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Crime: fraud

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  1. Crime: fraud
  2. Leading individuals

The ‘exceptionally goodAziz Rahman leads the ‘unbeatable’ practice at Rahman Ravelli Solicitors, which has particular expertise in civil recovery proceedings involving the National Crime Agency (NCA) and other international agencies. It has been acting for two individuals in a major landfill tax fraud.

At ABR Solicitors, Robert Rode’s team defends clients against the full range of fraud allegations, including carousel and VAT fraud, and regularly acts in prosecutions brought by authorities such as the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

A pleasure to work with’, Cartwright King represents clients before the Magistrates Court, Crown Court, Supreme Court and European Court. The ‘outstanding’ Mark Fowler is the key contact.

Howard & Byrne’s department includes Colin Byrne, who ‘excels’ at matters involving miscarriages of justice, bribery and corruption; and Kevin Blount, who leads on fraud and confiscation work.

Led by John Gibson, Howells’ team includes the ‘terrific’ Chris Wong, who has extensive experience in handling VHCCs.

The regulatory and criminal investigations group at Irwin Mitchell is headed by Paul Haycock, who often handles complex criminal and regulatory matters involving regulatory bodies such as HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the FCA and the SFO.

The corporate crime and risk unit at McCormicks is headed by the ‘cleverGeoffrey Rogers, who is a supervisor on the VHCC panel.

The ‘very strong’ team at Opus Law is headed by the ‘extremely talentedBen Jones and Sarah Batty.

Switalskis Solicitors' ‘highly regarded’ team is led by Rob Casey and includes solicitor advocate Michael Devlin, who heads the criminal defence department.

Cohen Cramer’s crime, fraud and regulatory practice is led by John Goodwin, who ‘is great with clients’.

Headed by Atta Rehman, Harris Solicitors often handles high-profile Crown Court matters, as well as Magistrates Court work.

Lupton Fawcett Denison Till’s team represents clients in a wide range of criminal regulatory matters, with particular expertise in Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigations and prosecutions. Jeremy Scott leads the team.

Crime: general

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  1. Crime: general
  2. Leading individuals

Higher Court advocate Robert Rode leads the ‘excellent’ team at ABR Solicitors, and is handling an increasing number of POCA and confiscation matters. Rode also handles motoring and general criminal matters. Susannah Proctor and Keith Allen are also recommended.

Cartwright King’s practice is headed by Nottingham-based Mark Hopwell and has a particular expertise in motoring law, as well as representing clients in POCA proceedings. The ‘diligent’ Rachel Baldwin and ‘reliable’ Paul Henocq are also recommended.

Howard & Byrne’s team is headed by Kevin Blount, who specialises in confiscation work. The group includes prison law expert Jacky East and forensic specialist Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks. Colin Byrne has a national reputation for his cross-border bribery and corruption work, and also has an extensive track record in miscarriage of justice issues.

The ‘high-quality’ practice at Howells covers the full range of criminal defence work, with a strong focus on youth crime, extradition and public order offences. Headed by John Gibson, the team includes the ‘very diligent’ Chris Wong and Mary Rose Macadam.

Irwin Mitchell’s group is led by Paul Haycock, who has strong expertise defending individuals in complex investigations and prosecutions.

The ‘outstanding’ team at Lester Morrill Solicitors is headed by the ‘hugely committed’ Philip Goldberg, and includes the ‘utterly dedicated’ Lindsey Lobley.

McCormicks’ group is led by Geoffrey Rogers, who also heads the firm’s corporate crime and risk unit. The team includes associate Helen Taylor and senior associate Peter Minnikin, both of whom have strong Crown Court experience.

Switalskis Solicitors’ ‘highly regarded’ team is led by Rob Casey and includes Keith Whitehouse, who is noted for his ‘wealth of experience’.

GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates’ team includes Murray Schiffeldrin and Ben Tighe, who joined from Qamar Solicitors LLP and has strong expertise in police powers.

Qamar Solicitors LLP is led by founder Qamar Islam and includes High Court advocate Anastasis Tasou.

Tates Solicitors has extensive experience representing clients before the Magistrates Court, Crown Court and Supreme Court.


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  1. Licensing
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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Led by Teresa Hitchcock, DLA Piper UK LLP’s licensing team acts for large corporations and institutions on a wide range of licensing work, including applications for new and complex licensed premises. Hitchcock has been advising Sheffield Hallam University on a variation application that would allow a student sports venue to host professional rugby league matches on a permanent basis.

One of the best licensing firms’, Gosschalks has benefited from a significant increase in premises applications for pubs across the country. Practice head Clare Johnson’s recent highlights include extending the trading hours of over 300 Morrisons stores. ‘First-class advocate’ Richard Taylor is also recommended.

John Gaunt & Partners offers ‘good commercial advice’ on all licensing issues, with particular expertise in regulatory and enforcement matters. John Gaunt’s team includes ‘excellent negotiator’ Michelle Hazlewood.

Founded by Andrew Woods and Paddy Whur, Woods Whur acts for a number of major national and independent operators, as well as local authorities. The firm specialises in alcohol and gambling licensing.

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