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Bark&co

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 for the last 6 years (2012 to 2017). 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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Pre-eminent white-collar crime defence practiceBCL Solicitors LLP has ‘the depth, breadth, and resources to take on the toughest and most intense litigation at very short notice’. It has one of the largest, specialist white-collar crime teams in the UK, representing directors, senior employees and high-net-worth individuals on all aspects of fraud, white-collar and business crime. Head of team Ian Burton is ‘the ultimate heavyweight in white collar crime’, he is supported by key practitioner Richard Sallybanks, who is ‘strategically savvy, bright and has a wealth of trial experience’. Harry Travers is ‘frighteningly bright and relentlessly committed’. Shaul Brazil is ‘a street fighter with a first-rate brain’ and Michael Drury has ‘bags of experience and an easy charm’. John Binns and Julian Hayes were promoted to partner. Shula de Jersey, who ‘brings real class to the firm’, joined from Slater and Gordon.  Jane Glass and Guy Bastable are also recommended. Brian Spiro left for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Bivonas Law LLP specialises in financial crime, confiscation and forfeiture. Antony Brown heads the team and has ‘a sharp legal mind and vast legal knowledge, a positive approach to work and an awareness of business needs’. Steve Sharp is ‘excellent in all respects: an astute lawyer, shrewd and exercises good judgement’. Cindy Dorrington is ‘sharp, intelligent and a good strategic thinker’. Anthony Hanratty joined the firm as senior associate.

Very supportive, responsive and technically competentBrown Rudnick LLP offers ‘practical, no nonsense, easy to understand advice’. Key active clients include a trader charged in the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR) investigation, Rolls Royce senior individuals, a senior individual at Tesco, a senior Partner for Unaoil, a senior individual from Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) and senior individuals at Barclays in relation to the Barclays Qatar investigation. Head of team Mark Beardsworth is ‘an outstanding strategist and very well connected’. ‘Personable, engaged, knowledgeable and effective’ Tom Epps ‘pours his heart and soul into his cases and achieves fantastic results’. Anupreet Amole joined as counsel from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Chloe Pawson Pounds was promoted to partner.

Byrne and Partners LLP is a boutique firm that advises on high-value, multi-jurisdictional disputes and financial crime. The firm is acting for FH Bertling and its officers in relation to a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into alleged corrupt payments made to an individual at a state-owned Angolan oil company to secure a contract worth $20m. Sara Teasdale heads the team alongside Michael Potts, who has ‘a significant amount of experience’ and is ‘a most impressive technical lawyer’. David Byrne is ‘a tough negotiator and always goes the extra mile for his clients’. Matthew Frankland has ‘strong legal analysis, sound tactical judgement, and is a delight to work with’. Emma Brooks, who is ‘a solid worker and able to relate to clients’ was promoted to partner. Ben Brocklehurst is also recommended.

First-rateCorker Binning has ‘established an excellent reputation for its quality of work in white-collar crime’. It acts in cases of fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering, extradition and mutual legal assistance, export control, sanctions and international investigations. The firm continues to act for a former CEO of Barclays who was charged by the SFO with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and unlawful financial assistance in a multi-billion pound case. Department head Andrew Smith is ‘fiercely intelligent, has great judgement and an established reputation’. Jessica Parker has ‘an impressive capacity to rapidly absorb large volumes of material and identify the key issues’. Peter Binning is ‘an outstanding presence in the field of extradition and multi-jurisdictional fraud’. David Corker is ‘an innovative thinker, takes nothing for granted, exceptionally perspicacious tactician, modest and very highly-regarded by other lawyers’. Claire Cross was promoted to partner.

Innovative, effective and highly strategicDechert LLP is adept at representing individuals in relation to regulatory investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, HMRC, Department of Justice (DOJ), FCA and the Office of Fair Trading. The firm continues to act for a former employee of Alstom in relation to a conspiracy to pay bribes to win contracts for the supply of trains to the Budapest Metro, the matter is valued at €229m. Neil Gerrard  heads the team, he is ‘a highly experienced and effective litigator, well respected by law enforcement and regulators alike’. Matthew Cowie has ‘an excellent grasp of the law’ and is ‘passionate about his clients’. Caroline Black has ‘the ability to keep cool in complex and stressful situations’. Roger Burlingame joined from Kobre & Kim LLP.

Hickman and Rose's ‘highly professional and very responsive’ team comprises lawyers who  are ‘genuine experts in criminal law and regulatory matters’. The firm continues to act for a former managing director of Tesco UK who is on trial for alleged fraudulent overstatement of profits of £250 million by Tesco plc. It also successfully acquired an acquittal for a US-based Barclays trader in relation to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) SFO investigation that was estimated to be worth over $1b. The ‘Very knowledgeableRoss Dixon has ‘a calm and authoritative manner which instils great confidence’, he co-heads the practice alongside Ben Rose who is ‘famous for his energy and the commitment which he brings to each of his cases’. Andrew Katzen has ‘a unique ability to grasp the essence of a matter momentarily’. Charles Kuhn left the firm for Clyde & Co LLP.

One of the leading firms in this areaKingsley Napley LLP has ‘a team of highly experienced fraud lawyers who understand how to best represent clients’ interests’. The firm is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional cases of bribery and corruption, tax fraud, false accounting, commodities and currency frauds, benchmark manipulation, financial services litigation and financial sanctions breaches. ‘First choice for traders and City individuals under investigationLouise Hodges heads the team. Jonathan Grimes is ‘realistic, determined, sharp, likeable and accurate’. Stephen Parkinson has ‘a stellar reputation as one of the UK’s pre-eminent practitioners for defending individuals’, he was promoted to senior partner. Johanna Walsh and Rebecca Niblock were promoted to partner. Nicola Finnerty, who is ‘one of the great lawyers of her generation’, joined the firm as partner. Joanne Stephens as senior associate. Jill Lorimer is ‘a very hard-working and approachable solicitor’. Jo Rickards left the firm for Mishcon de Reya LLP and Eve Giles left for Allen & Overy LLP.

Norton Rose Fulbright is ‘an outstanding firm’ that regularly acts for senior executives, corporates and financial institutions in multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations, enforcement proceedings and prosecutions. The firm continues to represent a former financial director of Tesco in relation to an ongoing SFO prosecution that resulted from profit overstatement in a case worth around £250m. Peter Scott heads the team, which includes Neil O’May, who has ‘quickly established a reputation as a go-to person for managing these cases’, and Lista M. Cannon, who has ‘long-range vision and commands the confidence of her clients’. Pamela Reddy joined as partner from Simons Muirhead & Burton. Chris Warren Smith and Melanie Ryan left for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is ‘an excellent firm with highly talented individuals and a formidable record in business crime’. It is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional cases in extradition, INTERPOL matters and mutual legal assistance. The firm continues to act for Khadem Al Qubaisi in relation to the $6bn 1MDB fraud case. Michael O’Kane heads the team, supported by Hannah Laming and Neil Swift , who provides ‘sound, logical and well-considered advice’. Former head of special crime at the crown prosecution service Nick Vamos joined the firm as partner, he is ‘a lawyer of formidable intellect and excellent judgement’. Dr Anna Bradshaw was promoted to partner. Monty Raphael QC retired.

Well-established as leaders in the field’, WilmerHale is consistently involved in acting for defendants in the most high-profile SFO investigations. Practice head Stephen Pollard provides ‘innovative thinking and global expertise’ and is ‘always inventive and demanding: a force to be reckoned with’. Counsels Alison Geary and Christopher David are recommended. David Rundle was promoted to counsel. Elly Proudlock left the firm for Linklaters LLP.

Bark&co provides ‘first-class litigation support with talented and dedicated lawyers’. The firm recently secured an acquittal for a client charged with conspiracy to defraud the revenue as part of Operation Amazon, this matter was worth over £100m. It also successfully defended the director of a large London brewery charged with three counts of cheating the public revenue in a case worth £730,000. Giles Bark-Jones heads the team and is ‘a very smart lawyer with a wealth of experience and a tenacious approach to every case’. Frederick Bunn has ‘a remarkable insight into general criminal work’ and ‘always has an unerring sense of a case’. Mayuri Lakhani left the firm for Brett Wilson LLP. Fiona Gavriel left the firm for Janes Solicitors.

Bindmans LLP ‘combines high-level, specialist expertise with a passionate commitment to the interests of their professional clients’. It advises on international bribery and corruption cases and regulatory proceedings. The firm continues to act for a former senior banker at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in a multimillion-pound case for conspiring to make or receive corrupt payments. The team has ‘an ethos of diligence and hard work that runs right through the department’. Katie Wheatley and Michael Schwarz head the team. Martin Rackstraw is recommended, as well as associate Jessica Skinns who is ‘a very calm, cerebral lawyer who is committed to her clients’.

A go-to practice for all complex financial offences’, Blackfords LLP is ‘most definitely at the top-end of the premiership’. It deals with all aspects of serious fraud, serious crime and money laundering and is adept at defending those prosecuted by the SFO, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Fraud Prosecution Division. The firm continues to act for five defendants in the Hare Wines II case, this was a value-added tax (VAT) diversion fraud involving the importation of alcohol and is estimated to be worth over £200m. Key practitioner Gary Bloxsome has ‘great tactical awareness’ and is ‘a brilliant lawyer, master tactician and as cool as a cucumber’. Daniel Cundy is ‘an exceptionally intelligent lawyer who has the ability to quickly understand extremely complex issues and fearlessly fights his clients’ cases’. Trevor Francis ‘masters huge and complex cases easily’.

Committed, client focused and inventive’, Edmonds Marshall McMahon is ‘a nimble boutique firm’ that specialises in private prosecutions. The firm continues to act for Murli Mirchandani in the case of R v Ketan Somaia which relates to confiscation proceedings valued at around £39m. Key practitioner Kate McMahon has ‘sympathy, enthusiasm, experience and sheer dynamism’, she is supported by the ‘wiseAndrew Marshall who has ‘experience and a measured approach’. Tamlyn Edmonds is ‘an experienced prosecutor who constantly seeks innovative ways to pursue cases’. David Jugnarain has ‘a particular strength in research and legal analysis’. Mike Jackson, previously at the SFO, joined as head of investigations.

FantasticFox Williams LLP provides ‘great response times, brilliantly focused advice and cost-efficient delivery’. It is adept at handling all white-collar fraud-related matters as part of its regulatory and investigations practice which has experience in representing individuals in SFO and Financial Reporting Council (FRC) investigations. The ‘brilliantJames Carlton heads the team; he is ‘charm personified, able to move cases in the direction he wants effortlessly and a real operator on every level’. Newly promoted partner Sona Ganatra ‘understands the commercial realities and personal pressures of these investigations and proceedings and helps clients manage both’. Chris Finney joined as partner from Cooley (UK) LLP. Peter Wright is also recommended.

Howard Kennedy LLP advises high-net-worth individuals, executives and personalities from the financial services, legal, entertainment, media, art and sports sectors against accusations of fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering and other financial misconduct. It is adept at handling civil and criminal fraud cases with multi-jurisdictional elements. Head of team Ian Ryan is ‘hugely experienced, measured and tactical’, he supported by John Martyn who is ‘devoted to his clients and works passionately on his cases’. Kevin Robinson joined as consultant from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP; he is ‘rightly regarded as one of the doyens of corporate crime, regulatory investigations and surely just about the best solicitor in this area and in white collar crime generally’.

Janes Solicitors regularly finds itself instructed in some of the leading white-collar fraud cases. It deals with taxation cases, serious and complex fraud, bribery and corruption, proceeds of crime and defence of SFO and HMRC prosecutions. David Janes heads the team and is ‘an excellent lawyer who takes a careful interest in all of the firm’s cases’. Simon Barker is ‘sensible at decision making’ and has ‘a reassuring manner’. Fiona Gavriel and Victoria Gregory, who is ‘dedicated, industrious and one of the rising stars of the profession’, were both promoted to partner.

Lewis Nedas Law Limited advises both public and privately funded clients on serious fraud and business crime matters. Jeffrey Lewis heads the team and is experienced in defending investigations by the SFO, HMRC, BEIS and FCA. Recent cases included umbrella frauds, false accounting, tax evasion and firm tax avoidance schemes. Miles Herman  and Siobhain Egan are also key practitioners.

Rahman Ravelli Solicitors is 'regularly instructed in high-value, cross-border, high-profile city work and acts against all major enforcement agencies including the SFO, FCA, City of London Police and HMRC’. It has ‘a distinguished, knowledgeable and highly proactive team’ which is ‘a class act and very focused at achieving the right outcome’. The firm has recently acted in a global bribery investigation and an SFO, FCA, pension regulator and pension fraud investigation. Key practitioner Azizur Rahman is ‘an experienced and highly skilled operator with a superbly creative legal mind’, he has ‘great strategic judgement in his approach to cases and is much in demand’. Neil Williams is ‘dedicated, intelligent and skilful in the pursuit of clients' interests’.

Shearman Bowen & Co advises on a broad range of white-collar criminal defence issues for a range of clients. Recent highlights include successfully defending the director of a foreign exchange bureau on fraud and money laundering charges. Another highlight includes acting for the lead defendant in the FH Bertling bribery and corruption case. A further highlight includes defending an accountant employed by the Italian Wine Company who was charged with £46m fraudulent evasion of excise duty and VAT. Rick Shearman and Mark Bowen head the team, Colette Kelly is also recommended.

Stephenson Harwood has ‘the distinction of being able to work across civil, criminal and regulatory cases with ease’. The firm continues to advise the Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees in relation to claims against Kaupthing Bank worth $2.2bn. It also continues to represent an individual implicated in the LIBOR rigging scandal. Tony Woodcock heads the team, he is ‘simply brilliant, has extraordinary judgement, a wonderful manner, and is a joy to be around’. Sara George is ‘an impressive litigator with a very good FCA background’. Sean Jeffrey is also recommended.

White & Case LLP acts for individual and corporate clients in bribery and corruption cases. The firm continues to advise an individual implicated in the foreign exchange benchmark manipulation investigation; after the SFO dropped its investigation, the client has now been indicted by the DOJ. Jonathan Pickworth heads the department with ‘great international experience’. Recently promoted partner Joanna Dimmock is ‘committed, hardworking and conscientious’.

Cartwright King defends against investigations and prosecutions bought by the SFO, NCA, HMRC, FCA and the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). The team of ‘highly experienced specialists’ is led by Richard Cornthwaite who ‘knows this area of law inside out and is able to direct his considerable experience into the day-to-day running of his cases’. Sundeep Soor ‘never leaves a stone unturned in seeking out what is best for the client’. Richard Holliday is ‘an experienced solicitor who puts in the effort to get great results’.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP is ‘a firm dedicated to the old-fashioned virtue of conscientious hard work in pursuit of their clients' interests’. The firm is acting for an ex-trader of derivatives at Barclays who is one of the accused in the EURIBOR case. Head of team John Hartley is ‘a wise, calm and astute practitioner with a wealth of experience, and an empathetic but realistic manner’. Raj Chada is ‘highly intelligent, quick, and committed; he is unstinting in the care and time he devotes to his clients’. Kiran Mehta joined the department as a partner.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) advises individuals from the internal investigation and regulatory investigation stage through to the conclusion of criminal proceedings. It is adept at handling cases of financial crime, corruption and VAT fraud. The firm continues to act for an individual implicated in a $180m fraud committed against the Russian Otkritie Investment Bank. Key practitioner John Milner has ‘excellent criminal law instincts and fights very hard for his clients’.

Irwin Mitchell is adept at handling cases of money laundering, bribery, corruption, insider dealing and anti-competitive behaviour. It advises clients in relation to investigations, prosecutions and enforcement action by the SFO, FCA, CPS, HMRC, Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Environment Agency (EA), The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Sarah Wallace heads the team and is ‘a well-regarded expert in white-collar crime’. Senior associate Tina Lakhani is ‘clever and charming’. Craig Weston is also recommended.

Very well respected white-collar firmLloyds PR Solicitors advises on a broad range of business crime matters and is often involved in complex multi-handed fraud cases. Recent highlights include acting for the lead defendant in an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) fraud case which involved the theft of over £1.3m from over 51 ATMs. Harsha Rupasinghe heads the team and is ‘an excellent communicator who keeps his finger on the pulse of his wide caseload’. Manoj Rupasinghe and Mohsin Ariff are also recommended.

Mishcon de Reya LLP is ‘an excellent firm which continues to go from strength to strength’. It advises on cross-border, high-profile corruption investigations, money laundering, fraud cases, market abuse, insider dealing and is also adept at handling private prosecutions. The firm is acting for three main suspects in the SFO investigation into Unaoil, this relates to bribery, corruption and money laundering and is worth around £500m. Alison Levitt QC heads the team and is supported by managing associate Gareth Minty, who is ‘a very good lawyer genuinely interested in all aspects of this work and builds a rapport and confidence with the client’. ‘The hugely experienced and cleverJo Rickards joined the team as partner.

Morgan Rose Solicitors is 'a boutique firm with some key individuals who bring great strength to the firm’s practice in this field'. It advises on all aspects of white-collar crime including money laundering, bribery and conspiracy to defraud. A recent highlight included acting for a client implicated in the LIBOR scandal. Mark Jones left the firm for Blake Morgan LLP.

Morrison & Foerster LLP has ‘a wealth of talented and experienced litigators’. It is adept at handling cross-border financial crime, corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations. It often deals with FCA and SFO investigations and cross-border contentious insolvencies. Jonathan Wheeler heads the team, he is supported by Kevin Roberts who is ‘a hugely experienced, wise and knowledgeable criminal lawyer who has an excellent manner with clients’. Paul Friedman is also recommended.

Osborne Clarke LLP advises on a broad range of white-collar crime matters. Recent cases included a cross-border money laundering and tax evasion investigation. The firm is particularly adept at advising persons under investigation by the SFO and it is currently advising individuals involved with six of the largest SFO investigations of 2017. Jeremy Summers heads the team, he is ‘thoughtful, responsive and provides good insight to the issues coupled with sound advice’. Rachel Couter joined the firm from KWM Europe LLP .

Russell-Cooke LLP has ‘the personnel and experience to deal with the most complex of cases’. Recent highlights include several high-profile HMRC prosecutions. Jae Carwardine is ‘an exceptionally astute lawyer’ and is ‘tenacious but understanding’. Associate Marie Bourke is ‘very able and particularly good with clients’. Nicola O’Connor is also recommended. The team is ‘exceptional in managing cases with a large amount of material’.

Simmons & Simmons advises on a broad range of criminal fraud matters including preventative advice and internal investigations, search and seizure, police and regulator interviews, trials and asset recovery, financial sanctions, extradition, mutual legal assistance and INTERPOL related matters. The firm continues to act for the former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Autonomy plc who was charged with multiple counts of wire fraud. He is also under investigation by the SEC, US Air Force and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in a multi-billion dollar accounting fraud case. Nick Benwell heads the team, supported by Stephen Gentle. The team is ‘great in all aspects, always available and always gives precise advice’.

Simons Muirhead & Burton  is adept at handling a variety of fraud matters including cybercrime, market abuse, mis-selling, insider dealing and tax evasion. The firm continues to act for a defendant in the EURIBOR SFO investigation in a multibillion-pound case. The ‘extremely experienced, smart and charming’ Anthony Burton co-heads the team alongside new arrival Philip Smith, who is ‘a high-quality addition to the team and a fierce litigator with a fantastic desire to succeed for his clients’. Smith and associate Henrietta Ronson joined from Tuckers Solicitors. Pamela Reddy left the firm for Norton Rose Fulbright .

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors advises on commercial fraud, money laundering, bribery, corruption, cybercrime and hacking, VAT allegations and confiscation and civil recovery matters. Bambos Tsiattalou heads the team, he has ‘incredible instincts and judgment, and fights tenaciously for every possible advantage’. Amjid Jabbar has ‘incredible instincts, an unbelievable work rate and a lovely manner with clients’. Maria Theodoulou has ‘huge experience and is great with clients’.

Tuckers Solicitors has experience in dealing with individuals facing investigations from the SFO, HMRC, FCA and professional disciplinary bodies. The firm continues to act for a former director at Rolls Royce in the wide ranging SFO investigation into bribery and corruption at the company. Richard Egan, Jim Meyer and Sarnjit Lal are recommended. Philip Smith left the firm.

ABV Solicitors is ‘a serious player in white-collar crime with a nationwide presence’. It advises high-net worth individuals within companies including directors and partners on a broad range of white-collar fraud matters including bribery, corruption, VAT fraud, insider trading, boiler room fraud, mortgage fraud, and land-banking and benefit frauds. Deepak Vij heads the team, he has ‘excellent judgment and a strategic approach’. Akhtar Ahmad is ‘a veteran criminal defence lawyer who prepares cases well and is highly knowledgeable’. The team is ‘extremely hardworking and dedicated to achieving the very best outcome for their client’.

Brett Wilson LLP  is ‘a very good boutique for fraud defence work’. It has experience in boiler room fraud, land-banking fraud, VAT fraud and crypto-currency cases. The firm continues to act for an individual in relation to a £2m mobile phone fraud case. Head of team Nick Brett is ‘a no-nonsense litigator who is very hands on and gives good practical advice’. Mayuri Lakhani joined as associate.

Gowling WLG has ‘a flexible and commercial approach’ and is ‘a leading firm for contentious insolvency and asset tracing cases’. It advises on international sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption, mortgage fraud, Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) fraud, land-banking fraud, carbon credit trading, and contentious trusts and insolvency. The firm has a strong presence in Brazil and successfully defended the former mayor of Sao Paulo in relation to a case of knowing receipt of funds that were the proceeds of fraud. The case was valued at over $30m. The team is headed by James Sidwell and Alex Jay who has ‘a burgeoning reputation for delivering on the difficult cases that other firms are wary of taking on’. Catherine Naylor is also recommended.

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises corporations and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on a broad range of white-collar matters including investigations by the SFO and FCA, and asset tracing and freezing orders. The firm continues to advise the president of the Sierra Leone Football Association in a cross-border matter regarding improper use of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) funds. Crispin Rapinet heads the team. Claire Lipworth joined as partner from the FCA where she was chief criminal counsel. Lipworth ‘brings a phenomenal level of experience from her time at the FCA as well as her earlier career in private practice’.

K&L Gates LLP advises on cases of bribery and corruption, serious and complex fraud, insider trading, money laundering, mutual legal assistance and FCA regulation and enforcement proceedings. The firm is acting for a former trader of Deutsche Bank in relation to the LIBOR rate fixing scandal, this involves multi-jurisdictional investigations by the FCA, SFO, DOJ and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Key practitioner Dylan Moses is ‘good to work with, very popular and has excellent experience’. Christine Braamskamp left the firm for Jenner & Block LLP.

Kangs Solicitors handles cases involving tax fraud, bribery, corruption, cartels and price fixing, insider dealing, investment fraud and money laundering, often with multi-jurisdictional aspects. Hamraj Kang heads the team, he is ‘a master of white-collar crime and fraud work’ and is ‘a very dedicated individual and superbly talented in defending complex fraud cases’. Senior associate John Veale is ‘a calm, reassuring and clever lawyer’. Associate Frances Murray is ‘tenacious in her quest to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients and commands the respect of clients and opponents alike’. Associate Timothy Thompson  is ‘a consummate professional, very measured and unflappable in his approach to complicated cases’.

Kobre & Kim LLP is ‘an excellent international practice with very experienced litigators in the team who can handle the most complex of fraud cases’. It has several former US DOJ lawyers based in London and specialises in investigations and enforcement proceedings with US elements. The firm continues to act for a London bond trader in relation to criminal and regulatory investigations of allegations that he and other bond traders were involved in price fixing and competition restraint in the market of US dollar denominated supranational, sub-sovereign and agency bonds. This is a multi-billion dollar case. Key practitioner Robin Rathmell is ‘a cutting edge expert at cross-border investigations’ and Jason Masimore is also recommended. Former practice head Roger Burlingame joined Dechert LLP in 2018.

Pinsent Masons LLP has a multi-disciplinary team that advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals and senior executives in relation to investigations by the FCA, SFO and HMRC. It has previously acted in cases of insider dealing and tax evasion. Anne-Marie Ottaway and Tom Stocker bring ‘a wealth of talent to this area’, Ottaway has ‘extensive SFO experience which she brings to bear in her white-collar and business crime practice’. Barry Vitou left the firm for Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur has ‘a small, but perfectly formed team’ that advises corporate clients in relation to the internal investigations and proceedings instituted by regulatory and prosecuting bodies such as the SFO, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), FCA and HMRC. It has recently advised on cases of breach of fiduciary duty and money laundering. Nigel West  heads the team, supported by Anil Rajani who is ‘a most effective and bright lawyer who thinks strategically with the end result always in mind’. Rajani has ‘decades of experience in this field and a stellar reputation’. Stuart Lindley is also recommended.

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has experience in handling embezzlement, asset confiscation proceedings and banking fraud. The firm recently acted for a director of Ideals Commercials (UK) in a fraud case involving counterfeit goods worth £4m. Key practitioners Rakeebah Rahim, Deniz Oguzkanli and Piers Desser are recommended. Abbas Nawrozzadeh joined the firm as senior associate from Neumans Solicitors.

The ‘Hardworking, experienced and client-centred’ practice at Shaw Graham Kersh has ‘a well-deserved reputation for quality representation from the police station to appellate level’. Recent highlights include acting in a £70m tax fraud case, a car crash scam and an FCA investigation. ‘Top criminal fraud litigatorRaymond Shaw heads the team.

Extremely professional and knowledgeableSlater and Gordon has experience of handling cases involving investigations and prosecutions from the CPS, SFO, BIS, Trading Standards and HMRC. It advises on matters such as VAT fraud, banking fraud, advance fee fraud and insurance fraud. The ‘excellent, reliable, diligent and knowledgeable’ team is now led by Rachel Adamson. Former practice head Shula de Jersey left the firm for BCL Solicitors LLP and Helen Simm left for Clyde & Co LLP .

Steel & Shamash handles cases of money laundering, bribery, corruption and deals with clients from the investigation stage to prosecution and confiscation proceedings. It has experience of fraud investigations and prosecutions conducted by the SFO, NCA, HMRC and FCA. It conducts legally aided and privately funded work. Robert Dynowski co-heads the team with Rakesh Bhasin who is ‘hardworking, with a good eye for detail and excellent client care’.

Withers LLP advises on a range of white-collar crime issues including bribery, corruption, fraud, insider trading, market manipulation and forgery. It often represents clients at interviews in relation to investigations by the FCA, PRA, SFO, NCA and HMRC. Harvey Knight heads the team.

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