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Crime: fraud

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Brian Hegarty leads the group at David Gray Solicitors LLP, which specialises in large-scale fraud and white-collar crime. Hegarty is assisted by Jonathan Cousins; they are both experienced in inquests and matters concerning controversial deaths. Benefit fraud is another key area of focus for the practice with Hegarty, Cousins and youth court expert Janice Hall all experts in this field. The department leverages the firm’s other practice groups, particularly in issues relating to mental health, immigration and housing. Other noteworthy names include Emma Silburn, Paul Harbison and Laura Croft.

The ‘excellent’ team at Kenneth M Barrow & Costands out in respect of complex fraud cases’. Led by Ravi Khosla, a ‘brilliantly skilful and first-rate practitioner’ who ‘has an exceptional reputation for fraud’ and ‘always gets good results for his clients’, the practice is Very High Cost Case (VHCC) accredited and regularly handles high-profile and complex fraud matters. Recent examples include representing the director of an online company in proceedings relating to advance fee fraud, acting for individuals in a VAT, income tax, national insurance fraud and money laundering investigation by the HMRC, and defending clients against allegations of insurance fraud. Name partner Kenneth Barrow, Sunny Thandi and Jennifer Hall are also recommended.

Mark Harrison leads the practice at Hay & Kilner, which represents clients in complex fraud cases and white-collar crime; Harrison has experience in insurance fraud matters, tax fraud and timeshare fraud issues. Other noteworthy individuals include Rob Hart, Jonathan Pigford, Matthew Purves and Stephen Davies; all named individuals have higher rights of audience.

The practice at Short Richardson & Forth regularly represents SME clients and private individuals and has a notable focus on financial crime, with substantial expertise in fraud, corruption, tax evasion, data protection, money laundering and regulatory matters. In a recent highlight, the team defended a client in a trading standards prosecution. The practice also assists clients with enforcement actions brought by government regulatory agencies, and advises on the implementation of the Bribery Act 2010 and Money Laundering Regulations 2007. Key figures include Andrew Swan, who heads the department, and associate Sheila Ramshaw.


Crime: general

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The ‘extremely thorough and conscientious’ team at David Gray Solicitors LLP attracts praise for its ‘excellence in heavyweight matters’. Led by ‘seasoned criminal lawyerBrian Hegarty (who has ‘exceptional judgement and is highly skilled in dealing with clients’) the practice specialises in serious and complex crime matters; recent matters handled by the team include drug offences, sexual abuse, sexual assault, hate crime-related murder allegations, and matters relating to allegations of GBH. Other key figures include Michael Gibson and Janice Hall, who specialise in road traffic law and youth court matters, respectively; Hall is also experienced in domestic violence offences. Laura Croft focuses on criminal issues involving children, and Emma Silburn and Paul Harbison have experience in matters with a mental health element. Hegarty and Jonathan Cousins have inquest expertise, particularly regarding controversial deaths. The group also leverages the firm’s wider expertise in immigration, family and housing law.

Hay & Kilner’s three-partner department is led by Mark Harrison, who has a notable specialism in computer-related crime, and includes childcare expert Rob Hart and Jonathan Pigford, who focuses on private criminal defence work. Solicitor Matthew Purves is also recommended. The practice fields five advocates with higher rights of audience and has experience in the Court of Appeal. The team advises on all elements of criminal law, with substantial expertise in road traffic incidents, youth court proceedings and assisting commercial clients in regulatory issues. Recent matters include advising on allegations on false imprisonment, murder, sexual assault and drug offences.

A ‘go-to practice in the North East’, Kenneth M Barrow & Co is ‘outstanding in the field of criminal law’ and ‘has a reputation for going the extra mile for clients’. The ‘enormously practical, well-prepared and highly knowledgeable’ Ravi Khosla leads the team and is ‘very conscientious about client care’; his recent work includes acting for a client charged with conspiring to supply class A drugs and defending an individual accused of sexual assault. Other key team members include name partner Kenneth Barrow, Sunny Thandi and solicitor Amreek Jandoo. The ‘standout’ practice advises at a regional and national level for public and privately-funded clients.

Ward Hadaway’s practice, which is led by Stephen Graham, specialises in regulatory crime including health and safety offences (such as fatalities and near-fatal incidents) and Environment Agency investigations involving serious pollution incidents and illegal waste deposit matters. The team includes licensing specialist Richard Arnot and Manchester-based Rachel Birks, who joined the firm from Fieldfisher. In a recent highlight, Graham acted for the Care Quality Commission in criminal allegations brought by the client against a national dental practice which was found to be practising without the correct licences; this was the first time the client had issued a private criminal prosecution. Other clients include the North Yorkshire County Council, retailers and property developers.


Licensing

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Mincoffs Solicitors LLP’s practice is led by the ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’ Matthew Foster, who combines ‘a tremendous work ethic with a very professional demeanour’; ‘he always aims to do the best for his clients’ and is ‘head and shoulders above the rest’. Foster represents hotels, breweries, restaurants, pubs, clubs and supermarkets at a regional and national level on alcohol, entertainment and gambling licences. Recent work includes advising Cuban Cigar Club on an application for a premises licence to allow the supply of alcohol; acting for VG Foodstore in a review of a premises licence, successfully ensuring the licence was not revoked; and assisting A&L Entertainment with the expedited licence review of Chambers and Haze Nightclub in Middlesbrough. Station Hotel Newcastle, Hay Bingo, Barber Barber and Roadside Group are also clients. The team also represents individuals.

Sintons LLP counts Fenwick and Danieli Holdings among its client roster; the team recently advised the latter on obtaining an alcohol licence for a temporary structure based in Newcastle city centre. Practice head Sarah Smith led on that matter and advised Close House Hospitality on its application for a new premises licence to cover the Close House Golf Club grounds and its golf courses. She also acted for an individual in an application for temporary event notices and new premises licences for catering food sites in Newcastle city centre, and assisted Stephenson Quarter Development with the application and acquisition of a new premises licence for the Boiler Shop event space. The firm also handles licensing issues for venues which provide alcohol and entertainment, as well as gaming and adult venues, and assists with taxi licensing issues and licence reviews. The practice also advises on licence variations, review appeals, defending licence reviews and new licence applications.

At Ward Hadaway, the highly regarded Richard Arnot has substantial experience representing clients before licensing committees and in contested licencing applications; he recently advised Dominvs Hotel on successfully obtaining an opposed premises licence for a hotel development in London, assisted Co-operative Food with obtaining a licence for a new premises which was opposed by over 100 residents, and acted for ULG (Durham) in securing a licence for premises in a cumulative impact area, which was also strongly opposed. Other clients include Iceland Food, King Street Investments, Pin Pin, Malmaison Hotels, Gainford Hotels and Tesco. Stephen Graham leads the two-partner team, which includes licensing assistant Cheryl Scott, who recently obtained a premises licence for Harbour Hotels for a hotel in Bristol.


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