Firms To Watch: Crime: fraud

Anderson Strathern’s corporate crime, regulatory and investigations team is led by director James McMillan – he joined in Glasgow from the Dubai office of Al Tamimi & Company in April 2021 – and advises public and private sector clients faced with allegations of fraud, money laundering, bribery and various regulatory offences.

Crime: fraud in Scotland

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP, and team head Paul Marshall in particular, routinely get called upon by national and international high-risk sector players, such as oil and gas, banking, transport, food and drink, construction and manufacturing businesses, who require assistance with internal (cross-border) investigations arising from fraud, bribery and corruption allegations. Besides its investigative capabilities, the team also provides criminal prosecution and preventative advice in the form of compliance, (cyber) risk analysis and risk management. This advice is increasingly sought by clients entering new markets, who benefit from the group’s expertise in sanctions, supply chains and business partner relationships. Senior associate Ramsay Hall and associate Lisa Kinroy, who both cover a wide range of corporate crime matters, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Paul Marshall

Other key lawyers:

Ramsay Hall; Lisa Kinroy; Clare Bone

Testimonials

‘The advice given was practical and well thought through. There was always a team member knowledgeable about the matter available when required, and regular updates were provided.’

‘Brodies is a team we would trust to handle complex financial crime matters where the jurisdiction of Scotland is engaged. We know they will deal with matters efficiently and well, and that we will have a good working relationship with their team.’

They are clearly experts in their field, a multifaceted team that can assist many types of businesses, clients with both legal and supplementary financial advice and guidance.

‘We have worked with Paul Marshall and Ramsay Hall and would consider them strong lawyers in their field and easy to get on with.’

‘We worked closely with Ramsay Hall. We valued his frank and friendly approach to the matter, which was well handled from start to conclusion.’

‘Paul Marshall has a forensic eye for detail and is exceptional at articulating complex points into layman’s terms.’

‘We worked with Paul Marshall and Lisa Kinroy in a serious and complex financial matter; both have been excellent. Excellent with regards to their comprehensive knowledge, support and attention to detail.’

Lisa Kinroy is doing the heavy lifting, tracking all aspects of the case, supporting Paul and ensuring effective communication to all parties / stakeholders. Lisa is extremely diligent, very well organised and has the ability to quickly understand complex technical points.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Working in close conjunction with the firm’s London and overseas offices, Pinsent Masons LLP’s Scotland practice is well placed to handle cross-border work, including the implementation of compliance programmes, alongside risk assessments and (internal) investigations pertaining to allegations of bribery, fraud and tax evasion, among others. Glasgow-based senior associate Stacy Keen is a key contact for matters involving sanctions and export control and is part of Tom Stocker’s team led from Edinburgh. His expertise reflects the practice’s breadth and includes corporate criminal defence, investigations and compliance risk management.

Practice head(s):

Tom Stocker

Other key lawyers:

Stacy Keen

Testimonials

‘The breadth of specialist areas makes this practice unique. The team can draw on each other’s knowledge and experience to provide solutions to complex issues.’

‘The Pinsent Masons team in Scotland is the clear market leader in this field.’

‘The team is made up of a talented group of criminal fraud and investigations specialists.’

‘Brilliant guides through the legal maze. Great to work with, very responsive and they really know their stuff.’

‘Good attentive support from Pinsents. Tom Stocker has the legal expertise but also the right manner for what is usually such a sensitive matter.’

‘Tom Stocker a leader in his field and a genuinely nice guy. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Tom Stocker has forensic attention to detail and is capable of considering large amounts of information and condensing it into an easily understandable summary.’

‘We were in really safe hands with Stacy Keen.’

Key clients

Wood Group

City of Edinburgh Council

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Wood Group and its subsidiary in the largest international corporate bribery case resolved by way of a negotiated civil settlement in Scotland with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and the Scottish Government’s Civil Recovery Unit to date.
  • Acted for a previous director of Rangers Football Club in relation to his civil action against the Lord Advocate in Scotland, following his prosecution in a financial crime/fraud case.

BTO Solicitors LLP

With two criminal and one civil solicitor advocates, BTO Solicitors LLP is a popular choice for individuals and businesses across various high-risk sectors requiring assistance with prosecutions and investigations, including those brought by the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA), Police Scotland’s Economic Crime Unit and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The regulatory defence team, which is based in Glasgow, includes Vikki Watt (solicitor advocate), whose workload includes corporate governance and financial crime-related matters, and criminal defence specialist Alasdair Gillies (criminal solicitor advocate).

Practice head(s):

Vikki Watt; Alasdair Gillies

Other key lawyers:

Lindsay MacNeill

Testimonials

‘The practice treats clients with empathy while also showing agility in response.’

”They will go the extra mile and ensure you are not left in the lurch. They alway come back to you promptly and all matters are dealt with swiftly and with agility.’

Their advice was pragmatic, understandable and practical. I felt confident in what they advised. They didn’t unnecessarily drag matters out but had my best interests at heart.’

‘Alasdair Gillies was extremely professional at all times while also demonstrating care, empathy and responsiveness.’

Burness Paull LLP

Embedded in the firm’s full-service offering, Burness Paull LLP is well equipped to guide clients through a wide range of regulatory, financial and corporate crime issues, including investigations and compliance. Thanks to its presence in Aberdeen – team head Lynne Gray (corporate crime and health & safety) is also based there -, the team is frequently instructed by energy sector players but is equally active in advising private equity firms and clients from the engineering, healthcare and retail sectors. Providing dawn raid support complements its wide-ranging offering.

Practice head(s):

Lynne Gray

Other key lawyers:

Lynne Moss

Testimonials

‘Timely and clear recommendations received.’

‘Lynne Moss is responsive to time-sensitive enquiries and ensured that her team covered well when she was unavailable.’

Work highlights

  • Advising an energy services company in relation to an investigation conducted by HM Revenue and Customs into potential customs and export and sanctions breaches.
  • Advising a listed company in a fraud investigation by the Metropolitan Police.
  • Advising a subsea company on Russian and Iranian sanctions and the application of UK Dual Use Regulations, which have come into force post-Brexit.

CMS

As an integral part of the firm’s UK and wider international offering, many of CMS’ team members, including team head Colin Hutton (dispute avoidance and resolution), are qualified in Scotland as well as in England and Wales. This makes it an attractive partner for multijurisdictional mandates, which often stem from financial services, insurance and energy sector players but also from public sector clients. Besides its expertise in banking and insolvency-related fraud and in cases involving the theft of public funds, its clients also benefits from the team’s 24-hour cyber breach response service.

Practice head(s):

Colin Hutton

Other key lawyers:

Graeme MacLeod

Testimonials

‘Excellent commercial knowledge.’

‘Colin Hutton is an excellent strategist. His deep commercial knowledge gives him an edge over competitors.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Bank

BDO

Deloitte

Ernst & Young

KPMG

PWC

Alix Partners

Royal & Sun Alliance plc

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a major Irish lender to defend its interests in two separate multi-million pound actions being pursued before the Court of Session in Edinburgh. The two related claims concern allegations of financial impropriety and are founded in claims of dishonest assistance and unlawful means conspiracy.