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Crime: fraud

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Garstangs Cartwright King LLPdefends cases tenaciously’ and routinely defends investigations and prosecutions brought by the SFO, the NCA, HMRC, the FCA and the Department of Business Innovation and Skills. Lesley Burrows is ‘nothing short of excellent’ and the ‘very knowledgeable’ Gary Broadfield is recommended for his cyber-crime work. Michael Balmer is ‘very shrewd’ and Richard Cornthwaite ‘is great to have fighting your corner’.

Peter Grogan leads the ‘strong’ team at JMW Solicitors LLP, which advises on cases of alleged financial wrongdoing, fraud and POCA matters. The ‘very sensible and canny’ Michael Rainford is praised for his commercial approach, and Evan Wright is recommended for cross-border asset recovery cases.

MSB Solicitors adopts a ‘very hands-on approach’. Team head Sean Sexton is praised for ‘always having a firm grasp of difficult issues’. The team regularly defends the most complex fraud cases and is noted for its ‘compassionate understanding of clients’ needs, which is essential in protracted fraud cases’.

Olliers’ ‘excellent and well-respected’ team includes the ‘extremely knowledgeableMatthew Claughton, who acted for a Manchester solicitor charged with 14 counts of fraud relating to allegations of theft of client funds. Richard Holliday is defending a company secretary in a £150m fraud case being prosecuted by the SFO.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP’s team is noted for its skill at handling serious fraud and regulatory cases and for its niche expertise in tachograph fraud. Rachel Adamson ‘is a keen strategist’ and is recommended alongside John Greenwood (‘there is nothing he does not know about serious fraud litigation’) and ‘incredibly bright’ solicitor Priscilla Addo-Quaye.

Burton Copeland LLP’s ‘outstanding team’ regularly acts for corporates and high-profile clients in complex commercial crime cases. The team has been very active recently in advising on revenue-linked and large-scale money laundering cases. Kim Holden heads the team, which includes recently promoted partner Erin Cowley.

Farleys Solicitors LLP’s ‘excellent team’ is headed by Paul Schofield, who is ‘very well regarded in the market’, and includes Sian Hall, who is recommended for serious and complex fraud and money laundering cases.

Hill Dickinson LLP has an impressive roster of clients such as The Co-operative Insurance, Europcar and Tradex. The team, which is known for its ‘timely and accurate advice’, includes Lisa Kelly, who is singled out for her ‘excellent understanding of the issues that face the insurance industry’, and department head Peter Oakes.

Keoghs LLP acts for many of the UK’s biggest insurers in addition to large corporate clients and covers the full spectrum of fraud services for the insurance industry, including motor fraud, liability fraud and intelligence services. James Heath is a primary contact.

LHS Solicitors LLP’s clients include the Association of Principal Fire Officers and the Fostering Network. It regularly acts for solicitors and other professionals. Ian Lewis is adept at advising on misconduct proceedings in addition to judicial reviews.

Slater and Gordon successfully represented its client in an investment fraud case prosecuted by the Trading Standards Institute. Helen Simm, who specialises in white-collar crime and corporate defence, ‘immediately puts her clients at ease’.

Tuckers Solicitors successfully defended a client against allegations that he and others had committed a major fraud on Barclays Bank. Franklin Sinclair and Leigh Wright are recommended.

BLM’s key clients include Allianz, Aviva, Axa, NFU Mutual and QBE. Raymond Southern and Naomi Grant are recommended.

Cunninghams Solicitors is adept at handling all aspects of serious fraud as well as complex and high-value confiscation and restraint proceedings. It is currently advising on a high-profile bribery case. The ‘tactically brilliantDavid Caplin is highly regarded.

At Eversheds LLP, Zia Ullah is highly regarded for his international sanctions work. Key clients include Barclays, BBA and HSBC.

Irwin Mitchell is adept at handling complex fraud work. The ‘experienced, commercial and very sensible’ Paul Haycock divides his time between the Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester offices.

Linskills has a ‘formidable reputation’. Alaric Walmsley is a ‘fearless advocate’, Julian Linskill is ‘tenacious’ and Nick Cockrell is ‘exceptional’.

At the ‘excellent, professional and thoroughRichard Nelson LLP, the ‘meticulous and responsive’ Richard Nelson is recommended.

Crime: general

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  1. Crime: general
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Burton Copeland LLP’s ‘efficient team’ is praised for its ‘exceptional response times’. The diverse practice handles general and serious organised crime and regulatory prosecutions. Key figures include Michael Mackey, who is ‘wonderful with clients, Jonathan Wall and Louise Straw, who regularly acts in cases of historical sexual abuse and sexual offences.

At DLA Piper UK LLP, the ‘technically excellent’ John Gollaglee is praised for his regulatory expertise. The skilled team regularly advises on internal investigations, trade export compliance and sanctions, and ‘delivers work of the highest quality’.

Farleys Solicitors LLP handles the full range of serious cases including the importation of drugs. Team head Paul Schofield and Jonathan Taylor are recommended.

LHS Solicitors LLP is praised for its regulatory and professional discipline practice, which acts for key clients such as the Police Superintendents’ Association. Ian Lewis is recommended.

At Olliers, Richard Holliday defended a client against five counts of carrying out acts preparatory to terrorism. Matthew Claughton and the ‘very experienced and competent’ Alex Preston are recommended.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP’s ‘top-notch’ team is singled out for its human rights and civil liberties work. Correna Platt is rated for her criminal appeal work and Michael Pemberton ‘knows the Supreme Court in the way that most solicitors know their local Magistrates Court’. Sean Joyce heads the regulatory and criminal justice department.

Tuckers Solicitors’ excellent practice covers criminal defence, fraud, regulatory, civil liberties and prison law work. Franklin Sinclair and Leigh Wright are very well regarded. Solicitors Stuart Sutton and Asim Ali are also recommended.

Brian Koffman & Co’s broad practice is especially recommended for motoring and traffic offences. Brian Koffman is ‘always well prepared’ and is noted for his ‘calm demeanour in extremely difficult and challenging situations’.

Cunninghams Solicitors’ ‘highly professional team’ is skilled at advising on serious organised crime such as large-scale drugs conspiracies, people trafficking and murder. The ‘extremely intelligentDavid Caplinalways remains calm even in difficult situations’.

Forbes Solicitors undertakes all types of criminal work from motoring offences to murder trials, and has considerable experience in sexual offence cases. Daniel King heads the practice.

Garstangs Cartwright King LLP specialises in defending professionals. Michael Garstang and Michael Balmer (who is ‘very knowledgeable in all aspects of criminal litigation’) are recommended.

Irwin Mitchell advises individuals on all types of general criminal matters and represents companies charged with regulatory or criminal offences. Paul Haycock has vast experience of defending financial crime, fraud and regulatory investigations.

The business crime and regulation team at JMW Solicitors LLP is led by Peter Grogan and includes the ‘canny and experienced’ Michael Rainford, who is skilled at defending with an international dimension.

Keoghs LLP handles all aspects of regulatory and motor crime prosecutions for individuals and businesses, and regularly acts for many of the UK’s top insurance companies. David Walton heads the team.

MSB Solicitors has a team of ‘bright and hardworking lawyers’ under the leadership of the ‘razor-sharp’ Sean Sexton. The team advises on all facets of criminal law.

Slater and Gordon is immensely experienced in advising police officers under investigation and has a strong road traffic team. Tom Nutter is the key contact following Nick Holroyd’s retirement.

Tony Murphy at ABR Solicitors covers a broad range of issues from serious and motoring crime to transport law.

AGI Criminal Solicitors covers all aspects of crime. Yasmin Aslam is recommended.

Brabners LLP provides ‘realistic advice coupled with meticulous preparation’ to clients including sports personalities, educational institutions, banks and major businesses. The ‘knowledgeable and patient’ Lachlan Nisbet attracts praise.

At Linskills, the ‘very knowledgeable and well-prepared’ Alaric Walmsley and Nick Cockrell are recommended.


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  1. Licensing
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Kuit Steinart Levy LLP’s ‘dedicated licensing practice’ advises multi-site operators, property developers and individuals on all licensing matters. ‘Extremely knowledgeable and experienced’ practice head Anthony Lyons and ‘very approachable’ senior associate Felicity Tulloch are recommended. Active clients include Brew Dog Bars, Harvey Nichols and Thai Leisure Group.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s clients include MITIE Facilities Management, the Department of Education, Manchester United Football Club and La Salle (Investments for BAE Systems Pensions Fund Trustees). Jan Levinson heads the practice.

DWF’s diverse practice acts for clients including Liverpool FC, Powerleague Fives and Harry Ramsden’s. Ed Farrelly is experienced in gaming and betting and acts for operators nationally. Associate David Crank is also recommended.

Eversheds LLP’s ‘responsive and efficient’ team is headed by ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ principal associate David Roberts, who is ‘technically very accomplished’. Clients include Genting Casinos, Power Leisure Bookmakers, Hilton Worldwide and Anchor Trust.

Licensing Legal’s clients include Baa Bar, 99p Stores, University of Manchester, the University of Liverpool and Subway. Anthony Horne heads the specialist team.

Napthens LLP’s ‘very proactive and professional team’ acts for clients such as Daniel Thwaites, Weston Castle, Heritage Inns and Moorhouses Brewery. Malcolm Ireland is ‘very quick at grasping the key issues’.

Barry Holland at Aaron & Partners LLP is ‘very well respected and an engaging advocate’. Clients include EventCity, intu Trafford Centre, Peel Hotels, Selfridges and Media City Salford.

Brabners LLP is particularly known for firearms licensing matters. Lachlan Nisbet is noted for his licensing expertise and for ‘his deft touch with clients’.

Key figures at Hill Dickinson LLP include ‘knowledgeable’ associate David Keenan and Simon Parrington, who is experienced in firearms appeals.

Simon Taylor at Kennedysalways gets the job done on time and his advice is spot on’. He is particularly experienced in music festival and stadium licensing matters.

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