General crime and fraud in North

David Gray Solicitors LLP

The team at David Gray Solicitors LLP handles both large-scale fraud and complex crime matters. The practice receives instructions predominantly from private individuals, but also counts business entities among its clients, particularly where fraud is alleged. With Brian Hegarty in the lead, the firm assists with a wide range of work, including financial crime, driving offences, and benefit fraud. Also recommended is Janice Hall, who is particularly experienced in advising on offences relating to domestic violence. The team collaborates closely with other internal departments, including family, immigration, and mental health.

Practice head(s):

Brian Hegarty

Other key lawyers:

Janice Hall

Hay & Kilner

At Hay & Kilner, the team undertakes all aspects of criminal defence work, from matters in the Magistrates Court to cases in the Crown Court involving homicide, drugs conspiracies and computer crime. The firm also increasingly specialises in defending those charged with sexual offences. On the fraud side, the team has a focus on proceeds of crime matters. Along with practice head Mark Harrison, the practice includes associates Karen Minhas, who specialises in the conduct of Crown Court cases, Matthew Purves, and Jonathan Cousins, as well as assistant solicitor Mark Styles.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harrison


Hay & Kilner are a fantastic firm. Their criminal team are well led and they have considerable strength and depth.’

‘Hay & Kilner provide sensible and timely advice to their lay clients and clearly place their best interests at the heart of the case.’

‘The firm’s expertise spans the entire criminal calendar.’

Mark Harrison is a very capable and assured leader of the criminal team.  He is the standout advocate in North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court. He is completely unflappable and a genuine joy to watch in Court.’

‘Matthew Purves is a very experienced criminal defence lawyer.’

‘Karen Minhas is an absolute star. She is incredibly hard working and extremely bright.’ 


Key clients

New Park Court Chambers

Dere Street Chambers

Trinity Chambers

Kenneth M Barrow & Co

With serious crime specialist Ravi Khosla at its head, the team at defence practice Kenneth M Barrow & Co handles matters in the fields of financial crime, including high value and complex fraud, regulatory and business offences, as well as assisting with proceeds of crime matters. The team works with experts throughout the country, among them forensic accountants, mobile phone and cell site analysts, psychiatrists, and forensic pathologists to provide clients with a seamless defence strategy. Other key team members include director Sunny Thandi and solicitor Elizabeth Trusty.

Practice head(s):

Ravi Khosla

Other key lawyers:

Sunny Thandi; Elizabeth Trusty


An outstanding crime and fraud practice who service the North East with a rarely seen dedication and skill.

Ravi Khosla is an enigmatic and talented solicitor who deals with cases across the entire criminal spectrum.

The practice is extremely well run and is more like a family run business than a corporate entity. The information is clear and concise from all of the staff.

I deal mainly with Ravi – he is extremely professional in the advice he offers and will always give a knowledgeable answer to all questions asked. He is always available and if for any reason he misses a call he responds at the earliest opportunity. He is extremely courteous and very concise in his advice. His time keeping is second to none. He doesn’t mind answering calls or responding to emails out of office hours. I have recommended his services to a number of family and friends in the past and they all talk of him very highly.

The practice is unique in terms of the size and value of the cases that they deal with in the North East. Whilst the practice still has a general crime offering, across various North East courts and with its extensive historic client base, they continue to develop and grow as a recognised national fraud specialist.

Ravi Khosla continues to be the ‘go to’ solicitor for complicated serious crime and fraud. He is assisted in the team by the highly capable Sunny Thandi. In addition to running a number of complex cases over the course of the last year (some of which due to their inherent complicated nature run over a number of years), they also run and direct the general crime team.