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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.

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