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Rick Shearman

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Shearman Bowen & Co


Senior partner, Shearman Bowen & Co. Rick continues to advise and represent clients in a variety of serious fraud and serious crime matters with a noted specialisation in the field of criminal confiscation and proceeds of crime work. Rick’s current/recent instructions include: leading a team advising on Rolls-Royce bribery and corruption investigation by SFO; defending lead defendant on charges relating to two tonnes of cocaine; defending in SFO prosecution for £4m boiler room fraud; defending Christian Littlewood in UK’s biggest-ever prosecution for insider dealing; advising a private client injoint City/FSA investigation into land banking, together with ongoing defence in associated High Court proceedings; defending in £36m land banking fraud case; and defending Peter Sainsbury, the lead defendant in a five-month charity fraud trial.


Trained at legal aid specialists Winstanley-Burgess and at East End heavy crime firm Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson (EFBW). On qualification worked as ‚Äėfront-line‚Äô criminal lawyer at EFBW from 1987 to 1994. Moved to West End crime and fraud specialists Offenbach & Co in 1994, becoming partner in 1998. Set up Shearman Bowen & Co with Mark Bowen in 2001.


LCCSA; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association.


Wymondham College; University College London; College of Law Chancery Lane.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Boutique private client firm Shearman Bowen & Co deals with serious crime matters such as murder, sexual assault and drugs charges. Recent highlights included defending a former rapper of the group So Solid Crew against a racially aggravated public order offence, he was found guilty of the lesser charge of a basic public order offence. Another highlight included defending the alleged ringleader of a drug supply conspiracy. Rick Shearman and Mark Bowen head the practice.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Shearman Bowen & Co advises on a broad range of white-collar criminal defence issues for a range of clients. Recent highlights include successfully defending the director of a foreign exchange bureau on fraud and money laundering charges. Another highlight includes acting for the lead defendant in the FH Bertling bribery and corruption case. A further highlight includes defending an accountant employed by the Italian Wine Company who was charged with £46m fraudulent evasion of excise duty and VAT. Rick Shearman and Mark Bowen head the team, Colette Kelly is also recommended.

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