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Crime: fraud

David Gray Solicitors LLP specialises in white-collar crime and large-scale fraud. Higher court advocates Brian Hegarty and Jonathan Cousins are experienced in handling inquests and controversial deaths. Janice Hall assisted Hegarty in representing two sisters in a case arising where one sister (a UK citizen) lent her passport to her sister (an illegal entrant) in order to achieve employment at a care home.

For some, Kenneth M Barrow & Co is ‘the leading practice in the area for fraud and complicated criminal matters’. Recent work includes acting for one of 12 defendants allegedly involved in a conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud. Ravi Khosla heads the team and ‘has built a formidable reputation as well as the trust of his clients’. ‘Rising star’ Sunny Thandi is also recommended.

Hay & Kilner’s recent highlights include acting for a married couple who allegedly failed to declare VAT and tax on business ventures. Mark Harrison, Jonathan Pigford and Rob Hart are the key contacts.

At Short Richardson & Forth LLP, practice head Andrew Swan is noted for his expertise in financial crime.

Crime: general

Brian Hegarty leads David Gray Solicitors LLP’s practice, which recently represented a defendant in a trial which sought to determine whether his mental illness afforded him a defence. Other recent cases include issues of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, a disability hate crime murder allegation, and gangland drug offences.

Key work for Hay & Kilner included a high-profile case involving a fatal stabbing and a case involving a vulnerable client alleged to be responsible for the death of his father by means of neglect. Mark Harrison leads the three-partner team.

Kenneth M Barrow & Co’s ‘top-class’ practice is headed by the highly regarded Ravi Khosla, who recently represented one of seven defendants accused of murder and attempted GBH. Clients single out the team for its ‘incredible effort and determination in preparing for and during trial’.

Ward Hadaway recently acted for the Care Quality Commission in a prosecution of a dentistry practice alleged to have been operating without correct registration. Stephen Graham led on that matter and heads the team with Richard Arnot and Karen Slack.

Slater and Gordon acted for a police officer accused of two criminal matters and for a nurse accused of fraudulently obtaining medication. The practice is also acting for one of several police officers under investigation following an RTA fatality. Tom Nutter and Alan Samuels are the key contacts.

At Tilly Bailey & IrvineJohn Ellwood is noted for his extensive experience in regulatory crime matters.


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  1. Licensing
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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    • Richard Arnot - Ward Hadaway
    • Sarah Smith - Sintons LLP

Matthew Foster (who is ‘the go-to lawyer for licensing; he will provide thorough advice and representation throughout the matter’) heads the licensing practice at Mincoffs Solicitors LLP, which attracts praise for its ‘rock-solid advice and client care’. He has extensive experience acting for clients ranging from pubs, clubs and adult venues across the North East, to breweries and restaurant and hotel chains nationally. In 2015, Foster advised Greggs PLC on its application for licences to operate premises during takeaway hours within a cumulative impact area. The licence was successfully granted with no reduction in the premises’ trading hours.

Sarah Smith heads the team at Sintons LLP, which acts for gaming and retail clients and those applying for or renewing alcohol licenses, as well as drafting responses to government and local authority consultation documents on behalf of trade associations. Highlights included applying for a new premises licence for a flagship department store in Newcastle city centre.

At Ward Hadaway, Richard Arnot recently acted for the Co-Operative Group on obtaining an opposed premises licence for a store in London. In another highlight Arnot acted for Gainford Hotels on an extension of hours licence which was previously opposed by residents, police and local authorities.

Simon Catterall is the key contact at Jacksons Law and regularly obtains licences for pubs, nightclubs, and working men’s clubs. Recent highlights include a licence for the first hookah lounge in Newcastle.

John Ellwood is the key contact at Tilly Bailey & Irvine and handles liquor licensing matters.

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