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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.


Livingstone brown

Livingstone Brown is one of Scotland’s largest criminal defence firms. It represents many people charged with criminal offences, from minor speeding charges in the District Court, to more serious offences in the Sheriff Court, all the way up to major crimes such as murder in the High Court. Livingstone Brown offers a 24-hour, 365-day-a-year service for clients in police custody and represents clients across the country. The firm has particular experience in complex white-collar prosecutions. It offers dedicated teams, sophisticated systems for analysing detailed evidence, media monitoring and advice, a first-class reputation for detail, and strong relationships with leading counsel.

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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.

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