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Crime: fraud

Index of tables

  1. Crime: fraud
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

  1. 1

With its specialism in representing private prosecutors for fraud offences, Ashfords LLP advises individual clients, public institutions and corporate clients from the construction and finance sectors on all aspects of criminal litigation, including anti-bribery measures, fraud prevention and claims for compensation arising from fraudulent activities. The practice is headed by senior associate Jeremy Asher, who has been covering both defence and prosecution for more than 20 years.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Asher

Burges Salmon LLP specialises in the impact of criminal and white collar fraud, including issues connected to proceeds of crime, money laundering and bribery. Headed by David Hall, the firm also advises on issues relating to police investigations in relation to asset freezing and recovery, and covers a wide range of matters that involve director and employee fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering.

Practice head(s):David Hall

Other key lawyers:Andrew Burnette; Michael Ward

Key Clients

National Crime Agency

Celtic Energy

Work highlights

  • Acting for Celtic Energy, the largest coal mining company in Wales, in a £160m fraud prosecution against the client.

Michelmores LLP advises clients on internal and external investigations, enforcement matters involving regulators and prosecutors, as well as on compliance issues and fraud prevention. The practice also provides specialist fraud advice in commercial litigation matters. Typical clients hail from the real estate, manufacturing and aerospace sectors. Practice head Andrew Oldland QC acts for both corporate clients and governments on anti-corruption compliance and enforcement.

Practice head(s):Andrew Oldland QC

Other key lawyers:Peter Sigler; Tom Torkar; Jonathan Kitchin

Key Clients


Work highlights

  • Advised Tiketus on the £20m recovery of a ticket purchase agreement following the collapse of Glasgow Rangers Football Club

Bobbetts Mackan liaises with barristers and criminal experts when assisting clients in situations of enforcement proceedings, interrogations at police stations as well as at criminal court trials. The firm is particularly active in fraud cases in the healthcare sector, which involves representation at formal interviews under caution. This involves interviews at organisations such as NHS Business Services, Health and Safety Executive and NHS Protect.

Practice head(s):Giles Tippett

Other key lawyers:Tony Miles

The dispute resolution team of Osborne Clarke deals with domestic cases involving fraudulent activities related to bribery and is equally experienced in dealing with cross-border fraud. The practice also advises victims on recovering assets domestically and abroad. The firm’s track record involves cases in the art sector and heavy industry as well as cases related to cybercrime such as phishing and hacking.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Summers

Sansbury Douglas specialises in the defence of investigated and prosecuted clients and as such advises defendants at court proceedings. The practice also assists governmental and non-governmental organisations with the solving of fraud cases in public institutions as well as in the commercial and charity sectors. The firm is additionally experienced in dealing with fraudulent activities in the finance industry.

Practice head(s):David Campbell

Stone King LLP’s practice, which is based in Bath and Bristol, prepares Crown Court matters for trials including cases of white collar fraud and advises businesses, educational institutions and not-for-profit organisations on regulatory matters and fraudulent activities. The firm is also experienced in handling tax-related fraud cases and assists clients with the recovery of assets swindled out of their personal or institutional budget.

Practice head(s):Andrew Banks

Crime: general

Bobbetts Mackan handles a wide range of cases which involves defending against charges of murder as well as drug production and dealing. The firm also continues to act in offences involving allegations and charges of sexual abuse, sexual touching and rape brought against professions and persons of good character as well as in cases of historic sexual abuse. The practice is also specialised in defending clients with mental health issues.

Practice head(s):Giles Tippett

Other key lawyers:Tony Miles; Steve George

Ashfords LLP covers private prosecution, anti-bribery and corruption, anti-tax evasion as well as traditional defence work regarding matters involving road traffic offences, animal welfare and immigration. The firm also defends firms facing prosecution for offences under the Companies Act, the Insolvency Act and Criminal Justice Act 2003. The practice is experienced in handling fraud cases and regularly advises governmental institutions and local authorities on criminal and fraudulent activities.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Asher

Clarke Willmott LLP prosecutes and defends criminal and regulatory matters including environmental, farming and hunting investigations and offences, health and security matters as well as motoring and speeding offences. Practice head Tim Hayden is also head of agriculture, a partner in the private client and commercial litigation team and a deputy traffic commissioner.

Practice head(s):Tim Hayden

Other key lawyers:Daniel Gill; Jodie Coles

Key Clients

National Farmers’ Union

Masters of Foxhounds Association

Egford Bacon

The Countryside Alliance

Work highlights

  • Represented an individual client in connection with charges of causing death and injury by dangerous driving
  • Representing an individual client in connection with several allegations of causing unnecessary suffering to animals and several farming environmental offences
  • Acted for Egford Agency Ltd during its prosecution by the Environment Agency in relation to an oil leak at the farm which caused an unauthorised discharge to groundwater

DAC Beachcroft LLP is experienced in representing at interviews under caution, court hearings and criminal investigations. The firm has expertise in traffic offences and defends clients with regards to fatal collisions, represents them at police stations and PACE interviews, and maintains a 24-hour national helpline for drivers requiring legal assistance. The firm also advises car insurance companies on financial liabilities arising from car accidents.

Practice head(s):Lili Oliver

Kelcey and Hall provides legal services regarding murder, violent and sexual crimes, as well as complex drug and fraud conspiracies. The firm also defends allegations of fraud and is dedicated to fraud and regulatory prosecutions, as well as motoring offence prosecutions and youth court matters. The practice also deals with crimes related to computer and internet offences.

Practice head(s):Ian Kelcey

Other key lawyers:Gillian Hall; Jo Hooper

Work highlights

  • Represented an individual client before court following a drug related murder
  • Defended an individual client charged with money laundering by allowing bank accounts to be used by other in excess of £100k
  • Represented an individual client having been accused of the murder of his baby daughter following an intoxicated, drug fuelled rage at the client’s home
  • Represented a client charged with multiple indecent assaults dating back 20 years, which involved potential collusion between alleged witnesses

Mowbray Woodwards Solicitors' crime practice has expertise in regulatory crime as well as motoring law and has also developed a specialism in indecent images cases and sexual offences including cases of rape, grooming cases in the online social media sphere and historical sexual offences. The firm’s criminal defence support involves in-house higher court advocacy. Solicitor Richard Mackian-Burke joined in January 2018.

Practice head(s):Matthew Graham

Other key lawyers:Charles Cronin; Nicholas Wragg


This firm is ahead of the market in terms of its client care and its attention to detail

They do more multi-agency work than many other firms, recently putting on an excellent seminar with psychologists

A blend of essential qualities that are required in dealing with stressful and delicate matters

Key Clients

Individual clients

Reeds Solicitors specialises in criminal defence and prison law and handles criminal aspects of family law, mental health and immigration. The firm, which accepts instructions on both a privately and publically funded basis, also deals with charges concerning knife crime, drugs, robbery and murder. The firm is also experienced in dealing with traffic offences as well as with actions the police, military law, corporate crime and regulatory law.

Practice head(s):Stephen Clifford; Nicola Hutchinson

Other key lawyers:Mark Sharman


The quality of instruction and service that we receive from them as a firm far outweighs that which we receive from any other local criminal defence firm

Stephen Clifford runs the Bristol office in a very efficient way. He is supported by a quality team of solicitors and clerks who collectively provide a quality service

Team was always contactable, prompt and accurate in dealing with queries, transparent in all dealings.  It gave me huge confidence that my interests were foremost

They are incredibly professional, giving clear, concise and honest advice even on complex issues. The partners and associates always gave me huge confidence in their knowledge, professionalism and ability to get things done to the best of their capabilities

Work highlights

  • Represented a client charged with murder, achieved the discontinuance of the case ahead of trial, based on arguments relating to forensic evidence
  • Represented a defendant charged with offences contrary to the Company Directors Disqualification Act, persuading the court not to impose an immediate custodial sentence
  • Representing a professional sportsman in a drink driving case involving a post-consumption issue

Sansbury Douglas defends clients against charges of murder and manslaughter, regulatory crime, sexual offences, drug trafficking, and violent crime. The practice also covers transport-related offences such as driving under the influence of drugs as well as serious collisions and disqualified driving. Clients also include prisoners at adjudications and young offenders, which involve liaising with youth justice institutions.

Practice head(s):David Campbell

Stone King LLP’s practice has expertise in defending clients in relation to health and safety prosecutions and assists companies with internal and external fraud investigations. The practice also has a significant foothold in the charities and education sectors and maintains a motoring law department, which deals with serious motoring offences such as speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Practice head(s):Andrew Banks

Key Clients

Freight Transport Association


Index of tables

  1. Licensing
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Ewen Macgregor - Gregg Latchams LLP
    • Matthew Phipps - TLT

Headed by the contentious and non-contentious gaming expert Joanne Attwood, Burges Salmon LLP advises on contentious licensing issues in the entertainment, street trading, transport and vehicle industries as well as on the obtainment of licences for leisure venues, cafés, pubs and restaurants. The legal service of the practice involves the handling of licensing aspects of commercial agreements as well as dealing with regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):Joanne Attwood

Other key lawyers:Tom Gillett, Stephen Lavington


'A highly professional staff with first class resources.'

'Unusually, the firm combines a quality licensing and regulatory crime practice within the environment of a substantial quality commercial firm.'

'Joanne Attwood is clever, reliable and offers outstanding client care. She is quick to respond and act on enquiries and advice. Her instructions are full, clear and comprehensive.'

'Stephen Lavington demonstrates superb judgement in relation to difficult tactical issues in relation to alcohol, entertainment and gambling cases.'

Key Clients

University of Bristol

Canadian and Portland Estates

The Racecourse Association

Darwin Property

Bristol Water

Work highlights

  • Advises the University of Bristol on the management of its licensed portfolio.
  • Representing an energy and services company at licensing hearings.
  • Advising Bristol Water Plc on regulatory compliance issues arising under the Gambling Act 2005.
  • Advising Essex & Herts Air Ambulance in relation to a large society lottery.
  • Completing a full licensing audit for a group of nationally prominent UK museums.

TLT assists with the acquisition of licences and provides licensing services to a wide range of clients including restaurants, hotels, visitor attractions and galleries. Practice head Matthew Phipps  also advises on immediate action and force premises reviews and defends against conditions on premises licences. The practice informs clients about shifting legislative agendas that affect the obtainment of licences.

Practice head(s):Matthew Phipps

Other key lawyers:Andrew Griffin, Piers Warne


'Very knowledgeable and astute with a clear and concise communication style.'

Key Clients

WH Smith

Yum! (KFC, Pizza Hut Delivery & Taco Bell)

SA Brain & Company

Boston Tea Party

Work highlights

  • Advised The Coach Islington on appealing against a number of conditions attached to the premises licence.
  • Assisted Flight Club Darts in applying for new premises licences, including acting for the client in pre-application consultation.
  • Applying for and obtaining premises licences to facilitate the expansion of WH Smith's portfolio within their travel locations to include a licensed convenience store element.
  • Providing comprehensive licensing advice to Tracks and Records in relation to a new licensed site.
  • Application for Boomtown Festival for a new premises licence to allow conversion into a 1,500 capacity theatre and immersive entertainment experience venue.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP assists with the acquisition of licences in the construction, real estate and hospitality sectors as well as in the gambling and alcohol industries. The firm also provides day-to-day licence advice and undertakes due diligence work regarding the acquisition and disposal of licensed estates in connection with investigations and prosecutions arising from unlawful and underage sales of restricted products.

Foot Anstey advises on the acquisition of licences in the mobile gaming, copyright, music and sports industries and provides licences for outdoor events and festivals. The firm also assists with a wide range of licensing aspects regarding construction and refurbishment work and has experience in dealing with venue hire for private and public gatherings, noise management and safety regulations.

Practice head(s):Chris Pritchett

Gregg Latchams LLP advises food, drinks and hospitality operators on the tracking and monitoring of licences, especially with regards to the sale of alcohol, gambling and the running of indoor and outdoor sporting and cultural events. The firm also offers training services when required by clients. The firm assists with contentious licensing matters arising from the lack of licences and other breaches of licensing regulations. Ewen Macgregor is specialised in the alcohol and gambling licensing sector.

Practice head(s):Ewen Macgregor

Key Clients

Accor Business and Leisure Hotels

The Original Bowling Company

Ambassador Theatre Group

Ashton Gate

Daylesford Organics

Century Comm

HJ Tenger Holdings

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ashton Gate with applications for a new licence and variation of licence.
  • Application for seven licences for Boxpark's pop-up venture in Brent.
  • Application for new licences for HJ Tenger Holdings.
  • Application to enable visitors to take glass containers into the auditoria of Ambassador Theatre Group's theatre venues.
  • Day-to-day administration of licence portfolios and applications for new licences for The Original Bowling Company.

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF is experienced in providing licences for music festivals and outdoor events. The firm assists with the acquisition of gambling and alcohol licences by pubs, bars and restaurants and has expertise regarding the provision of taxi and venue hire licences. The practice also advises clients on general licensing regulations and represents them in cases of breaches against licensing laws.

Practice head(s):Philip Day; Brendan Herbert

VWV assists with the application of licensing permitting the sale of alcohol and the running of restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs. The firm also advises on private and public venue hire and is experienced in representing clients in prosecutions arising from the alleged breach of licensing regulations. Other areas of expertise include gaming and gambling laws as well as legal requirements relating to events that involve different age groups.

Practice head(s):Jason Prosser

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