Firm Profile > Bark&co > London, England


Crime: general Tier 2

Bark&co advises on cases of murder, sexual offences, terrorism, drugs, and manslaughter, to name a few areas. Giles Bark-Jones leads the practice, in which Frederick Bunn and consultant Paul Cameron are names to note.

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 3

Bark&co advises on high-profile criminal fraud investigations and frequently handles large cases, with thousands of pages of electronic evidence. Areas of expertise include corruption, bribery, money-laundering, insider dealing, boiler room frauds, VAT and MTIC frauds, fraudulent trading and mortgage fraud. The firm deals with investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, CPS, HMRC, FCA, the Environment Agency, and the National Health Service. The firm also provides crisis and media management expertise. Giles Bark-Jones heads the team and deals with general crime and criminal fraud.

VAT and indirect tax Tier 3

The team at Bark&co specialises in tax litigation, with a particular focus on VAT and excise duty cases. It is well versed in civil tax matters before the courts, including challenges to HMRC assessments, and has significant experience representing clients in HMRC investigations into VAT and missing trader intra-community fraud allegations. Founding partner Giles Bark-Jones takes the lead, supported by a team including Peter Finbow and Maria Stalbow.

Bark&co’s clients benefit from the support of one of the country’s leading fraud and business crime firms. Its highly skilled lawyers are committed to providing top-class advice at every stage of proceedings. If the firm can prevent expensive litigation then it will; if not then it will fight tenaciously to protect its clients’ interests.

The Firm: Bark&co is one of the UK’s most progressive and successful fraud and business crime firms. A member of the Specialist Fraud Panel, it handles civil and criminal fraud, business and tax regulation, tax investigations, white-collar crime, bribery and corruption, and serious crime cases for high-net worth individuals, as well as national and international companies. The firm has a flexible approach, tailoring its advice to meet each client’s individual needs. Its rigorous commitment to quality and discretion is widely recognised and generates significant referrals from satisfied clients.

Principal Areas of Work

White-collar crime/fraud: Bark&co handles a wide range of white-collar crime and fraud cases, including prosecutions and investigations brought by the SFO, the FCA, HMRC, the Special Compliance Office of the Inland Revenue, the CPS, NCA, SOCA and other prosecuting bodies. Specialists in heavyweight criminal fraud work of all kinds, Bark&co’s advice is increasingly also sought in major civil fraud cases. Acknowledged as a leader in the field, the firm has helped clients in connection with many of the highest profile prosecutions brought by the SFO and other agencies. This includes acting for a defendant in the SFO prosecution following the LIBOR scandal; acting for individuals in the SFO investigation into the Rolls Royce bribery allegations; successfully representing barrister Mr Fitch-Holland in the prosecution of him and Chris Cairns (former New Zealand cricket captain) for allegedly perverting the course of justice in libel proceedings against former IPL-head Lalit Modi; acting in R v PF & Others described by prosecution counsel as the ‘biggest case ever’ involving allegations of carbon trading fraud; representing an individual in the ‘bio-fuel’ investment fraud, the first SFO prosecution alleging offences under the Bribery Act; acting in R v Asil Nadir, the high profile prosecution by the SFO involving allegations of theft from the Polly Peck International group; and appearing in R v Adoboli, the US$2.3bn trading loss fraud at UBS. The firm’s civil fraud, VAT and indirect tax practice has grown rapidly in recent years. Much of Bark&co’s work in this area is highly confidential, but recent highlights include assisting a number of clients in National Crime Agency and SKAT (Danish tax authority) investigations into a £1.5 billion fraud against the tax authorities in a number of countries, successfully representing a former mobile phone trader in its appeal in the First Tier Tax Tribunal against HMRC VAT assessments for over £1m; representing  a client in an appeal against a £60m+ conviction for alcohol tax evasion; representing a client in a highly complex matter involving a number of payroll companies that allegedly failed to pay tax on behalf of the companies for which they acted; acting in relation to a £50m tobacco-related  tax evasion and an £800m international tax fraud involving a number of global jurisdictions, and assisting a client in a £100m case arising out of Operation Amazon, a multijurisdictional matter described by KPMG and the Daily Telegraph as “one of the biggest direct tax frauds in UK history”.

Crime: The firm also continues to act in large, high-profile criminal trials, including murder, money laundering, drugs importations and people-smuggling cases. It focuses on high-end work, much of it international. High-profile recent examples include representing parties accused in the News of the World ‘phone hacking’ and subsequent computer hacking investigations, the ‘Clerkenwell crime syndicate’ case, and the Operation Yewtree sexual offenses investigation. Further highlights have included acting for a professional footballer who is alleged to have taken part in the attempted murder of a man after a night out; representing a high ranking Metropolitan Police Officer in relation to serious criminal allegations, as well as assisting clients in international drugs supply, murder, manslaughter, firearms and terrorism matters. Although the firm is well known for discretion, Bark&co’s services are also sought after in cutting-edge matters that are in the public eye such as representing those accused of war crimes.

International: The firm’s work frequently extends overseas with specialist teams deployed for cases with a multi-jurisdictional element. Its international credentials are demonstrated by its involvement in R v Marrache & Co, an alleged client account fraud, which is notable as Gibraltar’s largest fraud case to date.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Giles Bark-Jones
White-collar crime/fraud Giles Bark-Jones
General crime Giles Bark-Jones
Civil fraud Riz Majid
Adverse Possession Riz Majid
VAT and indirect tax Riz Majid
Extradition Magdalena Motyl
Photo Name Position Profile
 Giles Bark-Jones  photo Giles Bark-Jones
 Paul Cameron  photo Paul Cameron
 Sabrik Dhamu  photo Sabrik Dhamu
 Peter Finbow photo Peter Finbow
 Anthony Le  photo Anthony Le
 Riz Majid  photo Riz Majid
Ms Magdalena Motyl  photo Ms Magdalena Motyl
Mr Alex Nelson  photo Mr Alex Nelson
 Maria Stalbow  photo Maria Stalbow
 Vanessa Wiggins  photo Vanessa Wiggins
 Patricia Wilson  photo Patricia Wilson
Number of UK partners : 1
Number of other UK fee-earners : 30

CLIENT: Clive Garrad
TESTIMONIAL: Bark and Co solicitors, in my opinion are one of the best, if not the best solicitors in London. Their team go to extraordinary lengths to understand complicated situations. They provide accurate and clear information without the complicated legal jargon and smokes and mirrors that I have encountered with previously with some legal service providers. They have served me well and I can only recommend them from my own experience

TESTIMONIAL: If ever you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where you need representation, you need to speak to these guys. The last thing you need, is a flurry of fancy sales pitches. You need sound advice from people who are expert in what they do and – crucially – who know what it takes to organise and deliver a winning strategy.

CLIENT: David Noyes
TESTIMONIAL: I owe my family’s freedom to Bark and Co. They believed in me from the beginning and defended me with great loyalty. I would recommend them to anyone/everyone and do.

CLIENT: Ian Edmondson
TESTIMONIAL: Great team, led by a great legal mind. I have recommended Giles and his team to many clients and they always do a great job.

CLIENT: Samid Shah
TESTIMONIAL: Highly recommended! Support and help every step of the way, always on the phone if something needed no matter what the time or situation, do not think there is anyone better i can think of to be represented by.

CLIENT: Aminoor Ahmed
TESTIMONIAL: Bark and Co are without a doubt the best firm in London. They have provided me with outstanding service. Manager Ditesh’s client care has been amazing, he was always supportive. My solicitor at the firm Vanessa Wiggins has been instrumental, she has worked relentlessly throughout the case and was always contactable via phone or e-mail at all times. I always felt confident with my team and that was down to Bark and Co business ethos. I have already recommended a friend to use Bark and Co as I know they will do everything they can to help. Thank you Bark and Co.

CLIENT: Pardeep Briah
TESTIMONIAL: What an outstanding service. Historically I have used other firms who were good however after using Bark and Co I will never use any other firm. From representation and support at the beginning of the problem all the way to getting the result in court. Absolutely outstanding.

CLIENT: Jason Marshall-Smith
TESTIMONIAL: Consumate professionalism afforded to me throughout the legal process. I cannot recommend Bark and Co. highly enough.In my case, absolutely at the very top of their chosen specialist field. Thank you Bark and Co.

CLIENT: Aneta Rydlinska
TESTIMONIAL: Excellent service received from Bark&Co and their legal consultant Magdalena Motyl for my British citizenship application. Very helpful- from filling the forms to precise informations about documents and procedures. Ms Motyl intervened very effectively during lengthy time of the process and I received positive decisions within timeline – my application can qualify as a difficult one due to my circumstances. Excellent communication via emails, phone calls and texts- even in busy periods I always received very quick response. Highly recommended.

TESTIMONIAL: I initially was with a different firm and they let me down by not turning up! I was recommended Bark&Co by a Friend and it was the best decision. Very efficient to get things done, and always went over and beyond! I got an in depth plan of what the other side were saying about me which made me really understand what was going on and what was about to happen. Cannot recommend this firm enough – Huge Thanks! S

CLIENT: Tomasz Swidzinski
TESTIMONIAL: I recently used Bark&co services for my British Citizenship application. I was very extremely happy with the service from start to finish. Magdalena Motyl is highly professional, the documents were prepared flawless and the whole process was very smooth. She always responded quickly to emails and phone calls. I would have no reservation about recommending Bark&Co for any immigration matters. Tomasz Swidzinski.

TESTIMONIAL: Top law firm. Highly recommend.

CLIENT: Ahmad habib Baluch
TESTIMONIAL: I have been in contact with Abdul Mojid regarding legal advice and I was very happy with his level of professionalism his desire to help and his level of care, thank you very much for the advice and help Abdul Mojid.