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Crime: fraud

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Brodies LLP has a superb reputation for its services to a wide range of national and multinational clients on fraud, bribery and corruption matters. The team specialises in handling large-scale financial criminal investigations for corporate clients and regulators while also advising on financial crime risks in their supply chain. As well as the firm’s financial sector expertise, the practice’s client roster also includes key players from the oil and gas, construction, life sciences, hospitality and food and drink sectors. The well regarded and ‘very personablePaul Marshall heads the corporate crime and investigations team, which includes regulatory expert Rod Lambert. With substantial expertise in the oil and gas sector, Lambert assists clients with criminal and civil aspects of antitrust investigations, including parallel investigations under US and EU law, while also advising on extradition arrangements between the UK and the US, as well as a mix of bribery and trade sanctions investigations.

Providing ‘robust advice’, Pinsent Masons LLP is particularly rated for its corporate crime work. The ‘highly responsive and well organised’ team advises corporate bodies on a wide range of issues such as criminal law, financial crimes, including bribery, suspected breaches of regulations and compliance issues, money laundering and financial crime reporting duties, as well as trade sanctions and modern slavery. Renowned practice head and ‘good communicatorTom Stocker, whose ‘experience and knowledge inspires confidence in clients’, and senior associate Stacy Keen are well versed in providing trade sanctions advice, often with respect to clients’ activities in Iran and Russia. Stocker advised a business on the application of Russian sanctions as part of its investment intentions. He also acted for an international company in an internal bribery investigation and assisted a different company with a money-laundering investigation. The oil and gas services company KCA Deutag and manufacturer Brand-Rex are clients.

The ‘professional and extremely responsive’ team at Burness Paull LLPprovides sound advice’, especially in its core focus area of corporate financial crime, where it advises clients on anti-bribery and corruption avoidance, anti-money laundering, fraud cases, international sanctions, and regulatory investigations. Aberdeen-based Rona Jamieson heads the practice, which has notable experience in the oil and gas sector but also advises engineering sector clients and those in energy supply and distribution, as well as the retail industry and public sector. Jamieson assisted a client with trade restriction issues and provided advice to another client on anti-bribery, corruption, export control and sanction matters. The ‘excellent and efficient’ Ray Gribben in Glasgow is another key member of the team.

Core strengths of CMS include assisting clients with anti-bribery matters, including self-reporting assistance, and assisting clients with banking and insolvency-related issues. The team also advises public and private sector clients during internal investigations pertaining to fraud and embezzlement – with a particular focus on the financial services and energy sectors – and assists companies with recovery proceedings. Working in conjunction with the firm’s corporate recovery and employment teams, Sian Aitken and Graeme MacLeod are well versed in dealing with claims by banks and insolvency practitioners arising from directors’ and officers’ misfeasance. The team advised a client on cyber fraud matters and defended another company in deceit and conspiracy claims. Dispute resolution team head Colin Hutton, who is experienced in advising companies on self-reporting, and Gemma Lampert are names to note.

Livingstone Brown is best known for defending individuals in fraud, financial crime and bribery trials. Recently, the team acted for a client in a large-scale pension fund fraud prosecution and represented an individual in a mortgage and conveyancing fraud prosecution. Other areas of expertise include assistance with Bribery Act investigations and other forms of white-collar criminality or corporate crime. Stuart Munro heads the criminal litigation and inquiries practice, which includes consultant Gerard Brown.

Acting for individuals and companies, BTO Solicitors LLP handles internal investigations, fraud, embezzlement and corruption matters. Alasdair Gillies represented an individual, who was charged with embezzlement and breach of trust. Team head Clare Bone assisted a client with internal investigations into bribery and corruption offences.

Dynamic and professional criminal law firmMTM Defence Lawyersdeals with cases quickly and in a client-friendly manner’. Neil Hay and Murray Aitken, both praised as being ‘highly experienced, economically astute and very good with clients’, are known for their expertise in defending clients in fraud cases, which often involve financial products. Aitken, who regularly represents clients in the Sheriff Court, defended a number of employees against claims of embezzlement, which subsequently resulted in the discontinuation of the prosecutions. In 2016, the firm opened an office in Edinburgh headed by Hay.


Crime: general

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Adams Whyte has a ‘knowledgeable’ team of ‘experienced court practitioners, who bring a professional approach and high levels of preparation to the criminal representation’. With criminal defence work at its core, the team represented a client indicted in the High Court with regard to the supply of class A drugs following a large covert surveillance operation in locations spread across Scotland and England. In another high-profile case, the practice acted for an individual indicted with attempted murder and, similarly, defended a Turkish national against murder allegations. Other areas of expertise include dealing with fraud and organised crime cases, as well as sexual offences. Andrew Aitken and the ‘very dedicated’ Ewen Roy defended a client against a number of sexual offence allegations brought by multiple complainants. Nigel Bruce is ‘extremely professional’. Ross Gardner and the ‘calm’ Alan Jackson, who ‘has the ability to read an individual’, are also recommended.

Beltrami & Co Ltd is ‘one of the leading firms in the field’ and deals with a wide range of criminal offences, including cases concerning murder and rape. Recently, the firm successfully defended a social worker against allegations of possessing indecent images. The defence resulted in a discontinuation of the prosecution due to an objection to the admissibility of opinion evidence where a Crown witness could not be presented as an expert witness. The team also acted for a business charged with employing illegal workers and handled a number of stalking cases. Gary McAteer and Murray Macara are key figures in the practice.

Handling the full spectrum of criminal work, Capital Defence Lawyers represents its clients in the High Court, Appeal Court and the Supreme Court. The ‘very goodJohn Scott represented train driver Colin Chapman at the Edinburgh Sheriff Court, after he was caught preparing to drive the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow with a blood alcohol reading of 174. He also represented a former council care worker in an appeal claiming that the six-year jail sentence imposed on the client for sexual abuse was unduly lenient. In a separate matter, John Keenan acted for a client in an appeal against forfeiture of a car worth £15,000. The team also acted for an individual accused of obtaining £18m by operating a fraudulent Ponzi scheme, and defended another individual against a number of allegations of rape and serious sexual abuse. Cameron Tait and Colm Dempsey are other key members of the practice.

Livingstone Brown is noted for its all-encompassing criminal practice, including the representation of clients in summary prosecutions, jury trials and appeals. Recently, the team handled a fraud case, which arose from an acquisition undertaken by the client. Other recent work includes defending an individual against a number of alleged crimes of disorder, and representing a client in an extortion and a domestic abuse case. Criminal litigation and inquiries practice head Stuart Munro also has considerable experience in child protection cases. Consultant Gerard Brown is another key member of the team. He represented an individual in a perjury case.

The ‘dynamic and experienced’ team at MTM Defence Lawyers frequently deals with serious sexual offence cases alongside other matters involving violence or domestic violence included. It also handles road traffic and fraud matters. The ‘excellent’ Murray Aitken defended an individual against stalking accusations while Neil Hay, who ‘is of the highest calibre’, served as counsel in a number of High Court rape and murder prosecutions. Another key figure is Martin Morrow, whose recent cases have included representing a client against an armed robbery charge and defending an individual against domestic violence allegations. In March 2016, the team defended a nurse against allegations of dangerous driving after having been involved in a collision with a motorcyclist. The team successfully contested the report provided by investigators. Other noteworthy work included defending a young footballer against serious assault accusations and, elsewhere, representing an individual against allegations of supplying drugs at school. In 2016, the firm opened an office in Edinburgh, which is headed by Hay.

Glasgow-based Bridge Litigation UK is best known for handling road traffic matters, health and safety offences, criminal appeals and extradition cases. Liam O’Donnell and JP Mowberry are the contacts.

Central Court Lawyers acts for private clients in a wide range of criminal cases, ranging from proceeds of Crime Act cases in the Court of Session to corporate embezzlement and bribery claims. Ian Bryce, who is known for his experience in representing clients at the High Court of Justiciary, defended an individual against bribery allegations and represented another client against a number of allegations, including attempted murder and multiple rapes. The team also acted in a number of stalking, sexual abuse and road traffic matters. Neil Robertson, who runs the firm’s Sheriff Court division, defended an individual against allegations of domestic assault and vandalism.

The ‘very good’ team at Wilson McLeod represents its clients before the Justice of the Peace Court, Sheriff Court and the High Court of Justiciary and acts in a wide range of criminal cases, including assault, robbery, firearms offences and internet crime.

BTO Solicitors LLP has a strong profile for defending police personnel in a wide range of allegations, including serious injury, abduction, rape and assault. Other areas of expertise include criminal defence work pertaining to careless driving allegations. In 2016, Alasdair Gillies represented a police officer at trial, who was accused of causing serious injury by careless driving while on duty. Gillies also led the defence team in a trial where the accused faced five charges of sexual assault; three of the charges were subsequently dropped. In a separate matter, he successfully defended a police sergeant against allegations of an on-duty assault against a prisoner held in custody. Clare Bone heads the practice.


Licensing

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Brunton Miller is particularly rated for its strength in liquor licensing matters but also has a wealth of expertise in civic government matters, such as the assistance with the licensing of houses in multiple occupation, street traders and public entertainment. The practice’s client roster includes JD Wetherspoon, Waitrose, Loch Lomond Golf Club, Lynnet Leisure Group and Genting Casinos. Archie Maciver is a highly regarded figure in the market and Frank Collins is another name to note.

Working in conjunction with the firm’s property, litigation and employment departments, Miller Samuel Hill Brown Solicitors’s ‘accurate, knowledgeable and efficient’ team is known for its wide-ranging expertise, which includes handling contentious applications. The team led by the ‘thorough, pragmatic and responsiveAudrey Junner, who ‘provides solid help’ and frequently acts for large-scale on-trade companies such as brewers and late-night operators but also has a large client base from the pub and restaurant sector. Junner and highly regarded ‘licensing expertJack Cummins advised Stonegate Pubs on a premises licence review investigated by Police Scotland following the death of a patron outside a Stonegate premises in Aberdeen. As another notable contentious matter, the team represented the Co-operative Group in a premises licence review hearing before the East Lothian Licensing Board following three failed test purchase operations at the client’s store in Ormiston. On the non-contentious side, the team acted for City of Glasgow College in obtaining a premises licence for its new multimillion-pound Scholars restaurant facility, and assisted Motor Fuel with its licensing expansion across Scotland. In 2016, the practice obtained six new premises licences for the client’s previously unlicensed garages. BrewDog instructed the firm to obtain permission to extend its Aberdeen Castlegate site to permit an off-sales section. Nuffield Health is another client.

Delivering a superb level of service’, TLTacts in a highly professional manner, from the initial advice through to delivery at licensing boards’. The firm increased its bench strength by adding ‘highly professional’ director Niall Hassard, who ‘goes the extra mile for his clients’, and the ‘very good’ Caroline Loudon, both of whom from Lindsays. With liquor, gambling and taxi licensing forming the central pillars of the firm’s work, renowned team head Stephen McGowan acted for Glasgow-based nightclub The Shed in extending its licence permanently from 2am to 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. He also assisted Betsold with obtaining a remote betting operating licence from the UK Gambling Commission. Essential Edinburgh instructed Hassard to handle the licensing of George Street’s Westerly block for the Edinburgh Festival 2016, which was closed to traffic throughout the event. This included multi-faceted licensing agreements for liquor, public entertainment and cinema, including licensed seating areas for existing bar and restaurant premises. He also assisted Eros Retail with its application for a new provisional premises licence for a convenience store in Dundee, which was subsequently granted after its initial refusal.

Harper Macleod LLP’s ‘very good’ team has substantial experience of advising clients across the food, leisure and hospitality sectors, such as brewers, pub and restaurant companies and operators. Other clients include retailers and operators of hotels and nightclubs. With substantial expertise in advising on civic government, petrol station and convenience store licensing, team head Andrew Hunter assisted BP Oil with an application for a variation of the premises licence for its Kingsway West site in Dundee. As another highlight, the team acted for Certas Energy in obtaining an alcohol licence for the company’s petrol station within Aberdeen Airport’s commercial zone. Lidl instructed the team to proceed with the application for new premises and provisional premises licences for its new stores in Edinburgh, Oban, Greenock, Aberdeen and Stirling. Similarly, the team assisted Claudio Celino – owner of Celino’s Trattoria and Delicatessen – with a new premises licence application alongside a subsequent variation application for new deli licensed premises in Glasgow. Other clients include Hotel Management International and pub retailer and brewer Greene King.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘very responsive, helpful and professional’ team ‘provides expert advice on licensing applications with particular experience in premises licence applications’. The team, consisting of ‘very good communicators’, is also well versed in advising on gambling, restaurant and civic government licensing matters and utilises its strong advocacy and litigation background to represent its clients at Licensing Board and court hearings. ‘Very knowledgeable and experienced’ director Audrey Ferrie acted for The Restaurant Group in applying for a liquor licence for the client’s new restaurant in the Overgate Centre in Dundee, which was granted after a contentious Licensing Board hearing. Among other examples of work, a distiller instructed the team to handle liquor licensing issues pertaining to an Edinburgh-based event. As another highlight, the team assisted its longstanding client Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) with licensing matters pertaining to the Insomnia Gaming Festival at the centre, such as an application for a variation of its existing public entertainment licence to cover additional activities. Senior associate Frances Ennis is ‘very approachable’ and ‘provides hands-on advice’.

Anderson Strathern handles a wide range of licensing issues, including licensing hearings, for hotels, bars and restaurants alongside retail and public sector clients. Recent work includes assistance with a number of provisional premises licence applications and a late-hours catering licence. The team also advised on several liquor licence issues and dealt with the licensing aspects of an acquisition. Litigator Jonathan Guy heads the team.

BTO Solicitors LLP has strong hotel industry expertise and advises clients in the sector on contractual licensing aspects pertaining to leasing arrangements and corporate transactions. Other clients include pubs, clubs and restaurants. Team head Nicolas McBride advised Gourmet Burger Kitchen on the conditional liquor licensing clauses, which are part of the company’s new Glasgow restaurant lease agreement. McBridge also assisted bowling alley provider Lane 7 with licensing provisions under the lease for new licensed premises in Aberdeen, and advised new client Jewel Hotels on licensing aspects of its hotel portfolio in Scotland. As another highlight, the team assisted Shearings Hotels with contractual licensing aspects pertaining to leasing arrangements as part of the client’s lease and sale of two Scottish hotels.

Working in conjunction with the firm’s property and real estate teams, Burness Paull LLP is well versed in handling applications for new premises licences and licence transfer arrangements as part of property sales and purchases. The team is becoming increasingly active in dealing with civic licensing matters, such as public entertainment and caravan park licences. In 2016, the practice advised the wine and spirit company Brown-Forman on licensing matters in support of the client’s acquisition of the BenRiach Distillery. This included assistance with a variation of the premises licence for the distillery to include provision for the sale and consumption of alcohol on the premises as part of distillery tours. Aberdeen-based team head Elaine Farquharson-Black advised leisure company Speratus on licensing matters pertaining to several different venues across Scotland, including securing a premises licence for the new Boozy Cow in Stirling; the latter also included assistance with the transfer of the provisional premises licence to increase the venue’s capacity by altering its layout. Other clients include Signature Pubs and Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow. Farquharson-Black assisted the latter with obtaining a personal licence for the premises manager.

The ‘quick and efficient’ team at Morton Fraser is ‘proactive in dealing with changes in licensing laws and regulations’. The practice frequently acts for private and public sector clients and is particularly known for its licensing appeal practice. Other areas of expertise include premises licensing, licence variations, transfer and audits as well as insolvency-related licensing work. ‘Pragmatic and clear communicator’ David Hossack, who ‘always looks for solutions that suit business needs whilst balancing any risk factors’, continues to represent the City of Edinburgh Council in appeals against licensing decisions taken under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982. The Security Industry Authority and Aberdeen City Council are also clients.

Shepherd and Wedderburn deals with contentious and non-contentious licensing matters, including managing and premises licensing, and frequently acts for hotel and restaurant operators alongside leisure and retail industry players. Senior associate Kevin Clancy and associate Lynn Simpson assisted the golf course Trump Turnberry with obtaining a licence to permit the introduction of refreshment buggies, which serve the premises. Hugh Smith advised Dakota Deluxe Hotel Glasgow on the process of obtaining confirmation for the provisional premises licence, and assisted Barburrito with obtaining a new premises licence for its first Scottish restaurant located in Edinburgh. Subsequently, the team dealt with a transfer of an existing provisional premises licence for the client’s restaurant premises in Aberdeen and obtained confirmation of the latter in order to open with a full licence. Similarly, the practice acted for Iberica Food & Culture in obtaining a provisional premises licence for new-build restaurant premises at St Andrew’s Square in Edinburgh. Other clients include New Empire Bingo, Sainsbury and leisure company Speratus. Smith assisted Sainsbury’s and Speratus with premises licence issues.


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