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Crime: fraud

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Blackfords LLP's team is ‚Äėexcellent and has a well-earned reputation‚Äô for handling high-value and frequently high-profile fraud cases. Its work is principally based in London and the South East but it also handles cases with international aspects. The team, which includes ‚Äėexcellent lawyers at all levels‚Äô, has deep expertise in defending¬†cases ranging from fraudulent investment schemes and frauds concerning both individuals and companies to money laundering, bribery and corruption. ‚ÄėVery tough criminal litigator‚Äô Gary Bloxsome¬†and ‚Äėdiligent, clever and hardworking‚Äô Trevor Francis, who jointly head the department,¬†have successfully defended a number of high-profile white-collar crime cases. Daniel Cundy, who is ‚Äėa hardworking, personable and tactical lawyer and one of the first names to be called in any complex fraud‚Äô, is handling a caseload that includes a ‚Äėcash for crash‚Äô conspiracy to defraud insurance companies and a carbon markets share scheme where the client and others were alleged to have¬†sold Certified Emission Reductions and Voluntary Emission Reductions to individuals who were induced into buying worthless shares.

ABV Solicitors¬†has ‚Äėa strong team that is capable of dealing with any case, however complex‚Äô and which ‚Äėreally fights for its clients‚Äô.¬†Deepak Vij,¬†who¬†heads the fraud and complex crime department,¬†is ‚Äėhighly skilled, knowledgeable, and determined‚Äô¬† and ‚Äėhas an unerring ability to identify the key tactical and evidential issues in complicated cases‚Äô and ‚Äėan outstanding reputation for fighting high-profile cases with a strategic approach‚Äô. The team undertakes the gamut of financial crime cases including insider trading, with work extending to large-scale immigration frauds. Akhtar Ahmad¬†is noted for having ‚Äėa cool head in the toughest of cases‚Äô and Rohit Sharma, Taimoor Tarafdar¬†and Amirah Ajaz¬†are also key practitioners.

Clarke Kiernan LLP Solicitors¬†‚Äėis exceptional when it comes to handling fraud‚Äô litigation. From its two offices¬†in Tonbridge, it handles the gamut of work in this field, including cases that have reached appellate courts. The team's expertise spans bribery, money laundering and HMRC investigations and prosecutions, where it ‚Äėkeeps on delivering at the highest level‚Äô. ‚ÄėTenacious‚Äô practice head¬†Daniel Bonich‚Äôs ‚Äėnever-say-die attitude is a real inspiration to all‚Äô and¬†Dennis Clarke¬†¬†‚Äėis highly intelligent and a creative lawyer with a sharp analytical mind, who is fearless in the defence of his clients.‚Äô Its recent workload¬†includes¬†a high-profile VAT evasion fraud and a civil fraud case involving several high street banks.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett), which provides¬†‚Äėa high quality service‚Äô,¬†handles lengthy, high-profile investigations and trials emanating from SFO and FCA investigations, which frequently extend into a number of jurisdictions. The team is representing an individual in a case involving a fraud on a Russian bank, which had a number of cross-jurisdictional complications. In other work, it is dealing with an FCA prosecution for insider dealing, boiler room frauds, bribery and corruption and a Euribor case. According to one source, practice head¬†John Milner¬†‚Äėis one of my go-to people for SFO investigations' and 'has excellent criminal law instincts and fights very hard for his clients‚Äô.¬†Caroline Dunne¬†and Eddie Tang¬†are also expert in regulatory breaches and frauds.

Sternberg Reed¬†defends¬†an array of fraud and organised crime¬†cases including high-value tax, and boiler room-related investigations and prosecutions.¬†Department head Ben Thomas, who ‚Äėhas a knack of getting to the heart of the case quickly and spotting the weaknesses in the prosecution case‚Äô, is defending a SFO prosecution of Euribor traders. Senior consultant¬†David Barbone, who provides ‚Äėoutstanding dedication to his clients‚Äô, defended a client against claims abuses of the student visa system and dishonest immigration advisory agencies. Martine Taube, Kenneth Carr¬†and Richard Cooper¬†are other key practitioners.

David Franklin, who heads a sizeable team at Eric Robinson Solicitors , has a wealth of experience in criminal defence work. The team successfully acted for an individual who was one of a number of people charged with conspiracy to defraud and to launder money via a 'carousel fraud', which involved bogus companies trading with each other and which arose from a long police inquiry. In other work, it acted for an individual accused of a £64,000 VAT fraud. The team handles a range of fraud and white-collar crime matters, including investment, insurance and online frauds.

The team at Noble Solicitors handles a broad range of criminal defence work including complex fraud and money laundering offences. It acted for the defendants in respect of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering charges where the defendants were alleged to have fraudulently sold carbon credits causing investors to lose millions of pounds over a number of years. It also acted for a number of defendants in a case concerning charges of conspiracy to reduce the tax liability of several companies by issuing dummy invoices for salaries through a third company, where charges had been brought following a large-scale investigation by HMRC. Paul Millan heads the practice and Parm Sidhu and David Noble are other key practitioners.

Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP has four offices across Essex in addition to two in East Anglia. Based in the Chelmsford office, fraud practice head Mike Warren handles both legally aided and privately funded cases. His work includes defending allegations of VAT and other tax fraud and white-collar crime. He defended a company director accused of a criminal conspiracy to steal fuel from several sites across the UK. Matthew Taylor, who is also based in Chelmsford, specialises in health and safety and environmental law.


Crime: general

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Blackfords LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėsenior, established and talented team‚Äô¬†is ‚Äėamong the best‚Äô for criminal defence matters.¬†The sizeable team, includes 15 solicitor-advocates, handles cases nationally. Its caseload includes murder, GBH, sexual crimes, child abuse, kidnapping and drugs offences, many of which attract intense media interest. Co-head¬†Trevor Francis¬†is handling a case of historic rape where new DNA evidence has been discovered. Fellow co-head Gary Bloxsome¬†¬†is ‚Äėa very tough criminal litigator, excellent in the police station and in persuading the police not to proceed‚Äô.¬†Diana Payne, who heads the general crime team, and litigation executive¬†Anne Marie Geraghty¬†‚Äėare both excellent, serious crime practitioners‚Äô.

From its Uxbridge base, the team at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) team, which includes solicitor-advocates, handles a caseload that includes allegations pertaining to murder, sexual offences, serious violence, kidnapping and firearms. Team head Joanne Giggons is acting for a carer who is accused of attempted murder and is also representing a defendant in a large-scale drugs importation case. In other work, the team which includes noted practitioners Eddie Tang and Caroline Dunne, is handling cases concerning allegations of historic sexual offences, manslaughter and robbery.

The 'outstanding' team at Reeds Solicitors is highly valued for its 'dedication to its clients and for having a good eye to clients' additional needs including mental health issues and other vulnerabilities'. Solicitor-advocate Stuart Matthews and Julian Richards are highly regarded and 'extremely good at mastering large and complex cases, with good advocacy skills and exceptional client care'. Other team members include solicitor-advocate Abigail Ashford and 'excellent advocate' and barrister Alistair Grainger. The team has a blend of criminal, prison and family law expertise, assisting both public and privately funded clients. It handles challenging cases concerned with homicides, large-scale drugs offences, sexual crimes and fraud.

Criminal law is a core focus for the 'excellent' team at Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP, which is a key name for 'the more serious cases including rape and murder, and is a very impressive regional firm that is easily comparable to top London firms'. Practice head Peter Barlex is 'approachable and realistic in the advice he gives to clients' and is someone 'who leads from the front and is a tactically astute litigator with an abundance of trial experience'. Other key names include Matthew Taylor  and Russell Haldane. The team handles cases that are frequently subject to intense media attention, including allegations of sexual assault, terrorism (disseminating terrorist material via social media), hacking under the Computer Misuse Act and murder.

ABV Solicitors is 'an excellent all round firm that is able to deal with any type of criminal case and is fast developing a very strong private defence practice'. It handles cases including sexual offences, 'revenge porn', drugs-related charges, conspiracy to kidnap and large-scale immigration offences. Its work extends to extradition proceedings arising from European Arrest Warrants. Akhtar Ahmad heads the department and Hanisha Godhania and  Sunita Mehta  are other key practitioners.

Gullands Solicitors handles a broad range of criminal and regulatory matters. Its caseload includes murder, GBH, historic rape offences and sexual assault. It handled a case concerning health and safety offences and gross negligence manslaughter in the construction industry, and is defending an individual on charges of the possession and making of indecent images including Category A films. John Roberts heads a team that includes Andrew Clarke, who specialises in health and safety matters, often involving death and serious injuries, and Patrick Bligh who has a general criminal practice.

Jerman Samuels & Pearson LLP¬†is one of 'the best criminal firms in Essex'. The team has expertise across the gamut of criminal work, including serious drug-related offences and murder as well as money laundering and fraud cases.¬†The team is led by the highly experienced Mark Jerman, Mark Pearson¬†and¬†Simon Samuels,¬†the latter¬†'engenders loyalty from his clients in the Magistrates Court due to diligence and hard work'.¬†The team has extensive advocacy experience and the ‚Äėvery astute‚Äô Ian Clift¬†is highlighted for his advocacy skills. In recent work, it has undertaken cases of conspiracy to import Class A drugs; an investigation of an individual ¬†for alleged terrorism offences and the high profile McVicar case concerning manslaughter and armed robbery.

Nick Titchener and Stephen Halloran jointly head a sizeable team at Lawtons Solicitors, which has a strong regional and growing national criminal law offering. It deals with cases concerning complex sexual offences including charges related to indecent images, sexual abuse, historic sex crimes and rape. Its workload also includes cases concerning drugs-related conspiracies (including drug smuggling and possession), murder and other violent crimes and firearms offences.

The team at Blaser Mills 'is experienced and efficient' and 'genuinely cares about its clients'. The group acts for private clients including high-net-worth individuals but also handles legal aid work. Its recent caseload includes cases of death by dangerous driving; alleged sexual offences committed against minors; violent burglary; and the  importation of and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. Senior associate Daniel Martin heads the criminal defence department and is 'particularly good as he is calm and very thorough and achieves just and reasonable solutions'. Senior associate Benjamin Langley focuses on fraud cases.

Clarke Kiernan LLP Solicitors has expertise in general criminal law and prison law matters and 'is outstanding in the field of criminal law', where it fields a team 'that has a strong work ethic and commitment to its caseload' and that 'really does go the extra mile for clients'. Practice head Catherine McCarthy, who is highly experienced in general criminal and prison law, is 'a formidable solicitor, who is determined, skilled and utterly committed to her clients'. The team handles cases ranging from motoring offences to violent crimes and sexual offences. Managing partner Daniel Bonich heads the fraud, regulatory and complex crime department and handles a broad range of serious criminal law matters.

Gerard Maye Legal's team is 'careful, meticulous and robust in its work and approach'. Founding director Gerard Maye stands out for his 'strategic planning', 'gravitas' and for 'not being afraid to manage clients when they are in danger of acting against their best interests'. The firm handles complex cases of murder and other violent crimes, sexual offices and terrorism, many of which are high profile. It also handles fraud cases emanating from the HMRC and the SFO. Recent examples of its work includes representing defendants in cases involving the importation of fake pharmaceuticals and in a separate case the sexual assault of a child. James Warren and John Searby are other key team members.

GT Stewart Limited's team handles both publicly funded and private criminal defence work and is jointly led by Julie Ann Boyle  and managing director Greg Stewart. Stewart handles various cases of serious crime, especially appeals and reviews and has a focus on issues of youth justice. Other key team members include assistant solicitor James Foong. The team's recent work has included successfully defending a youth facing murder and manslaughter charges following the death of his stepfather. Other work included defending a number of sexual abuse offences, GBH charges and a death by careless driving case.

SVS Solicitors' team is 'consistently instructed in high-profile heavyweight general crime'. Managing director Sasha Sidhu is 'a standout lawyer who is tactically astute' and has 'a high profile, especially at the Central Criminal Court'. His broad practice includes particular expertise in defending gang-related crimes including murder. Other team members include Robert Johnson, who has a focus on white-collar criminal defence work, and Shenel Johnson, who oversees the firm's legal aid work. Its recent work includes cases concerning murder, possession of offensive weapons and firearms, drugs offences as well as a number of high-value fraud matters.

Woodfines LLP  has a broad practice that includes defending health and safety and environmental offences as well as broader criminal matters and fraud. It workload includes cases ranging from historic sexual assaults and conspiracy to import prohibited firearms and ammunition to a VAT fraud and serious health and safety offences. Mike Hayward heads the team and is supported by Michelle O’Garro, who has a focus on fraud and regulatory offences, Nathan Taylor-Allkins and Jane Anderson.

Levy & Co Solicitors 'is excellent in all respects of criminal practice and its expertise is evident throughout'. Its substantial team of experts operates from offices across Essex. Steven Levy, who is based in Witham, is 'a fine advocate with an effective court room presence' and is also noted for 'his dedication in pursuing justice for his clients and leaving no stone unturned in his consideration of a case'. Other senior partners include Evelyn Hicks in the  Clacton office and, Katie Armstrong-Mason, who is based in Braintree. Its recent work has included Crown Court cases of murder, rape, false imprisonment, GBH and arson, and it also handles fraud cases.

From its offices around the South East and in London Noble Solicitors has an established criminal, civil and family offering. The team, which acts for legally aided and privately funded clients, handles cases ranging from motoring offences to high-profile murders, sexual offences and other violent crimes. The team is also able to draw on its wider family and childcare expertise where family disputes and mental health issues are involved. Paul Millan heads the department and David Noble and Parm Sidhu are other core team members.

Sternberg Reed 'is one of the go-to firms on the eastern side of London' for criminal law matters. The team, headed by Ben Thomas, offers the full range of expertise in general crime and fraud matters. Recent work includes acting for clients charged with offences of conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life; an historic sexual allegation involving a teacher; and representing a young person charged with serious sexual offences. The team includes David Barbone 'whose dedication to his clients is outstanding' and associate partner Richard Cooper,  who is 'absolutely excellent' and 'has great judgement'. Consultant Kenneth Carr, who sits as a Recorder, is also noted.

Wells Burcombe LLP's team, which is based in the firm's St Albans and West Drayton offices, includes founding partners David Wells and Alan Burcombe; the latter is 'a shrewd operator at the height of his game'. The 'organised, hard-working and talented' Ravinder Khumra is another key member of a team that 'represents clients’ interests fiercely and works hard to get the best possible results'. It has expertise across fraud and general crime matters and has dealt with a number of heavy-weight, high-profile cases involving the alleged importation of firearms, human trafficking, murder and sexual offences.


Licensing

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At the 'excellent' Blandy & Blandy LLP, Sue Dowling works in conjunction with colleagues in the planning and environmental and commercial and regulatory departments to provide extensive venue licensing expertise. The team handles the full spectrum of work in this area, including advising on alcohol and regulated entertainment licensing for all manner of well-known stadiums and venues covering concerts, sports events, conferencing and other hospitality events, and representing clients in contested hearings. Dowling stands out for her 'responsive approach and thorough knowledge' of this area of law. In recent work, she assisted a major sports client with obtaining a new premises licence, and in another highlight obtained a new licence for a client, which involved successfully negotiating with objectors and avoiding the need for a hearing.

Trethowans LLP's team 'provides an excellent service and its knowledge of the law and procedures in this area is second to none'. Head of department Karen Lush has 'fantastic knowledge' in this space and consultant Julie Palmer is 'an incredibly experienced and knowledgeable practitioner who is particularly impressive to watch in licensing hearings'. The team was further bolstered by the hire of Sandra Graham from Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF in March 2017. It acts for an impressive range of national restaurant chains in addition to retail and sports clients. Recent work includes acting for a national client with regard to some 22 licence applications including those within cumulative impact areas.

According to one client, Field Seymour Parkes LLP's is 'extremely well versed in the minefield that is licensing law, up-to-date on developments and hard working'. It assists clients ranging from restaurants, hotels and breweries to smaller individual owners. Clients include Westbury Street Holdings, Heartstone Inns, Benugo and WSH and JC Restaurants. In recent work, it acted for restaurant group Gilbey's in respect of various planned works, which included liaising with the relevant authorities and a  successful application for variation of the premise's licence. The 'supremely professional' Mark Banham has 'a clear grasp of the law, the politics, and the personalities involved' in licensing matters.

John Gaunt & Partners specialises in all aspects of premises licensing, betting and gambling law and the licensing of taxi services. It adeptly guides clients through obtaining, transferring and updating licences and the strict regulation and enforcement of gambling rules. It acts for an impressive range of clients, many of which are household names and the team has been further bolstered by the hire of Jon Wallsgrove, who joined from Blake Morgan LLP in May 2018 where he had led the licensing team.

Pitmans LLP undertakes the gamut of licensing matters from applications for new licences and applying for variations to negotiating with various authorities and representing clients at hearings. It also advises taxi licence holders and taxi companies. It is advising Doveglade, owner of Oxfords Bar & Restaurant in Southampton, on the variations of licences for two premises involving a restaurant and a bar and club. In other work, it assisted a client in obtaining a licence to sell and supply alcohol. Other clients include Delicious Dining, which owns numerous restaurants and bars, Dancing Man Brewery and Concorde Club and Hotel. Experienced practitioner Jonathan Gray heads the team.


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