Crime, fraud and licensing: General crime and fraud in North

David Gray Solicitors LLP

The offering at David Gray Solicitors LLP comprises nine experienced practitioners, with seasoned Higher Court Advocate Brian Hegarty at the helm. The group is well placed to provide a continuous service, from assistance during investigation to representation at the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. The firm continues to handle the most serious and complex crime matters on behalf of both private individuals and businesses, and has lately seen an increasing number of instructions concerning proceeds of crime. Noted practitioner Amy Lamb is particularly skilled in work at the intersection of crime, family and mental health issues, while senior solicitor Janice Hall regularly takes the lead on motoring offences.

Practice head(s):

Brian Hegarty

Other key lawyers:

Janice Hall; Amy Lamb


‘Without exception, they have been diligent, capable and willing to go the extra mile for the client. When they are tasked to do something, I often find they are ten steps ahead of me already. The client’s needs are always paramount.’

‘Problems or issues that need to be addressed are identified at an early stage and appropriate steps taken to remedy them. No one person has sole responsibility for a case, so any queries can be directed efficiently through a number of people.’

Hay & Kilner

At Hay & Kilner, the presence of a dedicated police station representative alongside several experienced Higher Court Advocates allows the team to handle the full range of work from police station to Crown Court, as well as representing clients in parole and other disciplinary hearings after the conclusion of any proceedings. Group lead Mark Harrison's broad practice encompasses computer crime work, defending those charged with serious and sensitive sexual offences, and high value fraud cases. Harrison is ably supported by recommended practitioners Karen Minhas, Jonathan Cousins and Mark Styles, as well as noted associate solicitor Matthew Purves.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Karen Minhas; Mark Styles; Matthew Purves; Jonathan Cousins


‘Mark Harrison is the go-to solicitor for criminal matters in North Tyneside. His command of language and presence in Court are seriously impressive.’

‘Karen Minhas is loyal, focused and appears to have no off-switch. You don’t see employee dedication like this often in life.’

Key clients

New Park Court Chambers – Leeds and Newcastle offices

Dere Street Chambers

Trinity Chambers

Work highlights

  • Representing a principal offender in a large-scale drugs conspiracy which involves millions of pounds in drugs and cash.
  • Representing an alleged supplier of drugs to those beneath them in the conspiracy who have then allegedly supplied those drugs into various prisons.
  • Representing a defendant who was involved in a conspiracy to assist a suspect in a murder investigation.

Kenneth M Barrow & Co

Kenneth M Barrow & Co fields an specialised fraud team, which focuses on acting for defendants in complex criminal and civil cases. The group is recognised for challenging prosecutions by the HMRC, the Department of Trade & Industry, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and other specialist departments. Practice manager Richard Embley is a key contact.