General crime and fraud in West Midlands

Jonas Roy Bloom

Jonas Roy Bloom has 'lawyers who are forward thinking'  with particular expertise in defending motoring and money laundering offences. Other strengths lie in defending sexual offences and child pornography in addition to handling all aspects of business crime. Key members of the team include Steven Jonas who is a Higher Courts Advocate ( all proceedings) and supervises all human rights, judicial review and Criminal Cases Review Commission matters. Ben Henry is a 'solution finder' who focuses on fraud and white-collar crime. Matt O’Brien is another name to note for his work with high-net-worth individuals who are facing complex fraud prosecutions. Fergal Bloomer is also a seasoned practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Ben Henry

Other key lawyers:

Steven Jonas; Matt O’Brien; Fergal Bloomer

Testimonials

Jonas Roy Bloom is one of those firms that seems to appear in every major multi-handed fraud outside London. As a firm it has a reputation for being highly effective and reliable without being ‘in your face’ or pushy. Jonas Roy Bloom has been acting in significant cases at the highest level for decades yet focuses on its clients more than themselves. The firm’s slogan, which talks of putting the client first, perhaps says all a client needs to know’.

‘Has an appreciation of the broader consequences of sentencing, particularly as it relates to doing international business. The firm strikes the perfect balance of allowing clients to understand the risks while presenting well-reasoned arguments.  Its advice is always accurate, well delivered and pragmatic’.

Ben Henry – exceptionally pragmatic and easy to work with. Ben is an immediate ‘go to’ for questions of English criminal law. He has a  creative, no-nonsense approach.

‘Ben Henry is excellent, putting commercial and private clients instantly at ease with his ability, confidence and experience. One of the most user friendly solicitors I have ever worked with’.

‘Ben Henry is a first-class operator. He oozes class and confidence without being arrogant. He is incredibly industrious, astute and tactically brilliant. I have sent a number of HNW clients to Ben, which is a reflection of his experience, gravitas and ability to deal with complex issues’.

‘Ben Henry and Matt O’Brien show exceptional client care. Ben Henry excels with corporate clients/defendants. He is able to marry his expertise in criminal law with his experience in corporate crime. He is unflappable. Matt O’Brien is a very compassionate defence lawyer and advocate who excels at client care’.

‘Very high quality and specialists at dealing with business people confronting the criminal justice system for the first time. Very assured and re-assuring. Technically and tactically very strong. Ben Henry has a calm and reassuring manner. He is very practical and pragmatic’.

‘Jonas Roy Bloom is unique in that it has the feel of a specialist boutique criminal defence firm, despite the fact that it undertakes legally aided work. Both private and legally aided clients receive the benefit of first-class client care and and meticulous case preparation‘.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the lead defendant in Trial 2 of Operation Circus (the case involving the prosecution of Locke Lord partner Jonathan Denton) – fraud alleged to involve £16m+ and related restraint and proceeds of crime proceedings have been reported on an interlocutory appeal to the Court of Appeal and the prosecution has appealed on a point of law to the Supreme Court.
  • Acting for an accountant who is facing an HMRC investigation into a tax avoidance scheme – the accountant is alleged to have promoted the scheme.
  • Acting for the defendant in the Balli Steel prosecution by the Serious Fraud Office, involving alleged fraud on financiers of over £500m.

Kangs Solicitors

At Kangs Solicitors the 'extraordinarily committed and vastly experiencedHamraj Kang heads the large team that is adept at handling serious and white collar crime. It has 'very bright individuals at all levels who know the system inside out'. The team has substantial experience in multi-jurisdictional criminal and financial regulatory investigations. It has an established reputation for its work in defending complex fraud allegations and is well-known for advising professional football clubs and sports personalities in matters involving criminal liability.  John Veale is praised for his work on complex fraud cases.  Helen Holder heads the Crown Court Department. Timothy Thompson garners praise for his work on high-value cases that often involve substantial cross-border elements.

Practice head(s):

Hamraj Kang

Other key lawyers:

John Veale; Helen Holder; Timothy Thompson

Testimonials

‘Kangs is at the peak of the high street firms who represent clients in fraud cases. Hamraj Kang runs a very tight ship and is always available to oversee every case. Helen Holder is a hardworking solicitor, who considers and leaves no stone unturned in the preparation of her client’s case’.

‘The hands on approach by Hamraj Kang makes the firm unique. His judgement, oversight and abilities are complimented by his excellent recruitment. John Veale is committed and no task is too much trouble’.

‘Ultra efficient and professional. Not surprised it has many senior professional clients, gives a great service.’

‘Hamraj Kang is one of the most impressive solicitors, he has a silky smooth bright approach. Extremely efficient and on the ball with all his cases’.

‘Superior Midlands firm with that rare ability of being client centred and commercial at the same time and without detriment to either.’

‘Hamraj Kang. Star leader. Excellent solicitor, manager and businessman. John Veale. A top solicitor and fine individual. Helen Holder. Amazing work ethic; nothing she won’t do to get the job done for the client. Tim Thompson is very clever’.

‘Kangs is a small firm that packs a punch. It features in many of the fraud and financial crime cases prosecuted in the West Midlands. Hamraj Kang brings with him a huge expertise in and deep experience of how to win fraud cases. He is someone who is able to to identify weaknesses in the prosecution case and exploit them to great effect. He is a great asset to any defence team and is very widely respected in the sector’.

‘Kangs Solicitors is among the very best firms in the Midlands region in the fields of crime, fraud, licensing and regulatory work. The lawyers are known for providing a very personal service from specialist and experienced partners. It is a dynamic and forward thinking firm which continues to maintain its high profile in these fields of the law’.

Work highlights

  • Represented a company director in relation to a HMRC investigation alleging VAT fraud and money laundering of over £80m.
  • Advised a company director in a HMRC investigation into numerous offshore tax structures and the use of Employee Benefit Trusts valued at over £15m.
  • Represented a company chairman in a property fraud investigation by the Serious Fraud Office that was valued at over £200m.

Tuckers Solicitors

The highly experienced team at Tuckers Solicitors is well-equipped to advise on complex white-collar and regulatory matters. It receives a steady flow of instructions from major corporate entities as well as private individuals and also holds a Legal Aid contract. The group has particular strength in advising on corporate offences, money laundering regulations and criminal connivance. It has a thriving road traffic offence practice too.  James Turner is an 'exceptional advocate'. Alex Atkins manages the Magistrates’ Court department at the Birmingham office. Coventry-based  Karl Brankin is also recommended. At associate level Inderdeep Bhomra is a Higher Court Advocate and Gareth Beynon specialises in the defence of serious crimes. Sharon Bailey is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

James Turner; Alex Atkins; Karl Brankin

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Bailey; Inderdeep Bhomra; Gareth Beynon

Testimonials

‘Tuckers is a market leader when it comes to crime. The lawyers are always involved in the highest profile cases and that is because its reputation is stellar. Clients come back to Tuckers because the level of service they receive from the receptionist to the solicitors/in house advocates in the case are nothing less than exceptional.

‘James Turner – When you say Tuckers Birmingham, you think James Turner. He built the Birmingham reputation for this firm. He is the hardest-working solicitor I have had the pleasure of working with. He knows every case like the back of his hand and is the oracle of knowledge on all things going on in the criminal justice system‘.

‘Very personable and professional. Exceptionally efficient at providing all necessary information to allow for a timely completion of instructions. Just nice people to work with!’.

‘Extremely responsive; Can be trusted to provide excellent care and attention to clients we refer. James Turner – very responsive, easy to work with, a lovely yet very professional approach with clients we refer; very experienced and knows his stuff inside out’.

‘Tuckers is a well organised firm that manages its case flow and communications in an effective manner. The lawyers are easy to deal with and are always professional’.

‘ In my view  James Turner is the best criminal solicitor in Birmingham . He leads well and ensures that his high standards are followed by his staff’.

‘Well established and widely known, Tuckers continues to thrive because it refuses to cut corners.’

‘James Turner and Alex Walsh are my go to people, excellent knowledge, great with clients, and always get a great result’.

Work highlights

  • Represented a defendant who was charged with conspiracy to rob cash in transit vans – the case required a high level of technical understanding of the interpretation of interrelated mobile telephone records, cell site analysis and ANPR material and necessitated an assessment of the defendants in relation to modern slavery and a potential defence under the Modern Slavery Act to parts of the indictment.
  • Represented the defendant, one of eleven arrested and charged with conspiracy to burgle, steal motor vehicles, money laundering and targeted thefts from ATMs.
  • Representing its client who is charged with the wilful mistreatment of animals and incitement of others to breach orders disqualifying them from keeping animals – the case involves the alleged breeding of fighting dogs.

Cartwright King

Michael Balmer heads a talented team at Cartwright King that often defends investigations and prosecutions for clients such as directors, senior employees and the management of multinational companies.  Other areas of expertise include advising on online and cyber-crime and it is regularly instructed by high profile hackers. The 'super brightJohn Allchin has developed specialist expertise in defending heavyweight criminal cases and is a grade “A” supervisor under the VHCC arrangements. Sue Swan represents clients at all stages of an investigation and in court proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Michael Balmer

Other key lawyers:

John Allchin; Sue Swan; Michael Herford

Testimonials

‘This is a national firm with a great reputation for criminal work. John Allchin is a particularly conscientious lawyer. Works very hard and is always on hand to help. Highly recommended’.

‘A brilliant team operating at the very highest standards. Completely up to date on all levels developments and very hot on the latest case law. The team always brings a fresh approach to cases, introducing new and effective strategies to deal with complex situations. All of the staff are knowledgeable and very client focused. This is an exceptional firm ’.

‘John Allchin can come up with amazing points which can make the difference between winning and losing a case. He is a very hard worker and always approaches cases with an effective strategy to meet client objectives. John makes a real difference and adds tremendous value to cases’.

‘Broad range of talent capable of dealing expertly with a multitude of cases. John Allchin goes the extra mile for clients. He is attentive, tactical and hardworking. He is prepared to travel as necessary and attend behind counsel when many other solicitors do not. He is good to work with and with whom you can freely exchange ideas and tactics’.

‘Excellent customer service, responsive to the needs of clients and engaged professionals. John Allchin is an excellent criminal lawyer both in terms of his technical knowledge and professionalism. He is professional in his approach,  and has excellent communication skills’.

‘Michael Herford is excellent. Michael is a joy to work with. He is hardworking, but what sets him apart is his commitment to his clients. He is incredibly passionate about his clients and is desperate to get them the best result he can‘.

‘Cartwright King is a professional, nationwide, multi-disciplinary firm hosting a number of reputable fraud and defence lawyers on every level upwards. Of note in its West Midlands office is John Allchin. He is a knowledgeable and highly regarded fraud and proceeds of crime lawyer. He is robust, diligent and meticulous in his approach to defending his clients..’

‘Cartwright King has a wealth of talent in its solicitors, particularly in white collar and serious crime. The lawyers provide an exceptionally good service to their clients. They stand out amongst their peers in Birmingham. Michael Balmer is very good’.

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of an equities trader in the American markets alleged to have defrauded £9m from investors.
  • Defending a Dubai-based financial advisor being prosecuted by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division in connection with his alleged role in a £24m pension liberation fraud.
  • Acting on behalf of a company director alleged to have used his business as a front to launder £12m of funds overseas.

Alsters Kelley Solicitors Ltd

Alsters Kelley Solicitors Ltd has a primary focus on the Coventry and Warwickshire area. Jas Thiara has Crown Court Higher Rights and leads the team, which is skilled at representing clients at the police station all the way through to the Magistrates and Crown Courts. Thiara has been representing clients on a wide range of matters including breaches of food safety regulations, professional conduct matters, motoring offences and criminal defence work. She also has experience in representing vulnerable clients with mental health and learning difficulties. Nazir Vania is particularly adept at defending motorists.

Practice head(s):

Jas Thiara

Other key lawyers:

Nazir Vania

Testimonials

‘Alsters Kelley provides an all-round service, be it a private or a legally aided client – all are made to feel that their case is special’.

The firm adapted seamlessly to remote working when the covid lockdown came, the lawyers were always there when required’.

‘Jas Thiara provides excellent client care and has been a tower of strength for the firm during the covid crisis’.

‘Jas Thiara was excellent in the case I was instructed in,  always available, hardworking and dedicated ’.

BLM

BLM handles a broad array of claims fraud in the insurance sector and has developed niche expertise in advising tour operators in the area of unconfirmed sickness claims. Head of practice Sarah Hill has considerable experience in advising on all aspects of fraud from large scale organised fraud to high-value exaggerated fraud cases. Daniel Thomas represents various leading insurance companies and deals with staged and contrived accidents as well as fraudulent exaggeration claims. Naomi Grant covers all aspects of motor claims fraud.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Hill

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Thomas; Naomi Grant; Carole Eaton; Siân Owen-Atkins

Testimonials

‘The lawyers have detailed and long-standing knowledge of insurance fraud and the various ancillary issues that flow from this. As a team it is efficient, proactive and realistic. It gets results.’

‘Carole Eaton is a pleasure to work with. Thorough and diligent. Experienced in cases involving fundamental dishonesty and the associated costs issues‘.

‘Strong experience in dealing with all aspects of fraudulent insurance claims.  A leading firm in this area.’

‘Sian Owen-Atkins is highly experienced. She gives sensible and pragmatic advice.  She is a tenacious opponent‘.

Key clients

DLG

NFU

QBE

Generali

Jet2

Allianz

Ageas

MIB

Tesco

DWF

DWF fields a large and experienced team that works across all sectors of fraud and financial crime. The group acts for nine large composite insurers as well as the Lloyds market, corporates and self-insureds and has substantial experience in other sectors such as financial, technology, retail and logistics. Lorraine Carolan advises on all areas of financial risk and fraud. Mike Henman represents motor insurers in the defence of fraudulent third-party and first-party claims. Miles Hepworth has extensive expertise in counter-fraud and claims validation and in the defence of suspected fraudulent insurance claims.

Practice head(s):

Lorraine Carolan; Miles Hepworth; Michael Henman

Testimonials

‘Excellent results, forward thinking’.

‘Miles Hepworth is knowledgeable, flexible, and easy to deal with’.

Key clients

LVFS

LV=

Amazon

Aviva

NFU Mutual

QBE

Markerstudy

RSA

Insure the Box

Covea

Ageas

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended the defendant insurer and policy holder on a complex case that was brought by the claimant for damages arising out of a road traffic accident.
  • Successfully acted for the insurer in relation to two separate cases and settled both cases  and secured a significant saving for its client.
  • Acted for an insurance company in a ground breaking case involving the use of telematics data to uncover a fraudulent claim which saved its client a substantial sum of money.  

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc has a strong and diverse UK-wide civil and criminal fraud team that regularly works on complex and high-value domestic and international fraud matters. It has considerable strength in fraud recoveries and fraud prevention in the financial services sector as well as a growing reputation for advising foreign regulatory authorities. The team has substantial experience in advising on insolvency related fraud too. It is also adept at advising on Russian and CIS related matters. Ruth Armstrong is recommended for her work on fraud and financial crime. Mark Wilson frequently works on complex fraud-related litigation. Victoria Portman is well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Armstrong; Mark Wilson; Richard Healey (London)

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Portman

Testimonials

‘Gateley have a strong team supporting clients with civil fraud, asset recovery and financial crime. Led by Richard Healey, the team has significant experience with fraud investigations, contentious insolvency and asset recovery.’

‘Very good small niche practice with excellent technical knowledge always providing sound, practical and commercial advice.’

‘Richard Healey is an experienced practitioner and expert in his field.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton UK LLP

BDO LLP

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

Deloitte LLP

CVR Global LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Scania Finance Great Britain Limited

Arkle Finance Limited

Kennet Equipment Leasing Limited

Macquarie Corporate and Asset Finance No. 2 Limited

Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine

Handelsbanken Plc

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Tower Leasing Limited

Grenke Leasing Limited

Propel Finance Pl

Work highlights

  • Acted for a finance company following a dawn raid by the authorities for allegations of fraud.
  • Acting for the investor in relation to allegations of fraud and financial misconduct relating to BVI loan notes.
  • Acting for the developer in relation to a sophisticated mortgage fraud conspiracy at one of its development sites.

GQS Solicitors

GQS Solicitors has a diverse practice, under the leadership of Ishfaq Qadir and Ahmer Sattar, that represents clients who are charged with the most serious offences such as murder, terrorism and drug importation as well as complex fraud cases including boiler room fraud and money laundering cases. It is adept at defending individuals who are being investigated  by law enforcement agencies. It also has a specialist team of regulatory solicitors and routinely helps motorists who are at risk of losing their driving license.

Practice head(s):

Ishfaq Qadir; Ahmer Sattar

Testimonials

‘This is a first-class firm with a particular emphasis on fraud. Based in the Midlands but with a London office. The partners have a ‘can do’ attitude resulting in great client care skills, hard work allied with the ability to make the complex fraud easy for their clients to understand. There is an attention to detail. Always available to speak with counsel with a collegiate attitude to case strategy ’.

‘Trust, integrity, hard work, welcoming and professional mark the traits of this law firm. Although many would claim this across the board but seldom is it delivered with such panache’.

‘Ishfaq Qadir and Ahmer Sattar along with their team consistently deliver the highest levels of legal services and demonstrate a commitment to each and every case that is second to none. A standout firm in Birmingham in every way. An exceptional combination of hard hitting legal aid work with passionate lawyers who fight tooth and nail for all their clients ’.

‘Ishfaq Qadir stands out. He is calm, clever and hardworking. His easy, relaxed manner hides a lawyer who gives robust and pragmatic advice to his clients. It is a strong team with no weak links! ’.

‘ A firm that offers an outstanding service and very client first focused approach to representing clients in serious and complex criminal fraud cases’.

‘Ishfaq Qadir, who specialises in criminal fraud cases, is extremely calm, well-organised and efficient. He knows his cases back-to-front and is superb at very quickly establishing an excellent relationship with his clients. He is a joy to work with ’.

‘It is a small boutique firm that punches above its weight in terms of the quality and quantity of work it gets. Part of the reason for this is the exceptional solicitor Ishfaq Qadir. Incredibly knowledgeable, calm under the most intense pressure with brilliant judgement. Not much more you could ask for. Clients love him’.

Work highlights

  • Representing the lead two defendants in a case about conspiracy to defraud and money laundering – the defendants are being    charged with an £18m boiler room fraud and the case is being prosecuted by CPS Serious Fraud division, London.
  • Acting for a defendant who is charged with 13 others with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation – this is an investigation that commenced following the February 2014 Panorama investigation broadcast which revealed widespread abuse in UK test centres administering the Test of English and International Communication.
  • Acting for the defendant who was was charged with seven others for a conspiracy to supply class A drugs – this is a complex case which relies on technical evidence arising from data capture from servers supporting Encrochat, an encrypted network, originating from France.

Kang & Co Solicitors

Kang & Co Solicitors is recommended for its private criminal defence work. It frequently represents clients across the full range of offences from accusations of assault, up to murder and manslaughter charges. Manjinder Kang and Thomas Wheeler co-head the team that has been busy defending clients facing section 47’s, section 18 (GBH) and common assault charges. The practice also represents clients in regulatory, transport and licensing matters where clients are facing enforcement action by the local authority or the DVSA.

Practice head(s):

Manjinder Kang; Thomas Wheeler

Testimonials

The team has very strong expertise in defending road traffic prosecutions. This is complemented by a growing practice in representing road haulage operators appearing before the Traffic Commissioners particularly in the West Midlands. The team also handles a broader ranger of regulatory and general crime from fire safety offences to domestic abuse.’

‘Manjinder Kang has a wealth of practice knowledge and excellent client care skills. He is a calm head with an ability to focus client’s minds upon the issues at hand. He provides realistic and timely advice resulting in positive outcomes for clients‘.

‘Kang & Co is well adept at tailoring its resources to an individual case and investing heavily for the client. Legal advice is honest and the team always takes into consideration the views of the client.’

‘Manjinder Kang is an exceptional lawyer. His knowledge, coupled with the manner in which he communicates often complex legal issues to the client, separates himself from others. He demonstrates a keen interest in obtaining the most optimal outcome and remains calm throughout a case even if setbacks arise‘.

The team and Kang & Co in my view gives a service that is above and beyond other firms. It is very clear from its ethos and people that the lawyers really care about each client that they represent. The firm is very impressive and will go from strength to strength no doubt‘.

Manjinder Kang was very courteous and took time to listen and understand what had happened. Manjinder then guided us through the entire legal process and was so polite and respectful throughout. He was clear and concise in all his very detailed communication with us. His knowledge of any driving matters is second to none. He is very kind, honest and caring but make no mistake, he is a tenacious and very stoic solicitor. His work ethic is a cut above the rest‘.

Manjinder Kang gave us such a boost; the boost of hope that we so much needed at a time when the whole family was very low. His team is very diverse, friendly and robust in getting things done. The lawyers leave no room for error and ensure all communication is responded to promptly‘.

Work highlights

  • Represented a pharmacist accused of ‘administering a noxious substance’ in a widely publicised matter. Client was found not guilty.
  • Represented a hotel and the directors for a second offence of food hygiene offences. Significantly reduced the fines to lower than the first offence and managed to get the case withdrawn for one director.
  • Represented a young driver in a fatal road traffic accident. Client had hit and killed a young woman crossing the road. Despite a guilty plea and the potential for up to a 14-year sentence, with mitigation the client received 4 years.

Keoghs LLP

Keoghs LLP has a strong national crime and regulatory team that deals with all aspects of regulatory investigations and prosecutions arising from incidents in the workplace, on the road or in public places. Coventry-based Tim Ingram is a key member of the dedicated team that defends both commercial and domestic drivers who are involved in serious road traffic accidents - many of these accidents result in catastrophic and fatal injuries.

Practice head(s):

Tim Ingram

Testimonials

‘Tim Ingram has unparalleled experience in his field of regulatory and road traffic crime. He is one of the best solicitors to have on side when facing death by dangerous or careless driving allegations, health and safety allegations or manslaughter allegations. Tim has a CV which includes very high profile people and cases including the bath tipper case, the Kent bridge strike and numerous multiple fatality and serious injury cases’.

 

Key clients

Aviva

Direct line

1st Central

AXA

Addison Lee

QBE

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Acted in the successful defence of a HGV driver to an allegation of causing death by dangerous driving. The case exposed DVSA’s awareness of the common widespread practice amongst HGV drivers of using dashboard tables some of which obscure the swept area of the windscreen (a MOT failure) and the extent of the blind spot forward of the cab unit.
  • Acted in the successful defence of a civilian driver to two counts of causing death by careless driving. The case revealed the use by the Police Authority concerned of public roads for covert surveillance exercise involving multiple unmarked police vehicles. It was during such an exercise that the incident resulting in the prosecution of the defendant occurred and resulted in the death of a covert police motorcyclist but also an innocent member of the public conveyed within the defendant’s vehicle.
  • Acted in the successful defence of a tipper driver to an allegation of causing death by careless driving. The case concerned the competing demands imposed upon HGV drivers and the correct use of mirrors during vehicle movement . The defendant was assisted in consequence of the firm’s detailed knowledge and experience of the haulage industry.

Lanyon Bowdler

Shrewsbury-based Adrian Roberts leads an experienced team at Lanyon Bowdler that represents clients at the police station through to the Crown Court. It is adept at advising on the full spectrum of offences from summary to indictable offences. Roberts is a High Court Advocate and has experience of dealing with court martials and Court of Appeal matters. Stephen Scully is recommended for his work on motoring offences. Another core strength of the team is dealing with Environment Agency and health and safety prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Scully

Testimonials

‘This firm provides excellent coverage in a large geographical area, working on some of the most serious cases. The team provides an excellent service in a professional and caring way. The lawyers often have very challenging clients but have the experience to deal with any manner of case. They are particularly good with serious criminal cases including murder and historic sex cases. Adrian Roberts leads the team and is the star of the team’.

‘Adrian Roberts is a consummate professional and leader in the criminal department. Professional in everything he does, he is universally respected and inspires confidence in all he meets. Provides exceptional service and is a pleasure to work with. Tough when he needs to be, but sensitive to vulnerable clients. Really exceptional individual’.