Crime: fraud in Wales
With a sizeable team based in Cardiff and also frequently aided by practitioners from the firm’s London office, Blackfords LLP is recognised as a ‘market-leading firm across a range of high level criminal and regulatory work’. Philip Williams is head of the firm's Cardiff office and the first port of call for individuals and businesses on many high-profile matters, where he is appreciated for his 'grasp of the legal issues and ability to cut through any litigation fog'. Solicitor Nicola Mitchard has a flourishing reputation for handling fraud and money laundering cases.
Other key lawyers:
‘Driven and successful’
‘The firm has a unique ability to attract and secure work of the highest calibre, which is plainly a reflection of their reputation for expertise and excellence’
‘Philip Williams is always very well prepared and provides a very high standard of work’
- The firm represented a private individual accused of conspiring with four others to cheat the HMRC through the fraudulent evasion of VAT and excise duty relating to the importation and onward sale of alcohol consignments.
- The firm represents a conveyancing clerk accused of conspiring with other professionals and mortgage applicants to defraud mortgage lenders by failing to disclose key information that would have affected their decision to lend.
- The firm is currently representing two out of a total of 14 co-defendants in relation to a multi-handed conspiracy to defraud case listed before Swansea Crown Court.
- The firm successfully persuaded the HMRC to substantially reduce the fine levied on husband and wife co-defendants accused of submitting false documents to HMRC and obfuscating their records and identities to avoid detection with regard to income, VAT and corporation tax avoidance relating to their businesses.
- The firm is representing a defendant who faces multi-handed proceedings before Southwark Crown Court following an investigation by the HMRC, Home Office Immigration Enforcement and the Metropolitan Police.
'One of the leading fraud specialists in Wales', Cardiff-based Bowden Jones Solicitors 'consistently achieves great results' for individuals and companies across an eclectic range of cases, including money laundering, tax evasion, VAT fraud, mortgage and investment fraud. With the 'intellectual firepower to rival any fraud solicitor', team head Huw Bowden has an excellent reputation for handling white-collar work at all stages in proceedings, including post-conviction in Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings. Stephen Jones has developed an excellent track record for handling cyber crime-related matters.
Huw Bowden; Stephen Jones
Other key lawyers:
Sian Brain; Tim Lewis
‘The team provides a hands-on and very empathetic approach and is well- versed in defending all fraud charges.’
‘Huw Bowden is a spectacular fraud practitioner and whose calm, personable style belies his intensive knowledge.’
‘Huw Bowden’s legal knowledge and tactical awareness sets him apart from others in the field in this area.’
Matthew De Maid
Merry Van Woodenberg
- Operation Lift. This was a multi-jurisdictional investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and tried at Birmingham Crown Court. The case concerned an alleged £35m million money laundering operation that involved expert witness evidence in relation to money laundering in India, China, UAE and US.
- Operation Kadenza. The investigation involved widespread “vishing” of accounts leading to multimillion-pound losses and required the use of sophisticated and specialist cyber investigative practices
- Operation Cloudy Skies. Acting for a private individual in a “cash for crash” investigation by South Wales Police and other forces regarding alleged conspiracies to defraud various insurance companies.
M & M Solicitors has an excellent reputation defending clients accused of a whole range of fraudulent activity, including as it relates to mortgage and tax misfeasance. The team has expertise 'covering the most serious cases' brought by a wide range of bodies, including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and National Crime Agency (NCA). Team head Nadeem Majid was himself a former prosecutor at the FSA and is therefore able to bring excellent insight to financial-related fraud cases.
Other key lawyers:
Mike Prosser; Catherine Reed; Anthony Abraham
‘The team fully understood the position and was in a position to advise accordingly‘
‘Nadeem Majid is a great communicator‘
With two partners based in Cardiff and also able to tap into the resources of practitioners spread across a wide network of offices, including London and Nottingham, Richard Nelson LLP is well-positioned to handle a wide range of fraud defence work and financial crime, irrespective of geography. Jonathan Wright is particularly well regarded for defending individuals who are the subject of complex and detailed tax investigations brought by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Other key lawyers:
- Represented the client in the defence of a £270m HBOS fraud
- Representing the client in a largescale trading standards fraud relating to counterfeit mobile telephone and television boxes.
- Representing a client in an FCA investigation into market abuse – insider dealing.
- Representing a well know businessman in relation to a VAT Fraud of approx £1.1m
- Representing a company director in relation to PAYE and National insurance fraud spanning several years to the value of £250,000
Cardiff-based firm de Maids Solicitors & Advocates has a 'long-established reputation for handling complex fraud cases', including defending clients accused of a range of financial crimes relating to money laundering and tax evasion. 'Diligent and hardworking' solicitor advocate and team head Matthew De Maid has experience of handling cases brought by the SFO and HMRC.
Matthew de Maid
Other key lawyers:
Sarah de Maid
‘Attention to detail is the key to the firm’s continued success in fraud work.‘
‘Matthew De Maid works as hard as they come to ensure success for each and every client.’
‘Sarah de Maid is totally professional and intellectually very astute‘
As well as handling ad-hoc defence work for corporate and commercial clients of the firm, Hugh James is also sometimes brought in to conduct internal investigations where there are allegations made relating to bribery and/or fraud. Led by the experienced Martin Jones, the team also has considerable experience on the prosecution front, both with regard to more general crime, as well as fraud matters.
British Broadcasting Corporation
Capita Business Services
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
- Acted for the Welsh Ministers in a successful prosecution of a company and its director for carrying on (in the case of the company) and managing (in the case of the director) an unregistered medical agency.
- Represented the Welsh Government (instructed by the Counsel General for Wales) in a prosecution of a commercial fishing operator and the Masters of the vessels in question, in respect of a number of fisheries-related offences.
Morgan LaRoche handles a range of white-collar fraud work, both locally and from a national perspective. Formerly a supervisor on the Specialist Fraud Panel and later, the VHCC panel, 'very client-focused' team head Andrew Manners has a strong reputation across a range of financial crimes, including tax fraud. Manners is also gaining market credibility for private prosecution work and recently secured a notable victory on behalf of a major corporate in the private prosecution of former senior executives for fraud.
‘The team’s conduct of the case was exemplary’
‘It is apparent that every client matters to them and the same high level of service is applied to every case, big or small.’
‘Andrew Manners has a very high level of knowledge and experience and is highly respected by others in the sector.’
‘Andrew Manners appreciates that one size doesn’t fit all, and carefully considers who to instruct on a case by case basis.’