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Crime: fraud

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    • Steve Kirby - Cartwright King

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Cartwright King’s ‘excellent’ team of ‘vastly experienced and tenacious solicitors’ has ‘an impressive track record’ handling the full spectrum of fraud and asset forfeiture cases, including duty evasion, money laundering, cyber fraud, corruption and fraudulent trading. Practice head Sundeep Soor ‘has deep experience in defending serious fraud cases and an extremely good knowledge of the sector’. Also recommended are senior associate and head of tax Steve Kirby, who ‘is fantastic with clients’ and ‘has a naturally good legal brain’, and fraud director Laura Pinkney, who leads the group’s Crown Court department.

Boutique firm Richard Nelson LLP handles the full range of fraud and financial crime, with notable expertise in tax investigations, regulatory work and professional negligence issues. Practice head Mark Wilson and founding and senior partner Richard Nelson are the key practitioners. Recent work involves banking fraud, HMRC fraud, and an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Smith Partnership’s team ‘is nothing short of excellent and brilliant at delivering a great quality service’. Its recent caseload includes a wide variety of work including corruption, conspiracy to commit fraud, VAT fraud and benefits fraud. As the team is part of a full-service firm, it is able to leverage the firm’s expertise in other departments such as property, corporate and commercial or employment in order to advise on issues arising as a consequence of facing a fraud case. ‘Straight-talking’ practice head Kevin McGrath ‘has a calm, methodical and reassuring approach’ and is especially noted for ‘his ability to understand complex tax issues’. Solicitor Beth Partner is also recommended.

ZMS Solicitors specialises in fraud and money laundering cases. Amar Mehta, Parmjit Singh and Yakesh Tanna are the key figures.


Crime: general

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    • Andrew Oldroyd - Smith Partnership

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Cartwright King has a varied practice that covers heavyweight crimes such as murder, rape and sexual offences; licensing appeals; motoring offences, for which it has a dedicated team; and defending cases involving attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Proceeds of crime proceedings are another are another area of focus. In addition to its track record in defending clients at every level of the criminal justice system, the department also takes on criminal regulatory work, including instructions in relation to Ofsted, Trading Standards, the Security Industry Authority and the Care Quality Commission. Key figures include practice head Paul Wright, motoring department heads Imogen Cox and Andy Cash, and Alwyn Jones, who leads the in-house chambers.

Smith Partnership’s ‘dedicated and hard-working team of extremely knowledgeable criminal practitioners’ offers ‘a one-stop shop’ for criminal defence matters. Key figures in the ‘outstanding’ department include practice head and ‘master of the criminal courts’ Andrew Oldroyd, David Cusack, and Higher Courts advocate Justin Ablott. The practice also has as a deep bench of more junior solicitors.

Wilkin Chapman LLP has unique expertise in court martial defence work, a key specialism of senior solicitor Gordon Holt. Senior solicitor Rachel Taylor is an expert in road traffic offences, but also has strong regulatory credentials covering issues ranging from health and safety prosecutions to environmental offences. The team's other areas of expertise include representing clients at the police station, youth, magistrates and crown court, as well as handling judicial reviews. It also handles legal aid work.

The ‘extremely professional’ team at Forrest Williams is known for ‘genuinely caring about its clients’. The boutique firm exclusively handles privately funded work spanning criminal and motoring charges as well as regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings, with an especially busy caseload defending against sexual offence allegations. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Steve Williams stands out for his ‘particular focus on client care’.

ZMS Solicitors offers a broad range of expertise, including serious sexual and drug-related offences. Amar Mehta, Parmjit Singh and Yakesh Tanna are the main contacts.


Licensing

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Poppleston Allen fields a ‘pre-eminent licensing practice’ that stands out for providing ‘knowledge in the field that is second to none’ and for its ‘faultless help and support’. The boutique firm has an exceedingly deep bench: key figures include managing partner Jonathan Smith who ‘is exceptionally hard-working, highly experienced and determined to succeed on all levels’; Lisa Sharkey, who ‘is thorough and dedicated to her clients’; the ‘highly personable’ and ‘strategicGraeme Cushion, who demonstrates ‘great determination to succeed for his client’; Andy Grimsey , whose ‘attention to detail is equaled by the energy in his willingness to help’; and James Anderson. The practice recently handled due diligence for Ten Entertainment Group in preparation for the client’s planned flotation on the stock market, which involved reviewing all licences and reporting full disclosure for each going back over four years. It also advised Sofitel on a new premises licence for a new hotel with a  restaurant and bar in a heritage site building in Leicester Square within the jurisdiction of a cumulative impact zone, involving a hearing before Westminter City Council’s licensing committee in which Sharkey carried out her own advocacy and successfully obtained new licences for the client. PizzaExpress, Azzuri Group and Carluccio’s are also clients.

Flint Bishop LLP acts for owners and operators of licenced premises, with a client roster that includes Heineken UK, Marston’s and Macdonald Hotels. Licence reviews form a significant portion of the caseload, but the team’s experience also includes licence variations and licence applications. Senior partner and practice head Andrew Cochrane is the key practitioner.

Fraser Brown’s ‘very experienced and reliable’ team combines ‘sound commercial judgement’ with ‘first-class’ client service. The group’s expertise spans a vast range of licensing mandates, from alcohol and entertainment premises to gambling premises and sex establishments, with gambling matters making up an increasing portion of the caseload. ‘Immensely knowledgeable’ practice head David Lucas is ‘a great communicator’, ‘works hard for his clients’ and ‘has a deep knowledge of the licensing industry’. Together with licensing executive associate Joanne Soar, Lucas advised Ego Restaurants on an application to extend a licensed area for a new conservatory area of premises in Warrington. A recent gambling highlight saw Lucas successfully avoid enforcement action for a client whose gambling premises had faced enforcement action by Cornwall Council.

The ‘consummate professionals’ at Freeths LLP are experts in alcohol licensing, but also handle ancillary regulatory work involving trading standards, health and safety, and food safety. Fire safety is another area of strength. Practice head Lisa Gilligan’s ‘greatest strength, aside from her in-depth knowledge of the subject matter, is her passion and dedication to her work’. Supermarket licensing is another area of expertise.


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