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Janes Solicitors

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 3

Recent work for Janes Solicitors has included major cases involving drugs, financial crime, money laundering and murder - the firm is known for handling 'incredible work for such a small team.' The hugely experienced Robert Berg heads up the crime department; he is a Higher Courts Advocate and is praised for his 'very winning way with clients'. Other key members of the team include criminal litigator Fiona Gavriel. The firm prides itself on offering direct contact with partners and operating an "open door" policy with the whole team.

Practice head(s):

Robert Berg

Other key lawyers:

Alex Mincoff; Fiona Gavriel; Alex Chapman


‘Janes has huge depth of experience in serious crime and fraud. Their preparation is meticulous.’

‘An interesting firm that have incredible work for such a small team.’

‘Robert Berg has huge experience and has seen it all. Better, he is able to deploy this to his client’s advantage. He has a very winning way with clients, always being able to put them at ease.’

‘Robert Berg – there is nothing that can surprise him, or throw him off course.’

‘Fiona Gavril continues to excel in financial crime. She provides excellent legal skills with a real personal touch. She attracts those who want a down to earth lawyer with superb strategic case management skills.’

‘David Janes – the best criminal solicitor in the sector bar none. His knowledge of the law and recent law is unparalleled.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a defendant charged with conspiracy to supply 400 kilograms of cocaine valued at £32m.
  • Represented James Stunt, Bernie Ecclestone’s former son-in-law, in a police investigation relating to his gold bullion company.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

Agile, imaginative and very adept in fashioning a winning strategy’, Janes Solicitors is a destination for clients facing allegations of bribery and corruption, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud and tax evasion, among other matters. The group has particularly extensive experience of dealing with the SFO and the HMRC. Founding partner David Janes ( who is ‘a man to have beside you in the trenches’) heads up the department, where the 'technically brilliant' Simon Barker, Fiona Gavriel ('her grasp of the law is excellent') and James Mullion (who 'handles very complex cases with aplomb') are also singled out by clients.

Practice head(s):

David Janes


‘One of the most experienced and expert fraud, money laundering, financial crime teams in London. Agile, imaginative and very adept in fashioning a winning strategy.’

‘Janes have long standing expertise in defending in serious and heavyweight fraud.’

‘Simon Barker is technically brilliant and with it a sense of humour.’

‘David Janes has a fine legal mind, and is keen to express his views and have them presented in every case in which he is involved.’

‘Fiona Gavriel is very client-focused. Outstanding. She goes well beyond the call of duty and is always available to speak with counsel and clients out of hours and at weekends. She is very good with the clients putting them at ease. Her grasp of the law is excellent.’

‘David Janes is a man to have beside you in the trenches. Unbelievably committed.’

‘David Janes is really easy to work with. Detailed and meticulous work. Clever and a good tactician. Very thoughtful – never misses a point. He is well-respected and always goes the extra mile for his clients.’

‘James Mullion handles very complex cases with aplomb.’

Work highlights

  • Advised an individual on a £260m money laundering matter linked to FCA investigation of Natwest and applied for variation of all asset restraint order with value over £100m.

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.

Senior partner David Janesdjanes@janes-solicitors.co.uk02079305100
Simon Barker photo Simon BarkerPartner practicing in all areas of criminal litigation particularly complex fraud, confiscation…
Robert Berg photo Robert BergPartner representing clients in major criminal prosecutions including fraud, murder and money…
David Frearson photoMr David FrearsonConsultant Solicitor
Fiona Gavriel photo Fiona GavrielFiona is a senior criminal litigation lawyer specialising in and with extensive…
Victoria Gregory photo Victoria GregorySerious and Complex Fraud, Business Crime, Tax, Film Schemes, Proceeds of Crime,…
David Janes photo David JanesSenior Partner of Janes Solicitors. David is exceptionally highly regarded in the…
James Mullion photo James MullionJames has been a Partner at Janes since 2010. He advises clients…
Number of UK partners : 6