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  2. Leading individuals
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    • John Allchin - Cartwright King
    • Matt O’Brien - Jonas Roy Bloom

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Cartwright King has a national fraud, tax and crime team that is ‘definitely in the premier division’, according to one client. The practice is led by Nottingham-based director Sundeep Soor and includes Birmingham-based senior associate John Allchin, who is ‘always thoroughly prepared and goes the extra mile for his clients’. Soor and Allchin acted in a high-value prosecution, which centred on allegations of corruption between bank employees and appointed insolvency practitioners related to an investment scheme for turning around failing businesses. They also acted in a high-profile fraud case in which an organised crime organisation intercepted high-value payments made to government contractors. Other recent work includes acting in an international bribery case in which a senior executive was charged with two counts of concealing and destroying relevant documents, and representing a high-profile politician in relation to allegations of money laundering through fraudulent expense claims. Also recommended are Birmingham-based solicitors Gemma Redfern, who joined the practice from Dass Solicitors, and Fiona Warman.

The two-partner fraud practice at Jonas Roy Bloom is ‘the best at what it does’, and ‘constantly provides first-rate sophisticated advice’ on white-collar crime matters. Ben Henry heads the practice and is known among clients as ‘a clear thinker’ who has ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of state and case law and exceptional mastery of detail’. He is supported by Matt O’Brien. The team recently represented a senior executive of a PLC with regards to an SFO investigation into banking and trading fraud in the steel industry. It also acted on behalf of a shareholder in a high-profile prosecution concerning a website which allegedly defrauded a large number of consumers, and handled the confiscation of assets of a traveller family prosecuted for modern slavery offences.

According to one client, Kangs Solicitors is ‘easily the best criminal law firm in the West Midlands’, and another describes it as ‘the leader of the pack when it comes to criminal fraud work’. Practice head and ‘doyen of complex fraud workHamraj Kang represented an individual charged with conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud alongside 15 other defendants, and acted for a client accused of defrauding banks and laundering the proceeds. Solicitor John Vealehas impressive client care, tactical awareness and strategic thinking skills’; he supported Kang in the defence of two individuals charged with large-scale VAT evasion, while senior solicitor Dean Phillips acted for a client accused of VAT and excise fraud through the importation of high-end watches. Solicitor and ‘superb lawyerFrances Murray is also recommended.

Ruth Armstrong heads the regulatory practice at Gateley Plc and leads the firm’s fraud work; she has particular strength in the construction, banking, manufacturing and transportation sectors and is assisted by Mark Wilson, who heads the firm’s corporate recovery team. The firm recently acted for a construction business and its managing director in an HMRC investigation into payroll fraud, while James Baird acted for a banking client in an asset finance fraud case involving false invoicing, customer application, title, and employee fraud. Wilson represented an insolvent insurer in connection with negligence and dishonest assistance claims. Clients include Grant Thornton, Ernst & Young, and Henry Howard.

BLM’s insurance fraud practice is led in Birmingham by Sarah Hill, who ‘is excellent from a knowledge and relations perspective’. She is responsible for the development of counter-fraud initiatives for all of the firm’s business lines. Hill is supported by Simon Hammond, who led on several road accident cases involving phantom passenger and material misrepresentation issues. Joanna Keogh led the team acting for Direct Line Group in cases concerning dishonest claims for damages and personal injury. Other notable clients include Aviva, Axa, Allianz and NFU. Personal injury, motor accident and multi-party claim specialist Daniel Thomas is also a key contact.

Catherine Burt heads DAC Beachcroft LLP’s counter-fraud team and focuses on defending fraudulent claims, while Anthony Carrington leads the firm’s organised fraud work. In recent highlights, Burt acted for Zurich in Hayward v Zurich Insurance plc, which resulted in a Supreme Court decision designed to bridge the gap between first and third party insurance fraud. Carrington handled several matters for Aviva including a motor accident claim which resulted in a wasted costs order being filed against the claimant, and defending a fraudulent personal injury claim brought by an athlete following a minor road collision. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Claire Laver from BLM. New partner Georgia Court and Helen Bates are also key contacts.

Mann & Co Solicitors is ‘an-up-and coming’ niche firm based in Smethwick and Tipton that specialises in fraud and serious sexual assault cases. Raz Mann, who heads the firm’s fraud and serious crime practice, ‘is a charismatic and excellent litigator who deals with the most complex and serious cases’. Mann defended an individual charged with a multimillion-pound mortgage fraud, and another accused of committing an advanced timeshare fee fraud involving 38 victims. Other key mandates included acting for one of two defendants in a case involving credit card, merchant and mandate fraud and money laundering. Paul Selby leads the serious and organised crime practice and is rated for his ‘enthusiasm and energy’.

Murria Solicitorsis an extremely sought-after firm in the West Midlands, particularly for fraud’ and is known to clients as ‘an extremely conscientious and committed firm that always goes the extra mile’. Head of the Crown Court and business crime department Jagtar Kulair is ‘a great strategist with a hands-on and detailed grip on his work’. Makhan Singh is also recommended.

At Tuckers Solicitors, senior partner James Turner is ‘a very capable defence solicitor’ with ‘a phenomenal work ethic’. Solicitor and ‘specialist trial advocate’ Sharon Bailey acts alongside ‘insightful’ solicitor Alex Walsh Atkins, who ‘is highly regarded in both his advocacy and trial preparation’. Arvind Sharma attracts praise for his ‘dynamic approach’. Past work has included representing defendants in cases relating to false identity documents linked to a plot to cultivate cannabis and a conspiracy to avoid paying excise revenue.

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