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Ashfords LLP advises both on the defence and prosecution of a wide range of fraud cases for public and private sector clients, including representing victims of crime. It stands out for its expertise in handling multimillion-pound fraud cases and has experience in handling cross-border matters as well as in organising freezing orders to secure assets. The team is noted for prosecuting rogue trader frauds, money laundering and trading standards cases for local authorities. The practice’s areas of strength extend to advising on boiler room fraud cases, as well as to acting in bribery and blackmail matters. It has a strong record of dealing with European distribution fraud. Senior associate Jeremy Asher also has extensive experience in defending Crown Court cases brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The ‘very strongBurges Salmon LLP has a specialist practice for corporate fraud, the criminal and civil law issues connected to proceeds of crime, money laundering, and bribery. Its workload includes advising on the regulatory environment imposed on companies doing business both in the UK and abroad. Led by ‘extremely able and competent practitionerDavid Hall, the team has significant experience in handling multimillion-pound fraud cases, whistle-blowing matters, Serious Fraud Office (SFO) self-reporting duties, and anti-bribery due diligence. Newly promoted legal director Thomas Webb is also particularly adept in advising on matters of external fraud, employee fraud, and corruption. The team has conducted work in complicated cross-border matters, including high-profile cases involving the jurisdictions of Germany, the USA, and Israel. Highlights included advising longstanding clients the National Crime Agency and Celtic Energy on high-profile cases, such as advising the latter on a variety of issues related to fraud prosecutions brought against its former directors and legal advisers - this involved attending interviews with investigators, helping with the responses made to the SFO, advising Celtic on its civil rights in relation to its former legal advisers and directors, and assisting with the regulatory and local government issues arising from the investigations. The work for the National Crime Agency saw the team handle three applications worth over £220m under Section 283 of the Proceeds of Crime Act. This cross-border matter also involved a freezing injunction for funds held for overseas investors.

Michelmores LLP offers contentious and non-contentious legal services on a broad range of matters, reaching from advice on compliance issues and fraud prevention, to providing specialist advice on fraud in commercial litigation. It represents clients in internal and external investigations, stepping in at an early stage, and assists clients with enforcement matters. The team also has expertise in commercial litigation connected with financial crime, including areas where this work overlaps with police investigations. Its clients come from a variety of sectors, including real estate, manufacturing and aerospace, but the roster contains many clients from the finance and investment sector. Highlights included advising Ticketus, a part of city fund Octopus Investments, on the recovery of £27m used to purchase season tickets from Glasgow Rangers Football Club. The practice also provides ongoing compliance advice to an international manufacturer, including advice on an anti-corruption investigation and advice on the implementation of new policies and procedures. It is experienced in advising on matters involving several foreign jurisdictions; it provided compliance advice to a manufacturer in the aerospace and defence industry, which included an anti-corruption review and implementing new policies and procedures, working on issues relating to India, Spain, Italy and the US. Senior partner Andrew Oldland QC heads the team and provides in-depth knowledge to financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals on complex anti-money laundering issues and other aspects of financial regulation.

Bobbetts Mackan delivers ‘very professional, but friendly and helpful’ advice, representing clients at the police station and in the criminal courts. The team increasingly attends formal interviews under caution carried out by government agencies such as NHS Protect, the NHS Business Services Authority and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Practice head Giles Tippett, who is ‘always well-prepared, organised, resolute in his approach, and considerate’, and senior partner Tony Miles, who has an ‘outstanding reputation’ and ‘a commanding presence in court’, handle high-profile fraud cases, such as R v Vasco-Knight & others heard in the Exeter Crown Court. The case involved allegations of defrauding the South Devon NHS Foundation Trust by forwarding quotes of rival bidders to a business tendering to complete work for the South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, and not declaring an interest in that business. The practice’s client was alleged to have assisted the co-defendants in the commission of the fraud.

Osborne Clarke covers fraud cases through its disputes team. It has experience in the preservation and recovery of assets internationally, including urgent injunction relief. The practice has an internal investigations team and has experience in advising on UK Bribery Act 2010 liabilities, including self-reporting issues. Another area of strength is advising clients on regulatory issues stemming from data hacks. The team has experience in handling complex cross-border matters involving several different jurisdictions, including in Eastern Europe, South America and the Middle East. London-based department head Jeremy Summers has led on several high-profile cases.

Sansbury Douglas provides defence services against prosecutions by a variety of authorities including the SFO, the Department of Revenue and Customs, the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, the Office of Fair Trading, the Financial Services Authority, the HSE, the Environment Agency and Defra. Managing partner David Campbell leads the business crime department. The team has experience in handling complex multimillion-pound cases, such as the defence of a client charged with the alleged defrauding of the Legal Aid Fund, and the defence of a client who was charged with several accounts of fraud, including a charge of defrauding the Welsh Development Agency.

Stone King LLP has experience in advising on Crown Court fraud cases. Highlight matters included successfully defending a solicitor who was accused of defrauding an NHS fund and acting in a Defra investigation into the re-sale of allegedly out-of-date eggs which has been running for a number of years. Practice head Andrew Banks also defended the chair of trustees of a series of charities who was accused of a series of frauds and breaches of the Charities Act, demonstrating particular strength in advising charities.

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