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Kangs Solicitors
Devonshire House
One Mayfair Place, Mayfair
LONDON
W1J 8AJ
England

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 6

Kangs Solicitors is rated for the ‘proactive, expert defence’ it provides to executives and high-net-worth individuals. The team has deep expertise in tax fraud and is known for its work on HMRC cases; in addition, it also has experience of engaging with the SFO and the FCA, among other domestic authorities. The group is led by Hamraj Kang, who splits his time between London and Birmingham and is praised for being ‘technically gifted, exceptionally bright and a formidable opponent’.

Practice head(s):

Hamraj Kang

Other key lawyers:

John Veale; Timothy Thompson

Testimonials

‘Client care and expert knowledge of their areas of practice. A close-knit team that are always available to clients.’

‘Kangs is a first-class firm with quality from top to bottom. When you instruct Kangs, you will get a proactive, expert defence where every point that properly be taken will be.’

‘Hamraj Kang is an amazing white-collar crime lawyer. He is technically gifted, exceptionally bright and a formidable opponent. He is popular with big name clients who value his no-nonsense advice and sound judgement. As an effective leader of teams in high profile cases, he fights for the win and gets results.’

‘Kangs Solicitors have a nationwide practice with offices in Birmingham, Manchester and London which service UK based and international clients. The firm has solicitors who cover work across a wide range of areas in addition to crime, fraud and licensing. The expertise they have in regulatory and commercial law is invaluable in advising on the often wide ramifications of a fraud investigation. Confiscation, restraint and seizure of assets is a frequent problem faced by those under investigation which the firm is well placed to address with the assistance of its commercial team.’

‘Hamraj Kang is a formidable leader who demonstrates complete commitment to his staff and clients. His knowledge of the law is without parallel and he ensures close oversight over cases, such that clients are extremely well represented.’

‘Hamraj Kang remains totally dedicated to his clients and to winning cases. He has created a boutique litigation firm that is the envy of many and he continues to work exceptionally hard. Clients admire his simple-to-understand advice and brilliant tactics. A true master of litigation.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a company director in relation to a HMRC investigation alleging VAT and NIC fraud and money laundering of over £80m.
  • Represented a company director in a HMRC investigation into numerous offshore tax structures and the use of employee benefit trusts valued over £15m.
  • Represented a company chairman in an IP fraud investigation by the SFO valued at over £200m.

Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 1

At Kangs Solicitors the 'extraordinarily committed and vastly experiencedHamraj Kang heads the large team that is adept at handling serious and white collar crime. It has 'very bright individuals at all levels who know the system inside out'. The team has substantial experience in multi-jurisdictional criminal and financial regulatory investigations. It has an established reputation for its work in defending complex fraud allegations and is well-known for advising professional football clubs and sports personalities in matters involving criminal liability.  John Veale is praised for his work on complex fraud cases.  Helen Holder heads the Crown Court Department. Timothy Thompson garners praise for his work on high-value cases that often involve substantial cross-border elements.

Practice head(s):

Hamraj Kang

Testimonials

‘Kangs is at the peak of the high street firms who represent clients in fraud cases. Hamraj Kang runs a very tight ship and is always available to oversee every case. Helen Holder is a hardworking solicitor, who considers and leaves no stone unturned in the preparation of her client’s case’.

‘The hands on approach by Hamraj Kang makes the firm unique. His judgement, oversight and abilities are complimented by his excellent recruitment. John Veale is committed and no task is too much trouble’.

‘Ultra efficient and professional. Not surprised it has many senior professional clients, gives a great service.’

‘Hamraj Kang is one of the most impressive solicitors, he has a silky smooth bright approach. Extremely efficient and on the ball with all his cases’.

‘Superior Midlands firm with that rare ability of being client centred and commercial at the same time and without detriment to either.’

‘Hamraj Kang. Star leader. Excellent solicitor, manager and businessman. John Veale. A top solicitor and fine individual. Helen Holder. Amazing work ethic; nothing she won’t do to get the job done for the client. Tim Thompson is very clever’.

‘Kangs is a small firm that packs a punch. It features in many of the fraud and financial crime cases prosecuted in the West Midlands. Hamraj Kang brings with him a huge expertise in and deep experience of how to win fraud cases. He is someone who is able to to identify weaknesses in the prosecution case and exploit them to great effect. He is a great asset to any defence team and is very widely respected in the sector’.

‘Kangs Solicitors is among the very best firms in the Midlands region in the fields of crime, fraud, licensing and regulatory work. The lawyers are known for providing a very personal service from specialist and experienced partners. It is a dynamic and forward thinking firm which continues to maintain its high profile in these fields of the law’.

Work highlights

  • Represented a company director in relation to a HMRC investigation alleging VAT fraud and money laundering of over £80m.
  • Advised a company director in a HMRC investigation into numerous offshore tax structures and the use of Employee Benefit Trusts valued at over £15m.
  • Represented a company chairman in a property fraud investigation by the Serious Fraud Office that was valued at over £200m.

West Midlands > Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

At Kangs Solicitors the 'extraordinarily committed and vastly experiencedHamraj Kang heads the large team that is adept at handling serious and white collar crime. It has 'very bright individuals at all levels who know the system inside out'. The team has substantial experience in multi-jurisdictional criminal and financial regulatory investigations. It has an established reputation for its work in defending complex fraud allegations and is well-known for advising professional football clubs and sports personalities in matters involving criminal liability.  John Veale is praised for his work on complex fraud cases.  Helen Holder heads the Crown Court Department. Timothy Thompson garners praise for his work on high-value cases that often involve substantial cross-border elements.

Practice head(s):

Hamraj Kang

Testimonials

‘Kangs is at the peak of the high street firms who represent clients in fraud cases. Hamraj Kang runs a very tight ship and is always available to oversee every case. Helen Holder is a hardworking solicitor, who considers and leaves no stone unturned in the preparation of her client’s case’.

‘The hands on approach by Hamraj Kang makes the firm unique. His judgement, oversight and abilities are complimented by his excellent recruitment. John Veale is committed and no task is too much trouble’.

‘Ultra efficient and professional. Not surprised it has many senior professional clients, gives a great service.’

‘Hamraj Kang is one of the most impressive solicitors, he has a silky smooth bright approach. Extremely efficient and on the ball with all his cases’.

‘Superior Midlands firm with that rare ability of being client centred and commercial at the same time and without detriment to either.’

‘Hamraj Kang. Star leader. Excellent solicitor, manager and businessman. John Veale. A top solicitor and fine individual. Helen Holder. Amazing work ethic; nothing she won’t do to get the job done for the client. Tim Thompson is very clever’.

‘Kangs is a small firm that packs a punch. It features in many of the fraud and financial crime cases prosecuted in the West Midlands. Hamraj Kang brings with him a huge expertise in and deep experience of how to win fraud cases. He is someone who is able to to identify weaknesses in the prosecution case and exploit them to great effect. He is a great asset to any defence team and is very widely respected in the sector’.

‘Kangs Solicitors is among the very best firms in the Midlands region in the fields of crime, fraud, licensing and regulatory work. The lawyers are known for providing a very personal service from specialist and experienced partners. It is a dynamic and forward thinking firm which continues to maintain its high profile in these fields of the law’.

Work highlights

  • Represented a company director in relation to a HMRC investigation alleging VAT fraud and money laundering of over £80m.
  • Advised a company director in a HMRC investigation into numerous offshore tax structures and the use of Employee Benefit Trusts valued at over £15m.
  • Represented a company chairman in a property fraud investigation by the Serious Fraud Office that was valued at over £200m.

With offices in the City of London, Manchester city centre and a head office in Birmingham, Kangs Solicitors is renowned for its serious criminal and white-collar fraud work.

The firm: Established in 1997, Kangs Solicitors is considered the go-to firm for professionals, particularly fellow solicitors, facing criminal investigation, with all fraud and crime work undertaken under the guidance of Hamraj Kang.

The fraud department has, historically, been the bedrock of the firm, with around 50% of the firm’s serious fraud work being conducted in the Crown Courts of London.

Kangs Solicitors aims to provide first-class advice and representation, and acts as an interface with the police, investigators and prosecuting authorities to defend clients’ best interests. The firm is regularly instructed by solicitors, accountants, financial advisers, City traders, doctors, dentists and surveyors to act on their behalf in relation to serious fraud allegations. Other clients include a range across major football clubs, private limited companies, PLC companies, insurance companies, high-profile media personalities and private individuals. Current instructions cover the length of the country from Newcastle Crown Court to Exeter Crown Court.

Kangs Solicitors is highly regarded by its peers, counsel and the judiciary, and many of the firm’s cases have been reported widely in the press. Director Hamraj Kang continues to attract serious criminal cases to the firm, including murders, multimillion-pound drugs conspiracies, money laundering and people trafficking, often cases with an international dimension necessitating trips to overseas jurisdictions. There are few solicitors nationally who can match Hamraj Kang’s experience of complex multimillion-pound MTIC fraud cases as he has been instructed in relation to over 40 such cases in recent years.

The firm has conducted 40 very high-cost cases (VHCCs) under the legal aid scheme, but over the past 36 months has focused on conducting more and more privately funded work. It has secured major private fee-paying fraud instructions in the last three years, and will continue to grow this area of work, with a considered move away from publicly funded cases.

Types of work undertaken: Particularly well known for complex fraud and MTIC cases, Kangs Solicitors has extensive experience in defending a full range of alleged offences, from minor road traffic matters to more serious criminal offences such as murder, sexual offences, drug trafficking, money laundering, serious fraud, etc.

The firm has considerable experience in representing clients in relation to confiscation proceedings and restraint orders. Its specialist unit regularly works with the leading barristers and forensic accountants in the field and prides itself on providing quick and effective advice in all situations. It is also regularly instructed by defendants in relation to confiscation proceedings post-conviction. The firm advises clients in such circumstances and, if appropriate, takes over conduct of the case for the confiscation stage of the proceedings.

Appreciating that work relating to the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and confiscation proceedings is a highly specialised area, Kangs Solicitors has a dedicated unit dealing exclusively with this type of work. It has had considerable success in confiscation proceedings and members of the team have acted in relation to some of the leading reported cases in this area of law.

For well over a decade, the firm has received regular instructions in relation to restraint orders that have been obtained by the CPS/HMRC, etc. Solicitor John Veale specialises in these matters, and has acted for numerous clients. He has built up a good rapport with lawyers working in various government departments, and is able to ensure that the client’s position is protected. He will quickly and effectively look to minimise the immediate impact of the restraint order on the client by negotiation with the prosecution and, if need be, seeking a variation or discharge of the restraint order.

Kangs Solicitors is regularly instructed in some of the most complex and paper-intensive fraud cases throughout the country and has developed the ability to assimilate huge amounts of evidence as it is well used to receiving and examining many thousands of pages of evidence in each case.

Other offices: City of London, Manchester

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior partner Hamraj Kanghkang@kangssolicitors.co.uk07976 258171
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Zahir Ahmed  photo Zahir Ahmed Solicitor
Hamraj Kang  photo Hamraj Kang Hamraj Kang, senior partner of Kangs Solicitors, has over twenty years’ experience…
Number of UK partners : 1
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15