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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

BCL Solicitors LLP

‘Fantastic criminal law practice’ BCL Solicitors LLP acts for high-profile clients in the fields of business, sport, entertainment and media. Areas of expertise include sexual offences, domestic violence, public order offences, serious assault, murder, manslaughter, drugs matters and motoring offences. Recent high-profile clients include Shane Warne and Charles Elphicke MP. Paul Morris heads the team supported by Rachel Hubbard whose ‘strategy, attention to detail and client care is second to none’. Ellen Peart and Mark Haslam are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Ellen Peart - BCL Solicitors LLP

Paul Morris - BCL Solicitors LLP

Rachel Hubbard - BCL Solicitors LLP

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

BCL Solicitors LLP

‘Pre-eminent white-collar crime defence practice’ BCL Solicitors LLP has ‘the depth, breadth, and resources to take on the toughest and most intense litigation at very short notice’. It has one of the largest, specialist white-collar crime teams in the UK, representing directors, senior employees and high-net-worth individuals on all aspects of fraud, white-collar and business crime. Head of team Ian Burton is ‘the ultimate heavyweight in white collar crime’, he is supported by key practitioner Richard Sallybanks, who is ‘strategically savvy, bright and has a wealth of trial experience’. Harry Travers is ‘frighteningly bright and relentlessly committed’. Shaul Brazil is ‘a street fighter with a first-rate brain’ and Michael Drury has ‘bags of experience and an easy charm’. John Binns and Julian Hayes were promoted to partner. Shula de Jersey, who ‘brings real class to the firm’, joined from Slater and Gordon.  Jane Glass and Guy Bastable are also recommended. Brian Spiro left for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Leading individuals

Harry Travers - BCL Solicitors LLP

Ian Burton - BCL Solicitors LLP

Richard Sallybanks - BCL Solicitors LLP

Next generation lawyers

John Binns - BCL Solicitors LLP

Julian Hayes - BCL Solicitors LLP

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London: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

BCL Solicitors LLP

BCL Solicitors LLP 'has an excellent reputation for its health and safety work' and 'receives full marks for its client service, professionalism and responsiveness'. The team fields practice leader and 'rare find' Guy Bastable, who focuses on corporate crime, crisis management, director liability and contentious matters and is 'very down to earth and incredibly responsive'; newly promoted partner Richard Reichman, who is 'extremely thorough and appreciates the big picture issues'; and senior associate Tom McNeill, who is 'endlessly reliable'. The team's expertise encompasses corporate manslaughter cases, food safety issues, fire safety work and environmental offences.

Leading individuals

Guy Bastable - BCL Solicitors LLP

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 4

BCL Solicitors LLP

BCL Solicitors LLP is in demand for being 'excellent for all types of criminal-related judicial reviews.' In conjunction with its excellence in areas such as white-collar and corporate crime, it takes on public inquiry, judicial review and  inquest work. Its current cases include acting for a corporation in a judicial review regarding search warrants obtained by the police, a judicial review in connection with allegations of money laundering and fraud and a number of inquests with possible criminal ramifications. Richard Sallybanks is characterised as 'a cool-headed individual in big-ticket cases'; Michael Drury is 'a great strategist and a very bright lawyer who is brilliant at client-handling' and Guy Bastable is 'tenacious, hard-working and a brilliant tactician.'

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 2

BCL Solicitors LLP

BCL Solicitors LLP advises companies and large organisations on internal investigations and external investigations conducted by the SFO, FCA and HMRC. Areas of expertise include fraud, bribery, corruption, sanctions, cartels and corporate manslaughter. Ian Burton heads the team, he is ‘respected by all, especially his opponents and is able to position his clients to the maximum advantage at the investigation phase’. Richard Sallybanks has ‘an outstanding brain for corporate investigations’. Michael Drury has ‘decades of experience and a tenacious approach to cases he undertakes’. John Binns was promoted to partner and Shula de Jersey from Slater and Gordon. Brian Spiro left for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

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