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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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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 & Co ‘stands 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.

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