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Tim Coolican

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Business crime and regulation, and crime and misconduct.



Tim is  a specialist in Criminal and Regulatory law at Slater and Gordon Lawyers, leading the Criminal teams in Birmingham, London and Cardiff.
He has established a reputation for the successful representation of clients in complex cases of business crime and has particular expertise in representing individuals in relation to fraud, money laundering, health and safety, inquests, and professional discipline matters.
Representing members of the Police Federation Tim has worked on a number of serious criminal and misconduct allegations including deaths in custody, firearms incidents and road traffic accidents.
Hs is regularly instructed to represent clients investigated for gross negligence manslaughter, health and safety offences, and during complex and high profile inquests.


Trained Hart Brown, Surrey; qualified 1998; joined Russell Jones & Walker Cardiff office 1998; partner 2003; partner in charge of Birmingham business crime and regulation, and crime and misconduct groups 2004.


City of London School; University of Kent (History and Law); University of Westminster; University of West of England.


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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Crime: fraud

Slater and Gordon   is ‘excellent in fraud. It has an outstanding and well-earned reputation in this field’. ‘The firm has a long history of having excellent experienced lawyers in fraud so it comes as no surprise that the firm remains one of the first ports of call for anyone who has been charged with a serious fraud or a financial crime’. There have been some changes at senior level in the team; the ‘tenacious, thorough and patient’ Rachel Adamson  joined the team from Stephensons Solicitors LLP, while Helen Simm departed for Clyde & Co LLP. Adamson is ‘very sensitive to her clients’ needs, sets rigorously high standards for her team and is a powerhouse for complex fraud cases; she has all the qualities that are needed to deal with long and difficult cases’. Other members of the ‘superb team’ include the ‘tenacious and hardworking’ associate Alan Greenidge  and solicitor Jonathon Enston, who is ‘dedicated and leaves no stone unturned’. Tim Coolican  is well regarded for his work in complex cases of business crime. The skilled team has recently acted in numerous SFO investigations and prosecutions and currently has two active VHCC contracts. The group conducts legal aid work as well as servicing a large number of private clients. ‘This is one of the top firms in the country for crime and is certainly a first stop for clients arrested with serious financial offences’.

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West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Leading individuals

Tim Coolican - Slater and Gordon

Within: Crime: general

Slater and Gordon provides ‘a Roll-Royce service to its clients’, with a strong focus on representing police officers facing criminal allegations. Practice head Tim Coolican primarily focuses on business crime and serious misconduct, and has ‘a calm and measured approach’ which ‘belies his desire to always secure the right result for his clients’; he ‘thinks about cases from all angles’ and ‘will spot points others may not’.  Coolican represented West Mercia police officers in relation the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson as well as West Midlands police officers in relation to the investigation behind the death of Kingsley Burrell. He also acted for the Police Federation regarding the reopened inquest into the Birmingham Pub Bombings. Sue Swan has ‘an amazing eye for detail’, ‘does not leave a single stone unturned’ and ‘is passionate about her clients’ cases’. Swan has ‘particular expertise in cases of alleged sexual abuse, especially those involving historical allegations’. Criminal defence specialist James Walbeoff  provides advice that is ‘always realistic’ and ‘based upon a thorough grasp of the issues before him’.

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