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Lloyds PR Solicitors
NW10 4UJ

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 2

Lloyds PR Solicitors is divided into specialist teams, including police station, magistrates' court and extradition (led by Prasad Palihawadana) and Crown Court (supervised by Harsha Rupasinghe). The firm handles a range of complex cases concerning murders, drugs, kidnapping, serious violence and organised crime. Other key figures include managing partner Manoj Rupasinghe, who manages the advocacy needs of the firm and has acted as defence counsel in a range of high-profile investigations, as well as solicitors Moshin Ariff and Natasha Patel, who is 'adept at dealing with younger clients facing the most serious of allegations'.

Practice head(s):

Prasad Palihawadana; Harsha Rupasinghe; Manoj Rupasinghe

Other key lawyers:

Ieva Giedraityte; Moshin Ariff; Natasha Patel


‘The partners treat the firm very much as a family, which means that everyone who works there feels like they are part of something. That translates to their relationships with their clients, as it is clear that every solicitor working there truly cares about every client and thus their clients feel very well supported.’

‘Mohsin Ariff is an exceptional solicitor constantly striving to achieve the best results possible. He has an eye for detail and litigates cases with passion.’

‘It has been a joy working with Manoj Rupasinghe. He has a wonderful way with his clients who, not surprisingly given his mastery of his cases and engaging personality, have the utmost respect for him. .He approaches his work with a focus and a sense of humour which eases the tensions of clients and renders all the more productive the work he does.’

‘Natasha Patel – clients love her caring approach. Especially adept at dealing with younger clients facing the most serious of allegations.’

‘Natasha Patel is a fantastic solicitor. She gets to the issues very quickly, is excellent with clients and is incredibly organised.’

‘Harsha Rupasinghe and his team have a well earned reputation for meticulous case preparation. He is very approachable and always entirely realistic in the advice he gives to clients.’

‘Harsha Rupasinghe is the star performer at Lloyds. He is a force of nature. With a charming and easy nature that endears him to clients, he is now a major player in the criminal law world.’ 

‘Ieva Giedraityte is relentless in her work to get the best result for her client.’ 

Work highlights

  • Acted in a three-handed murder case at Inner London Crown Court.
  • Represented the lead defendant in a case involving a wide-ranging conspiracy to traffic and hold women in prostitution.

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 Ahmad Solicitor & Supervisor
Mohsin Ariff  photo Mohsin Ariff Mohsin specialises in serious crime and complex fraud cases. He has always…
Stephen Collins  photo Stephen Collins Solicitor & Supervisor
Ieva Giedraityte  photo Ieva Giedraityte Solicitor and Supervisor
Moeen Khan  photo Moeen Khan Solicitor-Advocate & Supervisor
James O'Donnell photo James O'DonnellSolicitor & Supervisor
Prasad Palihawadana  photo Prasad Palihawadana Prasad is the partner/director of Lloyds PR Solicitors. He is also the…
Natasha Patel  photo Natasha Patel Solicitor & Supervisor
Harsha Rupasinghe  photo Harsha Rupasinghe Harsha Rupasinghe is a partner at Lloyds PR Solicitors. The firm is…
Manoj Rupasinghe  photo Manoj Rupasinghe Partner
Number of UK partners : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 40
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