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Crime: fraud

Index of tables

  1. Crime: fraud
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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    • Mark Harrison - Hay & Kilner
    • Ravi Khosla - Kenneth M Barrow & Co

David Gray Solicitors LLP has particular expertise in large-scale fraud and benefit fraud, advising private individuals and business entities. Brian Hegarty, who leads the team, is an experienced higher court advocate, while  solicitor Janice Hall, who focuses on motoring offences and cases of domestic violence and sexual offences, is also notable in this area.

Practice head(s):Brian Hegarty

Other key lawyers:Janice Hall

Hay & Kilner’s practice focuses on white-collar and corporate fraud, specialising in complex fraud and proceeds of crime cases. Mark Harrison leads the team and is particularly experienced in high-value fraud and POCA matters. The team has recently been boosted by solicitor advocate Jonathan Cousins, who joined from David Gray Solicitors LLP in 2018; assistant solicitor Mark Styles, who arrived from Kyles Legal Practice in 2019; and Matthew Purves, who was promoted to associate in 2018.

Practice head(s):Mark Harrison

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Cousins; Mark Styles; Matthew Purves

Key Clients

New Park Court Chambers

Work highlights

  • The defendant was charged with VAT fraud in excess of £150,000 following the alleged misrepresentation of his self-employed income as a scrap metal dealer. After examination and scrutiny, the defendant was ultimately found culpable for less than one third of the amount initially claimed and spared immediate custody, as well as avoiding a proceeds of crime investigation.
  • The defendant and his business partner were convicted of large scale fraud and the police subsequently made an application for proceeds of crime seizure of his business assets which were substantially in excess of £1m. The defendant is currently contesting the proceeds of crime application and has made, as a result of the team's guidance, has made significant inroads into the amount which the police claim they are entitled to.
  • The defendant was charged as part of a conspiracy to commit fraud in a high value and well organised series of offences involving cloned credit cards and stolen electronic equipment.
  • The defendant was accused, as part of his business as an accountant, of charging VAT which was then kept by him and not declared. Upon service of a very detailed defence statement during the Crown Court proceedings, the prosecution reviewed their position and discontinued the case, exonerating him of any wrongdoing.

Kenneth M Barrow & Co, a Very High Cost Case accredited firm, specialises in defending serious, high value and complex fraud cases. Practice head Ravi Khosla is notably experienced in complex fraud and leads a team that also includes Sunny Thandi, who was promoted to director in 2018.

Practice head(s):Ravi Khosla

Other key lawyers:Sunny Thandi

Work highlights

  • Represented client in a large scale evasion of duty relating to cigarettes and alcohol at Wood Green Crown Court.
  • We represent clients in relation to allegations of fraudulent evasion of income tax, VAT, corporation tax and related money laundering offences at Newcastle Crown Court.
  • Clientis under investigation for fraud and money laundering offences in relation to investment schemes ran by himself.
  • Represent client in POCA proceedings in relation to fraud, money laundering and attempting to pay a money transfer in the sum of £1 million by deception.
  • We have been privately instructed by client in relation to restraint proceedings.


Crime: general

Index of tables

  1. Crime: general
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1
    • Elizabeth Trusty - Kenneth M Barrow & Co

David Gray Solicitors LLP's practice takes a multi-disciplinary approach, teaming up with lawyers from its mental health, immigration and family teams, enabling it to see matters through from beginning to end. Led by Brian Hegarty, the practice specialises in serious and complex crime matters, in particular proceeds of crime instructions. Also notable is Janice Hall, who has expertise in domestic violence and sexual offences cases.

Practice head(s):Brian Hegarty

Other key lawyers:Janice Hall

Testimonials

'The thorough preparation the team brings to all cases is impressive and its administration is faultless'

'The firm's customer care is excellent and the advice it gives to clients is realistic and fully born out by the strength of the case'

'All advice provided is acted upon in a timely manner'

'Janice Hall has excellent oversight of her cases and the team work very well together'

Work highlights

  • A murder conviction on the basis of joint enterprise.
  • Representing the client who  was charged with Murder of his girlfriend and the Attempted Murder of his parents.
  • Representing a defendant who pleaded guilty to an allegation of Death by Dangerous Driving.  This is a continuation of matter number 9 from last year’s submission.
  • Operation Optic - men grooming young vulnerable women for the purposes of obtaining sexual services
  • Representing a defendant who  is one of a number of prison guards who are said to have been guilty of physical and sexual abuse at a Youth Detention Centre in the 1980’s

Hay & Kilner specialises in recidivist crime and sexual offences, notably those involving computers. The team has a dedicated police station representative, as well as experienced higher court advocates, enabling it to represent clients in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. Mark Harrison leads the practice, alongside solicitor advocate Jonathan Cousins , who arrived from David Gray Solicitors LLP in 2018; assistant solicitor Mark Styles , who joined from Kyles Legal Practice in 2019; and Matthew Purves was promoted to associate in 2018.

Practice head(s):Mark Harrison

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Cousins; Mark Styles; Matthew Purves

Testimonials

'Clients who instruct this firm know that their representatives care about their case'

'Karen Minhas genuinely goes above and beyond the call of duty; the firm is very fortunate to have someone so committed'

'Mark Harrison is an exceptional advocate and a joy to listen to'

Key Clients

New Park Court Chambers

Work highlights

  • The defendant was charged with importation of a large quantity of drugs into the UK via Newcastle Airport from Africa. The court acknowledged that the defendant had been put under significant pressure to act as she did and, exceptionally, she was spared immediate custody.
  • The defendant is charged with rape and the case is currently listed for trial. The case is further complicated by the defendant claiming “sexomnia” at the time of the alleged offending (that he was asleep at the time the unlawful intercourse allegedly took place) and expert psychiatric evidence is to be called to substantiate this unusual condition.
  • The defendant was charged with online sexual grooming of a child following an investigation involving members of “dark justice” and an organised sting operation.
  • The defendant was charged with serious historic sexual abuse allegations.
  • The Defendant was one of 3 charged with murder, fraud, burglary and perverting the course of justice following an alleged unprovoked attack in hostel accommodation.

Kenneth M Barrow & Co's practice, which has particular expertise in large-scale drugs conspiracies, is led by serious crime specialist Ravi Khosla. Other notable individuals include Sunny Thandi, who was promoted to director in 2018, and solicitor Elizabeth Trusty, who is experienced in dealing with general crime matters as well as fraud.

Practice head(s):Ravi Khosla

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Trusty; Sunny Thandi

Testimonials

Clients and highlights confidential

Work highlights

  • Represented the client in a matter of perverting the course of justice at Teesside Crown Court.
  • We represent client charged with 11 charges of sexual offences.
  • Privately paying on appeal whereby queen’s counsel is instructed.
  • Represented client in a matter of committing grievous bodily harm with intent at Teesside Crown Court.
  • Represented a client charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs at Teesside Crown Court.


Licensing

Index of tables

  1. Licensing
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Matthew Foster - Mincoffs Solicitors LLP
    • Sarah Smith - Sintons LLP

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP primarily represents operators across the North East, as well as clients further afield in Wales, Manchester and Birmingham. Matthew Foster is the go-to name for preparing and negotiating licensing applications, as well as in relation to contentious applications, prosecutions and reviews. The practice also acts for gaming clients as well as providing training services. Notable in the team is consultant Tim Gray, who advises on taxi licensing.

Practice head(s):Matthew Foster

Other key lawyers:Tim Gray

Key Clients

For the People Entertainment

Chaplains Consett

Beeronomy

High Street Group

Swaddle Micro Brewery

Work highlights

  • Instructed on a New Premises Licence application for a nightclub within Sunderland City Centre’s night time economy.
  • Instructed on a Contested Premises Licence application, which was successfully obtained before Durham City Council Sub Licensing Committee.
  • Representing Beeronomy in relation to an Appeal against its successful grant of a Premises Licence by a trade objector.
  • Instructed on behalf the High Street Group in regards to a purchase of a trading hotel in South Shields known as The Sea Hotel.
  • Instructed in relation to several licensing applications by this client over the course of the year.

Sintons LLP's work covers a range of licensing law, from general administration and new applications to appeals and defending reviews of licences. The practice, led by taxi licensing laws specialist Sarah Smith, regularly deals with applications in cumulative impact policy areas and is particularly well-known for working in collaboration with licensing authorities and responsible bodies. Also notable in the team is consultant Barry Speker, who acts for restaurants and takeaways on licensing and property matters.

Practice head(s):Sarah Smith

Other key lawyers:Barry Speker

Key Clients

Danieli Holdings

Ladhar Group

Malhotra Group

Ninkasi Pubco

Kymel Leisure

Apartment Group

Fenwick

Alnwick Garden Enterprise

Sandman Hotel Group

Newcastle United Football Club

Work highlights

  • Assisted the client in producing a bundle of evidence to present to the Magistrates’ Court in response to a Closure Notice. The District Judge at the hearing agreed that, subject to a short period for the licence holder to retrain staff and update operating systems, that the premises should reopen without significant delay.
  • The client sought a premises licence to operate a pavilion for events and functions, a restaurant, café and other event spaces within an old walled garden near Redcar. A persuasive presentation resulted in the granting of this licence.
  • Advised and assisted the Club in making the necessary variation to their premises licence to permit large music concerts at St James Park.
  • Assisted the client in obtaining the appropriate licences and approvals to cater for a week of open air concerts held in the Pastures of Alnwick Castle.
  • Instructed by client to obtain a premises licence for a large empty site at the edge of Newcastle’s main retail centre. The proposal was to provide 40 shipping containers within which there would be a mix of retail, food as well as event space for a programme of entertainment.

Ward Hadaway's practice advises on all aspects of the Licensing Act, with clients including national supermarket chains, hotel groups, restaurants, sporting venues and internet sales. Licensing specialists Stephen Graham and Richard Arnot lead the team, which has notable experience in contested applications and securing licences across the country.

Practice head(s):Stephen Graham; Richard Arnot

Key Clients

Co-op Group Food - BW check: does this mean Co-op? JF:Changed

Iceland Foodstores

Tesco

Gainford Hotels

Malmaison Hotels/Hotel du Vin (Fraser Hospitality)

Lane 7

Harbour Hotels

Pub Culture

Dominus Hotels

Inn Collections

Work highlights

  • An application for a new premises licence in Camden, which despite objection from the police and licensing authority, was granted.
  • An application for variation of a premises licence for a bar in Newcastle City centre's cumulative impact zone, which was granted.
  • Application for a new premises licence in Brighton, which was granted despite considerable local opposition.
  • The council had reviewed and revoked a premises licence associated with the client. The decision was appealed and other applications made which were objected to. The process was very complicated but resolved by the granting of a new licence.


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