Crime: fraud in Scotland

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP has carved out a strong practice acting for clients from high-risk sectors, such as oil and gas, construction and manufacturing, alongside banking and food and drink sector players, who are faced with allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption. The team led by Paul Marshall provides assistance with financial crime investigations, including those conducted overseas, and also advises on preemptive measures and compliance programmes respectively.

Practice head(s):

Paul Marshall


One of leading white-collar teams in Scotland. Go-to destination for major Scottish white-collar work.

Flexible and pragmatic.

The team works very well as a unit. Excellent strategic advice, followed up with good tactical approach. All administration and documentation turned around to a very high standard and always within the same day. All supported by highly effective account management.

Led by Paul Marshall, the team at Brodies team is knowledgeable, extremely well organised and has fantastic attention to detail. Work is well allocated between the team who all have different backgrounds and bring a good skill base. The way in which they provide updates is unlike any other team I instruct. It’s very clear that they know exactly where we are with each point and what is outstanding at any time.

Paul Marshall is open-minded and interested in new challenges.

Paul Marshall is highly capable, hardworking and delivers exactly what he says every time. A high integrity individual. Very good advice. Balanced and pragmatic. A real quality adviser. Has delivered excellent advice over a long period of time.

Paul Marshall is without doubt the leading individual in Scotland in this area. He has far more experience than any other lawyer and this is apparent in his dealings with the regulatory bodies. He is very hands-on and involved with all of the detail. His advice is spot-on. Paul goes above and beyond to assist with queries and to find solutions. I particularly appreciate being able to pick up the phone to him at any time and know that I’ll get a quick and helpful response.

Paul Marshall is very responsive and rightly has a very strong reputation.

Paul Marshall combines strong technical expertise with a practical manner, and I would be pleased to refer clients to him.

Pinsent Masons LLP

As part of an integrated UK and international team, Pinsent Masons LLP is best known for its criminal defence and risk mitigation expertise - which regularly leads to instructions from companies in the energy, infrastructure and financial services sectors, among others - alongside its work pertaining to anti-bribery, trade sanctions and money laundering. Within this space, the team's workload includes investigations, self-reports, compliance and criminal defence. Tom Stocker heads up the team and specialises in financial crime, corporate investigations and regulatory enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Tom Stocker


‘Very responsive, easy to work with and knowledgeable.’

‘Tom Stocker has a tremendous reputation in the Scottish legal market. Whilst his practice is certainly much broader than anti-money laundering, his expertise in that sector in particular is unsurpassed.’

‘Tom Stocker is a standout expert on white-collar crime in Scotland.’

‘Tom Stocker is a safe pair of hands through a difficult process.’


BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP's has notable experience in financial crime investigations - including those led by the Competitions and Markets Authority, Police Scotland's Financial Investigations Unit and HMRC - and prosecutions, where the team acts for individuals and organisations across various sectors. Frequently, these instructions arise from allegations of, among others, embezzlement, bribery, corruption, fraud and money laundering. Criminal solicitor advocate and former Procurator Fiscal Depute Clare Bone and Vikki Watt, who specialises in the defence of regulatory crime, jointly head the team from Glasgow.

Practice head(s):

Clare Bone; Vikki Watt

Other key lawyers:

Alasdair Gillies


This practice is unique because of its strength and depth of expertise. In my experience they are well placed to deal with almost any criminal or quasi-criminal proceedings for a wide range of individual and corporate clients.

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's corporate crime team excels in oil and gas sector work, providing advice on anti-bribery and corruption matters to a number of key players in the industry, while assisting engineering, retail and public sector clients with a wide range of financial compliance and regulatory investigation issues constitutes another key element. Its expertise in trade restrictions and international sanctions respectively rounds off this offering. Lynne Gray, who specialises in corporate crime-related instructions, most notably those pertaining to health and safety and corruption, heads the team from Aberdeen.

Practice head(s):

Lynne Gray

Other key lawyers:

Rona Jamieson


Working in close conjunction with its UK-wide team, CMS is well placed to assist public and private clients - most notably from the financial services and energy industries - with various fraud-related matters with particular expertise in bribery, banking and insolvency-related fraud issues, while handling cases involving theft of public funds constitutes another key strength. Colin Hutton is the main contact in Scotland and has particular expertise in Bribery Act investigations.

Practice head(s):

Colin Hutton

Key clients

Shareholders in PIE/PSG Group


Shareholders in the Braid Group


Ernst & Young




The Yukos Group

Work highlights

  • Represented the directors and shareholders of an international logistics company in a corporate and financial crime case, which was the first to consider the interaction between bribery, unfair prejudice and the law of penalty under the Companies Act 2006.
  • Acted for the shareholders of a leading UK technology business faced with allegations of fraud and bribery.
  • Defending a claim against former joint administrators of Rangers Football Club brought by the current joint liquidators pertaining to the conduct of the administration of the club between its entry into administration and the eventual sale of the club in 2012.

Livingstone Brown

Livingstone Brown acts for private individuals and companies charged with fraud, embezzlement and bribery. White-collar crime specialist Stuart Munro heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Munro

Other key lawyers:

Gerard Brown


Stuart Munro is a safe pair of hands.

Key clients

David Whitehouse


Work highlights

  • Acted for ex-Rangers administrator David Whitehouse in fraud proceedings arising out of the acquisition of Rangers Football Club.
  • Acted for Accentra following HMRC investigators carried out a search under a Scottish warrant. The team assisted the client in successfully seeking suspension of the warrant before the High Court in Edinburgh.

MTM Defence Lawyers

With offices across central Scotland, MTM Defence Lawyers acts for professionals, high-net-worth individuals and corporate organisations in defence against allegations of fraud, embezzlement and bribery. The practice is jointly led by Falkirk-based Murray Aitken, who has notable experience in financial regulations and products, Edinburgh-based Neil Hay, who assists clients charged with fraud and financial crime, and Glasgow-based criminal lawyer Martin Morrow.

Work highlights

  • Acted for an individual in a retail fraud case involving accusations against a foreign national.