Crime: fraud in South West

Ashfords LLP

With its specialism in representing private prosecutors for fraud offences, Ashfords LLP advises individual clients, public institutions and corporate clients from the construction and finance sectors on all aspects of criminal litigation, including anti-bribery measures, fraud prevention and claims for compensation arising from fraudulent activities. The practice is headed by senior associate Jeremy Asher, who has been covering both defence and prosecution for more than 20 years.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Asher

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP specialises in the impact of criminal and white collar fraud, including issues connected to proceeds of crime, money laundering and bribery. Headed by David Hall, the firm also advises on issues relating to police investigations in relation to asset freezing and recovery, and covers a wide range of matters that involve director and employee fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering.

Practice head(s):

David Hall

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Burnette; Michael Ward

Key clients

National Crime Agency

Celtic Energy

Work highlights

  • Acting for Celtic Energy, the largest coal mining company in Wales, in a £160m fraud prosecution against the client.

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP advises clients on internal and external investigations, enforcement matters involving regulators and prosecutors, as well as on compliance issues and fraud prevention. The practice also provides specialist fraud advice in commercial litigation matters. Typical clients hail from the real estate, manufacturing and aerospace sectors. Practice head Andrew Oldland QC acts for both corporate clients and governments on anti-corruption compliance and enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Oldland QC

Other key lawyers:

Peter Sigler; Tom Torkar; Jonathan Kitchin

Key clients

Ticketus

Work highlights

  • Advised Tiketus on the £20m recovery of a ticket purchase agreement following the collapse of Glasgow Rangers Football Club

Bobbetts Mackan

Bobbetts Mackan liaises with barristers and criminal experts when assisting clients in situations of enforcement proceedings, interrogations at police stations as well as at criminal court trials. The firm is particularly active in fraud cases in the healthcare sector, which involves representation at formal interviews under caution. This involves interviews at organisations such as NHS Business Services, Health and Safety Executive and NHS Protect.

Practice head(s):

Giles Tippett

Other key lawyers:

Tony Miles

Osborne Clarke

The dispute resolution team of Osborne Clarke deals with domestic cases involving fraudulent activities related to bribery and is equally experienced in dealing with cross-border fraud. The practice also advises victims on recovering assets domestically and abroad. The firm’s track record involves cases in the art sector and heavy industry as well as cases related to cybercrime such as phishing and hacking.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Summers

Sansbury Douglas

Sansbury Douglas specialises in the defence of investigated and prosecuted clients and as such advises defendants at court proceedings. The practice also assists governmental and non-governmental organisations with the solving of fraud cases in public institutions as well as in the commercial and charity sectors. The firm is additionally experienced in dealing with fraudulent activities in the finance industry.

Practice head(s):

David Campbell

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP’s practice, which is based in Bath and Bristol, prepares Crown Court matters for trials including cases of white collar fraud and advises businesses, educational institutions and not-for-profit organisations on regulatory matters and fraudulent activities. The firm is also experienced in handling tax-related fraud cases and assists clients with the recovery of assets swindled out of their personal or institutional budget.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Banks