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Crime: fraud

Ashfords LLP’s wide-ranging caseload includes police investigations, the recovery of substantial investments and European distribution fraud matters. Associate Jeremy Asher heads the team; he leads on Trading Standards cases, and prosecutes on behalf of local authorities and individuals, in addition to defending professionals and directors.

Burges Salmon LLP advises on anti-fraud strategies and defend corporates against high-value fraud allegations such as VAT carousel fraud, bribery and corruption. The firm is also adept in asset freezing and tracing, audit issues and employee fraud. David Hall defended Celtic Energy in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into the transfer of its freehold interest in mines to a group of BVI-registered companies.

At Michelmores LLP, practice head Andrew Oldland QC (who splits his time between London and Exeter) handles fraud prevention, and acts on both sides in high-profile investigations. Oldland has also been active in employee fraud, competition-related issues, and cross-border investigations into tax evasion and anti-corruption.

Bobbetts Mackanperforms well in complex fraud, corruption and bribery cases’. Senior partner Tony Miles is the key figure.

Osborne Clarke’s areas of strength include cross-border anti-bribery and corruption allegations. Associate director Charles Crowne and Tom Ellis (who splits his time between Bristol and London) are recommended. Senior associate Chris Wrigley joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

At Sansbury Douglas, managing partner David Campbell ‘is the go-to solicitor for heavy fraud’. Solicitor Nick Arthur joined The Department of Business Innovation and Skills.

Stone King LLP excels in public sector bribery matters. Higher court advocate Andrew Banks is highly experienced.

Crime: general

Bobbetts Mackanknows how to handle criminal work at all levels of seriousness’. Department head Giles Tippett defends against murder, sexual offences, burglary and drugs charges. Senior partner Tony Miles has ‘an outstanding reputation’.

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a specialist motor crime practice that acts for insurers such as Allianz, NFU Mutual and Aviva. The ‘legally astute’ Lili Oliver handles death by dangerous driving cases.

Kelcey & Hall defends against cases involving conspiracy to supply drugs, wounding and murder. Key figures include senior partner Ian Kelcey and solicitor and youth court specialist Amanda Thornton. Both are higher court advocates.

Sansbury Douglas defends against serious charges including terrorism, murder and drug importation. Managing partner David Campbell is recommended.

Slater and Gordon defends police officers in criminal investigations and misconduct proceedings. Ian Wilson is ‘held in high esteem’.

Stone King LLP undertakes privately funded work including sexual offence allegations and transport-related crime. Higher court advocate Andrew Banks heads the department.

At Ashfords LLP, associate Jeremy Asher represents clients charged with assault, fraud, drug and motor crime offences.


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At Bond Dickinson LLP, practice head Ewen Macgregorbrings a great deal of practical in-house experience’ to gambling and alcohol-related matters. Licensing clients include Gala Bingo, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Moto Hospitality.

Foot Anstey’s Chris Pritchett handles outdoor events, festivals and sports venue-related matters. He advised Bristol City FC on various matters involved in redeveloping Ashton Gate Stadium, including premises licences.

TLT’s Matthew Phipps assists with all manner of event and licensing issues, including variation applications and enforcement. Glastonbury Festival and Boston Tea Party are clients.

Burges Salmon LLP’s clients include The Crown Estate and the University of Bristol. Senior associate Joanne Attwood handles licenced premises portfolios and gambling licences for sport venues.

Senior associate Naomi Chesterman now leads Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ ‘highly respected’ practice, which is renowned for alcohol and entertainment licensing. Clients include Le Cordon Bleu and Butcombe Brewery. Former head Jason Prosser is also recommended.

Gregg Latchams LLP’s expertise includes new premises licences and defending against regulatory prosecutions. Michael Parrott is the main contact.

Kitsons LLP’s expertise ranges from late-night levies to challenging licensed premises application objections. Managing partner James Cross is recommended.

Philip Day is the key figure at Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF; he joined the firm when it merged with Horsey Lightly Fynn. Day has ‘deep knowledge’ of gambling and outdoor events.

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