ Diane Mullenex who β€˜is at the forefront of all new developments and has true international experience’, finding β€˜very workable solutions to all problems’. Recent work includes assisting AMC Entertainment with its acquisition of Odeon Cinemas, and advising Crystal Palace Football Club on stadium alcohol licensing.

Taylor Wessing LLP acts for a range of major gaming and betting brands and has notable expertise in the social gaming sector, advising on licensed β€˜real money’ products and financial and regulatory issues. eSports is also a key areas of focus, and the team is increasingly involved in assisting companies who have not historically fallen under the remit of UK gambling legislation. Recent work included advising end-to-end gaming company IGT on the re-launch of its β€˜Lady Lucks’ branded website, and assisting Amaya with trade mark and copyright disputes regarding its PokerStars, Full Tilt and PokerStrategy.com products. Key figures in the team include practice head Graham Hann, Mark Owen and senior associate Neil Hawley.

Fladgate LLP has β€˜extensive, high-value experience of the property aspects of the casino industry’, and is known for advising owner-managers of betting and gaming businesses on various corporate, financial and IT issues. Highlights included advising Global Gaming Ventures on the opening of the Β£30m Victoria Gate Casino in Leeds, an operation done as part of a new retail and leisure scheme undertaken by Hammerson, and assisting Aspers Group with the real estate aspects of its refinancing. Department head Grant Gordon advises on key licensing and regulatory issues arising from the due diligence process, and the β€˜commercial, proactive and pragmatic’ Stephen Lewis specialises in property acquisition and disposal work. Goodheart Family Trust is also a key client.

Joelson’s breadth of expertise includes betting, gaming and lotteries law, regulatory matters and licensing, and the team’s client roster includes a wide mix of nightclubs, casinos, lotteries and betting companies. Niall McCann heads the licensing and gaming department, and Richard Williams is the other key practitioner. The team recently advised NYX Gaming Group on regulatory issues in respect of its acquisition of Amaya Gaming, and has also assisted The City Pub Company on its expansions into new premises across Bristol, Oxford, Cambridge and Bath. Other notable clients include Addison Lee, FC United of Manchester and Apex Hotels.

Kemp Little LLP is noted for its strength in the online and mobile gambling sector, where the team advises on rapidly developing areas such as fintech, artificial intelligence (AI), in-app purchases and digital currencies, and the firm is praised by clients as being β€˜a very informative resource for all things related to online gambling’. Notable work included advising William Hill on its supply arrangement with Playtech, and is also assisting Raflr with gambling regulatory issues in relation to its digital draw and its affiliate marketing arrangements. Susan Biddle heads the practice.

Licensing specialist Poppleston Allen takes β€˜a true 24 hour approach to its work’, and the team β€˜responds quickly, is always accessible and fully supports the clients’ operation’. Key partner Nick Arron has β€˜a great level of knowledge and is eager to support the operational challenges faced by the clients’ business’, and Lisa Inzani and Clare Eames co-head the London practice. Eames recently acted for Stonegate Pub Company on several significant acquisitions, including the acquisition of 10 premises from JD Wetherspoon, and Inzani advised Flat Iron Square on a long-term entertainment and retail development project.


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Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP provides β€˜comprehensive advice’ and β€˜builds a great relationship with clients, taking the time to really understand their business, culture and values, which makes it an integral extension to the team’. The firm regularly advises on licensing for large developments, the Olympic Park Development and the Nova Scheme in Victoria being notable highlights, and also assists various operator clients with the full range of liquor and gambling licensing matters. Other work examples included advising TGI Fridays on the procurement of new licenses across the country, including stress areas such as Westminster and minimum pricing areas such as Newcastle, and the group also assisted Tesco with technical issues in relation to its online models and successfully dealt with opposed licensing hearings around England and Wales. The team is headed by the β€˜practical and effective’ Craig Baylis, and key lawyer Jeremy Bark is β€˜well respected throughout the industry, and has an extensive network of contacts’.

Poppleston Allen provides an β€˜exemplary’ service and β€˜highly valuable advice which the client trusts implicitly’. The firm acts for a wide range of well-known restaurants, hotels and venues nationwide, and is regularly instructed on planning and property acquisitions, redevelopment projects and licensing-related enforcement matters. In a recent highlight, the team acted for Stonegate Pub Company in several significant acquisitions; these included the acquisition of ten premises from JD Wetherspoon, and of two sites owned and operated by Punch Taverns. The firm also advised Chelsea Flower Show on obtaining its Premises Licence for food and beverage outlets, and assisted The Dice Bar with a high-profile license application following a police review asking for a revocation. Key practitioners include Clare Eames, who has recently advised on licensing matters with regards to various outdoor events including Mutiny 2015 and Masterpiece London, and the β€˜personable and professional’ Lisa Inzani, whose β€˜knowledge of each borough’s licensing authority is invaluable’.

β€˜Specialist licensing firm’ Thomas & Thomas Partners LLP has β€˜an exceptional roster of clients’ and β€˜a complete understanding of the industry and of business objectives’, and the team β€˜always strives to achieve the best possible outcome’. Recent work included acting for Damian Hirst’s new art venue, the Newport Street Gallery, where the team successfully obtained a license following opposition from councillors and local residents. The firm also advised The Kensington Roof Gardens, owned by Virgin, on a license review brought by police following reports of crime and disorder, and assisted The Union with the procurement of a new license to extend their premises. Leading practitioners include Thomas O’Maoileoin, an β€˜expert in the field who is always pragmatic and friendly to deal with’, and β€˜exceptional lawyer’ Alun Thomas, whose β€˜advice is invariably carefully considered, astute, strategic and highly commercial’. Other key clients include Four Seasons Hotels, Bowerhouse and the Royal Academy of Music.

Blake Morgan LLP provides β€˜a truly exceptional level of service in an efficient and friendly manner’, and the team is β€˜always supportive, accommodating and flexible to all requests that are made, which allows the client to make an effective and informed decision’. The firm is instructed by a diverse range of leisure and retail clients, and also manages estates for various national operators dealing with new licenses and variations. The group currently manages the estate of Waitrose, dealing with new license applications, variations and temporary event notices to extend trading hours, and also advises John Lewis on licensing matters with regards to their stores in England, Scotland and Wales. In another highlight, the team recently advised Cathedral Hotels on applications for new premises licenses for a new development comprised of a four-star hotel, two concession restaurants and a conference centre. Jon Wallsgrove heads the team, and is β€˜a knowledgeable advocate who provides clear and concise advice’.

Gordon Dadds LLP provides β€˜a very good service and excellent value for money’, advising on breach of license cases, license reviews and criminal proceedings on behalf of landlords and licensees. The group recently acted for DSTRKR Nightclub following a serious assault by a suspected drug dealer, successfully preventing a license review in favour of a minor variation, and represented Devonshire Square Club in its bid to obtain a marriage license for one of its venues. Philip Somarakis is β€˜always willing to go the extra mile’. Other key clients include BAFTA, Ping Pong and Camden Town Brewery.

TLT’s β€˜excellent’ team provides β€˜a professional and effective service for a reasonable price’, advising on bespoke licensing for a vast array of nightclubs, restaurants and hotels, and obtaining grants and variations from Westminster’s licensing authority. The department is headed by β€˜the vastly experienced and well-connected’ Julian Skeens, who recently acted for Nobu Hotel on its license application for a luxury hotel in Shoreditch, and also advised the Ministry of Sound Gym on a new premises license for a gym attached to the iconic London nightclub. Other highlights included advising Manhattan Loft Gardens on a license for a hotel in the Olympic park in Newham, and assisting Blakes Hotel with a variation to its premises license at a contentious hearing, which aimed to enable a renovation and substantial extension of its restaurant and bar.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP is noted for its expertise in the supermarket and petrol forecourt sectors, and the firm’s work also includes pubs and restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues. Sabrina Cader advises on license applications for supermarkets, public houses and hotels across England and Wales, and also represents clients at contested hearings. Robert Botkai heads the licensing team.

At Bond Dickinson LLP, key clients include Gala Leisure, Ambassador’s Theatre Group and Racing Post, and the team recently advised the latter on its annual statutory inspection of its Tipster Proofing system, and on its reports to the Committee of Advertising Practice. The team also provides a full alcohol and gambling offering across England, Scotland and Wales, and frequently advises online gaming operators on various licensing matters. Ewen MacGregor is the key figure, and currently acts for a range of multi-site household names in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors acts predominantly for London-based clients in contentious licensing matters, appearing regularly before the High Court and the Court of Appeal and advising on license review hearings. The firm’s client base includes a mix of multinational operators, local government authorities, independent pub chains and small businesses, and the team also represents local residents in oppositions to license grants. Highlights have included successfully acting for The Blue Group in a restaurant license application for a sensitive and controversial location in South Woodford, with a further request that the premises be granted at later hours than current policy allows. The team also advised Club 791 on an expedited review from the Police Service regarding its operations following fourteen serious crimes at the premises. Key individuals include David Dadds and Natasha Nunn.

Joelson maintains a strong presence across England and Wales in the alcohol, entertainment and late-night refreshment fields, advising on the full gamut of license applications including new premises licenses, variations to existing licenses, reviews and interim authority notices. Key figure Niall McCann regularly appears before courts and local authorities in contentious licensing matters, and Richard Williams has notable expertise in remote and land-based gambling and cryptocurrency. Williams also advises on taxi and firearms licensing, and has handled alcohol licensing matters for both national and off-license retailers.

Pinsent Masons LLP’ β€˜outstanding’ practice has β€˜a broad range of international experience’ and provides β€˜great value for money’, advising on liquor and gambling licensing across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The team has a strong base of restaurant sector clients including Wagamama, Yo! Sushi and Pizza Express, and has substantial advocacy and litigation capabilities. Highlights included acting for global distiller Diageo in an application for a premises licence for its central London office; advising KPMG on two applications in relation to a client meeting and entertainment centre and a cafΓ©; and advising House of Fraser in an opposition to a street trading license application outside its Manchester location. Liquor licensing specialist Audrey Ferrie heads the department.

Goodman Derrick LLP provides β€˜solid licensing advice to its existing property clients’. The team recently advised Simmons Mornington Crescent on an application to vary the license for its Camden-based premises to accommodate the sale of alcohol in its outside space, and also assisted the same client with the acquisition of a floor and basement at its Liverpool Street location. Nice Bars and The Natural Kitchen are also key clients, and the firm recently advised the latter on the licensing aspects of its acquisition of a unit in Angel Court, London. The β€˜realistic and practical’ James Daglish is β€˜very on the ball’ and provides β€˜efficient advice to all clients’, and Michael Collins is the other name to note.

Keystone Law saw the arrival of Gareth Hughes and Andrew Wong from Gordon Dadds LLP, which has significantly bolstered the firm’s licensing practice. Wong is praised as being β€˜an exceptionally commercially minded lawyer who approaches cases like an entrepreneur’ and β€˜combines a realistic approach with a can-do attitude’, and Hughes is described as β€˜an experienced and determined licensing practitioner who is known and respected by all sides of the industry’. Robert Sutherland is the other key name to note, and β€˜has a great instinct for legal points to fight coupled with an encyclopaedic knowledge of licensing law’. The team recently advised on the licensing aspects of the Deptford Project Regeneration Scheme, a Β£47m public private partnership with the London Borough of Lewisham, and assisted the board of trustees for the Tate Gallery with a new premises license for the Tate Modern following the completion of a Β£260m extension. Devonshire Club and Lescargot are also key clients.

A β€˜top-class niche specialist licensing firm’, LT Law is β€˜extremely responsive, efficient and helpful in all matters’. The β€˜meticulous and conscientious’ Lana Tricker is the key practitioner, and is praised for her β€˜very fine client skills, hard work and realistic and pragmatic advice’. Highlights included successfully securing a license for Redchurch Apartments, a new hotel in the Soho House Group; gaining an increase in house for CafΓ© Monico in the West End despite the Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP); and obtaining a new premises license for the MNKY house in Mayfair. Other key longstanding clients include Charlie Berkeley, Five Points Brewing Company and Paper London.

Squire Patton Boggs’ β€˜responsive’ team β€˜has an excellent knowledge of licensing and is always thorough in its advice’, advising a mix of clients in the transport, hospitality, sports and leisure and retail sectors. The firm currently manages all aspects of Select Service Partners’ licensed estate, which included several mainline station units, international airports and Center Parcs, and also acts for One Stop Stores in contested matters brought by local residents and police authorities. Practice head Stephanie Perraton has β€˜a depth of knowledge and expertise in the licensing area which is second to none’ and is β€˜very approachable, responding to all queries in a timely manner’.


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