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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Brodies LLP  is noted for its ‘strong multidisciplinary approach’ to financial criminal cases and ‘capability for dealing with complex, cross-border issues’ for an array of public and corporate clients facing allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption. The group has particular expertise in the oil and gas sector, but also handles a significant workload on behalf of banking and financial service providers. The ‘responsive, focused and trusted’ +Paul Marshall  leads the corporate crime and investigations team, and has a reputation for ‘enlisting the support of key industry stakeholders’. Regulatory lawyer Rod Lambert , has extensive experience in cases concerning cartels and suspected infringements of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act – in addition to strong international sanctions knowledge. Glasgow’s Ramsay Hall is noted for financial crime compliance and investigations work.


Livingstone brown

Livingstone Brown is one of Scotland’s largest criminal defence firms. It represents many people charged with criminal offences, from minor speeding charges in the District Court, to more serious offences in the Sheriff Court, all the way up to major crimes such as murder in the High Court. Livingstone Brown offers a 24-hour, 365-day-a-year service for clients in police custody and represents clients across the country. The firm has particular experience in complex white-collar prosecutions. It offers dedicated teams, sophisticated systems for analysing detailed evidence, media monitoring and advice, a first-class reputation for detail, and strong relationships with leading counsel.

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The ‘excellent’ group at CMS advises a mixture of private and public sector clients on internal investigations and recovery proceedings, self-reporting of suspected instances of bribery, and insolvency-related fraud matters. Colin Hutton heads the disputes team and regularly represents large corporates, financial institutions and energy clients. Hutton is currently acting in a number of high-profile claims in the Scottish courts. Graeme MacLeod specialises in fraud-related litigation and is currently leading a team in relation to a major hedge fund fraud. Solicitor Advocate, Gemma Lampert focuses on financial crime in relation to supply chains, with recent instructions arising from the renewable energy and wholesale drinks supply sectors. The group’s impressive client roster includes the major accountancy firms, KPMG, EY, Deloitte and PwC.

KM Law  ‘has grown through the skill of its two partners’, Paul Kavanagh and Neal McShane, who have both ‘built good reputations amongst fellow lawyers in Scotland’. The firm has significant experience in representing individuals accused of serious fraud offences, as well as white collar and regulatory crime. In a significant victory, Kavanagh defended Craig Whyte, who bought Glasgow Rangers FC in 2011, against charges of fraud and financial assistance under the Companies Act in 2014 (the only matter of its kind to proceed to trial) – resulting in an acquittal at trial in 2017.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s corporate crime and investigations practice spans international trade sanctions, export controls and modern slavery, in addition to more traditional white collar criminal defence work – with a particular focus on advice and representations pertaining to bribery laws. The firm handles compliance procedures, as well as major internal and criminal investigations for a range of national and multinational companies (including financial institutions and several Scottish oil and gas industry corporations) dealing with UK and international criminal authorities and regulators. From the Edinburgh office, Tom Stocker  leads the firm’s Scotland-wide team, which includes Modern Slavery Act expert Neil Carslaw  , and Glasgow-based senior associate Stacy Keen , who has expertise in anti-bribery and international sanctions.

Clare Bone leads BTO Solicitors LLP’s Glasgow-based team, which also includes Alasdair Gillies and Vikki Watt. The team is instructed by senior executives of major financial institutions, accountancy and asset management firms, and has wide-ranging experience dealing with the fraud aspects of banking-related cases. The group is currently representing a senior director on the board of a major banking institution in connection with a Crown Office investigation into alleged criminality arising from a Rights Issue. It also acts for the Managing Director of a regional Chartered Accountancy firm in a prosecution for a fraudulent scheme to obtain Scottish Government funding. Other major ongoing cases involve high value embezzlement at a public institution and investigations into suspected cartel activity in the construction industry.

Burness Paull LLP’s practice is led by Rona Jamieson, who has vast experience advising multinational offshore oil and gas clients with operations in Scotland, in relation to various aspects of financial corporate criminal law. The group stands out for its regulatory and compliance work, which includes advising corporates on anti-bribery and anti-corruption procedures as well as international trade sanctions compliance and due-diligence on a number of major cross-border transactions. It also represents individuals and corporates subject to investigation by UK regulatory authorities. Senior associate, Lynne Gray, has ‘a great depth of knowledge and experience’ in relation to financial crime in the oil and gas sector. Ray Gribben left the firm in December 2017.

Dentons  represents corporations and individuals facing allegations of corporate criminal activity – with ‘a strong portfolio of international clients’. The firm is currently representing Fast Aid Medical in a regulatory investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made in a local authority procurement scheme. It is also defending Scotch Whiskey Auctions against a Court of Session action alleging unfair prejudice and fraud towards a minority shareholder. James McMillan and Michael Dean are noted for having ‘built up a leading reputation in Scotland’ and are particularly recommended for being ‘well-versed in the regulatory culture in both the UK and Scotland’.

Livingstone Brown has an impressive client roster of high profile individuals facing allegations and criminal proceeding of fraud and other serious financial crimes. The team is composed of experienced trial lawyers, Stuart Munro and Gerard Brown, both of whom have handled extensive criminal litigation and parallel civil proceedings, including with cross-border and multi-jurisdictional aspects. Recent highlights included a case arising from the acquisition of a sports team, the defence of an individual charged with mortgage and conveyancing fraud, and allegations of pension fund fraud. The group also advised a major financial institution on an internal investigation into the company’s conduct and possible related civil proceedings in England.

MTM Defence Lawyers has experience defending major fraud cases before Scottish courts. Highlights for the ‘approachable and knowledgeable’ Neil Hay included representing the accused in a high-value mortgage fraud case in an ongoing case involving a substantial investigation and the firm’s forensic accounting capabilities. Murray Aitken represented a former high-street bank employee who was accused of embezzling a large amount of money over a 10 year period, in a case which was subsequently dropped.

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