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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 4

Janes Solicitors

Janes Solicitors is 'an excellent firm' where 'a client feels looked after from the moment they walk in the door'. Recent cases have included drugs conspiracies, fraud, sexual assault and murder. The 'innovative and hardworking' Robert Berg leads the team. James Mullion and Alex Mincoff are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Robert Berg

Other key lawyers:James Mullion; Alex Mincoff


'Robert Berg is hugely experienced; his tactical knowledge and ability to get to the essentials of a case is impressive'.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Janes Solicitors

Janes Solicitors handles criminal litigation, fraud, regulatory, worldwide freezing orders, confiscation and money laundering proceedings. Clients include multinational companies, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. David Janes heads the team and specialises in taxation cases, and fraud including banking, trading and derivatives, bribery, corruption, proceeds of crime and defence of SFO and HMRC prosecutions. Fiona Gavriel joined as partner from Bark&co and David Frearson joined as consultant solicitor from Alston Asquith.

Practice head(s):David Janes

Other key lawyers:Fiona Gavriel; David Frearson; Simon Barker; James Mulliion


‘A very close-knit team of excellent individuals who have worked closely together over a number of decades’.

‘David Janes is outstanding, bright, tactful and tactical with a genuine interest in the law’.

‘They are hardworking, pleasant and knowledgable’.

‘Wide experience in cases of the utmost complexity over many years. Team work together rather than as individuals’.

‘David Janes is an accomplished lawyer that makes even the most complicated fraud understandable’.

‘Fiona Gavriel is bright and energetic, she has a charisma that puts clients at ease but belies a strong work ethic’.

‘Their key strength is their relentlessness in defence of their clients’.

‘David Janes is one of the most dogged, indefatigable and creative lawyers’.

‘Highly experienced, very capable lawyers across the board’.

‘David Frearson is a young, energetic, committed lawyer who has a bright future ahead of him’.              

Work highlights

  • Representing a financial trader defendant in the high-profile Danish SKAT tax scandal.
  • Ongoing Serious Fraud Investigation into sale of a company for over £600m. Complex allegation of fraud, based on client conspiring with others to overstate annual profits by £312m.  Advising client during ongoing SFO investigation.
  • Represented the second defendant in a ten month trial at Southwark Crown Court. The largest ever HMRC prosecution in the UK with 720 high-net-investors including celebrities.
  • Acting for company director in criminal proceedings brought by the insolvency service in respect of alleged fraudulent trading and related offences with a total operational value ascribed of £1m.
  • Representing  a director accused of fraudulent trading involving the mis-selling of financial products up to £100 million pounds

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