Crime: fraud in Scotland

Brodies LLP

The 'well informed and approachablePaul Marshall heads up Brodies LLP's 'highly experienced and efficient' corporate crime and investigations practice, which is particularly active in the oil and gas, banking and financial services, food and drink, life sciences, construction and public sectors and assists clients with investigations into fraud, bribery and corruption. Competition and trade law expert Rod Lambert moved to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in April 2018.

Practice head(s):

Paul Marshall


Paul Marshall handles sensitive and serious matters very carefully.

Go-to firm for any regulatory and criminal matters.

Has a depth of resource and legal expertise.

Quickly establishes all the facts surrounding an event and acts with urgency to ensure the interests of the client are best served.


CMS has particular expertise in advising financial, energy and public sector players on bribery, banking and insolvency-related fraud matters alongside cases involving theft of public funds as well as subsequent recovery proceedings. Colin Hutton heads the team, which lost Gemma Lampert in January 2019; she now works in-house.

Practice head(s):

Colin Hutton

Other key lawyers:

Alison Gow; Graeme MacLeod

Key clients



Braid Group


Ernst & Young



Pinsent Masons LLP

Praised for its full-service corporate crime and white-collar crime offering, Pinsent Masons LLP is a respected player in the market and as such receives regular instructions from corporate clients to assist with compliance matters, investigations, self-reporting and remediation as well as criminal proceedings. 'Superb white-collar crime guru' Tom Stocker heads up the 'extremely responsive' team; clients describe him as 'smart, dynamic and hugely experienced'.

Practice head(s):

Tom Stocker


Tom Stocker is a fantastic operator. He is strategic, sharp and tough and Scotland’s go-to lawyer for any white-collar crime issues.

Pre-eminent in Scotland for white-collar crime and contentious regulatory work.’

Takes the time to understand the client’s business.

Tom Stocker knows the area in depth.

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP is best known for representing senior executives and other individuals from the banking, accountancy and legal sectors, among others, in investigations and criminal proceedings concerning fraud and cartel allegations. Criminal solicitor advocate Clare Bone and regulatory crime defence lawyer Vikki Watt jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Clare Bone; Vikki Watt

Other key lawyers:

Alasdair Gillies

Key clients


Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's client roster consists of various financial service institutions and corporates, most notably from the oil and gas, retail and engineering sectors, as well as individuals, who instruct the team led by Rona Jamieson with matters concerning bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud, export control and sanctions.

Practice head(s):

Rona Jamieson

Other key lawyers:

Lynne Gray


The firm has very strong international, corporate and compliance capabilities.

Lynne Gray is highly capable and personable.

Key clients

Ted Jacob Engineering Group

JK Rowling

Work highlights

  • On-going advice on a civil fraud claim which arose from an agreement to buy an engineering business in Dubai.
  • Acting for the author JK Rowling in a civil fraud action raised on her behalf against the author’s former PA; the action concerns the alleged mis-use of a business credit card provided by the client to her former personal assistant.


'Delivering great results', Dentons' 'capable and highly experienced' team advises various national and international clients on fraud and embezzlement matters alongside issues pertaining to insolvency and bankruptcy scenarios. 'Hard working and experienced' consul and counter fraud specialist Craig Kennedy heads the team, which lost senior associate and regulatory expert James McMillan to Al Tamimi & Company in August 2018.

Practice head(s):

Craig Kennedy


The team regularly appears in high-profile and complex cases.

The group has particular experience in fraud and other related issues arising from insolvency.’

Craig Kennedy is the kind of lawyer clients under pressure want on their side; he is proactive and gives concise and focused advice.

Key clients

The Edrington Group

CVR Global

Baxters Food Group

Scotch Whisky Auctions


Hunter Boot


Henderson & Jones


Work highlights

  • Acted for Hooley in a fraud investigation.
  • Acting for Scotch Whisky Auctions in defence of allegations of unfair prejudice and fraud which have arisen from the implementation of a share buy back scheme.

Livingstone Brown

The team at Livingstone Brown 'receives a good stream of work', predominately from individuals but also financial institutions and other corporates, defending them against allegations of fraud and embezzlement. Director Stuart Munro heads up the team, which includes legal executive Ximena Vengoechea; she joined the team from the Scottish Bar in March 2019.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Munro

Other key lawyers:

Gerard Brown; Ximena Vengoechea

MTM Defence Lawyers

MTM Defence Lawyers acts for individuals and corporate clients in fraud, embezzlement and money laundering matters. Murray Aitken, the 'very active' Neil Hay and Martin Morrow jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Murray Aitken; Neil Hay; Martin Morrow

Other key lawyers:

Simon Hutchison