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Bark&co's clients benefit from the support of one of the country's leading fraud and business crime firms. Its highly skilled lawyers are committed to providing top-class advice at every stage of proceedings. If the firm can prevent expensive litigation then it will; if not then it will fight tenaciously to protect its clients' interests.

The Firm: Established in 1996 by Giles Bark-Jones, Bark&co is now one of the UK’s most progressive and successful fraud and business crime firms. It handles civil and criminal fraud, business and tax regulation, tax investigations, white-collar crime, bribery and corruption, and serious crime for individuals, national and international companies, and other bodies. It has also established itself as a leader in the field of cash and asset recovery in both criminal and civil courts. The firm has a flexible approach, tailoring its advice to meet each client’s individual needs. Its rigorous commitment to quality and discretion is widely recognised and generates significant referrals from satisfied clients.

Principal Areas of Work

White-collar crime/fraud: Bark&co handles a wide range of white-collar crime and fraud cases, including prosecutions and investigations brought by the SFO, the FCA, HMRC, the Special Compliance Office of the Inland Revenue, the CPS, NCA, SOCA and other prosecuting bodies. Specialists in heavyweight criminal fraud work of all kinds, Bark&co’s advice is increasingly also sought in major civil fraud cases. Acknowledged as a leader in the field, the firm has helped clients in connection with many of the highest profile prosecutions brought by the SFO and other agencies. Notable recent work includes successfully representing a defendant in the SFO prosecution following the LIBOR scandal; acting for a (highly confidential) individual in the investigation into the BHS collapse; acting for individuals in the SFO investigation into the Rolls Royce bribery allegations; successfully representing barrister Mr Fitch-Holland in the prosecution of him and Chris Cairns (former New Zealand cricket captain) for allegedly perverting the course of justice in libel proceedings against former IPL-head Lalit Modi; acting in R v PF & Others described by prosecution counsel as the ‘biggest case ever’ involving allegations of carbon trading fraud; representing an individual in the ‘bio-fuel’ investment fraud, the first

SFO prosecution alleging offences under the Bribery Act; acting in R v Asil Nadir, the high profile prosecution by the SFO involving allegations of theft from the Polly Peck International group; and appearing in R v Adoboli, the US$2.3bn trading loss fraud at UBS. Bark&co’s civil fraud, VAT and indirect tax practice has grown rapidly in recent years. Much of Bark&co’s work in this area is highly confidential, but recent highlights include successfully representing a former mobile phone trader in its appeal in the First Tier Tax Tribunal against HMRC VAT assessments for over £1m; representing a client in an appeal against a £60m+ conviction for alcohol tax evasion; representing a client in a highly complex matter involving a number of payroll companies that allegedly failed to pay tax on behalf of the companies for which they acted; acting in relation to a £50m tobacco-related tax evasion and an £800m international tax fraud involving a number of global jurisdictions, and assisting a client in a £100m case arising out of Operation Amazon, a multijurisdictional matter described by KPMG and the Daily Telegraph as ‘one of the biggest direct tax frauds in UK history’.

Crime: The firm also continues to act in large, high-profile criminal trials, including murder, money laundering, drugs importations and people-smuggling cases. It focuses on high-end work, much of it international. High-profile recent examples include representing an accused in the high profile News of the World ‘phone hacking’ trial and subsequent computer hacking investigations, the ‘Clerkenwell crime syndicate’ case, and the Operation Yewtree sexual offences investigation. Further highlights have included acting for a professional footballer who is alleged to have taken part in the attempted murder of a man after a night out; and representing a high ranking Metropolitan Police Officer in relation to serious criminal allegations, as well as assisting clients in international drugs supply, murder, manslaughter, firearms and terrorism matters. Although the firm is well known for discretion, Bark&co’s services are also sought after in cutting-edge matters that are in the public eye such as representing those accused of war crimes.

International: The firm’s work frequently extends overseas with specialist teams deployed for cases with a multi-jurisdictional element. Its international credentials are demonstrated by its involvement in R v Marrache & Co, an alleged client account fraud, which is notable as Gibraltar’s largest fraud case to date.

  • Number of UK partners: 1
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 30
  • Breakdown of work %

  • White-collar crime/fraud: 60
  • General crime: 10
  • Civil fraud: 10
  • Adverse possession: 10
  • VAT and indirect tax: 5
  • Extradition: 5

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