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The firm specialises in criminal and regulatory litigation. It acts for private clients, both individuals and businesses, with a distinct emphasis on providing a bespoke, client-driven service.

The firm: The managing partner, Stephanie Roe, is known as an expert in her chosen specialisms and, prior to establishing the firm, gained years of experience practising at a number of top-ranked criminal law firms in London. She is recognised for excellence within her field and understands private clients' expectations, combining quality with an approachable and personal service. Specialising in heavyweight litigation, she has considerable experience across the full spectrum of criminal law, and has defended a number of high-profile individuals against various different types of allegations, including historic sexual offences, conspiracy to supply drugs, white-collar offences and phone hacking.

S&O Partnership provides a discreet, professional service and gives effective, expert advice in a skilled, concise and personal approach.

Types of work undertaken: Corporate and financial crime: S&O Partnership advises clients in matters involving HM Revenue & Customs, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Office of Fair Trading and Serious Fraud Office, and assists clients to undertake internal investigations with a view to ensuring compliance.

Corporate manslaughter/health and safety: S&O Partnership acts in investigations and prosecutions involving corporate manslaughter and health and safety. It advises clients conducting internal investigations, as well as advising them in interview and providing representation at coroners' inquests.

Financial regulatory enforcement: S&O Partnership acts in investigations and proceedings instituted by the FCA in the areas of insider dealing, market abuse and manipulation.

Money laundering and proceeds of crime: S&O Partnership advises clients under investigation regarding money laundering and proceeds of crime offences, including cash seizure/forfeiture, civil recovery, confiscation, freezing orders, receivership and restraint.

Private prosecutions: S&O Partnership advises both individuals and bodies wishing to institute proceedings in the criminal courts for the full range of criminal offences, in both the Magistrates' and Crown Courts.

Regulatory proceedings: S&O Partnership acts for individuals facing professional disciplinary action brought by bodies such as the Bar Council of England and Wales, the General Medical Council, General Dental Council, Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

Serious and general crime: S&O Partnership acts for clients under investigation for the full range of criminal offences. Crucially, it understands that reputation management is vital and gives specialist and discreet advice at the police station, the Magistrates' Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal.

Tax investigations and litigation: S&O Partnership acts in HMRC investigations and proceedings of both a criminal and civil nature. It has substantial expertise in litigating allegations of money laundering, ineffective tax avoidance and tax evasion.

  • Number of UK partners: 1
  • Number of other UK fee earners: 2
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Serious and general crime: 60
  • White-collar, corruption and bribery: 30
  • Regulatory and professional discipline: 10

Above material supplied by S&O Partnership.

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