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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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