Crime: fraud in East Anglia

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP has a ten-lawyer group handling private crime work, investigations of financial crime, Bribery Act matters and dawn raids. It advises on serious crime including high-value fraud for both corporate entities and private individuals. Laura Thomas left Birketts LLP to take up a non-legal role so barrister Matthew Gowen in Ipswich now leads the regulatory and corporate defence practice. Senior associates Philippa Dyer and, in Norwich, Julie Gowland also stand out. 'I appreciated their honest appraisal of the situation,' remarks one client.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gowen

Other key lawyers:

Philippa Dyer; Julie Gowland

Testimonials

The firm is experienced in health and safety law. The team acted precisely on their instructions in a positive manner.

From the legal assistant to the lawyers, I found them courteous and understanding but, above all, I appreciated their honest appraisal of the situation I was presenting.

Fosters

The crime and business defence practice at Fosters in Norwich is frequently involved in high-profile cases, including the representation of a hacker in matters of domestic and international cryptocurrency fraud, which was the first in the UK to result in a POCA auction of the currency. Practice head Chris Brown and Higher Court Advocate Damien Moore often appear before the Crown Courts in fraud and regulatory matters, and they act on behalf of professional bodies, notably in the healthcare, banking and sporting sectors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Brown

Other key lawyers:

Damien Moore

Key clients

National Probation Service

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough has two specialist crime partners leading the practice. The firm handles many of the region's high-profile cases, with a growing volume of corporate defence matters complementing its privately funded and Legal Aid work. Simon Milburn prosecutes and defends health and safety matters, proceeds of crime recovery, environmental and trading standards matters. Andrew Cave specialises in fraud and mental health law and frequently defends cases involving serious organised crime charges. Barrister Mauro Maselli also plays a key role.

Practice head(s):

Simon Milburn;  Andrew Cave

Other key lawyers:

Mauro Maselli

Belmores

Over the last 30 years, specialist criminal law firm Belmores has become one of the region's leading practices for the defence of all types of crime. Its work includes cases of theft from employers, false accounting, money laundering, mortgage fraud, conspiracy to defraud and fraud related to VAT, tax and duty. Dave Foulkes and Simon Nicholls act for clients across the UK in both private and Legal Aid matters.

Practice head(s):

Dave Foulkes

Other key lawyers:

Simon Nicholls

Gotelee Solicitors

Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich has a diverse practice covering all aspects of criminal law and the firm has a prominent market position in Suffolk. The firm handles privately funded defence work and practice head Hugh Rowland has a track record in business crime, fraud, regulatory matters, Trading Standards cases, health and safety, and planning matters that spans more than 30 years. Higher Courts Advocate Howard Catherall handles Trading Standards and HMRC investigations into the importation of goods from outside the EU.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Rowland

Other key lawyers:

Howard Catherall

Work highlights

  • Acting for a company director accused of fraudulent trading.
  • Acting for the Appointed Person of a severely disabled family member being investigated for making a false representation.

Metcalfe, Copeman & Pettefar

Metcalfe, Copeman & Pettefar has a heavyweight criminal law practice based in King's Lynn. The firm is one of the few to have a Large Criminal Contract with the Legal Aid Agency. It also has a niche prison law practice. Alison Muir has 25 years' experience in criminal law. She represents national retail companies in regulatory matters and advises major government departments and other agencies on prosecutions. Nigel Taylor is recommended for police station representation. Lisa Cross also handles business fraud cases.

Practice head(s):

Alison Muir; Nigel Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Cross

Work highlights

  • Representing the former senior partner of a large provincial firm, who was under investigation for embezzlement of client funds.
  • Representing a client who was charged with the substantial fraud of a family member’s estate, involving the Court of Protection.
  • Representing a client, employed as an accountant, who was investigated for defrauding an insurance company that engaged the client’s accountancy services.