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

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



Bark&co’s clients benefit from the support of one of the country’s leading fraud and business crime firms, ranked in Legal 500’s top tier for Fraud: white-collar crime in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Its skilled lawyers provide top-class advice to individuals and national/international companies on civil/criminal fraud, tax investigations, white-collar crime, corruption and serious crime.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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