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Lloyds PR Solicitors
NW10 4UJ

Crime: general Tier 2

Lloyds PR Solicitors' 'dedicated, professional and pragmatic' team is divided into groups to handle the progression of cases, namely: the police station team, Magistrates Court team, Crown Court team, in-house advocacy team and confiscation team. The group has recently advised on cases of murder, extradition, drug offences, serious violence, terrorism and human trafficking. Names to note include Prasad Palihawadana, Harsha Rupasinghe, Manoj Rupasinghe and associate Mohsin Ariff.

Practice head(s):

Prasad Palihawadana; Harsha Rupasinghe; Manoj Rupasinghe

Other key lawyers:


Lloyds PR Solicitors is a firm with real depth and strength‘.

Harsha Rupasinghe has an air of authority that automatically leaves clients feeling they are in the safest of hands‘.

Manoj Rupasinghe is incredibly hard working and leaves no stone unturned in his preparation‘.

Mohsin Ariff is exceptionally bright and thorough. He is always on top of his brief and has excellent client care skills‘.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Amer Ahmad  photo Amer Ahmad
 Mohsin Ariff  photo Mohsin Ariff
 Stephen Collins  photo Stephen Collins
 Ieva Giedraityte  photo Ieva Giedraityte
 Moeen Khan  photo Moeen Khan
 James O’Donnell  photo James O’Donnell
 Prasad Palihawadana  photo Prasad Palihawadana
 Natasha Patel  photo Natasha Patel
 Manoj Rupasinghe  photo Manoj Rupasinghe
Number of UK partners : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 40
Law Society of England and Wales