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Aided by practitioners in offices in London and the South East, the Cardiff office of Blackfords LLP has β€˜vast experience of complex fraud cases’ including money laundering, duty diversion fraud and mortgage fraud. β€˜Dynamic’ and β€˜client-friendly’ consultant Philip Williams is an β€˜excellent communicator’ and is part of a team led out of London that is defending a client accused of being involved in a multimillion-pound conspiracy to evade the payment of duty on hand-rolling tobacco. β€˜Bright and hardworking’ solicitor advocate Emma Harris (who attracts praise for her β€˜exceptional client care’) regularly handles fraud and money laundering cases. Harris was also involved in a highly publicised case before Swansea Crown Court in which a professional violinist was found guilty of fraudulently persuading acquaintances and others she had encountered on the Internet to give her more than Β£350,000 claiming she needed it for cancer treatment abroad.

β€˜One of the leading lights of complex fraud in south Wales’, Cardiff-based Bowden Jones Solicitors β€˜acts in some of the most complex matters with aplomb’. It has an excellent reputation for handling complex fraud work including money laundering, tax evasion, and mortgage and investment fraud cases. The team, which includes practitioners with higher rights of audience, is praised for providing β€˜honest and forthright advice’. The β€˜assiduous, wise and results-focused’ Huw Bowden has β€˜the skill and intellectual capacity to put the client in the most complex of fraud cases at ease and confident that their defence is being expertly managed’. The β€˜calm and personable’ Bowden is also noted for his cyber law expertise; he acted alongside the β€˜excellent’ Stephen Jones in a fraud involving "vishing" of accounts leading to multimillion-pound losses. The firm is also on the Legal Aid Agency’s panel for Very High Cost Case (VHCC) matters and recently represented a Birmingham-based defendant in a Β£35m multi-jurisdictional money laundering case that involved expert witness evidence in relation to money laundering in India, China, the UAE and the US. β€˜Exceptionally talented’ solicitor and higher court advocate Sian Brain is β€˜able to tackle extremely complex cases and has excellent client handling skills’.

β€˜Very strong from top to bottom’, Richard Nelson LLP β€˜specialises in complex fraud’ and is β€˜steeped in experience’. Covering a broad spectrum of matters, including high-profile financial crime, and aided by a strong network that includes offices in London and Birmingham, the Cardiff-based practice is well-equipped to handle a wide range of complex cases and β€˜leaves no stone unturned in its attempts to achieve the best possible results for its clients’. The β€˜very strong and attentive’ Jonathan Wright attracts praise for his β€˜technical expertise and excellent bedside manner’, with clients singling out his β€˜impressive knowledge of HMRC criminal investigations and prosecutions’. The β€˜very switched-on’ Steve Roberts is the other partner in the Cardiff office and regularly handles complex fraud cases, including money laundering and proceeds of crime matters, as well as defending legal professionals against allegations of fraud.

Hugh James is noted for its β€˜professional, proficient and trustworthy’ service, and for its balanced defence and prosecution workloads. Firm regularly acts for corporate clients on a range of issues, including those relating to directors’ duties, as well as public sector clients including the Welsh government (which the team acts for in bringing enforcement actions against defendants across a range of regulatory criminal mandates). β€˜Knowledgeable, thorough and hardworking’ team head Martin Jones is a β€˜safe pair of hands’ with β€˜in-depth knowledge of regulatory law’. He leads a team with a strong bench of practitioners capable of handling advocacy; key figures include solicitor advocate Justin Davies and in-house barrister Mark Powell QC. The team is also stands out for its β€˜solutions-oriented approach’ on VAT fraud matters.

M & M Solicitors has β€˜risen to prominence very rapidly’ since its foundation 12 years ago and has expanded the reach of its client base to include instructions from clients as far afield as Dubai. The β€˜dedicated and committed’ team is highly experienced in dealing with large-scale frauds and conspiracies, particularly involving telecommunications and surveillance evidence. β€˜Charismatic’ managing partner Nadeem Majid heads the firm’s complex case unit and has a β€˜significant nationwide following’ across a broad range of cases including tax and mortgage fraud, as well as large-scale drugs conspiracies. The β€˜strategically astute’ Majid attracts praise for his ability to β€˜see the bigger picture tactically, particularly in multi-handed cases’; he is representing a number of trustees of a college accused of diverting funds away from the college/charity account and paid directly into the trustees’ accounts. Majid is assisted by the β€˜excellent’ Mike Prosser; they recently acted for the lead defendant in a large-scale conspiracy to defraud and money laundering case.

Dedicated criminal defence firm de Maids Solicitors & Advocates has β€˜an excellent reputation in south Wales’ and is highly active in fraud, money laundering and bribery cases. Solicitor advocate Simon Evenden has a particular specialism in serious fraud and regularly defends clients in cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO); he recently sought a judicial review challenging the legality of items seized by the SFO and items relating to legal professional privilege with regard to an SFO bribery investigation. Other highlights included successfully dismissing an SFO case brought against a client accused of conspiring to defraud a local authority via offshore companies. Evenden’s β€˜success rate is second-to-none; his diligence and commitment enables him to spot fatal flaws in a prosecution earlier than anyone else’.

β€˜An established, traditional firm with a thoroughly modern outlook and approach’, Neath-based Hutchinson Thomas has a strong reputation for handling criminal cases, often involving fraud elements. Now operating out of the firm’s new Swansea office, which opened in September 2016, the β€˜experienced and well-respected’ Darren Davies has a strong track record across a range of fraud cases and is praised for his β€˜excellent approach with clients, who trust him explicitly’. Davies was recently instructed in relation to a call centre fraud and is defending a company which runs a number of dental practices in an allegation of fraud brought by the NHS that dentists and nurses within the organisations had falsely noted on patients records treatment which was not conducted. Senior partner Robert Williams has vast experience within the general crime area and has regularly handled fraud cases during the course of his career.

Martyn Prowel Solicitors has a longstanding reputation in the market for handling a range of fraud cases and is a member of the VHCC panel. Fielding numerous lawyers with significant advocacy skills, including two practitioners with higher rights of audience, the firm is well-equipped to handle cases throughout their lifecycles, from the police station through to court hearing. The team is regularly involved in high-profile matters, including its recent work on a "cash for crash" style insurance scam which involved 80 defendants and a Β£1m-plus fraud conspiracy brought against the NHS. James Lynch is has wide-ranging experience of serious fraud matters, including those committed against the NHS, and is a key member of the team, which includes consultant Martyn Prowel and James Harris, who has a particular niche in relation to benefit fraud cases.

At Morgan LaRoche, the β€˜highly experienced’ Andrew Manners has a national practice which focuses on representing individual, corporate and institutional clients in the private and public sector facing investigations by regulators and prosecuting authorities. While a significant portion of Manners’ practice focuses on care standards work, he is also regularly involved in white-collar matters often involving both a regulatory and litigation angle. He recently handled a number of major private prosecutions, including successfully persuading the district judge at first instance to dismiss the case brought against a defendant in a private prosecution in Manchester for conspiracy and computer misuse offences.

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