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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

BCL Solicitors LLP

BCL Solicitors LLP provides advice to professionals and high-profile clients, drawn from a range of industries, on a range of matters, including murder, manslaughter, motoring offences, historic sexual offences, and grievous bodily harm. Paul Morris heads the team, supported by Rachel Hubbard, Ellen Peart and Mark Haslam.

Practice head(s):Paul Morris

Other key lawyers:Rachel Hubbard; Ellen Peart; Mark Haslam

Work highlights

  • Acted for a former headmaster in a case regarding alleged sexual offences that took place in the 1980s; the client was acquitted.
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

BCL Solicitors LLP advises on fraud, white-collar crime and corporate crime. Clients include individuals such as directors, senior employees and high-net-worth individuals as well as corporations. Head of team Ian Burton focuses on advising individuals, businesses and government bodies on a range of issues nationally and internationally. Harry Travers deals with business crime and regulation. Richard Sallybanks deals with investigations involving allegations of fraud, corruption, sanctions offences, price-fixing, and false accounting. John Binns specialises in financial crime and Julian Hayes handles fraud, insider dealing and market abuse, bribery and corruption, and sanctions. Shula de Jersey is recommended for her experience in dealing with allegations of serious fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption. Richard Reichman was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Ian Burton

Other key lawyers:Harry Travers; Richard Sallybanks; John Binns; Julian Hayes; Shaul Brazil; Michael Drury; Shula de Jersey; Jane Glass; Guy Bastable

Key Clients

John Scouler

Ahsani family

Sudhir & Bhanu Choudhrie

John Dougall

Work highlights

  • Represented John Scouler, formerly Tesco's Commercial Director for Food in the UK, who was charged by the SFO with fraud and false accounting in connection with an investigation into accounting irregularities and overstated profits.
  • Represented the Ahsanis, and Unaoil and Unaoil Monaco, in an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into alleged corruption offences.
  • Acting for two prominent Indian business tycoons under investigation by the SFO since 2014 for suspected multimillion pound corruption involving Rolls Royce and Indian government departments over a 20 year period.
  • Acting for a former director of DePuy International Ltd (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson Inc) in connection with criminal proceedings against him (and others) in Greece arising from alleged corrupt payments, fraud and money laundering in the orthopaedic products market.
Leading individuals

Harry Travers - BCL Solicitors LLP

Ian Burton - BCL Solicitors LLP

Richard Sallybanks - BCL Solicitors LLP

Shula de Jersey - BCL Solicitors LLP

Next Generation Partners

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 3

BCL Solicitors LLP

BCL Solicitors LLP handles cases relating to corporate manslaughter, fatal accidents and fire safety. Guy Bastable leads the team and advises companies and individuals in inquests and investigations. Other key members of the team include Richard Reichman, who advises on fatal and major accidents, and Tom McNeill, who has acted on cases involving corporate manslaughter, fire safety and coroner's inquests.

Practice head(s):Guy Bastable 

Other key lawyers:Richard Reichman; Tom McNeill

Leading individuals

Guy Bastable - BCL Solicitors LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

BCL Solicitors LLP

BCL Solicitors LLP advises corporate and individual clients on financial crime, corporate crime and white-collar crime. The firm advises on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, compliance procedures, fraud, sanctions, cartels and corporate manslaughter. It often deals with regulators including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and overseas authorities. Head of team Ian Burton advises clients on business crime investigations and prosecutions. Richard Reichman was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Ian Burton

Other key lawyers:Richard Reichman; Richard Sallybanks; Michael Drury; John Binns; Shula de Jersey; Harry Travers; Guy Bastable; Shaul Brazil; Julian Hayes

Key Clients

Options Energy Resource LLP

Work highlights

  • Represented Options Energy Resource LLP in relation to the Health & Safety Executive investigation and prosecution arising from a workplace accident in 2016 when a contractor was fatally electrocuted following contact with overhead powerlines.

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