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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 has developed into one of the UK’s most progressive and successful fraud and business crime firms. A member of the Specialist Fraud Panel, 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 has allowed it to win significant amounts of work through client referrals.

Types of work undertaken: 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, SOCA and other prosecuting bodies. A leader in heavyweight criminal fraud work of all kinds, it is increasingly sought after for major civil fraud cases.

Bark&co became a member of the Serious Fraud Panel at its inception and its senior staff are accredited as supervisors of the most serious and complex cases. Acknowledged as a leader in the field, the firm has gained experience in many of the major prosecutions brought by the SFO and other agencies. Expertise includes tax regulation, VAT and duties tribunal work, defence of duty evasion, money laundering and carousel fraud, mortgage fraud, investment fraud, corruption, pension fund fraud, telecoms fraud, theft, fraudulent trading by company directors and internet fraud. Dedicated teams also deal with confiscation and post- and pre-charge restraint proceedings.

Notable recent work includes: successfully representing Noel Cryan in the SFO prosecution following the LIBOR scandal; acting for four 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 Franklin & ors – 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.

The firm’s 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.

Bark&co’s civil fraud, VAT and indirect tax practice has grown rapidly in recent years. Much of its work is confidential, but recent highlights include successfully representing a former mobile phone trader, Privin Corporation Ltd, in its appeal against HMRC VAT assessments, bucking the current trend in MTIC decisions; Tuffoam (Uganda) Ltd v Milangela Raymunda Leona & ors, in which the firm represented a Ugandan manufacturer that was the victim of an international email fraud; and the appeal against a £60m+ conviction for alcohol tax evasion fraud, in which the client has recently transferred to Bark&co.

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. A high-profile recent example was R v Ward & ors, the first trial in England to concern the use of military grenades; securing the release without prosecution of an individual accused in connection with the phone hacking scandal; and defending a professional footballer accused of attempted murder.

It also advises individuals and companies facing investigation or criminal proceedings as a result of health and safety and environmental breaches, taking cases from pre-charge interviews through to trial.

Breakdown of work %General crime 5
White-collar crime/fraud 70
Civil fraud/VAT and indirect tax 25

Number of UK partners 1

Number of other UK fee-earners 50

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