Firm Profile > Cohen Cramer > Leeds, England

Cohen Cramer

Crime: fraud Tier 3

Cohen Cramer's fraud expertise encompasses missing trader intra-community and carousel frauds, money laundering matters and POCA cases, as well as substantial knowledge of all forms of tax fraud. John Goodwin - 'a solicitor of the highest quality' - leads the department, which recently expanded with the recruitment of consultant Michael O’Garra from O'Garra's.


Cohen Cramer is an excellent all-round firm with particular emphasis on white-collar crime. A credit to the region‘.

John Goodwin is a solicitor of the highest quality who is respected over many years by judges and practitioners. His reputation attracts high-quality work across the white-collar spectrum‘.

Cohen Cramer has a strong client base across the North East and North West thanks to excellent client care and attention to detail‘.

John Goodwin has a very good reputation with clients and other law firms, and demonstrates excellent leadership‘.

John Goodwin and Michael O’Garra have over 60 years experience between than and clients struggle to think of any type of case they have not dealt with. They are impressively accessible and extremely efficient. They are well loved by their clients and the firm has an astonishing 24/7 mentality‘.

Cohen Cramer is a hard-working, innovative law firm, with a focus on niche areas of practice including crime, fraud and regulatory matters, civil litigation, personal injury and corporate debt.

The firm: Cohen Cramer was formed in 1980 as Howard Cohen & Co. Originally a general practice dealing with many different types of litigation as well as most areas of non-contentious work, over the years the firm has developed and now deals with crime, fraud and regulatory matters, civil litigation, personal injury, corporate debt and conveyancing.

Based in Leeds, Cohen Cramer has an enviable client list across the country. The firm has represented defendants in high-profile criminal cases, and has had celebrity clients in all areas. It also acts for PLC’s. However, discretion is Cohen Cramer’s watchword, and so the firm has always sought not to publicise the details of clients even where it has their permission.

Cohen Cramer’s areas of practice cover both business and individual clients, with specialist teams able to consider the specific issues relevant to each type of case. The firm’s focus on niche areas of the law means it provides the best possible service and so, as well as building a good reputation for approachability and team atmosphere, its lawyers are recognised in the legal world as experts in their field. It is particularly celebrated for its service in the spheres of criminal work (best known for fraud, drugs and money laundering), personal injury (catastrophic claims and victims of sexual abuse), and litigation (professional negligence claims).

In the past year Cohen Cramer has created a bespoke confiscation unit, with four full-time lawyers and three consultants. After consolidation, the firm will expand.

Types of work undertaken: Disputes: including commercial disputes; debt collection; defamation, media and reputation management; personal disputes; inheritance disputes; professional negligence; property litigation; and public procurement.

Crime, fraud and regulatory: the department is an accredited expert in fraud and has members of the Specialist Fraud Panel, appointed by the Legal Services Commission. The firm is able to assist with general crime and fraud; driving offences; regulation compliance; and confiscation orders.

Personal injury: including road traffic accidents; work accidents; public liability; serious injury claims; medical negligence; assault claims; and industrial disease.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner John Goodwin
Managing Partner Emma Mason
Fraud and Regulatory John Goodwin
Civil Litigation David Hall
Debt Michael McDonnell
Personal Injury Michael Massen
Crime, Fraud & Regulatory J. Michael O'Garra
Matrimonial/Family Richard Manning
Crime, Fraud & Regulatory Kristin O'Garra
Crime,Fraud & Regulatory Mark Jackson
Crime POCA Lauren Bowkett
Crime POCA Lucy Ryzcany
Crime POCA Angela Terenzini
Number of UK partners : 5
Number of other UK fee-earners : 30