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Crime: fraud

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    • Ben Henry - Jonas Roy Bloom

Cartwright King’s criminal fraud practice is, according to one client, ‘nothing short of excellent’. The team represented clients in a number of high-profile cases in 2015 involving mortgage and VAT fraud, and also handled an international bribery and corruption case. John Allchin is ‘excellent and goes the extra mile for his clients’.

The team at Jonas Roy Bloom is headed by Steven Jonas and Ben Henry. Henry focuses on financial fraud and has ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of relevant case law at his command’. Jonas leads the firm’s magistrates’ court and police station departments.

Gateley Plc’s team acts for clients such as Ernst & Young, Macquarie Equipment Finance and Aldmore Bank, and handles all elements of corporate crime. Mark Wilson is national head of the corporate recovery team; Ruth Armstrong heads the Birmingham office and advises on bribery, fraud and fatalities.

Glaisyers’ team provides expertise in various areas of corporate crime, and Neil Ross has been defending clients in cases involving allegations of MTIC fraud, NHS dental fraud and mining fraud. Jane Higham is another important contact.

Kangs Solicitors’ head of practice Hamraj Kang is a ‘top-class operator’ and has defended a number of private clients in high-profile cases nationwide involving money laundering and tax evasion charges.

The team at Murria Solicitors has been acting on a high-value fraud matter. Galwinder Kang has ‘a great eye for the points that win a case’, and department head Jagtar Kulair is also recommended.

Tuckers Solicitors defended a number of clients in complex fraud cases in 2015. A notable example was James Turner representing a former police officer accused of defrauding HMRC and submitting fraudulent VAT returns.

Lawyers at BLMhave an in-depth knowledge of fraud’ cases and act in civil and criminal matters on behalf of insurers. Clients include AXA, Aviva and NFU Mutual. Claire Laver is ‘driven and passionate about her work’; Sarah Hill heads the practice.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s national team is led by Newcastle-based Catherine Burt following the departure of Lorraine Carolan to DWF (along with Miles Hepworth). A recent highlight for the team was assisting with Operation Arkle, an investigation into 80 staged accidents in Worcester area with insurances taken out online using false addresses and identities. Clients include Aviva, Allianz and Endsleigh Insurance Services.

Dass Solicitors’ fraud team is headed by Dipak Jotangia and Gemma Redfern and advises on tax, VAT and mortgage fraud.

David Phillips & Partners advises on VAT, excise and corporate fraud matters. Shahid Miah is a key contact, as is John Hagan, who handles litigation.

Crime: general

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Cartwright Kingprovides good breadth and depth of cover at all stages of criminal proceedings’, and is experienced in cases involving money laundering, murder, sexual offences and drug smuggling. Mark Hopwell heads the department, and another key contact is Imogen Cox.

Jonas Roy Bloom is ‘one of the finest firms in the West Midlands for crime’, according to one client. Steven Jonas is highly recommended and Ben Henry is ‘at the top of his game and works tirelessly for clients’.

Hamraj Kang, who ‘has a superb grasp of complex and demanding cases’, heads the team at Kangs Solicitors, which specialises in serious crime cases. Helen Holder is also recommended.

Purcell Parker Solicitors’ team is headed by Spencer Stephens, with David Rees highly recommended. Anthony Cartin joined St Ives Chambers in 2015. The practice specialises in road traffic offences, as well as offences covered at magistrates’ and Crown Court.

A recent highlight for Slater and Gordon was representing two regional Police Federation officials in relation to the ‘Plebgate’ scandal involving MP Andrew Mitchell. Tim Coolican is head of the department and focuses on all aspects of criminal law. Sue Swan specialises in representing police officers.

James Turner heads the Birmingham team of Tuckers Solicitors and is head of the serious crime department nationally. The firm specialises in serious crime, white-collar crime, road traffic offences and tax fraud. Arvind Sharma, who focuses on road traffic offences and fighting ASBOs, is another key contact.

Alsters Kelley LLP’s team handles cases involving serious crime, corporate crime and criminal regulatory matters. Stefan Hunka heads the team from the Coventry office. Nuneaton-based Nazir Vania is also recommended.

Beswicks Legal’s team is headed by Andrew Turnock and road traffic offences specialist Peter Howland. Recent highlights include acting for a client charged with the importation of controlled substances.

Roy Tozer*, who heads DLA Piper UK LLP’s team, focuses on defending companies under investigation. Charles Arrand specialises in corporate manslaughter, inquests, and health and safety. *Roy Tozer joined Shoosmiths LLP in August 2016.

At Gateley Plc, regulatory experts Ruth Armstrong and Pauline Munro have extensive experience handling multi-agency criminal investigations and defending multinational companies in criminal prosecutions relating to the professional services, construction, waste, food, retail and manufacturing sectors. Kate Oliver joined as an associate in February 2015 from Thomas Horton LLP.

The key contacts at Glaisyers are Neil Davis and Steve Masih, who cover all aspects of criminal defence.

Partner and solicitor advocate Catherine Junor is head of the department at Higgs & Sons. Junor specialises in private motoring offences and private criminal matters.

Lanyon Bowdler’s team has expertise in motoring offences and Environment Agency prosecutions. Adrian Roberts heads the team.


Harrison Clark Rickerbys handles a full range of licensing matters, including licensing reviews, appeals and investigations. Clients include Liberty Retail, Aston Villa FC and The Hippodrome Birmingham. Heath Thomas heads the department.

Stephanie Perraton heads the team at Squire Patton Boggs, which represents leading hotel groups and restaurant chains in their licensing requirements. A recent example was advising Redefine BDL on obtaining a licence for boxing and wrestling events.

QualitySolicitors Talbots has received numerous instructions of late relating to gambling and extensions to late night refreshment licenses. Peter Adkins joined Emms Gilmore Liberson Solicitors in May 2016 .

Thomas Guise Solicitors’ team represents Lidl supermarkets nationally, and has been working on acquiring licences for the company as it seeks to expand. Amanda Pillinger heads the practice.

Wright Hassall LLP’s clients include regional entertainment and hospitality businesses, and the team has experience in licensing matters for all types of premises. Ian Beasant is a key contact.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP’s team has recently acted for a number of licence holders seeking to reverse a decision by DVLA Drivers Medical group to revoke licenses. Charlotte Clode is head of the department.

Knights Professional Services Limited team is led by Richard Jones, with Rachael Dean another key contact.

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