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Janes Solicitors

Crime: general Tier 3

Viewed by some as having an 'intimidating' knowledge of legal procedure, the 'tactically excellent' Robert Berg leads the general crime offering at Janes Solicitors. Supported by Alex Mincoff and Fiona Gavriel, the team handles issues such as drug smuggling, 'boiler room' fraud, industrial kickbacks, arms imports, gangland shootings and perverting the course of justice. Adding to this expertise, the team recently hired Alex Chapman  (formerly of Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors ).

Practice head(s):


Provide a professional yet approachable service which is one of the very best in London’

The practice is like a family. Partners, associates, paralegals and assistants are all part of the ‘Janes’ family. The firm is able to take on cases of the utmost gravity

Janes are one of the most well respected and established criminal solicitors in London. The connoisseur’s criminal solicitors

Robert Berg has almost 45 years experience in criminal law and it shows. His knowledge of procedure and the law border on intimidating. His feel for a case is second to none in the market, which is why he is so sought after‘.

David Janes has an excellent legal mind and a depth of experience that is second to none. Nothing can phase him’

Fiona Gavriel is a hard working and talented lawyer with excellent client care. She has no stop button when it comes to preparing the defence of her client.

There is simply no one better than building a rapport with a client than Robert Berg. He brings huge experience to every case he works on‘.

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

Janes Solicitors has expertise in multi-jurisdictional fraud and financial crime, and white-collar crime cases. Areas of practice for the firm include advising on allegations of corruption, tax avoidance schemes, money laundering and proceeds of crime matters, as well as regulatory matters, electoral offences and sanctions. Head of practice David Janes handles bribery, fraud, tax, asset recovery and POCA cases. Fiona Gavriel has led on numerous cases involving high-profile investigations by the SFO, HMRC, CPS, FCA, NCA and Trading Standards, amongst others.

Practice head(s):


‘Fiona Gavriel stands out as a partner, her experience running very large cases for demanding defendants is second to none’.

‘Fiona Gavriel is hard-working, dedicated to her clients and exacting in her preparation’.

‘David Janes is a very good lawyer with buckets of experience who also makes excellent strategic decisions’.

‘David Janes may well be the most dogged, determined, committed and inventive solicitor that I have ever met’.

‘James Mullion has a sophisticated approach to legal and practical problems’.

‘Janes is a small solicitors but are at the top of their game’.

‘Janes are a boutique firm who have an astonishing level of dedication to their clients combined with years of expertise acting for individuals in the most high-profile cases’.

‘Simon Barker has a practical but technically adroit approach to complex cases’.

Key clients

Elfed Thomas

Christopher Woolcott

Luke Ryan

Janes Solicitors is a niche firm specialising in fraud, tax, bribery and corruption, and serious crime. Janes is also very experienced in proceeds of crime matters including confiscation, freezing orders and civil recovery proceedings. The firm demonstrates fearless commitment to the cause of its clients and prides itself on its professional esteem and standards.

The firm: Janes Solicitors was founded more than 30 years ago and from its inception has had a strong and renowned presence in the field of serious fraud and crime. It has successfully defended many SFO and HMRC cases. The firm has consolidated itself at the forefront of the field, with success built on the solid foundation of a team of skilled litigators with a wealth of experience. Current instructions include the SFO Rolls Royce inquiry, Operation Amazon, HMRC inquiry into alleged breach of UN Sanctions Order against Iran, investigation into MLRO banking of just short of a billion pounds and inquiry by HMRC in respect of loans from Middle East to UK.

Janes Solicitors is accustomed to high-profile cases and has conducted many renowned cases – including, to name but a few, Peter Foster (‘Cheriegate’), the Jubilee Line fraud case, Fergal Lynch (the race fixing trial), the London Metal Exchange fraud trial (Anand Jain), the Grillo sisters (the Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi case) and the Libor broker case (R v Goodman). In each matter a specialised team has been put together, tailor made to the particular case.

Types of work undertaken
Serious fraud: Janes Solicitors has extensive experience in this highly skilled and demanding field, and has the technical expertise and ability to deploy appropriate resources to such cases. It has been instructed in some of the largest and most high-profile matters in recent years and continues to be sought after by clients involved in serious and complex cases. The firm has successfully defended two major SFO prosecutions – the TAF fraud trial and Libor broker trial.

HM Revenue and Customs: the firm is regularly instructed in particularly complex and large- scale cases concerning the highly regulated area of VAT and excise duties before the VAT and Duties Tribunal and associated tribunals. It also provides representation in civil investigations by HMRC in relation to both VAT and personal and corporate tax affairs. The firm has been instructed for over eight years in the Operation Amazon case, the largest direct taxation prosecution of its type. Janes Solicitors also successfully represents in film scheme cases such as Operation Crystallite and Operation Lunar.

Bribery and corruption: Janes Solicitors is experienced in this field dating back to the Jubilee Line case and currently instructed by nine current or previous executives of Rolls Royce in respect of the SFO inquiry.

Serious crime: Janes Solicitors has great experience in cases of serious crime. Led by Robert Berg there is a devoted team of the most able and knowledgeable practitioners. The firm continues to act for clients accused of all manner of serious crime including murder, robbery, drug offences and trafficking, and allegations of sexual assault.

Money laundering and POCA: the firm has particular expertise in matters relating to confiscation proceedings, cash seizure/forfeiture, restraint orders, property freezing orders and civil recovery orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Janes Solicitors has succeeded in recovering substantial sums of money on behalf of clients whose assets have been seized in cash forfeiture cases.

Regulatory proceedings: the firm offers advice and representation in regulatory proceedings, for example concerning the Financial Services Authority, HM Customs and Revenue and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The firm offers more specialist advice to clients who are subject to the provisions of the Money Laundering Regulations, or who require representation in connection with proceedings before professional disciplinary bodies.

Extradition: Janes Solicitors has built up considerable experience in representing clients who are subject to extradition proceedings. The firm has established close connections with foreign lawyers and legal experts to ensure that it is able to call upon a wide body of expertise in many foreign jurisdictions.

Privy Council: Janes Solicitors is one of the few firms authorised to handle cases before the Privy Council.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner David Janes 02079305100
Photo Name Position Profile
 Simon Barker  photo Simon Barker Partner practicing in all areas of criminal litigation particularly complex fraud, confiscation…
 Robert Berg  photo Robert Berg Partner representing clients in major criminal prosecutions including fraud, murder and money…
 David Frearson photo David Frearson Consultant Solicitor
Ms Fiona Gavriel photo Ms Fiona Gavriel Fiona is a senior criminal litigation lawyer specialising in and with extensive…
 Victoria Gregory  photo Victoria Gregory Serious and Complex Fraud, Business Crime, Tax, Film Schemes, Proceeds of Crime,…
 David Janes  photo David Janes Senior Partner of Janes Solicitors. David is exceptionally highly regarded in the…
 James Mullion  photo James Mullion James has been a Partner at Janes since 2010. He advises clients…
Number of UK partners : 6