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In the area of general crime, continued cuts to Legal Aid have forced some firms out of the market as tighter margins mean that in some cases it is not feasible to continue this type of work. This has gloomy implications for the future of the British justice system which is feeling the pinch of austerity, from the police to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to Legal Aid criminal defence lawyers.

The private crime market is busy with consumers shopping around for competitive quotes. A perceived reduction in the quality of Legal Aid work is pushing more people towards using private defence.

There has been a sizeable increase in reports of current and historic sexual abuse cases since the inception of the #Metoo movement in 2017. There has also been a clampdown by police on sexual offences generally. There continues to be an increase in cases of violent crime and drug offences, in particular the ‘county lines’ phenomenon of drug networks expanding from major cities into suburban areas.

In the fraud space the increasingly strained relationship between Russia and the UK is causing difficulties for Russian oligarchs who choose to litigate in the British judicial system. More generally the market is seeing a steady flow of fraud enquiries as is usually the norm in fairly benign economic conditions.

Tougher laws and more regulation such as the introduction of The Criminal Finances Act in 2017 has led to an increase in work in the white-collar crime sector. US firms continue to move into this area in London and this has led to a hiring spree with a lot of movement of talent between firms.

The appointment of Lisa Osofsky as the new director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) may not cause as much of a shake up as many initially feared as she has backtracked on a previously apparent desire to merge the SFO into the National Crime Agency (NCA). This news, along with a 50% increase in funding to the SFO will likely enable the continued steady pace of prosecution work from the organisation.

Gaming and betting is seeing a tougher regulatory environment for clients in the UK and internationally from gambling authorities around the world. Domestically, the Gambling Commission is issuing more fines and license reviews in the wake of Neil McArthur’s promotion from interim chief executive to permanent post-holder.

Domestically, the burden of a responsible gambling mandate has increased in emphasis. There is tighter scrutiny on the industry’s protections for minors and problem gamblers. With regards to licensing there is much more enforcement activity from the local councils and police forces, with license reviews being implemented following any reports of violence or other licensing infractions.

In the transport licensing area, Uber has successfully appealed the revocation of its London operations license.

Crime: general

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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.

ExceptionalBindmans LLP ‘always goes the extra mile in every case’. The firm deals with serious crime matters such as murder, fraud, terrorism and extradition, specialising in cases with human rights aspects. It represents high-profile individuals such as politicians, journalists and other professionals. The team has ‘excellent client and litigation skills and prepares cases thoroughly’, it is led by ‘utterly committedMartin Rackstraw and ‘level-headedKatie Wheatley . Other names of note include the ‘indefatigableKate Goold, Michael Schwarz and associates Jude Lanchin and Jessica Skinns . Recent highlights include acting for over 100 core participants in the Mitting Inquiry which relates to the  undercover policing of protest movements since the the 1960s, so far the firm has secured the quashing of 50 convictions of political activists.

Blackfords LLP combines ‘excellent private work with a busy legal aid practice’. The firm advises on matters such as thefts, murders, sexual offences, drug cases, assaults, property crimes and money laundering offences. The firm acted for Lavinia Woodward who stabbed her boyfriend in a high-profile case in which she received a 10 month suspended sentence due to mitigating factors. The team is headed by ‘charismatic rainmakerGary Bloxsome and ‘real grafterTrevor Francis , they are supported by the ‘pragmatic, pro-active, and highly experiencedDiana Payne. Barrister Rachel Wilson and Consultant Gary Rubin are also recommended.

Pre-eminent boutiqueCorker Binning acts in matters of possession and supply of drugs, grievous bodily harm, contempt of court, sexual offences, manslaughter, murder and extradition. It often acts for high-profile clients such as businessmen, politicians, sports stars, celebrities and journalists. The team is led by ‘down to earth and pragmaticRobert Brown, he is supported by the ‘astoundingly good, dedicated, hugely experienced, and extremely brightAndrew Smith and Edward Grange. A recent work highlight included acting for Vladimir Bukovsky, a Russian dissident and Vladimir Putin critic who is on trial for possession and creation of indecent images of children.

Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson acts in a variety of serious criminal matters including murder, fraud, money laundering, drug dealing offences, sexual offences, child abuse and public inquiries. The firm carries out a large amount of legal aid work alongside its private practice. Paul Harris , Shila Keshvari  and Kirsty Bishop jointly head the team. Edward Preston has stepped down as senior partner but remains at the firm carrying out serious criminal cases. Natalie Berman is also recommended.

Hickman & Rose advises on various aspects of criminal law such as murder, historic sexual abuse investigations and miscarriages of justice. It represents a range of high-profile private clients including politicians, finance workers, high-net-worth individuals and other professionals. Head of team Jenny Wiltshire has ‘sound tactical awareness and great judgment’. Ross Dixon is ‘a very knowledgeable individual who has a calm and authoritative manner’. Ben Rose acts for ITH Pharma in relation to proceedings brought under the Health and Safety and Medicines Acts. Peter Csemiczky was promoted to partner.

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors advises on serious crimes including extradition, murder, sexual crimes, drugs offences, dangerous driving and those with human rights aspects. It represents vulnerable individuals and also high-net-worth individuals such as celebrities. Raj Chada leads on advising 15 defendants who prevented a plane deporting refugees from taking off at Stansted airport by breaking into the airport and blocking the runway; the case is ongoing. Nigel Richardson heads the team, supported by Graeme Hydari and senior associate Gary Monks. Kiran Mehta and Atiyah Malik joined as partners. Samira Noor Khan left the firm.

The ‘first-rate’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP is ‘efficient, strategic, committed and able to handle the most complex of criminal cases as well as more general crime cases’. It advises corporations and individuals on sexual offences, violent crimes, drug offences, firearms offences, extradition and high-profile matters with an international element. The ‘hardworkingJohn Harding leads the general crime team alongside the ‘tenaciousDavid Sleight and Sandra Paul who is ‘head and shoulders above any other criminal defence practitioner in London’. Stephen Parkinson was promoted to senior partner, Johanna Walsh and Rebecca Niblock were promoted to partner. Senior associate Edmund Smyth is also recommended.

Simons Muirhead & Burton advises on a broad range of general crime matters such as drug offences, theft, complex sexual offences and media-related criminal law. It is adept at handling sensitive cases for celebrities and high-net-worth individuals. Anthony Burton CBE heads the department with ‘a wealth and breadth of experience’. Philip Smith joined as partner from Tuckers Solicitors , he has ‘an excellent client manner and gives clear and effective advice in dealing with highly complex and serious issues’. Pamela Reddy left the firm for Norton Rose Fulbright. Recent highlights included advising a former parliamentary candidate with mental health issues who has been accused arson with intent to danger life and possession of class A drugs and a stun gun.

Tuckers Solicitors' general crime team is led by the ‘charismatic and committed’ Richard Egan, Jim Meyer and Sarnjit Lal. The firm specialises in matters of fraud, regulatory, civil liberties, prison law, terrorism, armed robbery, murder, and drugs importation and distribution. Egan recently led on defending a high-net-worth art dealer who murdered his seven year old daughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Philip Smith left the firm for Simons Muirhead & Burton.

Bark&co  is experienced in handling cases of murder, manslaughter, drugs, firearms, terrorism, money laundering, assaults, sexual offences and immigration. Recent highlights included acting for a defendant against allegations of being part of a group that conspired to produce cannabis worth £26m a year, the defendant was acquitted. Giles Bark-Jones heads the department, he is ‘a talented tactician and brave as lion, just the man to have in your corner’. Frederick Bunn is also recommended.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) provides advice in relation to murder, violent crime, fraud, motoring offences, financial crime, large-scale drug importation, historic sexual abuse, firearms offences and immigration. Joanne Gibbons heads the team and is supported by Eddie Tang who is ‘an exceptional lawyer with first-class advocacy skills’. Recent highlights include acting for a carer accused of attempted murder and for a Chinese refugee accused of illegally importing a large amount of tobacco.

Lewis Nedas Law Limited deals with a variety of general crime matters such as murder, sexual offences, people trafficking, money laundering and cyber crime. Jeffrey Lewis who is ‘great with clients and a shrewd negotiator’ heads the team, supported by Miles Herman who is ‘a very experienced criminal litigator with a pragmatic approach that often pays dividends’ and Siobhain Egan. Unan Choudhury heads the new East London office. The team ‘thinks outside the box, resolves cases cost effectively and is an exceptional firm’.

Lloyds PR Solicitors is ‘very professional, well staffed and a growing force nationally’. It covers a broad range of general crime matters such as road traffic offences, extradition, business crime, terrorism, murder, serious sexual assault and human trafficking. The firm has separate teams to deal with the progression of cases including: the police station team, Magistrates Court team, Crown Court team, in-house advocacy team and confiscation team. Key individuals include Prasad Palihawadana, Harsha Rupasinghe who provides clients with ‘the best service and representation’ and associate Mohsin Ariff  who is ‘unflappable’, ‘extremely forensically astute’ and ‘has an ability to insightfully grasp the real issues in the most complex and serious cases’.

The ‘excellentRussell-Cooke LLP ‘prepares cases carefully and thoroughly’ and provides ‘an outstanding service’. It has recently acted in cases of drug dealing, sexual offences, terrorism and assault. The firm often deals with vulnerable and young clients. ‘Extremely bright and diligentJae Carwardine heads the practice and is supported by Nicola O’Connor who has ‘excellent client management skills’ and ‘remains focused in a pressurized environment’. Senior associate Marie Bourke is ‘bright and incisive’ and ‘her attention to detail, commitment to clients and pro-active case management is particularly impressive’. Kizzy Augustin joined as partner.

The team at Shaw Graham Kersh  is ‘phenomenal inside and outside court, with tremendous energy, stamina and strategy’. It deals with a variety of serious criminal offences such as firearms, drugs conspiracies, terrorism and gang crime. Paul Graham heads the team with Philip Hill who is ‘an extremely calm and focused lawyer’ and has ‘first-rate client care skills’. Raymond Shaw is ‘sensational, supportive and sharp’ and is ‘the doyen of disentangling doomsday scenarios’. Recent work highlights included acting for a member of a child grooming and prostitution gang and two defendants charged with a gang-related murder. Daniel Kersh left the firm to join the Bar.

Boutique private client firm Shearman Bowen & Co deals with serious crime matters such as murder, sexual assault and drugs charges. Recent highlights included defending a former rapper of the group So Solid Crew against a racially aggravated public order offence, he was found guilty of the lesser charge of a basic public order offence. Another highlight included defending the alleged ringleader of a drug supply conspiracy. Rick Shearman and Mark Bowen head the practice.

Excellent heavyweight criminal practiceSonn Macmillan Walker carries out significant amounts of private client work balanced with legal aid work. The firm advises on complex crime matters such as organised crime, drug supply, terrorism, sexual offences and violence. The ‘incredibly knowledgeableTim Walker heads the team which is ‘hardworking, diligent and well-informed, with good strategic insight’.

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors advises on serious crime matters such as organised crime, large scale international drug trafficking, money laundering, fraud, murder, bribery, corruption, armed robbery, cybercrime, and confiscation and civil recovery matters. Senior partner Bambos Tsiattalou has ‘incredible instincts and judgement’ and ‘fights tenaciously for every possible advantage’. Brian Swan is also recommended.

Birds Solicitors acts in various criminal matters including financial crime, confiscation and regulatory, road traffic and motoring offences and serious crime. Steven Bird the key contact for criminal matters.

Freemans Solicitors ‘often goes well beyond the call of duty’. The firm deals with a broad range of general crime matters including serious fraud, extradition, sexual assault, violent crime and murder. Michael Field jointly heads the team with Kishoree Kotecha-Pau who has ‘great depth of experience and knowledge of the criminal justice process’ and ‘combines professionalism with humanity, charm, warmth and hard graft’.

GT Stewart Limited specialises in dealing with vulnerable clients, those with mental health problems and young people. The firm deals with a high volume of publicly funded work across England. It is adept at handling cases of murder, assault, robbery and terrorism, and has strong experience in appeals. Greg Stewart heads the practice.

Howard Kennedy LLP has a ‘dedicated set of lawyers who really fight their clients’ corner’. It acts for high-net-worth individuals, high-profile clients, media clients, solicitors and other professionals. Areas of expertise include harassment, blackmail, drug offences and historic sexual offences. Ian Ryan heads the team and is ‘a superb tactician who knows exactly how to work a case to the client’s advantage’. Senior associate John Martyn is ‘diligent, imperturbable and outstanding at dealing with tricky clients’.

Attentive and professionalITN Solicitors ‘excels in challenging the boundaries of the law and fighting politically important cases’. It advises on a broad range of serious criminal matters including murder, drugs offences, terrorism, sexual offences and those with human rights and international law elements. The firm is acting for an individual accused of plotting to plant a bomb at 10 Downing Street to assassinate the Prime Minister. It is also acting for a defendant in a conspiracy to import heroin, cocaine and firearms into the UK from France. ‘Intelligent and thorough’ Simon Natas is ‘one of the foremost solicitors for protest and appeal cases’. Nadeem Thanvi is also recommended.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is ‘an excellent firm with highly talented individuals’. It specialises in extradition cases, INTERPOL matters and mutual legal assistance as well as handling serious crime matters such as murder, manslaughter, human trafficking, sexual offences and extortion. Michael O’Kane who is ‘of outstanding quality’ heads the business crime department. Nick Vamos joined as partner from his position as head of special crime at the crown prosecution service (CPS), he is ‘a lawyer of formidable intellect and excellent judgement’. Anna Bradshaw was promoted to partner, Neil Swift is also recommended.

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is ‘singled out by its attention to detail and well deserved reputation for tenaciousness’. The firm advises on a broad range of serious crime matters. Managing partner Rakeebah Rahim has ‘a great track record and is amazingly organised’, she is supported by the ‘personable and reassuringDeniz Oguzkanli and Piers Desser who is ‘a very astute and considered lawyer’. Davinder Virdi joined as associate and Abbas Nawrozzadeh joined as senior associate.

Slater and Gordon has a ‘Professional and dedicated’ team that specialises in representing Police Federation clients in relation to police use of force, fatal road traffic accidents, gross misconduct, criminal investigations, misconduct proceedings and deaths in police custody. The ‘very capable and highly experiencedScott Ingram heads the team. Susan Freeburn recently advised a Met police officer accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm whilst policing a football match, he was acquitted at trial.

Steel & Shamash ‘represents clients at all levels of criminal cases with the utmost professionalism’. The firm’s clients include the Labour Party and the National Union of Teachers, both of which it has acted for, for many years. It often acts for teachers accused of criminal offences such as sexual offences and assaults, and also deals with more general serious crime matters such as drugs offences and terrorism. The team is headed by the ‘versatile’ Rakesh Bhasin who ‘has sound judgement, is full of initiative and tactically astute’ and Robert Dynowski who is ‘well regarded by peers and competitors alike’.

TV Edwards LLP specialises in cases of youth crime, fraud, business crime and motoring crimes. It also deals with cases of murder, drugs offences, sexual assaults and violent crime. Key individual in the team Anthony Edwards is an expert on police station law and handles cases which involve witnesses entering into the witness protection scheme.

ABV Solicitors provides ‘excellent client care, experience, sound judgement and reliability’, acting in cases of sexual assault, immigration, terrorism and large-scale drug importation. Head of team Akhtar Ahmad is ‘ knowledgeable, professional and well-organised’, he is supported by Robert Borwick who is ‘pragmatic’ and ‘tenacious in his approach to criminal defence’.

Brown Rudnick LLP's 'truly inspirational’ general crime team consists of ‘formidable practitioners’ headed by the ‘completely brilliant’ Mark Beardsworth. The firm represents professionals, high-net-worth families and celebrities in a range of crime matters including historic child sex abuse, sexual assault and data protection offences. Recent cases include evasion of value-added tax (VAT), tax fraud and money laundering.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is ‘a busy firm, cornering the market in legally aided, general crime’. It is adept at handling cases of serious crime such as drugs importation, fraud, kidnap, immigration and gang-related offences. The firm recently acted for a man who murdered a fellow detainee at an immigration centre. Key individuals in the team include the ‘very personable and keen practitionerHardeep Dhaliwal who is ‘good with clients and has an easy manner’, and Rubin Italia.

Boutique extradition specialist Gherson is ‘the only firm to go to if the case has any asylum/immigration dimension’. The firm undertakes a large number of INTERPOL cases, and complex SFO matters in relation freezing orders. Roger Gherson Roger Gherson, who is ‘second to none in his devotion to clients’ heads the team alongside associate Thomas Garner  who is ‘clever, thoughtful, and has excellent judgment’.

Hughmansconsistently delivers the highest standards of client care and case preparation’. Recent cases have included investment fraud, money laundering, slavery, bribery, kidnap and grievous bodily harm (GBH). Peter Hughman has ‘exceptional judgement and integrity’; he is supported by Lee Adams, who ‘has a fantastic manner with clients’.

Janes Solicitors is noted for its ‘thorough, robust and thoughtful approach’. The firm advises on a wide range of serious criminal matters. Robert Berg heads the team and is ‘an impeccable solicitor with a razor-sharp and incisive mind’. James Mullion shows ‘considerable expertise and good judgement’.

Reeds Solicitors handles a range of crime cases including drugs supply, assault, murder, fraud and money laundering. Abigail Ashford heads the team which is ‘efficient, responsive and knowledgeable’. Associate Mark Abbott is ‘a thoughtful and detailed litigant’ with ‘impressive knowledge of the law and thorough and sensitive client contact’.

Heavyweight criminal defence firmStuart Miller Solicitors has recently acted in cases of murder, robbery, Sexual assault, drugs offences, possession of indecent images, GBH, kidnap and fraud. Key practitioner Abu Kibla is ‘dedicated, detail-oriented and thorough’, he is supported by Sarah King who is ‘exceptional, very bright, organised, proactive and really fights for the client’. Another name of note is Mohammed Zeb who is ‘an outstanding solicitor with persuasive advocacy skills’.

Advice Wise Solicitors Limited Advice Wise Solicitors Limited has recently advised on cases of sexual assault, brothel-keeping, burglary, murder and human trafficking. A particular highlight was acting for two defendants accused of using key-less technology to steal around 120 cars with a value of over £2.5m. The team is ‘100% committed to excellent preparation and client care’. ‘Pro-active’ head of team Shahid Khan has ‘a prolific work rate’ and ‘goes well beyond the call of duty’.

Expertly runBrett Wilson LLP handles ‘a wide variety of cases competently and adroitly’. Head of practice Nick Brett is ‘a shrewd judge of case’ and displays ‘reasoned common sense and sound strategy in his approach’. The firm has recently acted in cases of sexual offences, drug offences, fraud and money laundering.

Cantaris Locke Solicitors has recently advised on matters such as attempted murder, car theft, fraud, trafficking, sexual exploitation of a child and drugs supply. The key partners are Costa Cantaris and Natalia Locke who ‘prepare their cases meticulously and provide an exceptionally high standard of representation for all of their clients’.

Cartwright King covers a broad range of crime matters including, murder, manslaughter, drug supply, sexual offences and also specialises in cybercrime matters. Recent cases included Computer Misuse Act offences, hacking, people trafficking, extradition and fraud. Richard Cornthwaite heads the team supported by head of cybercrime Gary Broadfield.

Eastwoods Solicitors specialises in representing professionals in criminal proceedings. Recent cases have included sexual assault, gross negligence, manslaughter and fraud. The team has ‘a wealth of expertise from representing people at police interviews, all the way through to Crown Court trials’. Key practitioner Surjit Dubb has ‘unmatched client care and attention to detail’. Adam Smith is also recommended.

Powell Spencer & Partners Solicitors handles a broad range of serious crime issues such as terrorism, sexual assault, robbery and drugs offences. It recently achieved three acquittals in cases of misconduct in a public office for a prison officer, conspiracy to import class A drugs for the owner of a freight company, and endangering life for a railway train guard. Greg Powell and Sinead Zaman are recommended.

The criminal team at S&O Partnership have ‘established themselves very fast and are highly regarded’. Stephanie Roe heads the team, she is ‘a first class lawyer with a fantastic knowledge of rules and procedure and is always available to help her clients’. Recent highlights include acting in cases of misconduct in a public office, attempted murder, terrorist funding, various sexual crimes and also acting for a client who committed GBH on his baby daughter. Robyn Walters joined as partner from Irwin Mitchell .

Wainwright & Cummins deals with matters of theft, possession or supply of drugs, road traffic offences, burglary, robbery, criminal damage, sexual assault, GBH, murder and fraud. Andrew Wainwright heads the team.

Fraud: civil

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Allen & Overy LLP has ‘a strong team of smart, hardworking lawyers and is able to push disputes forward in multiple directions at once’. It is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional cases involving freezing injunctions and disclosure orders, and search and seizure orders. The firm represented Kazakhstan Kagazy in a £200m fraud case and also represented a major international hedge fund in relation to the theft of confidential information and trading strategies by a former employee in a case worth over £31m. Head of team Mona Vaswani has ‘has an instinct for making the right move at the right time and is always one step ahead of her opponents’. Senior associate Juliet de Pencier is ‘very able indeed’ and ‘is always in command of the materials, and a key member of any team in which she is involved’. Senior associate Helen Biggin is also recommended.

Baker McKenzie handles complex multi-jurisdictional fraud matters including conspiracy claims, economic torts, fraudulent misrepresentation, asset tracing, and preservation and disclosure orders. Head of practice Charles Thomson has ‘very quietly and effectively built up a first-class team in this area’. He led the team acting for Bidcorp Foodservice in relation to a breach of fiduciary duty and employment contract by a former managing director, this matter was worth £45m. The firm also recently acted for Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg in a case worth several hundred million pounds. It continues to act for Grupo Torras in relation to the recovery of stolen assets and ongoing Spanish criminal proceedings. Hugh Lyons is adept at representing financial institutions and corporates in disputes, insolvency and investigations matters. Jonathan Peddie is experienced in handling cases of financial crime, corporate investigations, regulatory enforcement, and civil and criminal litigation. Senior associate Henry Garfield is also recommended.

Pre-eminent boutiqueByrne and Partners LLP is ‘well-regarded for its heavy hitting litigators who live and breathe fraud claims’. Head of team Nicola Boulton led on advising Teva Pharmaceuticals in a fraud case worth £300m. Another highlight includes an ongoing cross-border matter representing two Liechtenstein trust companies in a dispute with their trustees. The proceedings are currently being undertaken in London, the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Curacao, Panama, Delaware and Liechtenstein, and amount to around $600m. Boulton is ‘an outstanding lawyer with a first-rate legal brain, great tactical instincts and a nose for sniffing out a winning argument’. Yvonne Jefferies is ‘great at handling clients’ and has over 30 years’ experience in commercial litigation and arbitration matters. Adam Zoubir was promoted to partner and Tim Beale left the firm.

Litigation powerhouseHerbert Smith Freehills LLP handles high-value and multi‐jurisdictional fraud investigations involving litigation, arbitration, freezing orders and asset recoveries. The firm acted for The Republic of Kazakhstan against the enforcement of a $500m arbitral award in a cross-border matter involving London, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. It also acted for Jyske Bank in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar in defence of a claim for dishonest assistance and dishonest receipt brought by the liquidators of Marrache & Co, a Gibraltarian law firm. Jeremy Garson heads the team, supported by Philip Carrington and Rachel Lidgate who was promoted to partner. Senior associate Gareth Keillor is ‘very experienced, thoughtful and level-headed’. The team has ‘a deep bench and very capable lawyers’ and is ‘top-tier despite the heavy competition’.

Leading firmHogan Lovells International LLP advises on international fraud cases, with particular experience in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Libya. It represents corporates, banks and liquidators/administrators such as Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), Grant Thornton, Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund and Standard Chartered. The firm represented the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA), winning a High Court judgement against Russian oligarch, Sergei Pugachev, this case was worth over $1b. Another highlight includes advising PJSC Commercial Bank Privatbank in a $2.6b claim in the chancery division of the High Court against two Ukrainian oligarchs. Head of team Crispin Rapinet is ‘a master tactician with unrivaled experience’. Chris Hardman has ‘incredible litigation nous’. Claire Lipworth joined the firm from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in April 2017.

Jones Day's ‘very strong team’ handles complex international fraud and asset tracing work, disputes with significant offshore components, and injunctive relief. Head of team Sion Richards led on advising Nicholas Guy Edwards and Philip Stephen Bowers of Deloitte in their capacities as joint liquidators of the Angel Group in a matter worth £10m. Richards is ‘solid and resolute’ and ‘his knowledge of the issues and tactical judgment are both superb’. Barnaby Stueck led on advising Brian Glasgow in his capacity as bankruptcy trustee of Harlequin Property in a matter worth around £270m. Craig Shuttleworth is ‘a very experienced street fighter’ and associate Annabel Treadgold ‘leads from the front’, shows ‘excellent management of the team and is confident and robust in her views’.

Top-tierLinklaters LLP advises on complex, multi-jurisdictional cases involving the fields of derivatives, insolvency, regulatory finance, capital markets, and energy and infrastructure. The firm continues to act for Grant Thornton as liquidators of companies within the Saad group and represented Bayerische Landesbank in commercial court proceedings arising from the bank’s sale of its stake in Formula One to CVC in 2006. Other clients include KBC Lease and Caffè Nero. The team is headed by Michael Bennett and Satindra Dogra and has ‘an impressive hands-on approach’. Christa Band is also recommended. Katie Bradford moved into a consultancy role. Kathryn Ludlow and Greg Reid retired from the firm.

Knowledgable and accessibleMishcon de Reya LLP is ‘always one step ahead of the other party’. It is adept at handling international injunctions, file freezing orders and search orders. Kasra Nouroozi heads the team, which includes Kathryn Garbett and Claire Broadbelt, who led the team acting for Walid Giahmi in a bribery and corruption case brought by the Libyan Investigation Authority (LIA). The ‘very authoritative’ Robert Wynn Jones represented FDM Group in relation to a data theft and misuse of confidential information case.  Gary Miller is ‘a great blue-sky thinker in this area’. Shaistah Akhtar, Nicola Bridge, Genevieve Quieran and David Leibowitz all joined as partners. Richard Cannon left the firm.

Leading firmPCB Litigation LLP offers ‘unrivalled boutique expertise in the field of fraud’. It is adept at handling fraud and asset recovery work and implementing multi-jurisdictional asset recovery strategies. It also deals with search orders, disclosure orders, appointments of interim receivers, orders for cross-examination and committal for contempt. Recent work includes acting for Bank of Moscow against a Russian judgment debtor and his wife in a case worth £200m. Other clients include BMW, TPG Capital, VTB and KMG international. Steven Philippsohn heads the team, he is ‘a lateral thinker extraordinaire’ and ‘can see brilliant points outside the box’. Anthony Riem has ‘a marvellous rapport with clients’, Trevor Mascarenhas ‘stands out as a leading partner in this field’ and ‘knows all the ins and outs of civil fraud dispute resolution in commercial litigation and in arbitration’. Jon Felce was promoted to partner and is ‘a calm and collected presence and the breadth of his legal writing demonstrates that he has a genuine enthusiasm for the law’.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP combines business crime expertise with commercial litigation and civil fraud expertise. It is adept at handling freezing and disclosure orders for claimants. Jonathan Tickner and Jason Woodland led on acting for the Secretary of State for Health with regards to a £250m claim against Servier, a French pharmaceutical company. Head of team Keith Oliver led on defending 12 parties against an application for a $42m freezing order brought by entities owned by the government of Ras Al Khaimah. Sarah Gabriel is also recommended.

Simmons & Simmons fields that is noted for its ‘sensible strategic judgement and ability to scale up resources when necessary to meet tight deadlines’. It deals with cross-border asset tracing and international enforcement of judgments, with a focus on the financial sector. Nick Benwell heads the team, he is adept at securing search orders and freezing orders and liaising with regulatory authorities around the world. Tim Boyce heads the financial markets litigation practice and deals with disputes and fraud claims. Patrick Boylan led on advising Capco in a dispute worth over $100m that arose out of an alleged fraudulent conspiracy in a FinTech arm of the company. The firm continues to act for HRH Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei in a multi-jurisdictional fraud case worth $40bn. Managing Associate Adam Brown is also recommended.

Leading firmStephenson Harwood provides ‘strong, thoughtful advice’ in international fraud litigation, and is known for its experience in emerging markets such as Russia, the CIS, Africa and India. The firm is adept at handling injunctions such as freezing orders, search orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, receivership orders and gagging orders. Highlights include acting for a Russian businessman in relation to a $100m freezing order and fraud claims against him following the collapse of his business. Other clients include the former shareholders of Yukos Oil Company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Natixis and Unitech. ‘Highly respected adviser and draftsmanAlan Bercow jointly heads the team with Ros Prince who ‘understands all aspects of fraud litigation like the back of her hand, is superb on interim injunction work and has the respect of her clients’. Also recommended are Priya Grewal, Kamal Shah, who has ‘superb strategic skills’, and John Fordham.

Bird & Bird LLP provides ‘in depth knowledge and tactical expertise in a complex and rapidly changing area’. It acts internationally in commercial fraud cases in both litigation and arbitration forums. The firm recently acted for Global Energy Horizons Corporation in relation to a cross-border damages enquiry worth around $600m. It continues defend Banca Nazional Del Lavoro (BNL) in the court of appeal against a negligence claim brought by Playboy Club casino worth £1.2m. ‘Powerhouse’ Sophie Eyre heads the team, she combines ‘energy and enthusiasm for her cause with a tactical nous that gains the upper hand for her clients’. Michael Brown is ‘a very experienced litigator with an encyclopaedic knowledge of all aspects of civil fraud’. Ludovic de Walden left the firm for Charles Russell Speechlys LLP .

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Bryan Cave merged to form Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in April 2018. The firm is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional cases involving freezing injunctions and other interim relief, it acts for blue-chip clients, leading financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals. It continues to act for the Nigerian Access Bank in a claim against a former CEO relating to misappropriation of funds, this matter is worth over £900m. Segun Osuntokun heads the team, he is ‘a hugely impressive individual who inspires confidence amongst clients and his legal team’. Graham Shear is ‘tough and good at handling difficult clients’, senior associate Sarah McAtominey and associate director Sharon Kennedy are also recommended.

High-powered litigation practice’ Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is ‘able to compete with the big firms, particularly in international fraud cases’. Clients include multinational corporates, regulators, firms of professional advisers and high-net-worth individuals. The team successfully defended the joint official liquidators of Awal Bank against allegations of fraud, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance, and conspiracy and unjust enrichment. Stewart Hey heads the team and is ‘clever, commercial and tough as nails’. Legal director Charlotte Pender is ‘smart and easy to deal with’. James Hyne is also recommended.

Clifford Chance LLP is a ‘go-to firm for big ticket international fraud’ and is ‘a one-stop-shop for all issues arising out of large-scale fraud cases’. It has represented clients in the High Court in various asset recovery matters, interim relief and securing recoveries through trial or settlement. The firm recently defended Apax Partners against a claim brought by the joint liquidators of Hellas II in relation to an alleged undervalued refinancing transaction and placing assets beyond the reach of its creditors. Other clients include Citi, ICBC Standard Bank, Unitel and EQT. Key practitioners include Roger Best and Matthew Scully who has ‘a very good reputation for fraud matters’ and is ‘understated but very experienced’. Jeremy Kosky is also recommended.

DLA Piper has ‘huge strength in depth’. The practice handles cross-border litigation and arbitration and specialises in fraud and asset tracing, and banking and funds litigation. The firm acted for Simetra Global Assets in a multi-jurisdictional case against a London-based FCA Defendant and a Belize-based brokerage firm with regards to the misappropriation of $70m on an FX trading platform. Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry is ‘brilliant at keeping a strategic handle on a case’ and has ‘huge experience of cross-jurisdictional work’. Jeremy Andrews is ‘a smooth operator who beguiles opponents but has a razor-sharp legal brain’. Jamie Curle is ‘fearless and combines great strategic judgment with a detailed grasp of the underlying facts of a case’.

Enyo Law LLP ‘punches well above its weight’, providing ‘excellent customer care, knowledge and experience’. It advises states, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and high-net-worth individuals in litigation and arbitration matters. The firm recently achieved ‘groundbreaking successes’ representing The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) in a claim against SocGen relating to corrupt payments to a Libyan intermediary with connections to the Gaddafi regime, the case settled prior to trial and was valued at around $2b. Founding partner Pietro Marino is ‘one of the most well-regarded and effective litigators in any area of civil practice’. Edward Allen is ‘fantastic all round’ and is ‘developing an excellent reputation in the field’. Nick Jones was promoted to partner and Louise Bell joined as partner from Olswang. George Maling is also recommended.

Prompt, thoughtful, knowledgeable and innovativeFieldfisher is adept at handling high-value fraud investigations, litigation and global asset tracing. The firm continues to act for Oiax in trade financing arrangements where allegations of fraud by a director led to a claim from the Dubai Islamic Bank of $150m. It also continues to act for PricewaterhouseCoopers, as liquidators of Goldtrail Travel in a matter worth £7m. ‘Great strategist’ Tony Lewis  heads the team, he is ‘knowledgeable, strategic, experienced, responsive, and professional’. Alexandra Underwood is ‘very calm under pressure’. Aymen Khoury, who is ‘very tenacious and imaginative’ was promoted to partner. Kit Jarvis is also recommended.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP deals with multi-jurisdictional fraud cases. James Kennedy heads the team and handles commercial litigation proceedings, multi-jurisdictional investigations, public law and judicial review. Matthew Bruce is an experienced commercial litigator. Philip Croall focuses on multi-party disputes involving cross-border litigation.

Very accomplished national and international operatorGowling WLG deals with international asset tracing, freezing orders, international sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption, mortgage fraud, contentious trusts and insolvency matters. The firm handles a large amount of cross-border work and has a particular focus on Brazil where it continues to act for The Federal Republic of Brazil and The Municipality of Sao Paulo in relation to an unjust enrichment claim worth $30m. It also continues to act for First Peninsula Trustees and Port of Hercules Trustees in relation to a $1bn multi-jurisdictional matter that arose from the Madoff ponzi scheme. Head of team James Sidwell is ‘a litigator with great experience’, Andrew Witts is ‘an accomplished international litigator’ and Alex Jay is ‘technically very strong with a commercial approach to cases’.

Macfarlanes LLP advises on commercial, corporate, private wealth and financial institution fraud matters. It handles international commercial litigation including fraud and asset tracing, large scale international disputes, arbitrations, trusts litigation and contractual disputes. The firm is advising Marie Brizard Wine and Spirits in relation to a potential investment treaty arbitration against the state of Ukraine in relation to the undervalued sale of a Ukrainian production factory. This cross-border matter is worth around $10m. James Popperwell has ‘great experience of acting on disputes in Russia and the CIS’ and is 'very good at handling the unpredictable challenges of complex, high-value, cross-border litigation’. Iain MacKie is‘an experienced and shrewd litigator and looks after clients very well’.

Osborne Clarke LLP advises on international and cross-border fraud and asset tracing disputes and has particular experience in dealing with matters in Russia and the CIS. The firm advised UKPF, a Kazakh foods business with regards to a cross-border fraud committed by its employee, this matter is worth around $4m. It also advised Koch Media in relation to a fraud involving an employee and an English business, this involved obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction against the defendant and was worth around €1m. Adrian Lifely and Tom Ellis head the team, supported by Andrew Bartlett. Artem Doudko joined as partner from White & Case LLP.

Pinsent Masons LLP undertakes work concerning some of the most complex frauds and has wide experience of trials and injunctions. The firm continues to act for a former Swiss bank against a €12m fraud claim which arose out of a failed investment scheme. It also acts for RBS in an ongoing fraud case brought by 27 claimants worth around £80m. The ‘incredibly impressive’ Alan Sheeley heads the team, he ‘knows how to achieve results for his clients and is not afraid of a fight’ and is ‘without doubt a leading practitioner in this field’. Andrew Herring was promoted to partner. Andrew Barns-Graham joined as associate barrister. Senior associate Jennifer Craven is also recommended.

Reed Smith LLP deals with a variety of fraud issues including Commercial Court litigation, arbitrations, investigations and enforcement. Client sectors include banking, pharmaceuticals, energy, investment and commodities, government, liquidators and high-net-worth individuals. Eoin O’Shea, Charles Hewetson and Patrick Beale head the team. Ben Summerfield is ‘experienced, thoughtful, has great judgment and puts real energy into his clients’ cases’.

Taylor Wessing LLP fields a team of ‘thoughtful and professional partners and associates’. It is adept at handling international fraud, and asset tracing and corruption investigations. The firm recently acted for the Joint Official Liquidators of Saad Investment Company in cross-border banking litigation against JPMorgan Chase worth $200m. Andrew Howell heads the team, supported by David De Ferrars and Shane Gleghorn. Tim Strong understands the detail of the cases and makes good tactical decisions’. Boris Telyatnikov joined as senior counsel and Susannah Wakefield left the firm.

Travers Smith LLP has ‘an amazing focus on client relationships and is technically outstanding’. The firm continues to act for various Hewlett-Packard group companies in relation to $5bn fraud proceedings in the Chancery Divison, this is one of the largest fraud cases that has been brought before the English Courts. It also acts for Jóhannes Jóhannsson, a member of the Winding-up Committee of the Icelandic Bank Kaupthing. The firm is advising him on court proceedings that arose out of asset recovery work around Kaupthing’s insolvency in a matter worth £750m. Rob Fell, Stephen Paget-Brown, Andrew King and Toby Robinson are ‘fabulous all-round technicians whose attention to detail and great work ethic sets them apart’. Heather Gagen was promoted to partner.

A major force in fraud litigation’, Addleshaw Goddard  has ‘a strong and established presence in the market’. It is adept at handling cases of fraud, breaches of trust and international freezing injunctions. The firm recently acted for Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, the Leipzig Water Authority in defence of a €350m claim brought by UBS, successfully defeating one of the longest appeals in appeal court history. This resulted in the creation of a new law on bribery. Head of department Michael Barnett is ‘a very shrewd judge of the case’, he is supported by Louisa Caswell , who is ‘a rising star who can be relied upon to deliver what a client requires’. Mark Chesher is ‘a lawyer's lawyer and great to work with’, Jon Tweedale is also recommended. Kambiz Larizadeh left the firm for Akin Gump LLP

Ashurst handles all aspects of fraudulent activities investigations including liaising with authorities, freezing orders and asset recovery. It recently defended Daiwa against a breach of duty and dishonest assistance claim by Singularis Holdings, this was valued at over $200m. The firm also continues to act for Nomura, coordinating disputes and litigation in a multi-jurisdictional case that requires coordination with law firms in Switzerland, Hong Kong and Mauritius and also its own offices in New York and Indonesia. Angela Pearson heads the team, she is ‘a highly capable leader with good commercial judgment’. The team give ‘clear, prompt, commercial advice and know their stuff’’. Lynn Dunne and Edward Sparrow are recommended.

Bivonas Law LLP is a boutique firm that deals with criminal and civil fraud work with a particular focus on the financial services industry. The firm often deals with multi-jurisdictional matters and has a history of advising Russian and CIS-based clients. Antony Brown heads the team, supported by John Bechelet, who has ‘an experienced and pragmatic approach to the advice and support he provides’. Russian advocate Geliya Chukmarova specialises in Russian civil, commercial and regulatory litigation. The team is ‘unflappable and direct’ and ‘absolutely know what they are doing’.

Solid, unflappable, with wonderful international reachBrown Rudnick LLP is ‘highly client focused’. It is adept at handling cases of complex fraud and regulatory disputes spanning multiple jurisdictions. The firm recently acted for Threadneedle in defence of a $125m claim in the High Court brought to companies within the Otkritie Group relating to fraud and deceit and vicarious liability. ‘Very highly regarded’ Neil Micklethwaite heads the team, supported by Jane Colston who is ‘fierce, super-efficient, indefatigable and a winner’. Jamie Symington joined as partner from the FCA where he was head of investigations. Anupreet Amole joined as counsel from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Chloe Pawson-Pounds, Ravinder Thukral and Olga Bischof were all promoted to partner. Jean-François Le Gal left the firm.

Clyde & Co LLP has experience in handling work in emerging markets and has handled matters in Russia, the CIS, India, China, South America and the Middle East. Chris Burdett heads the team with Conrad Walker.

CMS combined with Nabarro and Olswang in May 2017. It advises on a broad ranges of fraud matters and has recently acted in cases of breach of fiduciary duty, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance, breach of confidentiality, breach of trust, negligence and dishonest assistance, and a constructive trust claim. In 2017 the firm took the innovative step of a serving a freezing injunction via social media. Key client sectors include financial services, insurance and energy which it is adept at servicing in multi-jurisdictional cases through its many worldwide locations. Bernard O’Sullivan heads the team and handles commercial litigation with an emphasis on civil fraud and regulatory issues. Omar Qureshi is also recommended.

Thorough and highly effectiveFarrer & Co is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional freezing injunctions and asset tracing, with notable experience of  cases involving the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, the Middle East, South East Asia, and Eastern Europe. The firm continues to act for Celsa Steel in relation to a multi-party fraud claim in which various subcontractors stole steel and other materials from the company and manipulated records to conceal the thefts. It also acted for Sir Owen Glenn KNZM ONZM and Kea in a £200m fraud claim against Eric Watson, Novatrust and others that relates to secret profits made in breach of fiduciary duties, and proprietary constructive trust and tracing claims. Head of team Adrian Parkhouse is ‘absolutely first rate, hugely experienced, intelligent and a very impressive operator’. Kate Allass is ‘pragmatic and highly practical’ and John Wilkinson, who joined as partner, has ‘bags of hard hitting commercial nous’.

Kingsley Napley LLP deals with international disputes including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, deceit, bribery and corruption. The firm successfully defended Crockfords which operates Genting Casinos, against a claim by professional poker player Phil Ivey in which it refused to pay out winnings to him on the basis he had commited fraud against the casino by using a gambling technique called ‘edge sorting’. This case was worth £7.8m and the final judgment was handed down by the Supreme Court in October 2017. Practice head Richard Foss is ‘an extremely able, versatile, and experienced partner with excellent analytical skills and very fine judgement’. Sue Thackeray  ‘doesn’t miss a trick and is extremely effective at seeing how to obtain the best solution’. William Christopher and Fiona Simpson are also recommended.

SuperbMorrison & Foerster LLP deals with high-value, multi-jurisdictional fraud investigations and disputes. Clients include financial institutions, funds, trustees, and multinational public companies. The firm continues to act for the insolvency practitioners in connection with the liquidation of Saad Investments Company in a multi-jurisdictional case worth $400m. It also advised Landsbanki on a successful £30m asset recovery against Kevin Stanford and a £50m asset recovery against Karen Millen. Head of team Jonathan Wheeler ‘really punches above his weight’ and is ‘a good person to have on your side’. Kevin Roberts is also recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright combines ‘detailed technical legal advice with a viable commercial approach’. It advises on high-value, cross-border fraud and asset tracing matters. The firm continues to act for Citibank and Citigroup Global Markets in a Commercial Court dispute concerning financing transactions entered into with the commodities trader Mercuria, this matter is worth $285m. Deirdre Walker heads the practice, supported by Ruth Cowley and Matthew Waudby, who is ‘absolutely excellent in both the application of the law and managing the complex web of relationships in a difficult case’. Pamela Reddy joined as partner. Chris Warren Smith and Melanie Ryan left the firm.

Signature Litigation LLP is ‘a specialist commercial litigation boutique with a strong presence in civil fraud’, it has ‘an excellent caseload and real experience in the field’. The firm is adept at investigating, initiating and defending high-profile, multiparty and multi-jurisdictional civil fraud claims. It represents the Ivanishvili family in a claim against various entities in the Credit Suisse Group relating to fraudulent handling and investment of family assets in a case worth between $500m and $800m. The firm continues to act in a very high-profile case for Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) against the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) claim that certain categories of documents, currently withheld by ENRC are not subject to legal professional privilege. ‘Extremely creative and lateral lawyerGraham Huntley and ‘extremely experienced operatorJulian Connerty head the team alongside the recent lateral hire Simon Bushell, who is ‘an excellent litigator, constantly striving for ways to improve a case or undermine his opponents’. Josh Wong joined as partner.

Slaughter and May  advises on investigations, litigation, freezing orders, asset tracing, arbitrations and advisory work in relation to civil fraud. The firm continues to advise Mercuria with regards to carousel fraud claims brought against it and its co-defendant RBS in a case valued at £84m. It also acts for Barratt in a bribery case concerning a former employee. Sarah Lee heads the team, supported by the ‘very smart and very strategicDeborah Finkler. Jonathan Cotton and Efstathios Michael are recommended. Nick Gray and Richard Clark retired.

Stewarts Law LLP advises on large-scale civil fraud matters with cross-border aspects. The firm is advising RAKIA, which invests the sovereign wealth of Ras Al Khaimah; in a fraud case against a former CEO and other individuals valued at $1.5b. It also continues to act for the liquidators of Kaupthing in connection with a €500m claim against Deutsche Bank which related to the sale of banking derivatives during the credit crunch. Clive Zietman heads the team, he is supported by the ‘impressiveSean Upson who ‘typically identifies very quickly the available courses of action and then provides prompt and reliable advice as to which option is most feasible and appropriate’. Ian Gatt QC joined as partner from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and David Hughes joined as partner from Dechert LLP. Laura Jenkins and Lucy Ward were promoted to partner. Daniel Loblowitz and Fiona Stewart left the firm.

Akin Gump LLP is adept at handling high-value, cross-border litigation and arbitration matters including prohibitive injunctions, international freezing injunctions and anti-suit proceedings. The firm is acting for Renova Group in a dispute regarding the ownership of IES, a Russian power generation company; the case is worth $1b. Kambiz Larizadeh heads the team, he is ‘always on top of the details, has a very affable manner and has superb judgement’. Justin Williams is ‘extremely experienced and confident, he is able to remain calm under pressure and has a very good rapport with clients’. Mark Dawkins is also recommended.

Innovative, super-efficient, devastatingly effective and technically excellentCooke, Young & Keidan LLP is a boutique firm of ‘well-lead, intelligently strategized, highly motivated and very successful fraud litigators’. The firm acts for CMOC Sales & Marketing after it was defrauded by unknown conspirators. This matter has involved asset tracing and obtaining a worldwide freezing order against ‘persons unknown’. This is believed to be the first such freezing order of its kind and the case is valued at over £8m. Key practitioner Marc Keidan is ‘a no-nonsense lawyer who gets results for his clients’. Philip Young is ‘super-bright, technically spot-on and a thoughtful strategist’. Lydia Danon, who is ‘very plugged into the market’ and Daniel Burbeary, who is ‘excellent and is genuinely starting to make a mark in the civil fraud arena’ were both promoted to partner. Robert Coffey was appointed as managing partner and Gerald Cooke retired as senior partner but remains a consultant within the firm.

Dechert LLP handles complex multi-jurisdictional civil fraud and has particular experience in Europe, Russia and the CIS, the Caucasus, the Middle East and Latin America. The firm is acting for the joint liquidators of Webinvest in two related multi-party actions in the Chancery Division relating to fraudulent transactions, the claims are worth $175m and €4m. Head of team Andrew Hearn is ‘the godfather of fraud claims, an ace litigator and knows everything and everyone’. Adam Silver is ‘a masterful strategist on complex litigation and brings huge drive and dynamism to his cases’. Stephen Surgeoner, who is ‘experienced, wise and gets to the point and delivers results’, joined as partner. David Hughes left the firm for Stewarts Law LLP.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP acts for a range of clients and has a particular focus on housing associations and regulatory authorities such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Philip Barden heads the team, supported by Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs who focuses on commercial litigation and dispute resolution often with an international element. James Dunn recently acted for the SRA in the closure of Neumans LLP which was closed after improperly claiming from Central Funds in respect of a Defendant’s costs order.

Dorsey & Whitney is adept at handling international civil and criminal litigation through both its London and US offices. It offers ‘a quick response time, solid advice, and a strong and experienced team’. The firm is defending Watchstone Group in a warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation claim arising from a share purchase agreement in respect of the sale of Quindell’s professional services division to Australian law firm Slater & Gordon. The case is worth £637m. Head of department Tim Maloney has ‘a lot of experience and common sense and provides very good counsel’. Matthew Blower was promoted to partner.

Edwin Coe LLP is ‘quick, efficient and versatile’ and provides ‘a stress-free and cost-effective service’. It advises on commercial, securities, insolvency and insurance fraud and conducts work in sub-Saharan Africa, advising the World Bank and donor governments. The firm continues to act for the creditors of collapsed Crown Currency Exchange which was run as a Ponzi scheme, the matter is worth £3m. It is also acting for the claimants in a trucks cartel fraud which relates to price-fixing between six truck manufacturers in Europe. It is estimated that the cartel had been running for 14 years, the matter is worth around £100m. Key practitioner David Greene is ‘highly motivated to look after clientsneeds’ and provides ‘excellent tactical and strategic advice’. Ali Zaidi is also recommended.

In early 2017 Eversheds merged with Sutherland Asbil & Brennan in the USA to become Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. It provides ‘a highly commercial approach, penetrating analysis and good teamwork, carried out with humour and client-friendliness’. The firm acts for the SFO in relation to civil proceedings before the High Court against ENRC in a high-profile case relating to legal professional privilege. It also continues to act for Iranian Offshore Engineering Company in an $87m case of fraudulent misrepresentation, deceit, breaches of fiduciary duty, knowing receipt, dishonest assistance and unlawful means conspiracy. Neville Byford heads the team, he is ‘highly focussed on the client’s objectives, weeds out the less good points and has plenty of commercial acumen’. Jake McQuitty joined as partner from TLT and Neill Blundell left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP.

Fladgate LLP is ‘developing an excellent reputation for fraud litigation’ and offers ‘comprehensive coverage in this area across the range of industries and sectors where civil fraud claims can arise’. The firm continues to represent Jean-Pierre Schenk in a CHf 3m claim against advisers who attempted to defraud him, defendants were served in Sweden and Switzerland and freezing orders imposed. Simon Ekins heads the team, supported by Sophia Purkis who is ‘an outstanding litigator; totally committed to her clients’ and has ‘superbly tuned antennae for the nuances of a complex fraud case and a vast talent for absorbing the detail of a case’.

HFW has ‘a strong joined up approach to cross border civil fraud work’ and ‘an overall level of service that is impeccable’. It deals with large multi-jurisdictional frauds, asset tracing, international freezing injunctions and complicated trust structures. Head of team Noel Campbell is ‘an accomplished litigator’ and is ‘quick to respond and very commercial in his approach’. ‘Responsive and ableRick Brown is ‘particularly good in terms of dealing with complex issues which have multiple angles and multiple interested parties’.

King & Spalding LLP is adept at handling high-value, cross-border civil fraud matters including breach of contract, insolvency and commercial agreements. It has experience in multi-jurisdictional matters governed by English law, dealing with cases in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Recent highlights include acting for Motorola Credit Corporation, successfully securing injunctive relief worth $2.5b in the English courts as part of its attempt to recover funds from the Uzan family. Sarah Walker and Thomas Sprange QC head the team. Gareth Rees QC and Aaron Stephens both joined as partner.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has 'become a huge presence on the London litigation scene in an incredibly short space of time and punches well above its weight in terms of its relatively small size’. It acts in high-profile and high-value multi-jurisdictional fraud disputes. The firm is currently acting for PCP Capital Partners in a $1b claim against Barclays. Nick Marsh heads the team, he is ‘a very astute tactician and not fazed by anything’. Khaled Khatoun, who is ‘calm under pressure’ was promoted to partner.

Squire Patton Boggs is adept at handling international fraud claims including commercial and financial fraud cases and international asset tracing. It also deals with freezing injunctions, search and seizure orders, Bankers Trust orders and tracing claims. Clients include ABN AMRO Commercial Finance, Close Invoice Finance and Leumi ABL. Laurence Winston heads the litigation team, supported by Gareth Timms, Chris Webber and Robert Weekes. Nicola Phillips was promoted to partner.

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP is adept at handling high-value asset recovery cases. The firm continues to act for the National Bank of Moldova in a multi-jurisdictional fraud case worth $1b. It also acts for the Trust National Bank in relation to a Ponzi scheme committed by three former shareholders in a case worth $800m. ‘Really superb, incredible, almost clairvoyantNeil Dooley heads the team, he is ‘an unflappable litigator with impeccable judgment and unrivalled experience of fraud work’. Ivan Gordienko joined as partner from Pinsent Masons LLP.

The ‘very approachable, professional, practical and knowledgeableWithers LLP advises on international fraud cases often involving individuals or families. The firm is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional matters through its international network of offices in London, Milan, BVI, Hong Kong, Singapore and the US. The firm has recently acted in multi-million pound fraud cases in financial services, private investment, energy and the art world. The team is ‘very strong and experienced in this area’ and head of Department Stephen Ross has ‘client handling skills that are second to none’. Lesley Timms is also recommended.

Browne Jacobson LLP is adept at handling cross-border insolvency and fraud claims with a multidisciplinary team. The firm continues to act for Irving Picard, the US Trustee of the consolidated SIPA liquidation of Bernard L Madoff and Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities in a protective High Court claim and international investigation worth $1b. It is also advising two insolvency practitioners in an international accountants firm in relation to a £50m solvent estate. Dominic Offord heads the team and is experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional fraud cases and asset recovery. Derek Bambury is also recommended.

Burges Salmon LLP advises on a range of civil fraud matters and has recently handled cases of employee fraud, mortgage fraud, VAT carousel fraud, cyber-attacks, and theft and misuse of proprietary industry information. The firm recently successfully defended the National Crime Agency (NCA) against compensation claims from an Israeli businessman worth £220m. It also continues to act for Nationwide Building Society in a range of cases including negligence, breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. Head of unit David Hall is ‘tough as nails’, Andrew Burnette is also recommended. Michael Ward was promoted to partner.

Capsticks LLP specialises in acting for health and social care, emergency services and housing sector clients. Clients include Solicitors Regulation Authority, Department of Health and Social Care and National Health Service (NHS) Counter Fraud Authority. The firm recently advised the NHS in relation to a £20m fraud case concerning misreporting of key performance indicators (KPIs) by a private provider of products and services to NHS patients. Jane Barker heads the team, supported by Daniel Purcell. Hugh Giles the former director of legal services for the Metropolitan Police joined as partner.

Cooley (UK) LLP is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional asset recovery claims. It often acts for governments and state enterprises. The firm continues to act in an asset recovery case for the Government of Bermuda which is estimated to be worth over $100m. James Maton, Laurence Harris, Louise Delahunty and Tim Daniel head the department. Rod Freeman joined as partner.

Excellent niche City commercial practiceFox Williams LLP is ‘able to hold its own in litigation against much larger firms’. It is adept at handling high-value, multi-jurisdictional frauds and asset tracing claims. The firm acts for Pamplona Strategic Investments in a $40m claim against International Standard Asset Management, Lord Fink, Surinder Arora and various Arora Group companies in relation to a fraudulent exercise of ‘drag along’ rights in a shareholders agreement. Key practitioner Gavin Foggo is ‘hugely experienced and thoughtful in the way he approaches litigation’. David Butler is ‘realistic and imaginative, with great offshore experience’. Senior associate Daniel Dodman is ‘very personable, sensible and good with clients’.

Gateley Plc advises claimants and defendants in civil fraud disputes and tracing action, it is adept at handling banking and finance litigation, asset finance and recovery, and regulatory and insurance litigation. Key clients include Grant Thornton, RSM Restructuring Advisory, Deloitte, AlixPartners and KPMG. The team is headed by the ‘tremendousRichard Healey who has ‘the most extraordinary capacity for hard work and will move heaven and earth to get the right result for his client’.

Howard Kennedy LLP deals with civil fraud matters involving multi-party, multi-jurisdictional litigation and handles ‘very complicated international fraud very well indeed’. ‘First-rate performerLouise Bennett heads the department, Joel Leigh is ‘a first-rate litigator with excellent judgment on both matters of substance and procedural issues’. Tim Bignell has ‘huge experience and is thoughtful and resourceful’. Craig Emden and Fiona Hinds are also recommended.

Ince specialises in fraud allegations that include forensic discovery and litigation and focuses on the shipping, trade and insurance sectors. Ben Ogden heads the team. Joe O’Keeffe has left the firm to join Stephenson Harwood. The team has ‘strong dispute resolution expertise, especially with regards to insurance disputes, and also shows mastery of both case law and drafting’.

K&L Gates LLP handles complex commercial litigation, international arbitration and contentious regulatory work. The firm continues to act for the joint receivers of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund against high-profile professionals, financial services companies and banks in a case worth around £118m. John Magnin heads the team; Clarissa Coleman joined as partner from Addleshaw Goddard.

Keystone Law advises on cases of bribery, corruption, embezzlement, fraud, HMRC tax investigations, money laundering and SFO prosecutions. The firm continues to act for Nest Investments, a shareholder in a Lebanese bank that was shut down for laundering funds from drug smuggling and terrorism. It has launched a £130m claim against Deloitte for allowing the bank to be used for money laundering. Key practitioner Robert Lawrie is ‘a tenacious and talented litigator’. Susan Monty joined as a consultant lawyer, Emily Benson and Claire Shaw who has ‘huge experience in white collar crime investigations and prosecutions’, joined as consultant solicitors.

Mayer Brown International LLP advises on fraudulent misrepresentation, investigations, breach of trust, Ponzi schemes, injunctions, freezing orders, asset tracing and recovery, and seeking remedies that include provisional liquidator appointments. The firm is acting for UBS against Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig in a $320m claim arising from the enforcement of various structured finance transactions. The key figures are Devi Shah and Alistair Graham, who is ‘dedicated’ and has ‘excellent judgement and a wealth of experience in civil fraud’.

Moon Beever has ‘a strong industry presence’ and ‘good technical skills’. It advises on a range of multi-jurisdictional civil fraud matters with a focus on debt recovery and insolvency. Clients include British Gas, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Mazars and CVR Global. Frances Coulson heads the team, supported by ‘experienced lawyer’ Richard Saunders, who ‘understands complex issues and is a strong litigator’. Sarah May was promoted to partner.

RPC acts in large-scale corporate investigations and fraud related disputes globally. The firm is acting for the claimant Sovcomflot as part of the Fiona Trust Litigation in a matter worth $85m. Tom Hibbert heads the department, supported by Stuart Shepherd, who is ‘an indefatigable and tenacious litigator with an encyclopaedic knowledge of shipping law and an ideal litigator in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud cases’. Chris Ross was promoted to partner and Jonathan Cary rejoined the London office from Hong Kong. Andy McGregor  is also recommended.

Specialist commercial litigation outfitSCA ONTIER LLP advises on high-value, multi-jurisdictional, commercial litigation, arbitration and insolvency cases, focusing on the key sectors of finance and industry. The firm continues to act for Brunswick Rail in a $230m multi-jurisdictional case. Seamus Andrew, Oliver Cain and Paul Ferguson, who is ‘an outstanding partner with excellent instincts’ head the team. The practice has ‘the highest order of tactical and legal acumen’.

Professional, helpful and responsiveTLT advises on a broad range of civil fraud matters. The firm is acting for a consortium of Indian banks with regards to the registration of an Indian Judgment in England and Wales against Dr Vijay Mallya, it has also obtained a freezing order against Mallya for £1.15b. Clients include Lloyds Banking Group, Santander, Titlesolv, State Bank of India and RBS. Key practitioner Russell Kelsall is ‘an excellent communicator, who gets the message across to the client in an immediately comprehensible way’. Richard Hayllar has ‘excellent engagement skills with clients' and is ‘pragmatic and very knowledgeable’. Emily Benson left the firm for Keystone Law and Jake McQuitty left the firm for Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP deals with a variety of fraud matters including prevention, investigations, recovery actions and freezing injunction applications. The firm is acting for St Vincent European General Partner in a multi-jurisdictional €30m claim for damages against ten defendants, relating to a breach of contract. Mark Kenkre heads the team, he is ‘savvy, hard-working and keeps his eye on the goal’. Ned Beale is ‘flexible, realistic, hard-working and has excellent judgment’.

William Grace was established in February 2017 by Carolyn Burbridge and Alastair Shaw who is ‘a great technical lawyer with superb judgment’. The team is ‘professional and knowledgeable with quality lawyers who are easy and straightforward to deal with’. The firm acted for an individual in the Commercial Court case LIA v SocGen and Ors, this was a multi-jurisdictional fraud case that was valued at $2.1b.

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Pre-eminent white-collar crime defence practiceBCL 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.

Bivonas Law LLP specialises in financial crime, confiscation and forfeiture. Antony Brown heads the team and has ‘a sharp legal mind and vast legal knowledge, a positive approach to work and an awareness of business needs’. Steve Sharp is ‘excellent in all respects: an astute lawyer, shrewd and exercises good judgement’. Cindy Dorrington is ‘sharp, intelligent and a good strategic thinker’. Anthony Hanratty joined the firm as senior associate.

Very supportive, responsive and technically competentBrown Rudnick LLP offers ‘practical, no nonsense, easy to understand advice’. Key active clients include a trader charged in the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR) investigation, Rolls Royce senior individuals, a senior individual at Tesco, a senior Partner for Unaoil, a senior individual from Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) and senior individuals at Barclays in relation to the Barclays Qatar investigation. Head of team Mark Beardsworth is ‘an outstanding strategist and very well connected’. ‘Personable, engaged, knowledgeable and effective’ Tom Epps ‘pours his heart and soul into his cases and achieves fantastic results’. Anupreet Amole joined as counsel from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Chloe Pawson Pounds was promoted to partner.

Byrne and Partners LLP is a boutique firm that advises on high-value, multi-jurisdictional disputes and financial crime. The firm is acting for FH Bertling and its officers in relation to a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into alleged corrupt payments made to an individual at a state-owned Angolan oil company to secure a contract worth $20m. Sara Teasdale heads the team alongside Michael Potts, who has ‘a significant amount of experience’ and is ‘a most impressive technical lawyer’. David Byrne is ‘a tough negotiator and always goes the extra mile for his clients’. Matthew Frankland has ‘strong legal analysis, sound tactical judgement, and is a delight to work with’. Emma Brooks, who is ‘a solid worker and able to relate to clients’ was promoted to partner. Ben Brocklehurst is also recommended.

First-rateCorker Binning has ‘established an excellent reputation for its quality of work in white-collar crime’. It acts in cases of fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering, extradition and mutual legal assistance, export control, sanctions and international investigations. The firm continues to act for a former CEO of Barclays who was charged by the SFO with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and unlawful financial assistance in a multi-billion pound case. Department head Andrew Smith is ‘fiercely intelligent, has great judgement and an established reputation’. Jessica Parker has ‘an impressive capacity to rapidly absorb large volumes of material and identify the key issues’. Peter Binning is ‘an outstanding presence in the field of extradition and multi-jurisdictional fraud’. David Corker is ‘an innovative thinker, takes nothing for granted, exceptionally perspicacious tactician, modest and very highly-regarded by other lawyers’. Claire Cross was promoted to partner.

Innovative, effective and highly strategicDechert LLP is adept at representing individuals in relation to regulatory investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, HMRC, Department of Justice (DOJ), FCA and the Office of Fair Trading. The firm continues to act for a former employee of Alstom in relation to a conspiracy to pay bribes to win contracts for the supply of trains to the Budapest Metro, the matter is valued at €229m. Neil Gerrard  heads the team, he is ‘a highly experienced and effective litigator, well respected by law enforcement and regulators alike’. Matthew Cowie has ‘an excellent grasp of the law’ and is ‘passionate about his clients’. Caroline Black has ‘the ability to keep cool in complex and stressful situations’. Roger Burlingame joined from Kobre & Kim LLP.

Hickman & Rose's ‘highly professional and very responsive’ team comprises lawyers who  are ‘genuine experts in criminal law and regulatory matters’. The firm continues to act for a former managing director of Tesco UK who is on trial for alleged fraudulent overstatement of profits of £250 million by Tesco plc. It also successfully acquired an acquittal for a US-based Barclays trader in relation to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) SFO investigation that was estimated to be worth over $1b. The ‘Very knowledgeableRoss Dixon has ‘a calm and authoritative manner which instils great confidence’, he co-heads the practice alongside Ben Rose who is ‘famous for his energy and the commitment which he brings to each of his cases’. Andrew Katzen has ‘a unique ability to grasp the essence of a matter momentarily’. Charles Kuhn left the firm for Clyde & Co LLP.

One of the leading firms in this areaKingsley Napley LLP has ‘a team of highly experienced fraud lawyers who understand how to best represent clients’ interests’. The firm is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional cases of bribery and corruption, tax fraud, false accounting, commodities and currency frauds, benchmark manipulation, financial services litigation and financial sanctions breaches. ‘First choice for traders and City individuals under investigationLouise Hodges heads the team. Jonathan Grimes is ‘realistic, determined, sharp, likeable and accurate’. Stephen Parkinson has ‘a stellar reputation as one of the UK’s pre-eminent practitioners for defending individuals’, he was promoted to senior partner. Johanna Walsh and Rebecca Niblock were promoted to partner. Nicola Finnerty, who is ‘one of the great lawyers of her generation’, joined the firm as partner. Joanne Stephens as senior associate. Jill Lorimer is ‘a very hard-working and approachable solicitor’. Jo Rickards left the firm for Mishcon de Reya LLP and Eve Giles left for Allen & Overy LLP.

Norton Rose Fulbright is ‘an outstanding firm’ that regularly acts for senior executives, corporates and financial institutions in multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations, enforcement proceedings and prosecutions. The firm continues to represent a former financial director of Tesco in relation to an ongoing SFO prosecution that resulted from profit overstatement in a case worth around £250m. Peter Scott heads the team, which includes Neil O’May, who has ‘quickly established a reputation as a go-to person for managing these cases’, and Lista M. Cannon, who has ‘long-range vision and commands the confidence of her clients’. Pamela Reddy joined as partner from Simons Muirhead & Burton. Chris Warren Smith and Melanie Ryan left for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is ‘an excellent firm with highly talented individuals and a formidable record in business crime’. It is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional cases in extradition, INTERPOL matters and mutual legal assistance. The firm continues to act for Khadem Al Qubaisi in relation to the $6bn 1MDB fraud case. Michael O’Kane heads the team, supported by Hannah Laming and Neil Swift , who provides ‘sound, logical and well-considered advice’. Former head of special crime at the crown prosecution service Nick Vamos joined the firm as partner, he is ‘a lawyer of formidable intellect and excellent judgement’. Dr Anna Bradshaw was promoted to partner. Monty Raphael QC retired.

Well-established as leaders in the field’, WilmerHale is consistently involved in acting for defendants in the most high-profile SFO investigations. Practice head Stephen Pollard provides ‘innovative thinking and global expertise’ and is ‘always inventive and demanding: a force to be reckoned with’. Counsels Alison Geary and Christopher David are recommended. David Rundle was promoted to counsel. Elly Proudlock left the firm for Linklaters LLP.

Bark&co provides ‘first-class litigation support with talented and dedicated lawyers’. The firm recently secured an acquittal for a client charged with conspiracy to defraud the revenue as part of Operation Amazon, this matter was worth over £100m. It also successfully defended the director of a large London brewery charged with three counts of cheating the public revenue in a case worth £730,000. Giles Bark-Jones heads the team and is ‘a very smart lawyer with a wealth of experience and a tenacious approach to every case’. Frederick Bunn has ‘a remarkable insight into general criminal work’ and ‘always has an unerring sense of a case’.

Bindmans LLP ‘combines high-level, specialist expertise with a passionate commitment to the interests of their professional clients’. It advises on international bribery and corruption cases and regulatory proceedings. The firm continues to act for a former senior banker at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in a multimillion-pound case for conspiring to make or receive corrupt payments. The team has ‘an ethos of diligence and hard work that runs right through the department’. Katie Wheatley heads the team. Martin Rackstraw is recommended, as well as associate Jessica Skinns who is ‘a very calm, cerebral lawyer who is committed to her clients’ and Michael Schwarz.

A go-to practice for all complex financial offences’, Blackfords LLP is ‘most definitely at the top-end of the premiership’. It deals with all aspects of serious fraud, serious crime and money laundering and is adept at defending those prosecuted by the SFO, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Fraud Prosecution Division. The firm continues to act for five defendants in the Hare Wines II case, this was a value-added tax (VAT) diversion fraud involving the importation of alcohol and is estimated to be worth over £200m. Key practitioner Gary Bloxsome has ‘great tactical awareness’ and is ‘a brilliant lawyer, master tactician and as cool as a cucumber’. Daniel Cundy is ‘an exceptionally intelligent lawyer who has the ability to quickly understand extremely complex issues and fearlessly fights his clients’ cases’. Trevor Francis ‘masters huge and complex cases easily’.

Committed, client focused and inventive’, Edmonds Marshall McMahon is ‘a nimble boutique firm’ that specialises in private prosecutions. The firm continues to act for Murli Mirchandani in the case of R v Ketan Somaia which relates to confiscation proceedings valued at around £39m. Key practitioner Kate McMahon has ‘sympathy, enthusiasm, experience and sheer dynamism’, she is supported by the ‘wiseAndrew Marshall who has ‘experience and a measured approach’. Tamlyn Edmonds is ‘an experienced prosecutor who constantly seeks innovative ways to pursue cases’. David Jugnarain has ‘a particular strength in research and legal analysis’. Mike Jackson, previously at the SFO, joined as head of investigations.

FantasticFox Williams LLP provides ‘great response times, brilliantly focused advice and cost-efficient delivery’. It is adept at handling all white-collar fraud-related matters as part of its regulatory and investigations practice which has experience in representing individuals in SFO and Financial Reporting Council (FRC) investigations. The ‘brilliantJames Carlton heads the team; he is ‘charm personified, able to move cases in the direction he wants effortlessly and a real operator on every level’. Newly promoted partner Sona Ganatra ‘understands the commercial realities and personal pressures of these investigations and proceedings and helps clients manage both’. Chris Finney joined as partner from Cooley (UK) LLP. Peter Wright is also recommended.

Howard Kennedy LLP advises high-net-worth individuals, executives and personalities from the financial services, legal, entertainment, media, art and sports sectors against accusations of fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering and other financial misconduct. It is adept at handling civil and criminal fraud cases with multi-jurisdictional elements. Head of team Ian Ryan is ‘hugely experienced, measured and tactical’, he supported by John Martyn who is ‘devoted to his clients and works passionately on his cases’. Kevin Robinson joined as consultant from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP; he is ‘rightly regarded as one of the doyens of corporate crime, regulatory investigations and surely just about the best solicitor in this area and in white collar crime generally’.

Janes Solicitors regularly finds itself instructed in some of the leading white-collar fraud cases. It deals with taxation cases, serious and complex fraud, bribery and corruption, proceeds of crime and defence of SFO and HMRC prosecutions. David Janes heads the team and is ‘an excellent lawyer who takes a careful interest in all of the firm’s cases’. Simon Barker is ‘sensible at decision making’ and has ‘a reassuring manner’. Fiona Gavriel and Victoria Gregory, who is ‘dedicated, industrious and one of the rising stars of the profession’, were both promoted to partner.

Lewis Nedas Law Limited advises both public and privately funded clients on serious fraud and business crime matters. Jeffrey Lewis heads the team and is experienced in defending investigations by the SFO, HMRC, BEIS and FCA. Recent cases included umbrella frauds, false accounting, tax evasion and firm tax avoidance schemes. Miles Herman  and Siobhain Egan are also key practitioners.

Rahman Ravelli is 'regularly instructed in high-value, cross-border, high-profile city work and acts against all major enforcement agencies including the SFO, FCA, City of London Police and HMRC’. It has ‘a distinguished, knowledgeable and highly proactive team’ which is ‘a class act and very focused at achieving the right outcome’. The firm has recently acted in a global bribery investigation and an SFO, FCA, pension regulator and pension fraud investigation. Key practitioner Azizur Rahman is ‘an experienced and highly skilled operator with a superbly creative legal mind’, he has ‘great strategic judgement in his approach to cases and is much in demand’. Neil Williams is ‘dedicated, intelligent and skilful in the pursuit of clients' interests’.

Shearman Bowen & Co advises on a broad range of white-collar criminal defence issues for a range of clients. Recent highlights include successfully defending the director of a foreign exchange bureau on fraud and money laundering charges. Another highlight includes acting for the lead defendant in the FH Bertling bribery and corruption case. A further highlight includes defending an accountant employed by the Italian Wine Company who was charged with £46m fraudulent evasion of excise duty and VAT. Rick Shearman and Mark Bowen head the team, Colette Kelly is also recommended.

Stephenson Harwood has ‘the distinction of being able to work across civil, criminal and regulatory cases with ease’. The firm continues to advise the Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees in relation to claims against Kaupthing Bank worth $2.2bn. It also continues to represent an individual implicated in the LIBOR rigging scandal. Tony Woodcock heads the team, he is ‘simply brilliant, has extraordinary judgement, a wonderful manner, and is a joy to be around’. Sara George is ‘an impressive litigator with a very good FCA background’. Sean Jeffrey is also recommended.

White & Case LLP acts for individual and corporate clients in bribery and corruption cases. The firm continues to advise an individual implicated in the foreign exchange benchmark manipulation investigation; after the SFO dropped its investigation, the client has now been indicted by the DOJ. Jonathan Pickworth heads the department with ‘great international experience’. Recently promoted partner Joanna Dimmock is ‘committed, hardworking and conscientious’.

Cartwright King defends against investigations and prosecutions bought by the SFO, NCA, HMRC, FCA and the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). The team of ‘highly experienced specialists’ is led by Richard Cornthwaite who ‘knows this area of law inside out and is able to direct his considerable experience into the day-to-day running of his cases’. Sundeep Soor ‘never leaves a stone unturned in seeking out what is best for the client’. Richard Holliday is ‘an experienced solicitor who puts in the effort to get great results’.

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors is ‘a firm dedicated to the old-fashioned virtue of conscientious hard work in pursuit of their clients' interests’. The firm is acting for an ex-trader of derivatives at Barclays who is one of the accused in the EURIBOR case. Head of team John Hartley is ‘a wise, calm and astute practitioner with a wealth of experience, and an empathetic but realistic manner’. Raj Chada is ‘highly intelligent, quick, and committed; he is unstinting in the care and time he devotes to his clients’. Kiran Mehta joined the department as a partner.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) advises individuals from the internal investigation and regulatory investigation stage through to the conclusion of criminal proceedings. It is adept at handling cases of financial crime, corruption and VAT fraud. The firm continues to act for an individual implicated in a $180m fraud committed against the Russian Otkritie Investment Bank. Key practitioner John Milner has ‘excellent criminal law instincts and fights very hard for his clients’.

Irwin Mitchell is adept at handling cases of money laundering, bribery, corruption, insider dealing and anti-competitive behaviour. It advises clients in relation to investigations, prosecutions and enforcement action by the SFO, FCA, CPS, HMRC, Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Environment Agency (EA), The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Sarah Wallace heads the team and is ‘a well-regarded expert in white-collar crime’. Senior associate Tina Lakhani is ‘clever and charming’. Craig Weston is also recommended.

Very well respected white-collar firmLloyds PR Solicitors advises on a broad range of business crime matters and is often involved in complex multi-handed fraud cases. Recent highlights include acting for the lead defendant in an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) fraud case which involved the theft of over £1.3m from over 51 ATMs. Harsha Rupasinghe heads the team and is ‘an excellent communicator who keeps his finger on the pulse of his wide caseload’. Manoj Rupasinghe and Mohsin Ariff are also recommended.

Mishcon de Reya LLP is ‘an excellent firm which continues to go from strength to strength’. It advises on cross-border, high-profile corruption investigations, money laundering, fraud cases, market abuse, insider dealing and is also adept at handling private prosecutions. The firm is acting for three main suspects in the SFO investigation into Unaoil, this relates to bribery, corruption and money laundering and is worth around £500m. Alison Levitt QC heads the team and is supported by managing associate Gareth Minty, who is ‘a very good lawyer genuinely interested in all aspects of this work and builds a rapport and confidence with the client’. ‘The hugely experienced and cleverJo Rickards joined the team as partner.

Morgan Rose Solicitors is 'a boutique firm with some key individuals who bring great strength to the firm’s practice in this field'. It advises on all aspects of white-collar crime including money laundering, bribery and conspiracy to defraud. A recent highlight included acting for a client implicated in the LIBOR scandal. Mark Jones left the firm for Blake Morgan LLP.

Morrison & Foerster LLP has ‘a wealth of talented and experienced litigators’. It is adept at handling cross-border financial crime, corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations. It often deals with FCA and SFO investigations and cross-border contentious insolvencies. Jonathan Wheeler heads the team, he is supported by Kevin Roberts who is ‘a hugely experienced, wise and knowledgeable criminal lawyer who has an excellent manner with clients’. Paul Friedman is also recommended.

Osborne Clarke LLP advises on a broad range of white-collar crime matters. Recent cases included a cross-border money laundering and tax evasion investigation. The firm is particularly adept at advising persons under investigation by the SFO and it is currently advising individuals involved with six of the largest SFO investigations of 2017. Jeremy Summers heads the team, he is ‘thoughtful, responsive and provides good insight to the issues coupled with sound advice’. Rachel Couter joined the firm from King & Wood Mallesons.

Russell-Cooke LLP has ‘the personnel and experience to deal with the most complex of cases’. Recent highlights include several high-profile HMRC prosecutions. Jae Carwardine is ‘an exceptionally astute lawyer’ and is ‘tenacious but understanding’. Associate Marie Bourke is ‘very able and particularly good with clients’. Nicola O’Connor is also recommended. The team is ‘exceptional in managing cases with a large amount of material’.

Simmons & Simmons advises on a broad range of criminal fraud matters including preventative advice and internal investigations, search and seizure, police and regulator interviews, trials and asset recovery, financial sanctions, extradition, mutual legal assistance and INTERPOL related matters. The firm continues to act for the former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Autonomy plc who was charged with multiple counts of wire fraud. He is also under investigation by the SEC, US Air Force and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in a multi-billion dollar accounting fraud case. Nick Benwell heads the team, supported by Stephen Gentle. The team is ‘great in all aspects, always available and always gives precise advice’.

Simons Muirhead & Burton  is adept at handling a variety of fraud matters including cybercrime, market abuse, mis-selling, insider dealing and tax evasion. The firm continues to act for a defendant in the EURIBOR SFO investigation in a multibillion-pound case. The ‘extremely experienced, smart and charmingAnthony Burton co-heads the team alongside new arrival Philip Smith, who is ‘a high-quality addition to the team and a fierce litigator with a fantastic desire to succeed for his clients’. Smith and associate Henrietta Ronson joined from Tuckers Solicitors. Pamela Reddy left the firm for Norton Rose Fulbright .

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors advises on commercial fraud, money laundering, bribery, corruption, cybercrime and hacking, VAT allegations and confiscation and civil recovery matters. Bambos Tsiattalou heads the team, he has ‘incredible instincts and judgment, and fights tenaciously for every possible advantage’. Amjid Jabbar has ‘incredible instincts, an unbelievable work rate and a lovely manner with clients’. Maria Theodoulou has ‘huge experience and is great with clients’.

Tuckers Solicitors has experience in dealing with individuals facing investigations from the SFO, HMRC, FCA and professional disciplinary bodies. The firm continues to act for a former director at Rolls Royce in the wide ranging SFO investigation into bribery and corruption at the company. Richard Egan, Jim Meyer and Sarnjit Lal are recommended. Philip Smith left the firm.

ABV Solicitors is ‘a serious player in white-collar crime with a nationwide presence’. It advises high-net worth individuals within companies including directors and partners on a broad range of white-collar fraud matters including bribery, corruption, VAT fraud, insider trading, boiler room fraud, mortgage fraud, and land-banking and benefit frauds. Deepak Vij heads the team, he has ‘excellent judgment and a strategic approach’. Akhtar Ahmad is ‘a veteran criminal defence lawyer who prepares cases well and is highly knowledgeable’. The team is ‘extremely hardworking and dedicated to achieving the very best outcome for their client’.

Brett Wilson LLP  is ‘a very good boutique for fraud defence work’. It has experience in boiler room fraud, land-banking fraud, VAT fraud and crypto-currency cases. The firm continues to act for an individual in relation to a £2m mobile phone fraud case. Head of team Nick Brett is ‘a no-nonsense litigator who is very hands on and gives good practical advice’. Mayuri Lakhani joined as associate.

Gowling WLG has ‘a flexible and commercial approach’ and is ‘a leading firm for contentious insolvency and asset tracing cases’. It advises on international sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption, mortgage fraud, Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) fraud, land-banking fraud, carbon credit trading, and contentious trusts and insolvency. The firm has a strong presence in Brazil and successfully defended the former mayor of Sao Paulo in relation to a case of knowing receipt of funds that were the proceeds of fraud. The case was valued at over $30m. The team is headed by James Sidwell and Alex Jay who has ‘a burgeoning reputation for delivering on the difficult cases that other firms are wary of taking on’. Catherine Naylor is also recommended.

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises corporations and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on a broad range of white-collar matters including investigations by the SFO and FCA, and asset tracing and freezing orders. The firm continues to advise the president of the Sierra Leone Football Association in a cross-border matter regarding improper use of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) funds. Crispin Rapinet heads the team. Claire Lipworth joined as partner from the FCA where she was chief criminal counsel. Lipworth ‘brings a phenomenal level of experience from her time at the FCA as well as her earlier career in private practice’.

K&L Gates LLP advises on cases of bribery and corruption, serious and complex fraud, insider trading, money laundering, mutual legal assistance and FCA regulation and enforcement proceedings. The firm is acting for a former trader of Deutsche Bank in relation to the LIBOR rate fixing scandal, this involves multi-jurisdictional investigations by the FCA, SFO, DOJ and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Key practitioner Dylan Moses is ‘good to work with, very popular and has excellent experience’. Christine Braamskamp left the firm for Jenner & Block LLP.

Kangs Solicitors handles cases involving tax fraud, bribery, corruption, cartels and price fixing, insider dealing, investment fraud and money laundering, often with multi-jurisdictional aspects. Hamraj Kang heads the team, he is ‘a master of white-collar crime and fraud work’ and is ‘a very dedicated individual and superbly talented in defending complex fraud cases’. Senior associate John Veale is ‘a calm, reassuring and clever lawyer’. Associate Timothy Thompson  is ‘a consummate professional, very measured and unflappable in his approach to complicated cases’.

Kobre & Kim LLP is ‘an excellent international practice with very experienced litigators in the team who can handle the most complex of fraud cases’. It has several former US DOJ lawyers based in London and specialises in investigations and enforcement proceedings with US elements. The firm continues to act for a London bond trader in relation to criminal and regulatory investigations of allegations that he and other bond traders were involved in price fixing and competition restraint in the market of US dollar denominated supranational, sub-sovereign and agency bonds. This is a multi-billion dollar case. Key practitioner Robin Rathmell is ‘a cutting edge expert at cross-border investigations’ and Jason Masimore is also recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLP has a multi-disciplinary team that advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals and senior executives in relation to investigations by the FCA, SFO and HMRC. It has previously acted in cases of insider dealing and tax evasion. Anne-Marie Ottaway and Tom Stocker bring ‘a wealth of talent to this area’, Ottaway has ‘extensive SFO experience which she brings to bear in her white-collar and business crime practice’. Barry Vitou left the firm for Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur has ‘a small, but perfectly formed team’ that advises corporate clients in relation to the internal investigations and proceedings instituted by regulatory and prosecuting bodies such as the SFO, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), FCA and HMRC. It has recently advised on cases of breach of fiduciary duty and money laundering. Nigel West  heads the team, supported by Anil Rajani who is ‘a most effective and bright lawyer who thinks strategically with the end result always in mind’. Rajani has ‘decades of experience in this field and a stellar reputation’. Stuart Lindley is also recommended.

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has experience in handling embezzlement, asset confiscation proceedings and banking fraud. The firm recently acted for a director of Ideals Commercials (UK) in a fraud case involving counterfeit goods worth £4m. Key practitioners Rakeebah Rahim, Deniz Oguzkanli and Piers Desser are recommended. Abbas Nawrozzadeh joined the firm as senior associate from Neumans Solicitors.

The ‘Hardworking, experienced and client-centred’ practice at Shaw Graham Kersh has ‘a well-deserved reputation for quality representation from the police station to appellate level’. Recent highlights include acting in a £70m tax fraud case, a car crash scam and an FCA investigation. ‘Top criminal fraud litigatorRaymond Shaw heads the team.

Extremely professional and knowledgeableSlater and Gordon has experience of handling cases involving investigations and prosecutions from the CPS, SFO, BIS, Trading Standards and HMRC. It advises on matters such as VAT fraud, banking fraud, advance fee fraud and insurance fraud. The ‘excellent, reliable, diligent and knowledgeable’ team is now led by Rachel Adamson. Former practice head Shula de Jersey left the firm for BCL Solicitors LLP and Helen Simm left for Clyde & Co LLP .

Steel & Shamash handles cases of money laundering, bribery, corruption and deals with clients from the investigation stage to prosecution and confiscation proceedings. It has experience of fraud investigations and prosecutions conducted by the SFO, NCA, HMRC and FCA. It conducts legally aided and privately funded work. Robert Dynowski co-heads the team with Rakesh Bhasin who is ‘hardworking, with a good eye for detail and excellent client care’.

Withers LLP advises on a range of white-collar crime issues including bribery, corruption, fraud, insider trading, market manipulation and forgery. It often represents clients at interviews in relation to investigations by the FCA, PRA, SFO, NCA and HMRC. Harvey Knight heads the team.

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The team at CMS  ‘always sets a high standard’; 'it’s very hard to find another law firm that really puts the client first in all respects.’ The practice advises a mix of broadcasters, sports rights holders, publishers and software developers on the full range of gambling issues across various sectors. Recent highlights include advising private equity investment giants CVC Capital Partners and Blackstone on their bid for payment processing company Paysafe. The team continues to advise the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association on the UK Government’s reform to the taxation of remote gambling services, issuing judicial review proceedings for the High Court to determine the lawfulness of the new tax regimes. The firm is also advising 32Red Group plc, the AIM-quoted online gaming company, on its £175.6 million recommended takeover by Kindred Group plc, one of the largest online gambling companies in the world. Key practitioners include practice head David Zeffman, corporate lawyer Rob Willis, litigation specialist Dan Tench  and Stephen Hignett, who has notable expertise in the gambling sector. Of counsel Anna Soilleux-Mills  is also recommended, as are Tamsin Blow, of counsel and associate Alasdair Lamb.

Harris Hagan  is praised as ‘an excellent firm with a personal touch’. The firm's specialist gaming and betting service covers corporate, commercial and regulatory advice to a client base within the betting, gaming, licensing and entertainment sectors. Its expertise extends to both land-based and online gaming, and the group frequently advises on applications for licence renewal and licence variations. Recommended by some who say ‘no one knows the regulatory aspects of the gaming industry as well as they do,’ Julian Harris  and John Hagan  are the key names to note. In addition, partner Bahar Alaeddini, is praised as having ‘sharp intellect and a practical approach to advice,’ and comes recommended for establishing operations in the UK and in offshore jurisdictions.

Memery Crystal LLP's practice is headed by Carl Rohsler, who is praised for his ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of gaming which he always imparts clearly.’ Rohsler, who joined from Squire Patton Boggs in 2017, has acted in numerous high-profile transactions in the gambling sector for clients including Caesars Entertainment,, The Health Lottery and Gala Leisure. The team includes chairman Lesley Gregory, who has acted for gambling clients on IPO listings and other corporate matters, and Jonathan Riley , who also has considerable experience and expertise in this area.

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team handles the full gamut of legal and regulatory matters affecting the gaming and betting area, and is notably strong in corporate and M&A transactions, IPOs and restructurings. Other areas of expertise include compliance and licensing issues, social and computer gaming, and matters under European law. Highlights included advising Catena Operations, a subsidiary of Catena Media, on its acquisition of sports affiliate site, for £13.9 million, and advising on the £200 million acquisition of Inspired Gaming Group and its affiliates. Practice head Susan Breen is praised for being ‘a pre-eminent lawyer in the sector; she has a wealth of experience servicing clients on complex, cutting-edge transactions and provides the regulatory overlay which makes her skillset so unique in this sector’. Other partners in the practice include Nick Nocton, who specialises in regulatory and commercial matters, and Stuart McMaster, who focuses on gambling-sector work. Niki Stephens, a managing associate in the corporate department, also acts for gambling clients, advising clients on corporate and commercial matters. She also provides gambling licensing, regulatory and compliance advice to regulated gambling clients.

Wiggin LLP  provides ‘top-notch guidance’ to a range of clients across the betting, poker, media and sports sectors, amongst others, and regularly advises major banks and payment processors on gambling-related issues. Practice head Stephen Ketteley ‘brings a depth of knowledge which is second to none and manages to think two or three steps ahead’. He recently advised on a number of UK Gambling Commission investigations into apparent compliance failings, and continuing to advise bet365 and William Hill on regulatory matters. Other notable lawyers in the team include Simon Bernholt, who joined in early 2018 from Playtech, advises clients across the full range of commercial and regulatory matters. Jason Chess is the other key figure and has significant expertise in online gambling, lotteries, competitions and promotions. He is advising Worldpay on regulatory issues facing online gambling operators and their service providers on a global basis.

Bird & Bird LLP has expanded its gaming practice following the arrival of Andrew Danson  and Elizabeth Dunn. Recent work highlights include advising on a range of general commercial agreements for the Gamesys group, operators of the Jackpotjoy, Caesars Bingo, Heart Bingo, Virgin Games, Starspins, and Monopoly Casino brands. The firm also advised on the drafting and negotiation of licence agreements with third party licensors such as NetEnt and Endemol. GVC, SkyBet and Zeal Network are also clients.

The gaming and betting practice at DLA Piper regularly handles IT, IP, corporate and litigation matters for its broad range of gambling sector clients, and also has notable expertise in domestic and international tax issues. Key partners include Nick Fitzpatrick and Hilary Stewart-Jones.

Gordon Dadds LLP  has a substantial international client base, and is well-established in the gaming operator and start-up spaces where the team advises on corporate and M&A matters, tax issues and the establishment of new operations. Recent highlights include advising a new US-based entrant to the UK land-based casino market on successfully securing their casino operating licence, and advising on two-high profile enforcement cases following the initiation of reviews of operating licences by the Gambling Commission. In March 2017 the team was bolstered by the addition of Andrew Tait, who had previously worked in-house for a Gibraltar-based remote operator. Partner Andrew Cotton heads the gaming and betting team, and Alex Ktorides advises clients on anti-money laundering, bribery and corruption.

Kemp Little LLP  is noted for its strength in the online and mobile gambling sector, where the team advises on rapidly developing areas such as fintech, artificial intelligence, in-app purchases and digital currencies, and the firm is praised by clients as being ‘a very informative resource for all things related to online gambling’. Notable work included advising Gamblewise on its mobile app to help gamblers control the time they spend gambling, which involved advising on the terms and conditions for contracts with gamblers using the product, including collection and use of personal data and the commercial contracts with operators in whose facilities the product will operate. Another notable highlight is continuing to advise William Hill on its supply arrangement with Playtech. Susan Biddle heads the practice and is praised for her ‘excellent communication skills and depth of knowledge’. Financial regulatory team head Jacob Ghanty  is also recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLP provides ‘quality advice’ and is noted for its expertise in business expansion and financing, as well as the introduction of new business-critical systems, relocation and strategically significant disputes, alongside other gambling and betting industry issues. The team is headed by Diane Mullenex  and includes Julian Stanier, Gareth Jones, who joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, and Audrey Ferrie, who heads the licensing practice.

Poppleston Allen's gaming practice is led by Nick Arron and acts for a range of gaming clients operating in the UK and internationally. Recent highlights for the practice include being retained by Best Gaming Technology of Austria, the largest supplier of self service betting terminals to betting shops in the UK; acting for Opera House Casino to secure a small casino licence in Scarborough; and continuing to advise Arena Racing Company on its track betting licences.

Taylor Wessing LLP  acts for a range of major gaming and betting brands and has notable expertise in the social gaming sector, advising on licensed ‘real money’ products and financial and regulatory issues. eSports is also a key area of focus, and the team is increasingly involved in assisting companies who have not historically fallen under the remit of UK gambling legislation. Recent work includes continuing to advise digital entertainment plc on its online gaming services in the US through a major tie up with Boyd Gaming and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. We advise on gambling platform licence agreements, in addition to issues around its mobile apps in the US. Key figures in the team are practice heads Graham Hann, Mark Owen  and partners Chris Jeffery and Glyn Morgan.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  provides ‘very comprehensive advice’ and ‘works collaboratively’ with clients. The team regularly advises on licensing for large developments, its clients include a number of casinos, betting shops, developers and banks, and cross-border matters are a notable area of expertise. The firm successfully obtained premises licence for an adult gaming centre in the centre of Norwich despite heavy trade and local resident opposition, and continues to provide gambling and associated regulatory advice to a large gambling client. Other gaming clients include Playtech, the Hippodrome and Stride Gaming. Practice head Craig Baylis  and key practitioner Jeremy Bark  are notable contacts.

Fladgate LLP  is known for advising owner-managers of betting and gaming businesses on various corporate, financial and IT issues. Highlights included advising Saw Close Casino on the real estate aspects of its sale to Austrian based Century Casinos Europe, and advising Aspers UK Holdings Limited on a joint venture with Stride Gaming plc to set up Aspers Online Limited. Department head Grant Gordon  advises on key licensing and regulatory issues arising from the due diligence process, and the ‘commercial, proactive and pragmaticStephen Lewis  specialises in property acquisition and disposal work.

David Schollenberger heads Healys LLP  gaming practice in London. Dual US and UK qualified, Schollenberger is assisting the Cyprus government with respect to the setup, governance, forms, policies, procedures and standards of the Cyprus Gaming Commission as regulator and with respect to the development and regulation of the casino. Its other clients include Quickspin AB, Atrium Court 1, and Amtote International.

Hugh James' gaming practice is headed by Aled Walters and Martin Jones, who also heads the regulatory practice. Its recent highlights include advising ioSport Group throughout its successful application to the Gambling Commission for a remote betting operating licence and a gambling software licence; advising Cyberplay Management on the adaptation of its existing policies and systems so as to meet the requirements of the Commission’s Operating Conditions, Codes of Practice and Gambling Software Technical Standards; and drafting and negotiating the licence of Amelco’s sports betting platform to Intralot, the Greek lottery.

Joelson's expertise includes betting, gaming and lotteries law, regulatory matters and licensing, and clients include a wide mix of nightclubs, casinos, lotteries and betting companies. The licensing and gaming practice is jointly headed by Niall McCann and recently promoted partner Richard Williams. The team recently advised Stakers, a remote platform developer and international remote gaming operator, with applications for UK remote betting, casino and software licences; acted for a Malta-based client on an Irish remote bookmaker’s licence; and assisted More Tech Group Limited with an application for a remote betting. Other notable clients include Fitzdares, a high-end members-only online betting platform, and Condor Gaming, a multinational online betting and casino operator.

The integrated sports and gambling practice at K&L Gates LLP  advised Arena Racing Corporation on the gambling and licensing issues in relation to the acquisition of the greyhound stadia at Newcastle and Sunderland from William Hill. The practice also acted for The Racing Partnership, Arena Leisure and Arena Racing Corporation Limited, on all aspects of three High Court actions and related applications against major bookmakers and betting industry stakeholders including Ladbrokes, Coral and Betfred, relating to the disputed use of on-course horse racing and betting data in off-course fixed-odds betting services in betting shops. The team is headed by Warren Phelops and advises on the full range of gambling industry matters including licensing and regulatory issues, public listings and M&A work, technology supply, payment service provision and IP licensing agreements. Senior associate Michael Llewellyn, who joined in July 2017 from CMS is also recommended. as are  Jamie Kershaw and partner John Elgar.

Gambling specialist Peter Wilson Legal LLP  is advising a number of international gambling operations along with professional gamblers, banks, payment processors and media companies on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Peter Wilson and Angela Wilson are the key names to note; they recently acted for defendants in first prosecution and conviction for offering betting and gaming using virtual digital currency.


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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  provides ‘professional and responsive service and has the ability to assist on a broad range of licensing matters’; the team's ‘in-depth knowledge of legislation and years of experience enables it to bring examples to life and offer advice based on past experience’. The firm regularly advises on licensing for large developments - the Olympic Park Development and the Nova Scheme in Victoria being notable highlights - and also assists various operator clients with the full range of liquor and gambling licensing matters. Other work examples included continuing to advise TGI Fridays on the procurement of new licenses across the country, including stress areas such as Westminster and minimum pricing areas such as Newcastle, and assisting the Montcalm Hotel group in relation to the revocation of a street trading licence. The team is headed by Craig Baylis and includes Jeremy Bark, who is  ‘a dedicated and extremely knowledgeable lawyer’.

Keystone Law's licensing practice has developed significantly since the arrival of Andrew Wong  and Gareth Hughes  from Gordon Dadds LLP in October 2016. Wong is praised as being ‘a real star’ who ‘looks for solutions to achieve the apparently impossible’, while Hughes is described as ‘first class.’ Robert Sutherland  is the other key name to note. The team recently advised on securing the grant of a new 24 hour licence for the new Koko and Hope Project in the heart of the Camden stress area; secured the grant of a 5am licence for a new venue Bloc South against Lambeth Councils licensing policy; and assisted the Royal National Theatre with restructuring of the premises licence following addition of new land to the site and change of hours and refreshing conditions with local residential opposition. The firm also counts high-end London hotels and restaurants as clients.

Poppleston Allen  ‘is a firm that has a real industry specialism’. The firm acts for a wide range of well-known restaurants, hotels and venues nationwide, and is regularly instructed on planning and property acquisitions, redevelopment projects and licensing-related enforcement matters. In a recent highlight, the team acted for Eataly, an international restaurant brand, in its first London site opening. The firm continues to advise The Ivy Group on its licensing needs including securing new premises licences and licence variations for its rapid expansion of 24 restaurants. Key practitioners include Clare Eames, who has a ‘second-to-none’ understanding of client business and whose ‘anticipation of the businesses needs and strategic aims is exemplary’; and Lisa Inzani, who is ‘utterly reliable and goes beyond what would be expected for trusted clients’.

Dedicated licensing firm Thomas & Thomas Partners LLP  provides ‘professionally considered, accurate and valuable advice’. Recent work includes acting for the Hackney Arts Centre on obtaining a new 2am licence contrary to policy and local opposition. The firm also advised Shaftesbury on the redevelopment of several restaurant units. Key practitioners include Thomas O’Maoileoin  and Alun Thomas , who offer ‘excellent commercial acumen and ability to deal with complex stakeholder environments’. Other key clients include Ellipsis Entertainment, 85 Piccadilly and the Royal Academy of Music.

TLT's  ‘excellent’ team provides ‘succinct and strategic service with great outcomes and good value,’ advising on bespoke licensing for a vast array of nightclubs, restaurants and hotels, and obtaining grants and variations from Westminster’s licensing authority. The department recently acted on securing a new premises licence for the £300m Manhattan Loft Gardens project in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and advised the Blakes Hotel on a mediation meeting following complaints and threats of a review of a premises licence. Luke Elford left to join Wood Whur in July 2019.

Gordon Dadds LLP's licensing practice is noted for handling a variety of work on breach of license cases, licence reviews and criminal proceedings on behalf of landlords and licensees. The group recently acted for The Oxford Union Debating Society in a successful application for a variation of premises certificate within Oxford City Council’s Cumulative Impact Zone, and acted for The Camden Town Brewery to obtain a new premises licence for its new site in Enfield. Lead licensing practitioners include Philip Somarakis and Andrew Cotton.

Joelson has a strong presence in the alcohol, entertainment and late-night refreshment fields, advising on the full gamut of license applications including new premises licences, variations to existing licences, reviews and interim authority notices. The practice is praised for being ‘a very good all-round licensing practice covering gambling and alcohol/entertainment work’. Key figure Niall McCann regularly appears before courts and local authorities in contentious licensing matters; recent highlights include acting for the Dulwich Picture Gallery in respect of an application for a large outside summer pavilion in its grounds. Richard Williams has notable expertise in remote and land-based gambling and cryptocurrency. He recently defended B&M in successfully obtaining highly contested premises licences and also defending health and safety, food safety and product safety prosecutions. Williams also advises on taxi and firearms licensing, and has handled alcohol licensing matters for both national and off-license retailers.

One of the leaders in the field in the centre of London,’ Lana Tricker, key practitioner of LT Law  ‘combines considerable experience of the industry with a personable and approachable manner’. Highlights included successfully obtaining a variation on the premises licence for The Ned in the City of London to extend the trading area and double the capacity of the basement bar for the Sydell Group/Soho House Group partnership; obtaining two new premises licences for the London Cocktail Club, both beyond core hours. Other key longstanding clients include Charlie Berkeley, Five Points Brewing Company and Paper London.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP  is noted for its expertise in the supermarket and petrol forecourt sectors, and the firm’s work also includes pubs and restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues. Sabrina Cader advises on license applications for supermarkets, public houses and hotels across England and Wales, and also represents clients at contested hearings. Robert Botkai  heads the licensing team.

Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors  primarily acts for London-based clients in contentious licensing matters, appearing regularly before the High Court and the Court of Appeal and advising on licence review hearings. The firm’s client base includes a mix of multinational operators, local government authorities, independent pub chains and small businesses, and the team also represents local residents in oppositions to licence grants. The key practitioners are David Dadds and Natasha Nunn.

Pinsent Masons LLP's  ‘very good’ practice advises on liquor and gambling licensing across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The team has a wide range of clients including Asda Stores, Harrods and Mint Festival, and has substantial advocacy and litigation capabilities. Highlights included acting for Aviva in successfully applying for a shadow alcohol premises licence for a restaurant it owns; successfully acting for Harrods to extend its restaurant hours and to move the wine shop area in the famous Brompton Road Store; and advising Pizza Express throughout the process of renewing the liquor licences for its Northern Irish restaurant portfolio. Liquor licensing specialist Audrey Ferrie heads the department.

Squire Patton Boggs  is praised as ‘excellent, extremely professional and efficient’, advising a mix of clients in the transport, hospitality, sports and leisure and retail sectors. New clients include Dalata Hotels and The London & Regional Hotel group. The firm currently manages all aspects of Select Service Partners’ licensed estate, which included several mainline station units, international airports and Center Parcs, and also acts for One Stop Stores in contested matters brought by local residents and police authorities. Practice head Stephanie Perraton ‘is technically knowledgeable, highly competent and very approachable’ and Nicola Smith is ‘superb’.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP  lost its practice head Ewen MacGregor in February 2018, when he left to join the regulatory and licensing practice at Gregg Latchams LLP in Bristol. The firm's key clients include Gala Leisure, Ambassador’s Theatre Group and Racing Post. The team also provides a full alcohol and gambling offering across England, Scotland and Wales, and frequently advises online gaming operators on various licensing matters. Key contacts are Jon Cooper and Stuart Wardlaw, who are both partners in the firm's regulatory group.

Goodman Derrick LLP  is ‘an extremely competent firm whose licensing work flows from its top-notch commercial property work’. The team recently advised Counterculture Bars on a successful application to vary its premises licence at to extend its hours of operation, and loosen the restaurant conditions, and also assisted Skylight Leisure Limited with the permitted variation of the premises licence held for Simmons Soho. Nice Bars and The Natural Kitchen are also key clients. The ‘highly experiencedJames Daglish  leads the practice. Other Key practitioners include solicitors Ellie Spencer, Daniel Shein and Susie Prowse .

Taylor Wessing LLP's licensing practice is focused on the gaming and betting sector and counts digital entertainment plc, Amaya, Cashcade Limited and as major industry clients. Led by Graham Hann, head of IT, Telecoms and Competition, Mark Owen, head of IP and Media and partners Glyn Morgan and Chris Jeffery. The firm’s highlight include continuing to advise digital entertainment plc on its online gaming services in the US  through a major tie up with Boyd Gaming and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and handling the trade mark and copyright/design disputes for Amaya’s brands which include PokerStars, Full Tilt, BetStars, StarsDraft.

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