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Crime: fraud

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  1. Crime: fraud
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Ashfords LLP  ‘displays a personal touch’ with ‘high-calibre representation.’ The practice acts for public and private sector clients, both prosecuting and defending fraud cases. It has experience in prosecuting rogue trader frauds, money laundering and trading standards cases for local authorities. It has also previously defended cases involving boiler room fraud, blackmail, bribery, companies under investigation by HMRC and cases brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in the Crown Court. Senior associate Jeremy Asher heads the team and is noted for his ‘wealth of experience, commercial and proactive approach, and excellent client care.’ He is an expert in European Distribution Fraud and has acted for many international victims of fraud.

Burges Salmon LLP  specialises in criminal and white-collar fraud matters, in addition to issues connected to money laundering, bribery, the regulatory environment and the proceeds of crime. Clients include Celtic Energy, which it advised on matters relating to allegations brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) against its former directors, as well as civil rights issues and regulatory and local government issues arising from the investigation. It also acts for the National Crime Agency (NCA), which it recently defended in three compensation claims totalling over £220m, as well as in relation to ongoing costs proceedings related to the discontinued civil recovery action. Thomas Webb is a legal director specialising in fraud and white-collar crime; he handles complex, cross-border investigations. David Hall (who is noted for his ‘excellent and well-considered judgement’) leads the department and has more than 20 years of experience in this practice area. He has represented international corporates and financial institutions in areas such as director and employee fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering.

Michelmores LLP  is ‘a modern and well-run firm’ with a focus on fraud and corruption cases. It recently settled a case for Ticketus – a part of city fund Octopus Investments – recovering over £20m from the insolvent Glasgow Rangers Football Club. Clients come from a variety of sectors, such as real estate, management consulting, manufacturing, aerospace, defence and finance. It regularly deals with high value, cross-border matters and recently provided advice to an international manufacturer in relation to the implementation of new policies and procedures as well as assisting with an anti-corruption investigation. Senior partner Andrew Oldland QC heads the team and is experienced in advising financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals on financial regulation and complex anti-money laundering issues.

Bobbetts Mackan  has an extensive track record handling fraud matters and has expertise in representation at the police station and criminal courts. Giles Tippett heads the firm and is supported by senior partner Tony Miles who has ‘been at the vanguard of serious criminal work for the past three decades’. The firm is seeing an increase in attendances at formal interviews under caution carried out by government agencies such as NHS Protect and NHS Business Services and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). It has also seen an increase in Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) applications and has established a small team to deal with applications/ orders and enforcement proceedings.

Osborne Clarke  advises on fraud matters through its dispute resolution team, which is headed by Jeremy Summers. It has extensive experience in complex, cross-border matters including the recovery of assets internationally and urgent injunction relief. Previous cases include working for an international auction house, defending disputed claims that various artworks were counterfeit and acting in High Court litigation in relation to fraud at a large Russian metals business. The firm has an internal investigations team and advises on UK Bribery Act 2010 liabilities and also self-reporting issues. It also advises clients on regulatory issues in relation to data hacks.

Sansbury Douglas  deals with fraud matters through its business crime deparment led by managing partner David Campbell . It has previously defended prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Welsh Development Agency, the Environment Agency and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The team has experience of dealing with complex multimillion-pound cases and previously defended a client accused of defrauding the Legal Aid fund, the the total extent of fraud in this case was around £10m.

Stone King LLP  advises on Crown Court fraud cases. It has recently represented a former director involved in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation. It has also defended the trustees of a charity that is under investigation by police for a number of alleged offences in relation to fraud, accounting and Charities Act offences. Andrew Banks heads the team with over 20 years experience. He prepares serious and complex cases of white-collar fraud for trial in the Crown Court.

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Bobbetts Mackan  is praised for its ‘very professional, but friendly and helpful approach’. It is increasingly instructed on offences involving allegations and charges of serious sexual abuse, rape and historical sexual abuse. It also now has a contract to undertake prison law and represents clients nationally in parole board hearings. The firm has recently been involved in high-profile local cases such as a double attempted murder. It also acts in cases against the police and other public bodies. Practice head Giles Tippett ‘handles a heavy crime case load with confidence and professionalism’. Senior partner Tony Miles is noted for his ‘outstanding client-care’ and is ‘conscientious and tactically very astute in all areas of crime’.

Ashfords LLP's team prosecutes and defends cases, and has extensive experience of road traffic offences, in particular dealing with speeding, drink driving and cases involving death or injury caused by dangerous driving.  Jeremy Asher heads the team and works closely with the dispute resolution team, and also investigators and the police to ensure convictions are secured. Recent work includes representing CC Construction in a dispute after carrying out noisy building work at the home of Robbie Williams, in contravention of a notice imposed by the local authority. The fine, which had the potential to be unlimited, was settled at £3000 after a guilty plea.

DAC Beachcroft LLP specialises in defending drivers involved in serious and fatal road traffic collisions resulting in police investigations and criminal proceedings. It is instructed by major insurance companies across the UK such as Aviva, NFUM, AXA, Zurich and also logistics companies such as Knights of Old, Gist and Yusen Logistics. The team is ‘utterly professional, thorough, engaged and caring in its approach to its work’. Partner Lili Oliver, who is ‘razor sharp in this area’ and is ‘not afraid to stand up to investigating authorities’, leads the team and regularly represents drivers at PACE interviews. Recent cases include a fatal road traffic collision that occurred on the M6 where the defendant was charged with 5 counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of serious injury by dangerous driving. The firm has a 24-hour national helpline which is open to drivers requiring representation at police stations and also instructs highly-regarded independent expert witnesses.

Kelcey and Hall  specialises in criminal defence in relation to all areas of crimes including sexual crime, drug-related crime, youth crime, violent crime and also regularly handles high-profile murder cases. It also covers the full range of motoring offences as well as computer and internet related crimes including advising those investigated in relation to Computer Misuse Act offences. Its case preparation is ‘meticulous and great care is taken in instructing counsel’. Senior partner Ian Kelcey is ‘a larger-than-life solicitor with boundless energy’ and is ‘an impressive advocate and is completely focused on achieving the best possible results for his clients’. The team handles representation from the police station through to Magistrates Court and also the Youth Court and Court of Appeal. Recent cases include defending a client against a high-profile prosecution from the Environment Agency in which the client was acquitted in all but two of the charges and received a suspended sentence and also defending

Mowbray Woodwards Solicitors  (‘a very solid, reliable criminal firm that cares about its clients’) regularly defends clients in cases concerning motoring offences, sexual offences and drug-related crime. It also handles firearms licensing work and regulatory crime, as well as having extensive experience in dealing with sexual crimes in relation to children and indecent images cases. Team head and partner Matthew Graham deals with all types of criminal cases, he has specific experience in matters of sexual offences, internet crime and also in representing people with mental health issues. He is ‘a good lawyer and also persistent in his desire for a good outcome.’ Recent cases include securing the acquittal of a teacher accused of sexually assaulting a pupil at a private school, and representing 16 vulnerable defendants in a county lines drug-running operation where many were given suspended sentences or rehabilitation orders.

Reeds Solicitors  is a growing firm that specialises in criminal defence and prison law, and which recently launched specialist teams dealing with private actions against the police, military, corporate crime and regulatory law. It also deals with sexual offences, violent crimes, drug-related crimes and fraud. The firm is ‘exceptional in its approach to the tough world of criminal legal aid work’. Director and solicitor-advocate Stephen Clifford heads the team, he is supported by solicitor-advocate Andy Lee who provides round-the-clock representation at the police station as well as at the Magistrates Court and Crown Court. Recent cases include defending a client arrested under Operation Scottsdale and charged with conspiracy to keep and manage brothels; the client was given a non-custodial sentence. In another key matter, the practice represented a vulnerable woman charged with assisting an offender linked to murder; she was acquitted of all charges.

Sansbury Douglas specialises in criminal defence work, with areas of expertise covering violent crime, murder/manslaughter, drug-related offences, terrorism, sexual offences and regulatory crimes. the team handles representations at police stations and its Youth Court advocates have strong connections with youth justice agencies. Another area of work is prison law where it represents prisoners at adjudications and also in licence recall, parole hearings and release on license. The firm also deals with issues in relation to motoring offences and has acted in cases involving dangerous driving, drink and drug impaired driving, and disqualified driving.

Stone King LLP  specialises in regulatory breaches; clients include schools, care homes and businesses. It deals with sexual offences, motoring offences, fraud and other regulatory work in areas such as environmental prosecutions and the road transport sector. It has also recently introduced a specialist health and safety sub-team. Head of department Andrew Banks, who has over 20 years' experience and is a higher courts advocate, is ‘courteous, knowledgeable, polite and helpful’. He advocates in the Magistrates Court and Crown Court and conducts private prosecutions, criminal defence, civil proceedings, criminal proceedings, standalone POCA applications and disciplinary proceedings before the Traffic Commissioner. He has prepared cases for Courts Martial and also prepared numerous complex cases of murder for trial. Recent cases include a number of sexual offences which have led to Crown Court trials and also being instructed by an insurer with regards to a coach driver accused of dangerous driving.


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  1. Licensing
  2. Leading individuals

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    • Ewen Macgregor - Gregg Latchams LLP
    • Michael Phipps - TLT

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TLT  acts for a large number of estates that own and operate licensed premises. It also deals with estate management licensing applications such as changes of designated premises supervisors (DPS),  variation to layout, transfers and gaming applications. Clients include single site events such as Glastonbury Music Festival, which has the largest premises licence in the UK, and also large pub chains with thousands of licensed premises such as Punch Taverns or Greene King. Other clients include Barburrito, Las Iguanas, Hawthorn Leisure, SA Brain & Company and Boston Tea Party. Recent highlights include undertaking the licensing for the sale of hot food and drink late at night for the YUM! estate, which encompasses Pizza Hut delivery, Taco Bell and KFC. In another highlight the practice acted for Eastern Electrics Festival in a bid to move the event to a new location in Morden Park. Objections were received from the Metropolitan Police, the Licensing Authority, the Fire Service, the Environmental Health Service and local residents. After dialogue and discussion with the authorities and a successful hearing, permission was granted to move the festival. Matthew Phipps  leads the team and has extensive knowledge of the Licensing Act 2003 and related legislation, and often provides clients with in-house training on licensing issues.

Burges Salmon LLP  advises on high-value disposals and acquisitions of businesses with licensed interests. It specialises in multi-site, large, licensed portfolios and advises on a range of licensing matters including alcohol, entertainment, gambling, caravan site licensing, taxi, marriage licenses, HMO licenses, street trading and SIA licensing. It also advises online gambling operators and start-ups on a range of licensing issues. Clients include The Crown Estate, The Racecourse Association, Adelie Foods Group Limited, Canadian and Portland Estates and Riverside Edge Limited. Recent work highlights include advising the University of Bristol on the management of its licensed portfolio which includes public-facing premises licences associated with conferences, events and weddings and also Club Premises Certificates. The firm also advises Darwin Property Investment on its licensed leisure portfolio, which includes advising on licensing regimes such as alcohol, entertainment, gambling, gaming, caravan site licensing and family entertainment centre issues. It recently advised on several multi-million pound deals in the acquisition of new sites. Senior associate and head of licensing Joanne Attwood specialises in contentious and non-contentious licensing and gaming issues and also advises on contractual and regulatory issues. She is ‘approachable, professional, very bright and accomplished’.

Bond Dickinson LLP and US firm Womble Carlyle combined to form Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in October 2017. The firm provides alcohol and gambling licenses across England, Wales and Scotland. Areas of expertise include estate management, such as DPS and DPM variations, policy and legislation advice, new license applications and maintaining licenses by review. It also provides due diligence on acquisition and disposal of licensed estates, including liquidations and investigations and prosecution work in relation to underage and unlawful sales. Recent work highlights include advising on the merger between Coral Racing and Ladbroke, forming Ladbroke Coral, and also drafting and lodging all new applications for licences for Ladbroke Coral. The firm continued to provide day-to-day licensing advice to the estate of Accor Hotels including handling DPS variations, review and variation of conditions on licences, applications and renewals of marriage and special treatment licences and due diligence issues arising from sales and acquisitions of property. Other clients include Ambassador Theatre Group, Squires Garden Centres, Cineworld UK, Clifton Hotels, Hilton Hotels, The Original Bowling Company Limited, QVC and Welcome Break. Ewan Macgregor has left the firm to join Gregg Latchams LLP.

Foot Anstey  advises on all aspects of the Licensing Act 2003 and also provides advice on the Gambling Act 2005, copyright music, PRS/PPL licensing, Vehicle Operators’ Licensing and SIA licensing. Chris Pritchett heads the team and has experience in licensing outdoor events, festivals, sports stadia, and online and mobile gaming. Clients have included Bristol City Football Club which it advised on the Licensing Act 2003 as well as safety in relation to high capacity concerts. It also advised the University of Bristol Students Union on a new application for a £26m refurbishment of one of its buildings as well as advising on events, insurance issues, venue hire arrangements and noise management strategy.

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF  specialises in licensing for outdoor events including music and other festivals, game fairs and events held at stately homes and other large estates. It deals with the licensing of alcohol, live and recorded music, late night refreshments, gambling premises, gaming, adult and family entertainment centres, sporting events, taxi and private hire licensing. Phillip Day heads the team and has more than 30 years' experience in licensing matters.

VWV advises public and private sector clients on all licensing issues, including applications for a new premises licence, advice on the licensing objectives, variation applications, transfer applications, applications for temporary event notices and bringing or defending of licensing prosecutions. It also advises on civil marriage licenses, gaming law, private venue hire and events. The firm can also advise on licensing issues in relation to events that involve children and alcohol. Partner Jason Prosser heads the team.

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