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Lloyds PR Solicitors

Work 0208 963 1050
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London, Watford

Harsha Rupasinghe

Work 0208 963 1050
Lloyds PR Solicitors


Harsha Rupasinghe is a partner at Lloyds PR Solicitors. The firm is authorised to deal with very high cost cases in fraud and crime. Harsha is a specialist criminal litigator with substantial experience in serious economic crime: fraud, money laundering, asset restraint and forfeiture, confiscation and civil recovery. He acts for corporate bodies and individuals in complex and multi-jurisdictional cases. Harsha regularly defends those being investigated and prosecuted by Interpol, the US Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), as well as other prosecuting authorities. Harsha, representing Lloyds PR Solicitors, participated in a fact finding mission in connection with the interception in international waters of a humanitarian convoy on its way to Gaza, by assisting in legal research alongside Sir Desmond de Silva QC (2010). Harsha is currently leading the defence in the following high-profile cases: Operation Laith (£44m cyber-fraud investigation begun by the FBI being prosecuted by the CPS); R v Subramaniam (£430m global fraud investigation, across 22 countries, led by the US Secret Service, FBI and Serious Organised Crime Agency being prosecuted by the CPS); Operation Prelacy (£200m fraud investigation by SOCA); Operation Opaque & Rome (£150m drug conspiracy investigation by SOCA and Dutch authorities being prosecuted by the CPS); Operation Viking (£150m fraud investigation by HMRC); R v Arachi (£69m fraud investigation by HMRC being prosecuted by the CPS); Operation Civilian (£137m fraud investigation by HMRC being prosecuted by the CPS); Operation Netwing (slavery conspiracy investigation by Hertfordshire Police Major Crime Unit being prosecuted by the CPS); Operation Veneer (£150m fraud investigation being prosecution by HMRC). Harsha further specialises in extradition and mutual assistance and is currently acting for a defendant in relation to Operation Assist (an extradition request by the UK to Romania, to stand trial for murder). He has a record of successfully resisting EU extradition requests and has advised on international investigations involving extraditions to and from the USA, Sri Lanka and Azerbaijan.


VHCC Panel, Law Society, Amnesty International, Justice and Liberty, Sri Lankan Lawyers Association.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Lloyds PR Solicitors is ‘very professional, well staffed and a growing force nationally’. It covers a broad range of general crime matters such as road traffic offences, extradition, business crime, terrorism, murder, serious sexual assault and human trafficking. The firm has separate teams to deal with the progression of cases including: the police station team, Magistrates Court team, Crown Court team, in-house advocacy team and confiscation team. Key individuals include Prasad Palihawadana, Harsha Rupasinghe who provides clients with ‘the best service and representation’ and associate Mohsin Ariff  who is ‘unflappable’, ‘extremely forensically astute’ and ‘has an ability to insightfully grasp the real issues in the most complex and serious cases’.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Very well respected white-collar firmLloyds PR Solicitors advises on a broad range of business crime matters and is often involved in complex multi-handed fraud cases. Recent highlights include acting for the lead defendant in an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) fraud case which involved the theft of over £1.3m from over 51 ATMs. Harsha Rupasinghe heads the team and is ‘an excellent communicator who keeps his finger on the pulse of his wide caseload’. Manoj Rupasinghe and Mohsin Ariff are also recommended.

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