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‘Allying their accessible and personable approach to their diligence and legal acumen‘, Blackfords LLP provides a ‘highly committed representation of clients with a focus on achieving the best outcome in any situation‘. As well as benefiting from the expertise of lawyers within the firm across a full range of fraud cases (ranging from money laundering, duty diversion fraud and mortgage fraud), the team is also praised for its ‘ability to forge close links with some of the most pre-eminent experts in the country including tax experts and forensic accountants‘, thereby ensuring clients are represented in a holistic and comprehensive manner. ‘Combining a mental dexterity in the law with an effortless ability to communicate with clients of all backgrounds', team head Philip Williams’ ‘huge experience in large complicated frauds and serious crime is unsurpassed, predominantly because he understands business‘. Williams is regularly involved in high-profile cases and, alongside lawyers from the firm’s London office, is representing a client in relation to the Serious Fraud Office investigation of bribery and corruption at Rolls Royce.

Predominantly based out of its Cardiff headquarters and also able to tap into the expertise of practitioners from Swansea and London, the ‘extremely well run, dedicated and professional‘ team at Bowden Jones Solicitors is recognised as a ‘regional heavyweight in the criminal fraud market with a growing national presence‘. Noted for its ‘outstanding work within the financial crime arena‘, the team’s expertise covers the waterfront of white-collar matters including  money laundering, tax evasion, VAT fraud, mortgage and investment fraud. ‘Brilliant‘ co-head Huw Bowden is ‘adept at dealing with complex issues’, including matters involving cross-border issues such as his ongoing involvement in a multi-jurisdictional fraud linking the UK and Pakistan and concerning the transfer of monies through various accounts and involving numerous properties. Co-head Stephen Jones also has a superb reputation in the market for conventional fraud work as well as cyber-related issues and alongside Bowden continues his involvement in Operation Kadenza, a high-profile cybercrime investigation into corruption and fraud across the banking industry. At associate level, ‘consummate professional’  Richard Hall displays ‘exceptional attention to detail‘ across a variety of conventional fraud cases as well as cyber-related matters and is a key member of the team that also includes the ‘very talented and passionate‘ Sian Brain.

With two partners primarily based out of the firm’s Cardiff office and also aided by lawyers spread out across the firm's network of offices including London and Nottingham, Richard Nelson LLP has significant resources with which to direct at a wide range of fraud defence work and financial crime. The ‘highly technical and experienced‘ Jonathan Wright interacts very well with his clients and is praised for his ‘excellent bedside manner which puts people at ease‘. As part of his broad-ranging array of work, Wright frequently represents clients that are the subject of HMRC criminal investigations and prosecutions. The 'very switched-on' Steve Roberts is the other partner in the team and regularly handles complex fraud cases, including money laundering and proceeds of crime matters, as well as defending legal professionals against allegations of fraud.  

‘A leading practice in the area of serious crime and fraud‘, M & M Solicitors provides an ‘outstanding service‘ to defendants accused of a wide range of complex fraudulent activity, as well as large-scale drugs conspiracies, often with an international angle. The ‘hardworking and efficient‘ Nadeem Majid is a 'very safe pair of hands' and has 'unparalleled experience in handling the most sensitive and complex cases' prosecuted by a wide range of bodies including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and National Crime Agency (NCA). Recent highlights have included defending a client accused of participating in an ebay-related fraud and representing a client in a multimillion-pound DWP fraud targeting false maternity payments. Mike Prosser is also recommended.

Cardiff-based criminal defence firm de Maids Solicitors & Advocates provides a ‘hardworking and thoughtful service‘ to clients engaged in fraud, money laundering and bribery cases. The team is regularly involved in complex Serious Fraud Office (SFO)-initiated matters and recently successfully defended a client in a case brought by the SFO alleging a conspiracy to defraud a local authority via offshore companies. Solicitor advocate Simon Evenden ‘specialises in serious fraud cases‘ and is a key member of the team that also includes vastly experienced senior partner Matthew De Maid who is ‘always on top of the facts of the case‘.

At Hugh James , regulatory team head Martin Jones has experience at handling fraud and money laundering matters. Solicitor advocate Justin Davies is also recommended.

Headed by the 'trustworthy and well-respected' Darren Davies from the firm's nascent Swansea office, Hutchinson Thomas provides a 'high level of service to clients in the south Wales area' across an array of general crime and fraud matters. Davies provides an 'excellent service' and has developed a strong reputation in dealing with specialist fraud matters. His eclectic caseload includes involvement in a multimillion-pound fraud case in relation to football match fixing, as well as the representation of a number of defendants accused of involvement in a conspiracy to defraud and to steal scrap metal. Senior partner Robert Williams also has considerable experience of handling fraud cases as part of his general crime practice.

On both the Serious Fraud and Very High Cost Case (VHCC) panels, Cardiff-based firm Martyn Prowel Solicitors has a longstanding reputation for handling a broad range of criminal work, including a wide array of fraud cases. With many lawyers at the firm with significant advocacy skills, including two practitioners with higher rights of audience, the firm is well-equipped to handle cases throughout their lifecycle, from representation at the police station through to the court hearing. Recent highlights include successfully defending a client in an international money laundering Crown Court trial and a “cash for crash” style insurance scam which involved more than 70 defendants. James Lynch has considerable fraud experience and has defended clients in many document-heavy VHCC cases and has experience at defending clients in cases brought by the Crown Prosecution Service, HM Customs and Excise and the Counter Fraud department of the NHS. Other recommended practitioners include consultant Martyn Prowel, who has vast experience across a range of fraud cases, and James Harris, who has a particular niche defending clients accused of benefit fraud.

Head of Morgan LaRoche’s health, regulatory and crime department, Andrew Manners has a strong track record across a range of serious frauds having formerly been a supervisor on the Specialist Fraud Panel and later, the VHCC panel. Manners is currently representing a major company in a private prosecution in the UK for extensive Fraud Act offences allegedly committed by former directors of the company.  

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