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Crime: fraud in North West

Cartwright King

The fraud team at Cartwright King - described as 'one of the  most formidable crime and fraud teams in the UK' - defends investigations and prosecutions brought by the SFO, CPS, HMRC, National Crime Agency, NHS counter fraud units and the Financial Conduct Authority. The team represents senior employees of multinational companies accused of serious financial crime across a range of sectors, including banking, investment, health, construction and manufacturing. Sundeep Soor heads the practice. Also noted are Richard Cornthwaite, who is experienced in ancillary litigation such as restraint, confiscation and asset recovery, and Michael Balmer, who heads the cybercrime defence team.

Practice head(s):

Sundeep Soor

Other key lawyers:

Richard Cornthwaite; Michael Balmer


‘The team is lead by Sundeep Soor who has brought together one of the  most formidable crime and fraud teams in the UK.’

‘Great knowledge of law and procedure in major crime and fraud cases; experts in dealing with complex cases for many years.’

Farleys Solicitors LLP

Farleys Solicitors LLP is experienced in defending serious fraud trials, in particular high-value revenue fraud. Other key areas of work include cybercrime, MTIC/carousel frauds and advance fee frauds. Paul Schofield heads the team and has extensive expertise in both national and international fraud and money laundering. Bridgette Hibbert is noted for her experience in proceeds of crime applications and confiscation proceedings. Laura Walmsley is noted for her work in VHCC cases.

Practice head(s):

Paul Schofield

Other key lawyers:

Bridgette Hibbert; Laura Walmsley

Forbes Solicitors

The specialised financial crime team at Forbes Solicitors defends all types of cases relating to fraud, tax, internet and cybercrime, mortgages, civil and criminal restraint and forfeiture proceedings. The practice also deals with multi-handed conspiracies, and is currently handling a conspiracy to defraud being privately prosecuted by the Football Association Premier League. Daniel King has wide-ranging expertise in business and financial crime, conspiracies and asset recovery; he jointly leads the practice with Craig Liversidge. Liversidge has extensive experience of Crown Court work and specialises in criminal fraud cases. Associate Adrian Williams is noted for his proceeds of crime-related work.

Practice head(s):

Daniel King; Craig Liversidge

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Williams


‘Their resources, strength and breadth of experience is unrivalled.’

JMW Solicitors LLP

Peter Grogan, who has extensive experience in cases involving financial wrongdoing, heads the team at JMW Solicitors LLP. The practice advises business and business owners in relation to prosecutions initiated by industry regulators. This includes HMRC investigations, Proceeds of Crime Act issues, and offences under the Pensions Act. The team is also expert in proceedings involving possible repatriation. Mike Rainford is noted for advising on multi-suspect cases with an international component.

Practice head(s):

Peter Grogan

Other key lawyers:

Mike Rainford; Evan Wright


‘Hard-working, dynamic individuals, high profile.’

MSB Solicitors Ltd

MSB Solicitors Ltd is particularly noted for its expertise in defending excise prosecutions, and for their work on Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings. Sean Sexton leads the team and specialises in representing individuals who are the subject of major criminal investigations by HMRC. Jeremy Asher joined the team in January 2020, and predominantly represents clients seeking to bring private prosecutions. Consultant solicitor-advocate Andrew Pearson is noted for his experience is serious fraud and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Sean Sexton


Specialist crime firm Olliers is recommended for its defence of serious fraud allegations including investment fraud and pension fraud. Practice head Matthew James Claughton specialises in defending allegations of serious fraud, in regulatory matters, and often acts for clients during the investigation stage of the criminal process. Also noted is Matthew Corn, who deals with NCA and HMRC investigations, and with proceeds of crime confiscation matters. Mike Garstang, who has considerable experience working on money laundering offences, joined the team from Cartwright King.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Claughton

Work highlights

  • Defended an individual in a £30m SFO investment fraud prosecution at Southwark.
  • Represented a company investigated by the Serious Fraud Office for suspected offences of bribery, corruption and related offences.
  • Represented pension schemes investigated by the Serious Fraud Office for alleged fraud.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP

The serious fraud practice at Stephensons Solicitors LLP handles cases relating to land-banking, Ponzi schemes, boiler room fraud, VAT and investment fraud, as well as proceeds of crime, money laundering and tax evasion work. The team has defended investigations and prosecutions brought by agencies including the SFO, HMRC, FCA, HSE and the Environment Agency. Correna Platt is recommended for her ‘detailed and knowledgeable input’ and for her ‘dedication and diligence’. She jointly leads the practice with Sean Joyce.

Practice head(s):

Sean Joyce; Correna Platt


‘Nothing is ever missed and all aspects of trial preparation are initiated at the early stage, from proofing witnesses, undertaking possibly relevant enquiries and providing detailed written instructions to counsel. They have an excellent team who support each other and clearly delegate different tasks so that there are always individuals who can be contacted and respond. Definitely one of the leaders in their field compared to others.’

‘Correna Platt always goes that extra mile, providing detailed and knowledgeable input and an obvious interest in the client and his/her outcome. I value her dedication and diligence and attention to detail.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the director of a training company prosecuted for alleged misrepresentations of number of candidates attending training.
  • Represented one of five defendants alleged to have been involved in a multi-million fraud prosecuted by the Royal Mail.
  • Represented one of a number of defendants who have been charged following a protracted NCA investigation into a organised crime group.

Barnfather Solicitors

Barnfather Solicitors defends matters involving corporate fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering, internal investigations and cartels and price-fixing. The practice has dealt with investigations brought by a raft of regulatory bodies, including the SFO, FCA, DOJ, HMRC, as well as regional fraud squads. Anthony Barnfather heads the team and has developed a niche in advising on failed tax structuring schemes being criminally prosecuted by HMRC. Gary Broadfield is also noted and has significant experience in cybercrime as well as high value fraud and financial crime.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Barnfather

Other key lawyers:

Gary Broadfield


‘They are able to offer an exceptional level of service for their clients.’

‘Outstanding team. Top notch cases with outstanding results.’

‘Gary Broadfield is a phenomenal force as a solicitor; meticulous, thorough, practical and persuasive.  He is extraordinarily committed to his clients, and provides a comprehensive, clear and carefully thought-through service.’

Burton Copeland LLP

The fraud & regulatory team at Burton Copeland LLP has extensive knowledge of FCA, SFO, CIB and HMRC investigations, and also defends allegations of money laundering, mortgage fraud, revenue fraud, VAT fraud and insider trading. Other key areas of work include confiscation and asset recovery. Consultant Mike Mackey is the key name to note.

Other key lawyers:

Mike Mackey

Cunninghams Solicitors

The serious fraud and organised crime department at Cunninghams Solicitors defends against allegations brought by prosecuting agencies including the SFO, HMRC and the police’s Serious and Economic Crime Units. In addition, the team is also experienced in complex confiscation and restraint proceedings, particularly under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The practice regularly advises clients based abroad who face criminal investigation or prosecution in the UK. David Caplin jointly heads the team with Philip Lythgoe .

Practice head(s):

David Caplin; Philip Lythgoe

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Housley


‘David Caplin is the solicitor that any defendant would want on their side and the solicitor that the prosecution fear a defendant will retain.’


The financial crime and fraud team at DWF handles matters including investigations by regulatory authorities, payments regulation and fintech, and insurance fraud relating to motor, casualty and property damage claims. A key area of work is in fraud allegations arising out of data protection and privacy disputes. The practice has extensive sector experience in insurance, retail, hospitality, finance, transport and logistics. Lorraine Carolan leads DWF’s national financial crime and fraud team.

Practice head(s):

Lorraine Carolan

Other key lawyers:

Ritchie Irvine; Joel Heaps; Jamie Taylor

Key clients


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Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s white-collar crime practice advises companies and boards on criminal liability, compliance and multi-jurisdictional investigations by authorities such as the SFO, FCA and HMRC. The team has extensive experience in handling internal investigations concerning internal theft, fraud and bribery and corruption. Areas of expertise also include sanctions, insider dealing, tax evasion and breaches of financial services regulations. Paul Haycock leads the team and focuses on defending complex criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Haycock


‘The team always go above and beyond and are always very helpful and transparent in the work they do.’

‘Irwin Mitchell have worked on many of the major fraud, financial services, cartel and money laundering cases and done so to an exceptionally high standard.’

Work highlights

  • Defended a case involving allegations of conspiracy to bribe in order to win numerous contracts.

Keoghs LLP

The fraud department at Keoghs LLP is particularly known for its counter-fraud division, which covers the full remit of fraud typology with a particular focus on acting for motor insurers. Other key areas of work include counter-fraud support to casualty insurers, self-insureds and loss adjustors. The corporate risk team has wide-ranging experience in the retail, transport and logistics, leisure and hospitality and manufacturing sectors. Damien Ward, Ruth Needham, James Heath and newly promoted Emma Welsh jointly lead the practice.

Other key lawyers:

Ben Leech; Danny Newton


‘In-depth technical knowledge.’

Key clients



Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon advises on cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office, the police and the Financial Conduct Authority. Key areas of work include investment fraud and mortgage fraud. Jonathan Enston is the key name.

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Enston

Tuckers Solicitors

The team at Tuckers Solicitors defends clients against allegations of benefit fraud and boiler room fraud and handles matters including money laundering and work arising from the Proceeds of Crime Act. Leigh Wright is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Leigh Wright

3D Solicitors

3D Solicitors represents individuals in cases involving allegations of serious crime, such as money laundering, proceeds of crime, serious fraud and high value VAT fraud. Daniel Berke and Deborah Britstone head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Berke; Deborah Britstone

ABR Solicitors

ABR Solicitors handles a range of fraud, regulatory, money laundering and proceeds of crime matters. Other areas of work include VAT fraud, NHS fraud, tax evasion and lottery fraud. Rob Rode heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Rob Rode