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London: Corporate and commercial

VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 3


The team at Bark&co specialises in tax litigation, with a particular focus on VAT and excise duty cases. It is well versed in civil tax matters before the courts, including challenges to HMRC assessments, and has significant experience representing clients in HMRC investigations into VAT and missing trader intra-community fraud allegations. Founding partner Giles Bark-Jones takes the lead, supported by a team including Peter Finbow and Maria Stalbow.

Practice head(s):Giles Bark-Jones

Other key lawyers:Peter Finbow; Maria Stalbow; Pat Wilson; Alex Nelson; Paul Lennon

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2


Bark&co advises on cases of murder, sexual offences, terrorism, drugs, and manslaughter, to name a few areas. Giles Bark-Jones leads the practice, in which Frederick Bunn and consultant Paul Cameron are names to note.

Practice head(s):Giles Bark-Jones

Other key lawyers:Frederick Bunn; Paul Cameron

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kenneth Umezie, who was charged with murder after stabbing drill rapper Incognito; the defendant was acquitted.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 3


Bark&co advises on high-profile criminal fraud investigations and frequently handles large cases, with thousands of pages of electronic evidence. Areas of expertise include corruption, bribery, money-laundering, insider dealing, boiler room frauds, VAT and MTIC frauds, fraudulent trading and mortgage fraud. The firm deals with investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, CPS, HMRC, FCA, the Environment Agency, and the National Health Service. The firm also provides crisis and media management expertise. Giles Bark-Jones heads the team and deals with general crime and criminal fraud.

Practice head(s):Giles Bark-Jones

Other key lawyers:Maria Stalbow; Frederick Bunn; Alex Nelson; Sabrik Dhamu; Paul Lennon; Pat Wilson; Riz Majid; Hannah Jameel; Charles Long; Anthony Le; Abdul Mojid

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a client charged with being party to a large-scale international fraud against a number of film rental equipment companies based across the globe.
  • Achieved a high profile acquittal this year in a widely-reported case involving charges of international money laundering by a wealthy and high profile sportsman in the UK and Nigeria

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