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Rahman Ravelli Solicitors is considered 'the leading serious crime firm in the area, particularly in the area of financial crime and fraud' and continues to be instructed on some of the most complex and high value allegations of fraud, white collar crime, money laundering and tax evasion. The team advises both corporates, professionals and high-net worth individuals across a number of industries including the oil and gas sector, foreign exchange market, life sciences, conservation and steel. Practice head and 'real genius in the field', Azizur Rahman established the practice in 2001 and according to one client has 'for many years been the premier solicitor for fraud work in Yorkshire and the Humber'. Rahman, who splits his time between Halifax and London, is regarded as the 'orchestrator of strategy and the clear and focused driving force' behind the firm. The practice has been instructed in a number of high-value SFO global bribery and corruption cases. In these matters, the practice has developed an expertise in advising on deferred prosecution agreements. Senior associate Syed Rahman  (who 'goes the extra mile to get the best results for his clients') in leading on a multi-jurisdictional matter concerning this specialised area. The team has also represented clients in multi-agency investigations, including simultaneous investigations from the SFO, HMRC, NCA and the Pension Regulator. Another key name to note is senior associate Nicola Sharp who is a 'litigator of high calibre, with the ability to marshal hugely complicated facts efficiently and sensibly'. 

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Noted for its 'fierce reputation for strong defence' ABR Solicitors is frequently instructed in complex fraud allegation, including multi-party matters and organised crime. Managing partner Robert Rode heads the 'excellent' team, which includes Keith Allen in Harrogate and Susannah Proctor who splits her time between the firm's Harrogate and York offices.

Cartwright King's team defends clients in investigations and prosecutions brought by financial and criminal agencies and organisations, as well as industry-specific bodies such as the NHS Counter Fraud Authority and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. Consultant Mark Fowler is based in Sheffield and has 'an almost unrivaled back catalogue of experience in serious fraud related criminal work particularly involving HMRC prosecutions'. Elizabeth Madin left the team to join the Crown Prosecution Service.

The team at Ashmans Solicitors regularly defends clients in serious allegations with fraud elements, spanning from VAT fraud to charity fraud. The team is led by Imran Ali and Raja Atif Afzal and has the capabilties to handle particularly complex litigation. In a matter led by Afzal, the team is acting for an individual alleged to have been involved with the procurement and distribution of fraudulently obtained passports and conspiracy to facilitate unlawful immigration. The team now benefits from the addition of Sajid Majeed who joined the team from John Delaney & Co.

The 'superb team of lawyers' making up Cohen Cramer's fraud practice 'goes the extra mile for their clients' and are considered an 'obvious choice for quality representation'. It has experience defending clients in a full spectrum of financial crimes and fraud cases, including missing trader allegations, tax fraud, money laundering and care home frauds. The crime, fraud and regulatory practice is headed by John Goodwin, a 'master in the field of fraud' who is praised for his 'high-calibre legal knowledge and very impressive client care'. Goodwin handles the full spectrum of fraud work, ranging from property-related matters to people trafficking. The 'highly diligent' Helen Lynch heads the proceeds of crime department and is 'tireless in pursuit of her client's interests'. Lynch is adept at dealing with matters prior to charge restraint orders, through to confiscation orders.

Howard & Byrne's 'very impressive' practice represents local, national and international clients in cases involving fraud and financial crime. The team is representing two defendants accused of a multi-million pound conspiracy to defraud the NHS. It is also acting for a client facing allegations of fraud against Edge Hill University. Managing partner Kevin Blount heads the practice and handles high profile and high value proceedings. Another key individual is Colin Byrne who attracts praise for being 'tenacious, hardworking and diplomatic when the circumstances require a non-adversarial approach'.

The regulatory and criminal investigations group at Irwin Mitchell is known for its capabilities in handling complex white-collar crime fraud matters, including acting for companies and boards on criminal liability, compliance and multi-jurisdictional investigations. Paul Haycock heads up the team which also frequently advises on internal investigations, bribery and corruption, as well as financial services crime allegations. Other key names to note include Emma Windle and John Davies.

Geoffrey Rogers heads up McCormicks' corporate crime and risk department which is highlighted for its strength in defending commercial and white-collar fraud allegations. The team recently acted for an individual accused of fraud involving investment monies, in a case involving complex multi-jurisdictional issues. In another work example the team is representing an individual who allegedly defrauded suppliers throughout Yorkshire in missing trader fraud proceedings involving multiple defendants.

The 'excellent' team at Opus Law has 'a very high reputation for handling complex fraud work', advising clients being investigated and charged by authorities. The 'forthright and hardworking' Ben Jones  has been described as having 'a real instinct for a jury trial'; he heads the practice alongside Sarah Batty. The practice has an extensive track record in cases of the utmost complexity and value.

Howells’ criminal defence team benefits from three offices across Yorkshire in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley, and has capabilities to handle complex and high value fraud proceedings. John Gibson heads up the practice which includes key names for representation in fraud allegations, Chris Wong and Helen White.

The regulatory and corporate defence department at Lupton Fawcett spans across the firm’s Leeds, York and Sheffield office and has a particular strength in fraud, Proceeds of Crime Act matters and those concerning cash forfeiture. Jeremy Scott leads the practice and has significant experience defending businesses and senior employees facing investigation or prosecution for serious offences. York-based Jonathan Cripwell is another name to note, having previously handled fraud prosecution work for government departments and local authorities, in addition to having experience acting in substantial civil fraud and bribery cases.

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