Firm Profile > Bark&co > London, England
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Bark&co > The Legal 500 Rankings
Crime: general Tier 2Regarded by some as 'one of best criminal lawyers in London', Giles Bark-Jones runs the general crime offering at Bark&co. Known for representing A-list clients (particularly in relation to alleged sexual offences) he is supported by phone hacking veteran Frederick Bunn, the 'very much in demand' Paul Cameron as well as 'standouts' Peter Finbow and Patricia Wilson. The firm handles a variety of work including allegations of terrorism, murder, manslaughter, firearms, child exploitation and immigration matters. In addition, it is increasingly pursuing cases which fall within the parameters of cybercrime. Solicitor Vanessa Wiggins is establishing a reputation for her skills navigating allegations of GBH and robbery.
‘Experts in international criminal law. They are superb‘.
‘This firm is led brilliantly by Giles Bark-Jones. His team are dedicated, responsive and incredibly hard working. They frequently achieve instruction in the biggest litigation across the full spectrum of criminal offending‘.
‘The wealth of experience at Bark & Co enables the firm to offer a pre-eminent service over and above many of its peers. Meticulous preparation; tactical mastery and professional presentation put this firm head and shoulders above many others‘.
‘Giles Bark Jones is one of best criminal lawyers in London. He is always available and regularly travels home and abroad to advise clients. He’s a leader in his field who is head and shoulders above his competitors‘.
‘Paul Cameron has an extraordinary following from clients, many of whom have been with him for over 25 years. He is available at all times and fights tooth and nail for clients’
‘Pat Wilson is very hard working and client friendly in cases of general crime‘
‘Vanessa Wiggins is a rising star. Great client skills and very much a worker whose efficiency is second to none . Very much one to watch’.
‘Giles Bark-Jones is an excellent lawyer and very much the powerhouse that drives the firm forward and ensures that it provides the excellent quality of service that it does’
‘Bark & Co has been one of the leading boutique fraud firms for many years, and continues to appear in many of the highest profile fraud cases in the country’.
‘They have a very good reputation in fraud and I have been impressed by the way they really work on a case with their clients. Bark & Co has an enviable array of talented and experienced lawyers’.
‘The principal of the firm, Giles Bark-Jones has a huge amount of experience in the field of fraud and serious crime.’
‘Giles Bark-Jones is regularly involved in some of the most high profile and complex cases brought to trial’.
‘Giles Bark-Jones has a huge amount of experience; provides a very personal service and very effective tactical advice to clients’.
‘Whatever the situation, the firm is always client and results-driven, striving to achieve the best possible outcome. They sit at the forefront of white collar crime and complex criminal fraud.’
‘Bark & Co have a well deserved reputation for their excellence defending cases of fraud. There are very few firms with the personnel and experience of handling serious fraud cases to a high level and they are undoubtedly amongst the small number possessing those qualities. Their reputation goes before them‘
VAT and indirect tax Tier 3
Bark&co is a fraud and business crime boutique that has developed a strong civil litigation and investigations practice centred on VAT. Team members have experience of appeals before the tax tribunals and courts (via judicial review), as well as HMRC interventions, investigations and inquiries. Giles Bark-Jones, who heads up the team, has substantial expertise in VAT fraud cases. Peter Finbow is experienced in investigations.
‘Great in-depth knowledge of the market. Small team focused on client care‘
‘Bark and Co is a firm which is able to give its clients the highest quality of service. The firm gives each and every case individual attention and is able to deal with every eventuality in preparation of the case.
There are a number of solicitors and associates with an array of expertise, thus ensuring that the various types of fraud and serious crime offences can be expertly managed at all times.
Giles Bark-Jones is a formidable opponent in litigation. His attention to detail is always visible. He is able to strategically manage a case from the outset considering all arguments which can be levied from the opposition.
Giles’ client care is apparent in all cases. He has the ability to adapt depending on the needs of the client and the case at hand‘
Bark&co > Firm Profile
Bark&co has one of the UK’s leading fraud and business crime practices, with specialist expertise in heavyweight prosecutions and investigations brought by the SFO, the FCA, HMRC and other national and international prosecuting bodies. It is committed to fighting tenaciously to protect its clients’ interests, and has represented clients in relation to many of the largest and most important frauds of recent years.
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
Fraud: white-collar crime: 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, the 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 individuals in many of the largest and most important frauds of recent years, such as the Cheney Pension fraud (the largest theft from a pension fund since Maxwell); the high-profile Asil Nadir case (an SFO prosecution involving allegations of theft from Polly Peck International); the US$1bn BAE Systems corruption claims; and the Adoboli case (the former trader at UBS charged in relation to US$2.3bn trading losses). The firm also acted for a defendant in the SFO prosecution following the Libor scandal, and represented key individuals in the high-profile SFO investigations into alleged corruption at Rolls-Royce, as well as acting in R V F & Others: described by prosecution counsel as the ‘biggest case ever’ involving allegations of carbon trading fraud. The firm’s civil fraud, VAT and indirect tax practice has grown rapidly in recent years. Much of its work in this area is highly confidential, but recent highlights include assisting a client in relation to National Crime Agency and SKAT (Danish tax authority) investigations into a £1.5bn fraud against the tax authorities in a number of countries; acting in a substantial MTIC fraud case, in which an Organised Crime Group was alleged to be accountable for significant losses to the UK Exchequer through associated large-scale VAT and Excise duty frauds; and acting for one of nine individuals accused of facilitating a complex multi-million pound money laundering operation with elements of VAT fraud. The firm’s track record also includes acting in relation to an £800m international tax fraud, and assisting a client in a £100m case arising out of Operation Amazon, described by KPMG and The Daily Telegraph as ‘one of the biggest direct tax frauds in UK history’.
Crime: general: The firm also continues to act in large, high-profile criminal cases, following arrests for murder, money laundering, drugs importation, sexual offences and people smuggling. High-profile recent examples include the News of the World ‘phone hacking’ prosecution and subsequent computer hacking investigations; the case of cricket match fixing / conspiracy to pervert the course of justice involving former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns; the Clerkenwell ‘crime syndicate’ case; the Operation Yewtree sexual offences investigation; and the landmark Agnes Taylor case, involving torture offences dating back to the Liberian civil war. Further highlights have included securing an acquittal in a multi-defendant ‘county lines’ drugs and modern slavery case, and securing the acquittal of a client on charges of murder and manslaughter in connection with the stabbing of a drill rapper in Camberwell in 2018, as well as assisting clients in international drugs supply, firearms and terrorism matters. While the firm is well known for its discretion, Bark&co’s services are also sought after in cutting-edge matters in the public eye.
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 (the Gibraltar/international law firm fraud case).
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|Peter Finbow||Senior Solicitor Particular experience in defending cases of serious crime, fraud, corporate…||View Profile|
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|Mr Sefer Mani||Trainee Solicitor||View Profile|
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|Ms Magdalena Motyl||Legal Consultant||View Profile|
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 1 Number of other UK fee-earners : 30
CLIENT: TM EYE
TESTIMONIAL: TM Eye have used Bark & Co for over 8 years in both criminal and civil proceedings in over 60 cases. They provide an outstanding service that is professional, friendly, and cost effective. They are client focussed with an attention to detail second to none.
COUNSEL: Richard Christie QC
TESTIMONIAL: Giles Bark-Jones is a first rate specialist fraud lawyer. He is the power-house behind his firm which is one of the pre-eminent firms in this area of practice, especially with regard to high net worth individuals. If I were asked to recommend a practitioner in this area he would always be on my list.
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 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
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
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
Excellent service received from Bark&Co and their legal consultant Magdalena Motyl for my British citizenship application. Very helpful – from filling in the forms to precise information 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!
CLIENT: Tomasz Swidzinski
I recently used Bark&co services for my British Citizenship application. I was extremely happy with the service from start to finish. Magdalena Motyl is highly professional, the documents were prepared flawlessly 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.
TESTIMONIAL: Top law firm Highly recommend.
CLIENT: Paulina Bednarska
I highly recommend Bark & Co. Full professionalism, fantastic contact and high commitment to the case. If I need a future solicitor definitely I will contact Bark & Co.
Amazing client care. Totally worth the money, amazing attention to detail. Props to Ditesh, Ria & Sef who have been available instantly to assist with any questions. Got me a great result on sentencing and now waiting for them to deal with a confiscation and I am sure I will be back to leave a great review. Thanks everyone.
CLIENT: Rico Smith
TESTIMONIAL: There is a reason why Bark&Co are one of if not the top law firms in London. They have an amazing team who are very knowledgeable and very helpful. Has a family feel when you arrive on site. Vanessa Wiggins in particular has been a key figure at Bark & Co. Her passion to do her job leaves her contactable 24/7. She goes above and beyond to make sure that you’re supported and achieve the best possible solution. Would definitely use their services again and have already recommended Bark & Co and in particular Vanessa. Keep up the amazing work you are doing.
CLIENT: Nas Ahmed
TESTIMONIAL: My case was dealt with very quickly thanks to Ditesh Patel and the help of Sefer Mani. They were available 24/7, gave me updates and even helped me after the case. They are very knowledgeable and professional. Top tier law firm, would recommend highly.
CLIENT: Baljinder Sangha
I cannot speak highly enough of Bark & Co. With this being my first time having to use solicitors I could not have asked for anymore. Having wasted thousands of pounds on other solicitors who were more interested in getting payments than dealing with my case, Bark & Co were a breath of fresh air. From my first meeting with Ditesh & Sef to the conclusion of my case I always felt in safe hands. Sef Mani who managed my case was excellent. He always keeps me in the loop and was always pushing to get the best for me. He takes real passion in his work and I am very pleased with the support and work he put into my case.
TESTIMONIAL: During my times of uncertainty, they have been here to help which has been really great for myself, allowing me to focus on the far more important challenges life has to offer. I would highly recommend their service, they are reliable, trustworthy, and extremely experienced. They have a good team around them and know what they are doing. Thank you guys for your previous support and wish you all the best going forward.
CLIENT: Tara Tucker
TESTIMONIAL: I’m writing on behalf of Ian Tucker. The whole Tucker family are so grateful for the professionalism and courteousness we experienced with Sef Mani, Patricia Wilson. Outstanding legal work was carried out by the team from start to finish with no stone left unturned in the pursuit to prove my innocence. Words can’t describe how thankful we are, I feel indebted to them for the rest of my life. Thanks to everyone at Bark & Co for believing in me and giving me so much support.
CLIENT: Alex Neville
TESTIMONIAL: Amazing law firm recommend them to any one and rate them very highly.
CLIENT: Chris Garrett
TESTIMONIAL: This law firm is brilliant, professional and the team are amazing. They took my case and was very honest about possible outcomes, with regards to my solicitor Vanessa Wiggins, she was amazing. Very hard working, patient with absolute professionalism. They always made time for me, whether it was a meeting or a simple query they were there. Guiding and supporting me through a trouble time I was under no illusion. But they worked extremely hard to get the result we all wanted and deserved so a massive thank you to the Bark and Co firm, especially to Vanessa Wiggins, without her I wouldn’t have had the confidence to face my charges. Thanks again guys.
CLIENT: Fidell Williams
Definitely a top tier firm, I’m extremely pleased with the service provided, efficiency, correspondence and result were second to none. Highly recommend.
CLIENT: Vahit Oktar
TESTIMONIAL: Best of the best, very helpful from start to end, I would recommend without any doubt.
CLIENT: Richard Turner
TESTIMONIAL: Words cannot describe what Bark & Co. have done for me and my family. The professionalism and empathy they have shown is unbelievable. Pat Wilson is an absolute asset to their organisation, she was available every step of the way and contactable 24/7. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your hard work and commitment!
CLIENT: Rebecca Jones
TESTIMONIAL: I was very pleased with this firm and in particular my solicitor. I was kept fully up to date. If I rang and she was not available, it wouldn’t take her long to get back to me. I was very much impressed. Would definitely recommend.
TESTIMONIAL: Pat was more than helpful and always available.