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Lloyds PR Solicitors
NW10 4UJ

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 2

Lloyds PR Solicitors acts in complex criminal cases at the highest levels. The department operates with multiple specialist teams, so as to provide both breadth and depth at all levels, from the police station upwards. Harsha Rupasinghe and solicitor Mohsin Ariff lead the serious and complex crime team, which manages high-value and multijurisdictional matters, including fraud, drugs conspiracies, and terrorism. Prasad Palihawadana heads the Police Sation and Magistrates’ Court departments, while Manoj Rupasinghe  manages advocacy needs, and provides strategic oversight of the firm’s cases. Solicitor Ieva Giedraityte has expertise in extradition, and defends a varied range of cases. Solicitor Natasha Patel is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Prasad Palihawadana; Harsha Rupasinghe; Manoj Rupasinghe

Other key lawyers:


‘Mohsin Arif stands out as a senior solicitor partner who offers the complete package.’

‘Although Lloyds PR is one of the largest criminal defence firms in the market, they somehow manage give clients the sort of attention and service that one would usually expect from a smaller boutique firm.’

‘Harsha Rupasinghe has really sound judgement and great tactical instincts. With an easy charm, he gives pragmatic and effective advice. Manoj Rupasinghe works incredibly hard for his clients, and always manages to stay on top of what really matters.’

‘Lloyds PR have some extremely talented individuals and a great back staff room that enable them to excel in this sector.’

‘Lloyds PR are one of the top criminal firms in London.’

‘Lloyds PR are a highly regarded law firm specialising in criminal law with an International business dimension. They are very approachable and always work extremely hard to achieve the very best outcome for their client.’

‘The firm are at the front of the legal aid criminal market, they are in ALL of the big cases. The main strength is legal knowledge, followed very closely be a ferocious work ethic.’

‘An incredibly dedicated and professional team whose positive ethos comes from the top down and suffuses the whole company.’

Work highlights

  • Secured acquittal in high profile murder of 15 year old youth in allegedly racially motivated murder.
  • Secured acquittal of alleged ringleader of Organised Crime Group in Warwickshire.
  • Secured acquittal for designated money laundering regulatory officer of prominent MSB located on Edgware Road through insistence on right and proper disclosure.

Lloyds PR Solicitors is a leading criminal defence firm specialising in fraud and white-collar crime, with offices based in London and Hertfordshire. The firm handles serious and complex cases, including conspiracies and large-scale money laundering.

The firm: Lloyds PR Solicitors has developed a reputation for extensive legal knowledge, sharp tactical awareness and excellent client care. It is authorised to deal with very high cost cases and its staff include many who have been recognised for their talent in The Legal 500: partners Harsha Rupasinghe (solicitor) and Manoj Rupasighe (barrister), and Mohsin Ariff (solicitor).

The firm often handles cases that are international in scope such as €’Operation Lait’, concerning a £44m banking fraud investigated by the FBI and the Metropolitan Police. In R v W the firm represented a defendant in a ten-handed conspiracy in which the prosecution alleged they were selling khat to individuals in the US in order to fund an Islamic terrorist group in Somalia. This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security in the US and the Metropolitan Police.

The firm’s solicitors and team of in-house counsel, led by Manoj Rupasinghe, are able to provide high quality representation at all stages of proceedings.

Areas of work undertaken
Serious and general crime: Lloyds PR Solicitors provides representation at police stations, magistrates’ courts and the Crown Court in serious and general crime cases.

The firm enjoys a wealth of experience in dealing with serious criminal cases, such as those involving allegations of murder, drug importation, armed robberies and conspiracies. Examples of some of the cases it has worked on: ‘Operation Jardim’, high-profile investigation into the murder of Sabrina Moss; ‘Operation Netwing’, a widely publicised case involving allegations of slavery and forced labour; and R v Beyene [2010], a high-profile robbery of gemstones worth £40m from Graff (the jewellers) on New Bond Street in 2009.

Fraud and white-collar crime: one of Lloyds PR Solicitors€’ key strengths is its ability to assimilate large volumes of complex material and undertake forensic accountancy analysis, in order to reduce its clients’ liabilities.

Examples of some of the cases it has worked on: ‘Operation Daniel’, a ten-handed pharmaceutical fraud and money laundering case valued at over £10m; Operation Prelacy, a £179m money service business fraud investigated by the SOCA; and €’Operation Veneer’, £150m money service business fraud.

Money laundering and regulatory work: Lloyds PR Solicitors has a regulatory department specifically aimed at the money service businesses and the foreign exchange market by providing advice on compliance and money laundering.

Asset restraint and confiscation: Lloyds PR Solicitors has expertise and extensive experience in cash forfeiture, restraint order, confiscation and civil recovery proceedings, which often run alongside or after criminal cases. The firm regularly represents contesting sums of several million pounds. In €’Operation Prelacy€’, it is contesting a confiscation figure in excess of £192m, the second largest confiscation order sought to date.

Extradition: the extradition team at Lloyds PR Solicitors is led by Harsha Rupasinghe, a member of the Extradition Lawyers Association, who specialises in extradition and mutual assistance.

Judicial review: Lloyds PR Solicitors represents clients in judicial review cases born out of criminal proceedings. Its successes have led to changes in the law: see R (Dyer) v Watford Magistrates’ Court [2013] ACD 47.

Advocacy Manoj Rupasinghe
Asset restraint and confiscation Stephen Collins
Crime and regulatory Harsha Rupasinghe
Crime and regulatory Mohsin Ariff
Extradition Ieva Giedraityte
Fraud and money laundering Harsha Rupasinghe
Magistrates court Prasad Palihawadana
Magistrates court Natasha Patel
Business development Stephen Collins
Business development Ieva Giedraityte
Amer Ahmad photo Amer AhmadSolicitor & Supervisor
Mohsin Ariff photo Mohsin AriffMohsin specialises in serious crime and complex fraud cases. He has always…
Stephen Collins photo Stephen CollinsSolicitor & Supervisor
Ieva Giedraityte photo Ieva GiedraityteSolicitor and Supervisor
Moeen Khan photo Moeen KhanSolicitor-Advocate & Supervisor
James O'Donnell photo James O'DonnellSolicitor & Supervisor
Prasad Palihawadana photo Prasad PalihawadanaPrasad is the partner/director of Lloyds PR Solicitors. He is also the…
Natasha Patel photo Natasha PatelSolicitor & Supervisor
Harsha Rupasinghe photo Harsha RupasingheHarsha Rupasinghe is a partner at Lloyds PR Solicitors. The firm is…
Manoj Rupasinghe photo Manoj RupasinghePartner
Number of UK partners : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 40
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