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Crime: fraud

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  1. Crime: fraud
  2. Leading individuals

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Blackfords LLP fields ‘one of the top criminal law practices’. Key figures include Gary Bloxsome, whose ‘exceptional client skills’ were put to use in defending a multi-jurisdictional VAT fraud conspiracy case; the ‘unflappable’ Trevor Francis, who represented a client accused of VAT fraud and successfully obtained acquittals on three of the four counts; and solicitor-advocate Lucinda Shand, who is also recommended.

Highlights for Clarke Kiernan LLP Solicitors included successfully defending a client accused of defrauding financial institutions of £60m. Key individuals include Dennis Clarke, who ‘seemingly conjures up great results at will’, and Catherine McCarthy.

Sternberg Reed’s highlights included representing a client accused of a multimillion-pound wine investment fraud and assisting a client accused of tax evasion. Ben Thomas leads the team, which includes consultant Richard Cooper, who is ‘a delight to work with’.

Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP’s practice is headed by Matthew Taylor and includes Mike Warren, who ‘always keeps one eye on the bigger picture’. The firm regularly assists clients with VHCC and public sector fraud.

At ABV SolicitorsAkhtar Ahmad stands out for his ‘knowledge of the law and analytical skill’, and Deepak Vij ‘will fight his client’s corner tirelessly’. The team regularly represents clients in VAT, investment and trade mark fraud.

Edward Hayes Lawyers is acting in one of the largest fraud investigations undertaken by Trading Standards, and represented a client in a missing trader fraud case. Christopher Hayes, Charles Long and Maria Monan are recommended.

Led by ‘exceptional’ senior associate David Franklin, Eric Robinson Solicitors’ practice is ‘a cut above’. Recent work includes representing a client in a £12m money-laundering case.

Noble Solicitors defended a client accused of laundering money as part of a £73m fraud. Paul Millan was the lead partner on the case.

Crime: general

Index of tables

  1. Crime: general
  2. Leading individuals

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At Blackfords LLP, ‘first-class criminal solicitor’ Gary Bloxsome acted for a Hatton Garden jeweller in obtaining acquittals for two offences of conspiracy to rob and possession of criminal property, as well as arguing the reduction of his jail term for the remaining offences by one year. Trevor Francis has ‘huge experience in general crime’.

Highlights for Christopher Hayes at Edward Hayes Lawyers included acting in a high-profile phone hacking case, while Charles Long’s highlights included defending a $1bn cocaine and money-laundering case.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s ‘highly competent’ team is headed by Joanne Gibbons. The ‘fantasticEddie Tang is recommended. The firm excels in handling complex and high-profile cases.

The team at Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP is ‘willing to go the extra mile’. Key cases for Michael Warren included defending against allegations to import class A drugs. Ita Farrelly, Peter Barlex and Russell Haldane are also recommended.

Recent work for the team at Blaser Mills includes acting in the Operation Elveden corruption probe and handling several murder and immigration cases. Mark Abbott has taken over as head of the practice from Neil Jarvis, who leads the firm’s Crown Court team.

John Roberts and associate Patrick Bligh are the key figures at Gullands Solicitors, which regularly handles murder and GBH cases.

Knights Professional Services Limited’s crime and regulatory team merged with Darbys Solicitors LLP in 2015. The team handles motoring and immigration crimes. Consultant Jim Astle is a key contact.

The team at Lawtons frequently works on sexual offences cases. Nick Titchener stands out for his ‘incredible intellect and razor-sharp legal mind’.

Deepak Vij leads the team at ABV Solicitors and is ‘a formidable lawyer’. The firm has a particular focus on terrorism law.

Highlights for Clarke Kiernan LLP Solicitors included acting in two murder cases and allegations of police corruption. Catherine McCarthy heads the team.

Jerman Samuels & Pearson LLP is recommended for international trafficking and child abuse cases. Mark Jerman, Simon Samuels and Mark Pearson are key contacts.

Noble Solicitors successfully acquitted a client in a murder trial and defended a client accused of money laundering. Paul Millan is a name of note.

Lucy Tapper and Stuart Matthews are the key contacts at Reeds Solicitors, which regularly handles very high cost cases and motoring offences.

SVS Solicitors is noted for its track record in murder cases. Sasha Sidhu is the standout lawyer.

Woodfines LLP’s practice is headed by Tim Ridyard. Work included acting in an assault case and a successful defence in a murder trial.


Index of tables

  1. Licensing
  2. Leading individuals

Blake Morgan LLP’s dedicated licensing team is headed by the well-regarded Jon Wallsgrove and has undertaken several new licence applications for retail and leisure clients including Waitrose, John Lewis and Park Resorts. Senior associate Caroline Matthews joined the firm from Trethowans LLP.

Sue Dowling heads the practice at Blandy & Blandy LLP, which assisted the Rugby Football Union with its application for a premises licence for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and acted for the Lawn Tennis Association on time limited premises licence to cover the holding of the Davis cup quarter finals at the Queen’s Club. Other clients include Get Living London and AEG Europe.

Tim Child heads Field Seymour Parkes LLP’s team, which advised Reading Football Club on a variation of its premises licence, and assisted Billionaire Bars with the conversion of a Reading nightclub into a restaurant. Other clients include Westbury Street Holdings and Extreme Oyster.

Associate Karen Lush now leads the team at Trethowans LLP following Caroline Matthews’ departure to Blake Morgan LLP. Key clients of the practice include Pizza Hut, Nando’s, Five Guys and Chelsea Football Club.

Paris Smith LLP’s clients include local businesses, sports clubs and national chains. Associate Cliff Morris and Clive Thomson are recommended.

Jonathan Gray leads the team at Pitmans LLP, which acts for clients including Ideal Collection, Delicious Dining and the Natural Environment Research Council.

Woodfines LLP frequently assists with alcohol, public entertainment and retail licensing issues.

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