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Further lateral hire at Edmonds Marshall McMahon

March 2016

Further lateral hire at Edmonds Marshall McMahon as award winning law firm continues expansion into civil fraud

Award winning private prosecution law firm, Edmonds Marshall McMahon, has announced the appointment of leading trust and fraud specialist Sofie Hoffman as a Partner. The hire of another high profile litigator swiftly follows the appointment of Robert Hunter from Herbert Smith Freehills in February 2016 when the boutique law firm first announced it was expanding into civil fraud. Sophie joins from Boodle Hatfield where she was a Partner in the Contentious Trusts Team.

  Sophie is one of the foremost contentious trusts and fraud specialists with twenty years’ experience advising on a wide range of complex cases, frequently with an international element and regularly involving allegations of dishonesty. Working in-house as well as in private practice, she has advised both companies and high net worth individuals to assist them in recovering the proceeds of fraud through the civil courts – including through asset tracing.  

Edmonds Marshall McMahon was established in 2012 as a boutique law firm specialising in private prosecutions by barristers Tamlyn Edmonds and Andrew Marshall and former Serious Fraud Office Solicitor Kate McMahon. The announcement in February 2016 that the firm will expand into civil fraud follows its exponential rise to become the foremost adviser in the prosecutions of privately brought criminal cases and will create a formidable boutique law firm with unparalleled expertise in the complementary areas of civil and criminal fraud.         

Kate McMahon, Co-founder and Partner at Edmonds Marshall McMahon, commented: “Edmonds Marshall McMahon is delighted to announce this second, high profile hire to bolster its asset tracing and recovery fraud team. Sofie brings with her a wealth of experience in the area of trusts, asset tracing and fraud claims, which will enable us to advise clients on every aspect of the fraud they have been a victim of and how they can seek civil as well as criminal redress and financial reparation. She is admired by her clients and credited with a high level of innovation and creativity when chasing fraudsters!”

Sofie Hoffman said of her appointment: “Edmonds Marshall McMahon has an exceptional reputation for the private prosecution of fraud cases. I look forward to applying my expertise in the field of civil fraud and trusts to enable clients who have been the victim of fraud to receive advice on all the options available to them at one specialist firm.”

In addition to its substantial fraud practice, Edmonds Marshall McMahon also has extensive private prosecution expertise in cases concerning counterfeiting, general crime, investigations, restraint and confiscation, perverting the course of justice, and advisory and regulatory matters. Most recently the firm conducted confiscation proceedings against Ketan Somaia, following his conviction on nine counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception, resulting in compensation to the victim of £18,220,723 – the largest award following a private prosecution to date.


Notes to Editors

About Edmonds Marshall McMahon:

  • Edmonds Marshall McMahon is a legal disciplinary practice structured as a limited company, which has both barristers and solicitors as partners.
  • The firm was founded by three partners – Tamlyn Edmonds, Andrew Marshall and Kate McMahon – in 2012.
  • The firm has five partners, six associates, one trainee and four paralegals.
  • In 2014 Edmonds Marshall McMahon was named “Boutique Law Firm of the Year – City” at the Lawyer Awards and it is consistently listed as a Leading Firm in “Fraud: white collar-crime” by Legal 500.
  • Significant private prosecutions for fraud on which Edmonds Marshall McMahon has had conduct include: confiscation proceedings against  Ketan Somaia following his conviction on nine counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception to the value of £13.5m resulting in a confiscation order of £20,434,691 and compensation to the victim of £18,220,723; the conviction of Solaman Pradhan for perverting the course of justice and fraud for which he was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment; and several prosecutions on behalf of Provident Financial Services Ltd for offences of fraud by false representation and fraud by abuse of position.

For further information please contact:

Miriam Low, Byfield Consultancy, 0207 092 3994, ]

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