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Benefiting from a close co-operation with the firm’s mental health, immigration and family teams, David Gray Solicitors LLP is well equipped to guide individuals and business entities through a wide range of white-collar crime and fraud proceedings including tax, VAT and benefit fraud matters; the latter is a key area of expertise for solicitor Emma Silburn. Team head Brian Hegarty routinely acts as a higher court advocate, representing defendants in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. Solicitor Jonathan Cousins is experienced in handling money and asset seizures.

The Very High Cost Case (VHCC) accredited firm Kenneth M Barrow & Co has a strong reputation for defending complex and high-value fraud cases and has particular expertise in financial crime work including regulatory and business offences, confiscation, restraint and asset forfeiture. In recent work, ‘very good’ team head Ravi Khosla defended a client against allegations of money laundering, which involved dealings in New Zealand, and acted for a company director on matters pertaining to an HMRC investigation for the fraudulent evasion of VAT, corporation and income tax alongside other related money laundering offences. In other significant work, the team acted for a client alleged to have conducted a ponzi scheme, and advised an individual on drug-related allegations. Director and name partner Kenneth Barrow, Sunny Thandi and solicitor Jennifer Hall are other names to note.

Hay & Kilner handles a broad range of white-collar crime and fraud instructions including money laundering investigations and predominately acts for individuals. Criminal litigation team head Mark Harrison, who represents clients at police stations, the Magistrates Court and the Crown Court, defended a client against a number of fraud allegations, totalling over £750,000 of allegedly misappropriated money from a charity, and acted for a consultant psychiatrist in defence against the allegation of having committed fraud against a vulnerable patient. In other significant work, he represented a defendant charged with a series of offences relating to the allegations of practising as a loan shark; the client was accused of having exploited vulnerable people who were in debt and of having been engaged in money laundering activities. Solicitor Matthew Purves is another key member of the team.


Crime: general

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David Gray Solicitors LLP is recognised by clients and peers alike for its criminal law practice, which frequently works in conjunction with the firm’s mental health, immigration and family departments. In co-operation with the latter, the team acted in a case concerning the assault against a child where a parent is said to be responsible for the infliction of non-accidental injuries. Other recent work includes acting for a client accused of joint enterprise murder, defending a client against drug supply-related allegations as well as acting in a number of rape trials and proceedings concerning death by dangerous driving. Team head Brian Hegarty frequently acts as a higher court advocate and represents defendants in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. Other key individuals include solicitor Michael Gibson, who is particularly experienced in handling assault and motoring offence-related trials, senior solicitor Janice Hall, who is well versed in dealing with youth court proceedings alongside criminal matters involving domestic violence and sexual offences, as well as solicitors Emma Silburn and Paul Harbison, who are both recognised for their expertise in mental health-related work.

Hay & Kilner's workload includes serious crime proceedings such as murder, serious assault, drug supply and robbery, while the team is also well versed in defending clients in road traffic prosecutions and against allegations of sexual abuse as well as the possession and distribution of indecent material. Team head Mark Harrison acted for a client charged with several offences including murder, conspiracy of murder, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and drugs offences, and represented an elderly defendant charged with a number of historic sexual abuse offences relating to his previous employment as a football coach. Together with solicitor Matthew Purves, he also represented a number of defendants charged with conspiracy to steal from commercial premises. Acting in youth court proceedings also forms part of the team’s expertise.

Kenneth M Barrow & Co is ‘relentless in its pursuit of justice for its clients’. The ‘reliable’ team defends against a wide range of serious crime allegations including sexual offences, assault, murder and drug supply. 'Excellent’ team head Ravi Khosla represented a client on suspicion of historic sexual offences, and acted for a client who is alleged to have conspired with others to supply class B drugs. Other recommended individuals include director and name partner Kenneth Barrow, Sunny Thandi as well as solicitors Jennifer Hall and Amreek Jandoo .


Licensing

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    • Matt Foster - Mincoffs Solicitors LLP
    • Sarah Smith - Sintons LLP

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The ‘excellent’ team at Mincoffs Solicitors LLP handles the full range of alcohol and entertainment as well as gaming and gambling licensing work, spanning premises licences and temporary events notices to online gambling applications and operating licences. This leads to an equally broad client roster containing hotels, breweries, restaurants, pubs, clubs, off-licences and supermarkets. Team head Matt Foster, who is noted as ‘understanding the politics of the region and the decision-making process of officers very well’, assisted Beeronomy, a bar in Newcastle, with the application for a new premises licence in a cumulative impact area, and advised Hay Bingo on licensing matters pertaining to changes made to the layout of the premises. In other work, the team advised a hotel in Newcastle on gaming and marriage certificates.

With deep expertise in licensing law, Sintons LLP handles the full spectrum of new applications - including applications in cumulative impact policy areas - as well as appeal and review proceedings. Clients particularly benefit from the team’s ‘good contacts with local authority officers’. Team head Sarah Smith is well versed in handling various matters pertaining to the supply of alcohol and the provision of various forms of entertainment. She assisted a client with the application for temporary event notices and new premises licences for three late night bars in the city centre of Newcastle after an administrative error had caused the licences to lapse. In other work, she advised Danieli Holdings on its winter pop-up venue Hadrian’s Tipi and the related licensing application in a cumulative impact policy area for the erection of a temporary structure over the festive period in the city centre of Newcastle; the licence was granted after it had gone through a contested hearing due to an objection from a local business. Spanish City instructed the team to assist with the application for a new premises licence in a historic building in Whitley Bay. Other clients include Northumberland Estates and the Liberdade Community Development Trust.

Ward Hadaway is well versed in handling a wide range of contentious and non-contentious licensing work: co-heads Richard Arnot and Stephen Graham routinely represent clients in various licensing application proceedings - including contested licensing applications - before licensing committees and at appeal. Arnot represented a Leeds-based lap-dancing venue operator in proceedings following an objection to a licence renewal which was subsequently overturned, and assisted Pub Culture with the licensing arrangements for various venues including The Fire Station, The Peacock and The Dun Cow. Other clients include a number of supermarket chains, large and small hotel groups, sporting venues, internet sales companies and takeaways.


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