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BCL Solicitors LLP has β€˜a well-deserved reputation for being at the cutting edge of white-collar defence work’, and β€˜has a huge amount of experience in high-profile cases, where the team fights tooth and nail for its clients’. The firm advises on all areas of fraud, business and white-collar crime, acting for a range of individuals including directors, senior employees and high-net-worth individuals. The β€˜intelligent, imaginative and dedicated’ Ian Burton heads the practice, where key figures also include the β€˜hugely personable and sympathetic’ Richard Sallybanks; Harry Travers, who is β€˜uniquely placed to navigate the technical and tactical aspects of civil and criminal investigations’; and Shaul Brazil, a β€˜staunch defender of his clients who has a clever tactical eye’.

Bark&co’s β€˜core of talented and hardworking solicitors’ have β€˜a first-class reputation in matters of financial offending’, and the team β€˜prepares all cases with energy and focus, and is meticulous in its work’. In a recent highlight, the firm acted for a former broker from Tullett Prebon charged with conspiring to rig the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), a high-profile matter mounting up to trillions of dollars in value. The group also represented the CEO of a multimillion-pound logistics company, who faced allegations of conspiring with corrupt accountants to defraud HMRC of over Β£6m in PAYE, VAT and other payments. Practice head Giles Bark-Jones is β€˜without doubt one of the sharpest defence lawyers practicing today’, and other key figures include Frederick Bunn and the β€˜smart, experienced and tactically astute’ Fiona Gavriel.



Bark&co’s clients benefit from the support of one of the country’s leading fraud and business crime firms, ranked in Legal 500’s TOP TIER for Fraud: White-Collar Crime for the last 6 years (2012 to 2017). Its skilled lawyers provide top-class advice to individuals and national/international companies on civil/criminal fraud, tax investigations, white-collar crime, corruption and serious crime.

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Bindmans LLP’ β€˜practical and realistic team leaves no stone unturned’, and β€˜fully deserves its reputation for being utterly committed to its clients’. The department specialises in investigations and prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), HMRC and Police Specialist Fraud case teams, amongst others, and regularly acts for a range of professionals including lawyers, accountants and journalists. Highlights included acting for a former City broker in the high-profile SFO investigation into the alleged misreporting of daily LIBOR rate submissions to the British Banking Association. Martin Rackstraw and the β€˜highly intelligent’ Katie Wheatley co-head the practice, where β€˜outstanding fraud lawyer’ Michael Schwarz is also a key figure.

The β€˜professional legal team’ at Bivonas Law LLP provides β€˜timely, in-depth and industry appropriate advice’. The team has substantial experience in handling major multijurisdictional matters, and regularly represents individuals in investigations conducted by the SFO, FCA and HMRC. Key figures in the team include practice head Antony Brown, who β€˜has great leadership qualities’; Steve Sharp, who is β€˜very strong both in the pure legal aspects and in the practical and tactical elements of case preparation’; and Cindy Dorrington, β€˜a brilliant lawyer who tenaciously defends her clients’.

The β€˜strong and capable’ team at Byrne and Partners LLP is β€˜held in high esteem by its peers’ and β€˜has an in-depth knowledge of the enforcement authorities’. The firm advises on all aspects of fraud, money laundering and tax investigations and prosecutions, and is especially noted for its strength in high-value disputes spanning multiple jurisdictions. Recent work includes representing a client charged with corruption in relation to major transport infrastructure contracts in India and Poland, where the individual was jointly charged with conspiracy, and advising FH Bertling on an SFO prosecution related to alleged corrupt payments to an employee of Sonangol Group, an Angolan state-owned oil company. David Byrne is recommended along with β€˜outstanding lawyer’ Matthew Frankland, and Sara Teasdale and Ben Brocklehurst β€˜operate a fine-tuned pas de deux addressing complex cross-border procedural issues’.

β€˜High-quality boutique’ Corker Binning is β€˜a leading firm in this practice area, and is involved in many of the most serious and high-profile cases’. The team β€˜brings a strong wealth of experience in dealing with criminal litigation into the complex world of fraud’ and the β€˜talented lawyers demonstrate the highest professional standards’. Peter Binning is β€˜a seasoned expert, particularly in the field of international white-collar crime’; David Corker is β€˜a fantastic technical lawyer with extensive experience in the financial services area’; and Jessica Parker is β€˜a dynamic and bright individual who works well with clients’. Highlights included acting for the former CEO of Tesco in the SFO’s investigation into alleged accounting irregularities, and representing a trained accountant who was charged by the FCA with passing inside information to fund managers.

Kingsley Napley LLP is β€˜a standout firm for individual white-collar crime representations’, and the team is β€˜great to work with . Reliable, and shows excellent judgement and strategic initiative’. The group has substantial expertise in cross-border cases involving allegations of bribery and corruption, tax fraud, money laundering and insider dealing, amongst other issues, and the firm is also adept at dealing with investigations and prosecutions brought by various institutions. Practice head Stephen Parkinson is β€˜regularly entrusted with cases of the very greatest complexity and intellectual demand’, and Louise Hodges is β€˜the first choice for traders and City individuals under investigation’. In February 2017, Jo Rickards moved to Mishcon de Reya LLP.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is β€˜an excellent criminal law boutique with superb expertise in handling international business and financial crime matters’, and the β€˜professional and highly-organised’ team is β€˜quickly able to adjust to changes in the case and maintain control at all times’. The team acts for individuals in high-profile sanctions cases as well as INTERPOL and extradition matters, and is increasingly representing clients in major cross-border litigation. β€˜Outstanding lawyer’ Michael O’Kane heads the business crime team and is β€˜deeply familiar with international financial crime’; Hannah Laming is β€˜an excellent investigative lawyer with broad experience in handling corruption cases’, and Neil Swift is praised for his β€˜pragmatic, easily digestible input’. Monty Raphael QC is also a key practitioner.

WilmerHale has recently been at the forefront of several major financial crime cases investigated by the SFO, and continues to represent a mix of corporates and individuals across the full gamut of financial services-related criminal matters. Key figure Stephen Pollard is β€˜a leading white-collar crime practitioner’ who is β€˜tactical, commercial and has a way of setting his sights on a clients’ goal and doing his utmost to achieve it’. Elly Proudlock is also a name to note, along with Christopher David.

Blackfords LLP’ β€˜incredibly busy’ practice is β€˜willing to deal with legal aid white-collar fraud cases as well as having a large private practice’. The firm has a notable focus on London and the South East region, acting primarily for high-profile and high-net-worth individuals across the full spectrum of fraud matters. Highlights included representing a financial sector individual who allegedly conspired to deal in securities by using insider information, and acting for a defendant in a high-level mortgage fraud matter valued at Β£40m. The team is co-headed by Daniel Cundy and Gary Bloxsome, who is praised as being β€˜a great tactician who is diligent to the nth degree’.

The β€˜dynamic team’ at Brown Rudnick LLP provides β€˜an excellent overall level of service with precise answers’, and is β€˜capable of adapting perfectly to a fast moving market’. Notable work included representing a trader at a major European bank who was involved in trading instruments hedged to the EURO interbank offering rate, and acting for a senior individual in relation to an ongoing SFO investigation into allegations of corruption and bribery, a matter involving Africa and Kazakhstan-based subsidiaries. The β€˜experienced, strategic and committed’ Tom Epps is recommended along with Mark Beardsworth, who β€˜has top legal knowledge combined with excellent communication skills’.

Dechert LLP has β€˜established itself as a major firm in this area’, providing β€˜excellent personal attention, a good level of experience and timely responses’. The team is notably strong in SFO investigations and prosecutions, and recently represented an individual in an ongoing criminal investigation regarding their employment at Alstom and alleged bribery activity. The team saw a number of hires in the last year, most notably that of former SFO prosecutor and β€˜international expert’ Matthew Cowie. Neil Gerrard heads the practice.

Edmonds Marshall McMahon is β€˜a firm with unsparing attention to detail’ that is β€˜the very model of how fraud cases should be prosecuted in the Magistrates and Crown Courts’. The team recently handled the confiscation, enforcement order and pursuance of gifts in a case regarding the transfer of money by deception, and is currently advising on the private prosecution of the high-profile β€˜Fake Saudi Princess’, a matter involving Β£14m worth of property. Kate McMahon is β€˜a fearless and energetic prosecutor’; Tamlyn Edmonds β€˜has a great manner with clients in difficult circumstances’; and Andrew Marshall is noted for his expertise in the fraud, regulatory and quasi-criminal areas.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP works alongside fraud specialists, former prosecutors, regulators and investigators in high-profile fraud investigations, and regularly utilises its cross-border capabilities. Neill Blundell and Zia Ullah co-head the practice, which recently represented the former head of global finance in relation to the dollar LIBOR manipulation, negotiating a settlement with the US Department of Justice and SFO.

The β€˜professional and experienced’ team at Fox Williams LLP is β€˜a significant player in the white-collar crime environment’ and β€˜has a strong reputation in the market’. The firm has acted in relation to several longstanding SFO investigations and prosecutions, most notably in the financial services space. Practice co-head James Carlton has β€˜a first-class knowledge of the law and also empathises with his clients, making them feel that he is on their side’. Peter Wright is β€˜excellent in his field’.

Hickman and Rose handles β€˜high-quality work’ and β€˜fights tooth and nail for its clients’, advising various LIBOR clients in relation to criminal charges and representing a broad range high-level individuals in SFO investigations. Key figures include Ben Rose, an β€˜acknowledged heavyweight who has great strategic sense and is rigorously client-focused’; Ross Dixon, who has β€˜great judgement and an easy command of complex law’; and Andrew Katzen, a β€˜top notch lawyer who puts everything into his cases’.

Irwin Mitchell β€˜draws on the strength of its multidisciplinary practice to effectively deal with white-collar instructions’, and has β€˜a broad range of experience, from health and safety and trading offences to complex financial services frauds’. The team is increasingly instructed in corporate internal investigations involving regulatory breaches, and has acted for several corporates and individuals in financial crime investigations. The β€˜tactically excellent’ Sarah Wallace heads the practice, and is β€˜adept at tailoring her services and approach to the different requirements of different cases’.

Janes Solicitors is β€˜a busy firm with a thriving criminal defence practice’ which β€˜punches massively above its weight’ and is β€˜never short of ideas or new strategies when it comes to combating a new challenge’. The team recently handled the high-profile acquittal of a former RBS banker in an HMRC prosecution against investors in film schemes, and also represented a key defendant known as β€˜Lord Libor’ in the SFO prosecution concerning criminal manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate. David Janes is β€˜an excellent lawyer with a sound tactical nous’, and Simon Barker is β€˜great in high-pressure situations’.

Lewis Nedas Law Limited is β€˜in the top category of solicitors who provide a personal and diligent service to both public and privately funded clients’. Key individuals include Siobhain Egan, who β€˜provides a thorough and committed service’ and β€˜gives 100% to all clients’, and Jeffrey Lewis, who advises on VAT and tax investigations, money laundering and regulatory and disciplinary issues.

Lloyds PR Solicitors has β€˜built a formidable reputation of expertise’ and β€˜has developed a team of talented lawyers who show a great deal of enthusiasm and commitment towards their clients’. The group has significant expertise in handling high-profile fraud, money laundering, forgery and regulatory matters, and recently represented a defendant jointly charged with laundering money originating from criminal activities, a matter involving the investigation of three money exchange bureaus. Key figures include β€˜fearless fighter’ Manoj Rupasinghe, β€˜great tactician’ Harsha Rupasinghe and β€˜smooth operator’ Mohsin Ariff.

The β€˜excellent’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright is β€˜always one step ahead of the opponent, anticipating movements well ahead of time’. The firm represents a mix of senior executives, corporates and financial institutions in regulatory and enforcement proceedings, internal investigations and civil litigation, amongst other matters. Neil O’May is the key practitioner, and recently represented the former finance director of Tesco in an ongoing SFO investigation into the accounting practices at Tesco. Lista Cannon is the other name to note.

The β€˜fantastically competent criminal fraud group’ at Russell-Cooke LLP provides β€˜excellent preparation and an insightful approach to difficult evidential issues’, and β€˜is able to handle even the busiest of cases without letting any of the spinning plates fall’. Practice head Jae Carwardine is praised as being β€˜an exceptional practitioner who prepares cases thoroughly’, and is β€˜approachable but authoritative with clients’. β€˜Formidable opponent’ Nicola O’Connor is also a key figure.

β€˜Premier firm’ Shearman Bowen & Co is β€˜well-regarded in the area of fraud and white-collar crime’ and is β€˜known for its thorough and methodical approach to all cases’. Highlights included successfully defending the head of a Hong Kong-based fiduciary company against a money laundering charge, and representing an individual in an SFO bribery and corruption investigation in relation to a major automotive manufacturer. Senior partner Rick Shearman is β€˜a modern solicitor and a driver of the firm’s brand’, and Colette Kelly is described by clients as β€˜a star on the rise’.

Stephenson Harwood provides β€˜useful and appropriate advice’, and the team β€˜always goes the extra mile to assist the client’. Highlights included representing the former US dollar rate submitter at Barclays in relation to the LIBOR rate-setting investigation conducted by the SFO, and the firm is also advising the Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees in relation to claims against the Icelandic bank Kaupthing. The β€˜personable and practical’ Tony Woodcock is recommended along with Sara George, who is β€˜energetic and fully dedicated to the defence of her clients’.

Tuckers Solicitors has a strong London-based and regional presence, and is noted for its strength in criminal law, civil liberties and regulatory proceedings. Key individuals include Philip Smith, who specialises in high-profile fraud and corruption cases; Jim Meyer, who has handled a number of money laundering and Bribery Act investigations; and Richard Egan, who heads the special casework department.

The β€˜top-notch’ team of β€˜multinational and multijurisdictional experts’ at White & Case LLP are β€˜vastly experienced across the full range of white-collar fraud’. The team has handled matters cross the UK and US, Russia, Africa and the Middle East, and is adept at dealing with issues including sanctions, INTERPOL Red Notices and extradition proceedings. The β€˜highly analytical’ Jonathan Pickworth heads the practice, and recently represented an individual indicted in the US on allegations of price fixing and bid rigging.

Cartwright King is β€˜recognised as an excellent crime, fraud and financial firm’, and β€˜has some of the sharpest and most intelligent lawyers in the area’. The team has expertise across a broad range of areas including financial fraud, asset forfeiture and cybercrime, and regularly undertakes a mix of privately funded, legal aided and insurance-backed work. Practice head Richard Cornthwaite is β€˜the lawyers’ choice of lawyer, and brings and unrivalled depth of expertise and knowledge to the table’.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s β€˜exceptional white-collar crime team’ is β€˜able to handle all types of criminal cases, and can be relied upon to do a thorough job’. Practice head John Hartley, is a β€˜sensible and skilful lawyer’ who β€˜balances an understanding of the details of the case with a detached strategic oversight’ and β€˜really gets to the heart of the issues’. Highlights included representing an individual charged with conspiracy to commit fraud in relation to the sale of rare earth mineral oxides, and handling a major HMRC prosecution involving the alleged submission of false immigration information.

Howard Kennedy LLP is β€˜an extremely highly thought of firm for white-collar work’, offering β€˜a highly personalised service and an impressive level of devotion to its clients’. The firm handles privately funded work, primarily defending high net-worth individuals in bribery and corruption allegations, money laundering cases and FCA investigations. Practice head Ian Ryan is β€˜an excellent lawyer with a wealth of experience in dealing with high-profile, tricky cases requiring good strategic input’, and β€˜excellent tactician’ John Martyn is also recommended. Dan Hyde has joined Penningtons Manches LLP.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has β€˜an impeccable knowledge of all matters at hand’ and provides β€˜a case analysis which is always lucid, balanced and objective’. The team recently represented a Russian individual in a case brought by Otkritie Investment Bank, where the client was acquitted of four counts of conspiracy to defraud and one of money laundering, and also acted for an asset director of a finance company in an SFO prosecution regarding the defrauding of two banks out of Β£160m. Consultant John Milner is β€˜a tenacious and committed lawyer who looks after his clients’ interests with great care, tenacity and wisdom’.

K&L Gates LLP provides β€˜a highly commercial approach which is founded on solid, practical advice’, and the firm β€˜has the benefit of drawing on a vast pool of international lawyers, which is of particular help in cross-border investigations’. The group has notable expertise in bribery and corruption, internal investigations and money laundering, among other matters, and recently represented a Deutcshe Bank trader in investigations into the LIBOR scandal. Practice head Christine Braamskamp has β€˜a keen ability to get to the heart of a case’, and Dylan Moses is β€˜a particularly bright man with excellent judgement and a huge capacity for hard work’.

Kangs Solicitors is β€˜a truly exceptional firm’ with β€˜a very strong team of lawyers who are well-regarded by clients and other professionals’. The firm continues to be instructed on a range of serious fraud work, acting for a mix of City traders, surveyors and medical professionals in matters involving VAT fraud, money laundering and bribery and corruption, amongst other issues. Team head Hamraj Kang is β€˜a brilliant strategic thinker with a razor-sharp eye for case preparation’, and John Veale is β€˜very calm and considered in his approach’.

Kobre & Kim LLP is β€˜superb in cross-border cases’ and β€˜has a good reputation for strong, commercial advice in a difficult practice area’. The firm specialises in international investigations, and the team consists of five former US Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers who regularly undertake US-related investigations and enforcement actions. Recent work includes representing a mix of UK and European-based traders, salespeople and senior executives facing allegations of criminal activity in the financial markets, and acting for a UK-based trader in parallel suits brought by the DOJ and the CFTC. Roger Burlingame joined Dechert LLP in 2018.

Morgan Rose Solicitors is β€˜an excellent niche outfit specialising in white-collar crime and commercial litigation’ which provides β€˜accurate and appropriate advice, and overall great value for money’. The team recently represented a senior broker under investigation by the SFO in connection with the LIBOR scandal, and is currently acting for a client facing multiple allegations of conspiracy to defraud, fraud by false representation, money laundering and bribery. Key practitioner Mark Jones is β€˜a clear thinker with excellent judgement’ who is β€˜quick to assimilate facts and identify the significant points in a case’.

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP is noted for its expertise in cross-border financial crime, along with corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations, and the team has also handled a number of contentious insolvencies involving criminal elements. Highlights included representing the Icelandic administrators of Landsbanki in a Β£30m asset recovery and High Court action, and acting for the trustees of Muhamed Al-Ansari in a major fraud and insolvency matter. Jonathan Wheeler heads the practice, and Kevin Roberts is β€˜an excellent and pragmatic lawyer who inspires confidence’.

Rahman Ravelli Solicitors is β€˜a dynamic firm which provides a stellar service to its clients’ and β€˜has the resources and the know-how to take on the most complex of cases, never failing to impress client and colleagues alike’. The team acts primarily for high-net-worth individuals, advising on multimillion-pound frauds, money laundering and tax evasion, and recently successfully defended its clients in a high-profile investment fraud matter. Key figures include Azizur Rahman, whose β€˜formidable intellect and great strategic judgement mark him out as an exceptional lawyer’, and Neil Williams, who β€˜has an intuitive grasp of the finer tactical points that arise in complicated cases’ and β€˜mixes a logical and structured analysis with an experienced but creative response’.

At Simmons & Simmons, highlights included acting for a former chief financial officer charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and representing a senior Russian businessman in connection with allegations of fraud and tax evasion in Russia, a case involving INTERPOL Red Notices and extradition from the UK. Nick Benwell heads the practice, and Stephen Gentle β€˜brings a calm reassurance to all problems’.

Slater and Gordon regularly handles corruption and bribery-related SFO investigations, and recently represented the former finance director of Swift International in relation to bribery payments to Nigerian tax officials. Practice head Shula de Jersey is β€˜bright, tenacious and determined’, and Helen Simm has extensive experience in representing clients before various regulators.

Sonn Macmillan Walker is adept at handling both legal aid and privately-funded cases, and has significant expertise in white-collar crime and confiscation matters. Highlights included defending an individual against allegations of British film industry tax fraud, and representing one of three defendants accused of conspiracy to defraud the customers of First Asset Management, a case valued at Β£1m. David Sonn heads the department.

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors has β€˜a great reputation with professional colleagues and other firms’ and β€˜always goes the extra mile for its clients’. The team advises on high-value cases involving commercial fraud, money laundering, corruption and HMRC and VAT investigations, and also handles confiscation and civil recovery matters. The practice is headed by the β€˜energetic and charismatic’ Bambos Tsiattalou who β€˜fights his clients’ corner robustly and is very responsive to clients’. The β€˜hardworking’ Maria Theodoulou is the other name to note.

Brett Wilson LLP has considerable experience in handling carousel, advance fee and boiler room fraud cases, and also advises on computer misuse offences and money laundering. Senior partner Nick Brett heads the department, and has recently been involved in a number of major fraud prosecutions and SFO investigations.

The β€˜superb’ team at Gowling WLG provides β€˜an excellent level of service, always providing the client with the necessary support and assistance’. The firm is currently engaged in litigation and arbitration matters across the USA, Russia, the Cayman Islands and Singapore, amongst others, and has strong expertise in fraud and asset recovery matters involving insolvency, trusts and anti-bribery matters. The team recently acted for The Federal Republic of Brazil and The Municipality of Sao Paulo in cross-border investigations involving Sao Paulo’s former mayor, where it is claimed that the defendants received fraud proceeds. The firm also continues to advise several professional trustees in the high-profile litigation arising out of Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. The β€˜technically excellent and very commercial’ Alex Jay heads the practice, and is β€˜great at identifying a strategy in order to make recoveries’ and β€˜carefully assesses various risks along the way’. Catherine Naylor is the other name to note.

HKH Kenwright & Cox acts for both individuals and corporations in major fraud investigations along with corruption matters and environmental crime cases, and the team is adept at crisis management and risk prevention. Notable work included defending a client accused of intent to pervert the course of justice. Managing partner Khurram Mian is a key practitioner.

Mishcon de Reya LLP provides an all-encompassing strategic defence service, advising on the full gamut of issues including extradition, judicial review, private prosecution and internal investigations. Notable work included handling an SFO money laundering prosecution arising out of a boiler room fraud, the third in a series of SFO prosecutions and previous convictions. Alison Levitt QC heads the practice. In February 2017, leading figure Jo Rickards joined from Kingsley Napley LLP.

Osborne Clarke LLP’s β€˜excellent’ team has notable strength in the investment funds sector, and also regularly handles criminal matters in the real estate, energy, media and high-tech fields, amongst others. Practice head Jeremy Summers β€˜demonstrates great professional care and competence’, and β€˜is compassionate and supportive of clients on a personal level’. Other key figures include Tom Ellis and Charlie Wedin, who focuses on cross-border disputes involving technology.

Peter Wilson and Angela Wilson are the key practitioners at Peter Wilson Legal LLP, which handles a range of white-collar defence cases involving fraud, money laundering and bribery. Highlights included acting for a solicitor under criminal investigation by HMRC on the basis of alleged evasion of income and capital gains tax, following a failure to file self-assessment tax returns for seven consecutive years.

Pinsent Masons LLP is β€˜a very strong firm in this area’, with β€˜good strength at partner level and a great deal of experience in the field’. The firm is known for its strength in the infrastructure, energy and mining, technology and financial services sectors, and has recently advised on a number of corruption investigations and private prosecutions in these areas. Notable work included representing Sweett Group in a corporate prosecution brought by the SFO in connection with the Bribery Act and alleged failure to prevent bribery, where the client entered a guilty plea. Leading practitioners include recently promoted partner Anne-Marie Ottaway, who β€˜brings great experience from the SFO’. Tom Stocker is also a name to note, specialising in bribery, fraud, money laundering and international trade sanctions cases. Barry Vitou joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur is β€˜an excellent firm for dealing with fraud, in particular the cases where criminal and civil matters overlap’. The team has significant experience in handling injunctions brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and regularly handles confiscation matters, internal investigations and proceedings initiated by various regulatory bodies including the SFO, FCA and HMRC. Highlights included representing a client under investigation by a financial regulator and the Environmental Agency, a matter resulting in an out-of-court resolution, and acting for a German-based corporate in potential allegations of bribery under the Foreign Practices Act. Anil Rajani heads the department, and is β€˜a very experienced criminal litigator who inspires real confidence and is a strategic master’. Stuart Lindley is the other key partner.

At Richard Nelson LLP, key areas of specialism include tax-based investigations and prosecutions, legal professional matters and money laundering cases. Key partner Jonathan Wright has solid experience across a broad range of domestic and international fraud matters; Steve Roberts is noted for his expertise in motoring prosecutions, and Mark Wilson is the name to note for tax fraud.

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has β€˜a strong reputation for being able to deal with the most serious and complex cases’ and β€˜is a firm you can trust to fight hard for the best possible result’. The team regularly handles pre-charge investigation cases, and is adept at dealing with multi-faceted fraud cases with an international dimension, and has notably acted for a foreign government in a cross-border fraud dispute valued at several billion US dollars. Rakeebah Rahim heads the department and is β€˜a real strategic thinker who is always five steps ahead of the opposition’. Deniz Oguzkanli is the other key lawyer, and is β€˜brilliant for export control and sanctions matters’.

Shaw Graham Kersh’s β€˜well-resourced department’ has β€˜a thriving practice in this area’, and the team β€˜has an excellent work ethic which attracts the best fraud work in the country’. Work highlights included representing an individual in tax fraud allegations involving government incentives to bolster the British film industry, and acting for a former director or a private equity investment company alleged to have stolen over Β£12.5m from Russian investors. Raymond Shaw is the key name to note, and is praised as being a β€˜tenacious individual who works incredibly hard on every case and is fearless in defence of his clients’.

Simons Muirhead & Burton has significant expertise in defending serious and complex fraud prosecutions, and regularly handles revenue and VAT investigations, asset forfeiture and confiscation proceedings. Key figure Anthony Burton is β€˜astute, highly experienced and tactically sound’, and Pamela Reddy β€˜has an excellent knowledge of the law, and also understand the emotional struggle of what the client is going through’. Work highlights included representing a number of ex-Deutsche Bank and Barclays employees charged with plotting to fix the EURIBOR rates, and acting for a Wales-based landlord charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, a case revolving around the Discretionary Housing Payment.

Taylor Wessing LLP’s team is best known for advising on matters involving the manipulation of FX rates along with data protection and cybercrime, corruption investigations and anti-bribery cases. Key individuals include practice head Shane Gleghorn, who specialises in banking and financial sector investigations; David De Ferrars, who advises on fraud and asset tracing; and Tim Strong, who focuses on disputes in the financial and energy sectors.

Withers LLP has advised on a range of investigations brought by the SFO, HRMC, Lloyds of London and the FCA, representing a mix of individuals, corporations and financial institutions in fraud and corruption matters. Recent work include acting for one of eleven defendants in an SFO prosecution regarding alleged EURIBOR rate setting, and representing a bank director under investigation by the FCA.

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