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Crime: fraud

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  1. Crime: fraud
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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    • John Allchin - Cartwright King
    • Matt O'Brien  - Jonas Roy Bloom

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Cartwright King is ‘one of the best firms in the area’ and ‘great to work with’. Nottingham-based Sundeep Soor heads the practice and ‘has deep experience in defending serious fraud cases’ and ‘an extremely good knowledge of the sector’.  Senior associate John Allchin is 'an astute solicitor' with 'an impressive eye of detail' and 'goes above and beyond the call of duty'. Also recommended is associate Gemma Refern, who is 'a first rate lawyer’ with ‘excellent clients skills’, and Miqdad Marzook, who is also experienced in high profile fraud cases.

Jonas Roy Bloom 's business crime department has expertise in SFO investigations, NCA tax investigations as well as restraint and confiscation matters. The team is led by Ben Henry, who handles cases involving bribery, corruption and money-laundering. Matt O'Brien is also a key figure, with notable expertise in confiscation law and business crime cases.

The ‘exceptional’ Kangs Solicitors provides ‘client care and preparation that is outstanding’ and ‘ensures the work it does is to the highest standards’. The firm is particularly active in high value financial fraud cases, with notable expertise in ‘boiler room’ cases.  Hamraj Kang leads the practice and is ‘an exceptional lawyer’ and ‘a true role model for his staff’. John Veale is ‘a very methodical and hard working individual'  who ‘always ensures his focus is on the best outcome for the client’. Also recommended is  Frances Murray , who is ‘a hard working and solid lawyer’ who ‘stays calm no matter what the pressure is in a case’.

Gateley Plc focuses on both criminal and civil fraud, possessing ‘great commerciality’ and ‘demonstrates great strength in depth’. Fraud and financial crime specialist Ruth Armstrong heads the regulatory team and has notable expertise on matters relating to house building, manufacturing, transport and banking. Mark Wilson heads the corporate recovery team, and is known for his ‘commercial edge’ and ‘ability to negotiate the best deal in difficult circumstances’. James Baird works predominantly on fraud prevention consulting and recovery for funders and leasing companies.

Mann & Co Solicitors has ‘a well-established history of dealing with and specialising in substantial fraud cases’, most notably on large scale conspiracies as well as HMRC and VAT fraud. Raz Mann heads the practice and possesses ‘a good analytical and tactical brain in terms of case management and progress, ensuring the best possible outcome for his clients’. He defended an individual involved in a joint investigation from the Home Office and police regarding fraud, identity fraud and sham marriages. Paul Selby leads the serious and organised crime department and also has expertise working on fraud-related cases, and recently advised a defendant on a money laundering matter.

Tuckers Solicitors  has ‘a growing reputation’ which 'is increasingly instructed nationally in fraud and serious crime’. James Turner heads the practice and ‘is a true expert’ with notable expertise in defending allegations of fraud and white collar crime. Other key figures include in-house advocate Sharon Bailey as well as duty solicitor and higher court advocate Arvind Sharma.

BLM 's insurance fraud practice focuses on both criminal and civil fraud cases. Sarah Hill leads the practice and advised Thomas Cook on a number of fraudulent travel sickness claims from its customers. Simon Hammond is also a key figure, and recently assisted DLG with a motor accident claim and advised The National Express on a road traffic accident insurance claim.

DAC Beachcroft LLP  insurance fraud practice is known for its 'business acumen' and 'strength of knowledge'. Catherine Burt heads the practice and recently advised Insurethebox on a number road traffic accident claims. Motor fraud claims are handled by Dan Prince , Georgia Court and Gemma Lewis. Pete Ward and Neville Sampson also specialise in opportunistic motor fraud. Also recommended is associate Kiran Ryatt, who focuses on casualty fraud, and Caroline Bigos, who is an expert in cross-border fraud.

Insurance fraud claims is the key area of focus for DWF  in this space. Lorraine Carolan  heads the counter fraud team nationally, and is supported by Miles Hepworth  and director Kate Archer . The firm recently acted for  LV= against an organised 'crash for cash' scheme involving three alleged crashes involving nine claimants.

Murria Solicitors’s repertoire include advising on white collar fraud, fraud committed in breach of trust, VAT fraud and embezzlement. Jagtar Singh Kulair is leads the Crown Court and Business Crime Department and has advised on matters concerning serious fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.


Crime: general

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  3. Next generation lawyers

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Cartwright King  runs the gamut of high-profile criminal defense work. Neil David  heads the practice and has acted in both the Crown Court and Magistrates Court, with notable expertise in murder and fraud cases. Fiona Warman  is also an expert in serious fraud cases and recently acted for an individual accused of murder. Worcester-based Jason Patel  focuses on  murder cases, drugs conspiracies and fraud. Associate solicitor John Allchin has strong expertise in fraud matters and fellow associate solicitor Shabana Sharif   is experienced in general criminal cases. Criminal defence solicitor Marcia Blacke  is also recommended.

Jonas Roy Bloom ’s repertoire in criminal law includes defending individuals accused of murder, rape and drugs conspiracy. Steven Jonas leads the team and has appeared in the Crown Court,  Administrative Court and Court of Appeal. Other key figures include: John Smitheman , who appears in both the Magistrates and Crown Court and Ben Henry, who specialises in corporate and white-collar crime.

The ‘excellent’ Kangs Solicitors  ‘always goes the extra mile for the client’ and ‘is extremely efficient in all aspects of its work’. The firm primarily works on serious criminal cases involving high value fraud, murder, drugs conspiracies, money laundering and people trafficking. Managing partner Hamraj Kang leads the practice and ‘demands and provides the highest standards of service to his clients’ and is ‘a well respected and sought after solicitor who retains a down to earth attitude to his colleagues and clients’. Other names of note include senior solicitor John Veale, who has strong expertise in fraud cases and drugs conspiracies, and senior solicitor Helen Holder ,  who works heavily on Crown Court cases.  White collar crime solicitor Frances Murray  is known for her ‘ability to manage document heavy cases’, ‘diligence in pursuing lines of enquiry’ and ‘client care’.

Slater and Gordon provides ‘a Roll-Royce service to its clients’, with a strong focus on representing police officers facing criminal allegations. Practice head Tim Coolican primarily focuses on business crime and serious misconduct, and has ‘a calm and measured approach’ which ‘belies his desire to always secure the right result for his clients’; he ‘thinks about cases from all angles’ and ‘will spot points others may not’.  Coolican represented West Mercia police officers in relation the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson as well as West Midlands police officers in relation to the investigation behind the death of Kingsley Burrell. He also acted for the Police Federation regarding the reopened inquest into the Birmingham Pub Bombings. Sue Swan has ‘an amazing eye for detail’, ‘does not leave a single stone unturned’ and ‘is passionate about her clients’ cases’. Swan has ‘particular expertise in cases of alleged sexual abuse, especially those involving historical allegations’. Criminal defence specialist James Walbeoff  provides advice that is ‘always realistic’ and ‘based upon a thorough grasp of the issues before him’.

Tuckers Solicitors  is ‘a nationally recognised brand’ which is ‘excellent’ in both fraud and general crime and known for the 'depth of its legal knowledge’ and ‘tenacity in representing its clients'. James Turner  leads the practice and ‘can be entrusted with the most complex cases’ and 'has an eye for detail’. Also recommended is solicitor advocate  Arvind Sharma, who handles Tuckers' police station department.

Alsters Kelley LLP  is ‘an extremely efficient firm of criminal solicitors’ focusing predominantly on the Coventry and Warwickshire area and dealing with cases involving manslaughter, fraud, drugs and assault. Stefan Hunka  co-heads the practice and has strong capabilities in motoring, health and safety,  and regulatory matters. Associate solicitor Jas Thiara also heads the practice, with a notable skillset in dealing with regulatory and motoring offences. Nuneaton-based Nazir Vania  is also a key figure and has worked on high profile murder and manslaughter cases.

Beswicks Legal  is ‘a very professional firm’ , known for its ‘attention to detail’ and ‘ensuring its clients’ interest are well presented’. Andrew Turnock   co-heads the practice and is ‘very confident’ and ‘experienced within the Crown Court arena’. Fellow practice head Charlotte Riley  is also heavily involved in Crown Court as well as Magistrate Court matters. Other key figures include associate Rebecca Dulson , who specialises in criminal court advocacy, and Lee Yates , who was recently made associate and has experience working in the Magistrates Court.

Lanyon Bowdler  is led by Adrian Roberts  who is experienced as a High Court advocate in the Crown Court and is also experienced in Court Martials and Court of Appeal work. Associate solicitor advocate Stephen Scully  has experience in the local youth, Magistrates and Crown Court.

Purcell Parker Solicitors's  legal aid practice focuses on criminal litigation with an additional prison law department. Managing partner Spencer Stephens leads the team alongside Tiernan Davis, who represents prisoners in disciplinary hearings, and Ben Galletti, who manages the police station group. Another key figure is solicitor David Rees, who handles youth court cases.


Licensing

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Harrison Clark Rickerbys  works on licensing matters for retailers, pubs, nightclubs and sports stadiums, with clients that include Liberty Retail, Dishoom and The Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Heath Thomas leads the team and works on contested licensing applications and reviews resulting from public disorder or nuisance. He recently assisted The Restaurant Group with licensing its existing estate, handling personal licence applications, as well as dealing with new premises licences. He also advised Aston Villa Football Club on obtaining an additional premises licence for Holte CarPark, which involved the sale of alcohol and provision of entertainment. Thomas is assisted by consultant Stewart Wright, who is an expert in taxi licensing matters, and associate solicitor Laura Shirley , who is also experienced in regulatory and licensing matters.

Emms Gilmore Liberson is led by Peter Adkins, who has ‘a deep specialism in licensing and gambling’, ‘is always very quick to respond’ and ‘has a number of contacts within the industry which usually helps to get things moving’. He recently assisted Casino 36 with licensing new premises which involved requesting a transfer of a casino license from one premises to another. He also advised Loki Wines on extending its premises as well as licensing new premises in Moseley and Edgbaston.

Pillinger & Associates is led by Amanda Pillinger, who is 'approachable', 'efficient' and 'a very knowledgeable solicitor regarding licensing law'. She recently advised Lidl on a number of new premises licenses applications. Other notable highlights included  assisting SC Entertainments on its application to hold an annual music festival on the the estate of Lord Lechmere and working with Hereford Football Club on its new premises licence application for holding events at the club's grounds.

The ‘excellent’, ‘extremely professional’ and ‘efficient’ Squire Patton Boggs focuses on licensing matters in the transport, hospitality, leisure and retail sectors. The practice is led by Stephanie Perraton  who specialises in alcohol, entertainment and late night food sales licensing issues. She is ‘technically knowledgeable’, ‘highly competent’ and ‘very approachable’. Nicole Smith  ‘always responds in a timely manner’ and works heavily in the hospitality and leisure sectors. They both advised Select Services Partner Air on licensing self-service tills at M&S Simply Food stores. They also advised Bryant Park Hospitality on licensing a number of properties in the English Midlands and Northern areas. They also acted for RedefineBDL on licensing matters, which included conducting a mock PACE interview. Smith advised One Stop Stores on obtaining new licenses in Durham, Hartlepool and Liverpool. The firm also worked for Trafalgar Hotel, when it took over Hilton Trafalgar, particularly on licencing its rooftop bar.

Wright Hassall LLP  handles a range of licensing matters, with a strong reputation in the Coventry and Warwickshire area. Ian Besant  leads the practice and is highly skilled in licensing and gaming law matters. Consultant Andrew Potts  recently assisted Coventry Rugby Club with a highly contested enlargement of its premises.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is headed by Charlotte Clode, who regularly works on variation licenses and contested applications. Recent work highlights of hers include: advising on the  licensing of a charity competition, assisting with the revocation a license due to an underage customer being served alcohol, and working on the re–licensing of a premises after violent incidents occurred inside and outside the premises.


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