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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.

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ABR Solicitors

ABR solicitors is a niche fraud, crime and regulatory practice with its head and back office in Leeds. It also has offices in Liverpool, Harrogate, Bradford and Huddersfield. ABR is committed to operating in a digitalised court process. The firm believes in ensuring that people and companies are properly represented in their case, and that every case is different. To do so it always fully assesses and challenges evidence.

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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.

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