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Clarke Kiernan LLP Solicitors

Work 01732 360999
Fax 01732 773355
Tonbridge TN9, Tonbridge TN9

Dennis Clarke

Work 01732 360999
Clarke Kiernan LLP Solicitors

Work Department

Fraud, business crime of all types, regulatory cases, any crime or regulatory cases that might be considered complex, contentious probate and professional negligence.


A specialist fraud supervisor dealing with many areas of litigation including white-collar crime, business crime, bribery, confiscation, restraint or freezing cases, in fact if the problem is at all crime-related he can assist. He took a particular interest over the years of attacking unfairness in the procedures in criminal proceedings which led to his cases of ex parte Lee (the reintroduction of the common law rules for disclosure of helpful material by prosecutors), Edwards & Lewis v UK (secrecy in public interest immunity applications by prosecutors and the impact on a fair trial), ex parte Bentham (Habeas Corpus in s51 sendings to the Crown Court where procedures were wrongly dealt with), and O v Crown Court at Harrow (dealing with the withholding of bail for some defendants). He has many more in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords and is not afraid of sending cases for further consideration by the European Court of Human Rights. He has dealt with many fraud cases brought by a wide range of investigatory and prosecuting authorities. For many years he has been the only Kent based solicitor chosen by the Police Federation to look after its members if being investigated for criminal matters in the county.


Qualified in 1976, a partner in 1982 and formed own firm in 1997 to concentrate even more on litigation.


Supervisor on Specialist Fraud Panel and member of VHCC Panel; Chair of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Courts Board throughout its life; CLSA committee member; Law Society; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association.


Mathematics and Statistics BSc(hons) from Reading University.

South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Crime: fraud

Clarke Kiernan LLP Solicitors ‘is exceptional when it comes to handling fraud’ litigation. From its two offices in Tonbridge, it handles the gamut of work in this field, including cases that have reached appellate courts. The team's expertise spans bribery, money laundering and HMRC investigations and prosecutions, where it ‘keeps on delivering at the highest level’. ‘Tenacious’ practice head Daniel Bonich’s ‘never-say-die attitude is a real inspiration to all’ and Dennis Clarke  ‘is highly intelligent and a creative lawyer with a sharp analytical mind, who is fearless in the defence of his clients.’ Its recent workload includes a high-profile VAT evasion fraud and a civil fraud case involving several high street banks.

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