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Crime: fraud

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  1. Crime: fraud
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The ‘hardworking’ team at Blackfords LLP has ‘a visible presence and strong reputation in south Wales, south west England and beyond for clients accused of serious crime including financial crime’. ‘Client-focused’ consultant Philip Williams has an ‘eye for detail’ across a range of regulatory and complex criminal investigations.

Praised for his ‘excellent advocacy skills’ and ‘great attention to detail’, Huw Bowden heads the serious crime team at Bowden Jones Solicitors. Bowden recently acted for the defendant in a multi-jurisdictional money-laundering trial. He and Stephen Jones are also ‘leaders in the complex and developing area of cybercrime’.

Hugh James has an impressive roster of corporate clients, and receives referrals from accountancy firms. It handles a broad array of white-collar criminal defence mandates, including those relating to money-laundering and tax fraud. ‘Personable and knowledgeable’ team head Martin Jones is recommended.

At M & M Solicitors, Nadeem Majid has a strong reputation within the financial services sector and is able to bring significant expertise to bear as a result of his previous tenure at the FSA. Recent instructions have included the defence of individuals accused of mortgage and tax fraud.

The ‘heavyweight fraud practice’ at Richard Nelson LLP is a ‘natural choice for money laundering, tax fraud and corporate fraud work’. The ‘dedicated and empathetic’ Jonathan Wright has significant experience handling HMRC tax investigations and regulatory work. The ‘no-nonsense and client-friendly’ Steve Roberts is also recommended.

At Hutchinson Thomas, Darren Davies is ‘used to dealing with complex and high-profile fraud matters in a calm and measured way’.

At Martyn Prowel Solicitors, name partner Martyn Prowel has a ‘superb reputation’ for fraud work which is well-earned as a result of years of experience in the area.

At Morgan LaRoche Limited, ‘highly experienced’ team head Andrew Manners is ‘passionate in the pursuit of his clients’ interests’. In addition to his expertise in serious fraud matters, Manners also defends care home and day nursery providers in health and safety and care standards investigations throughout England and Wales.

Crime: general

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  1. Crime: general
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The ‘market-leading’ team at Blackfords LLP is ‘head and shoulders above the local competition’, and is ‘an effective pair of hands’ across the full range of criminal matters. Philip Williams and Emma Harris are recommended.

At the very top of the local criminal defence firms’, Bowden Jones Solicitorsregularly litigate the most difficult and complex cases with a particular presence in multi-handed drug operations’. ‘Outstanding’ team head Scott Bowen gives ‘well- reasoned advice’.

GHP Legal has a strong reputation for criminal defence work in north Wales, where Ceri Evans is singled out as being ‘well prepared and good with clients’.

Led by the experienced Zep Bellavia, Harding Evans LLP handles a wide range of criminal work including narcotics offences, robbery and serious sexual offences.

Led by Simon Thomas, Hutchinson Thomas’ five-partner team has a strong reputation and handles a broad array of matters including murder, sexual assault, drugs offences and false imprisonment. The team’s credibility in the area was recently underscored by successfully securing one of the eight duty solicitor contracts available across the whole of south Wales.

At M & M Solicitors, Nadeem Majid regularly defends clients in large-scale drugs conspiracy cases and also handles a wide range of other matters including sexual offences.

At Martyn Prowel Solicitors, Geraint Richards handles a variety of criminal matters and consultant Martyn Prowel is ‘very well regarded’ for serious crime cases.

Watkins & Gunn Solicitors’ practice is headed by the ‘astute and tenaciousJonathan Wellington and handles the full spectrum of criminal law matters including serious crimes such as murder and sexual abuse.

Red Kite Law LLP is noted for its guidance at each stage of the process, from representation at the police station through to trial where necessary. David Williams is the main contact.

At Slater and Gordon, the ‘professional, knowledgeable and approachable’ Jon Nutman is noted for his representation of police officers accused of misconduct.


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  1. Licensing
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Martin Jones leads Hugh James’ ‘standout team in Wales’, which has ‘an established reputation for excellent strategic advice’. ‘Hugely experienced’ consultant Mark Perry has handled work for the Welsh government and its agencies, including CADW on the licensing of various visitors centres within Welsh castles. The ‘outstanding’ Nicola Jordan is also recommended.

Blake Morgan LLP’s Claire Rawle heads the firm’s health, safety and environment team, which acts for licensing clients in Wales and the south west of England.

At Hutchinson Thomas, Robert Williams represents a large number of clubs and other licensed establishments dealing with liquor licensing matters and temporary event notices.

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