CRIME, FRAUD AND LICENSING.
Crime: fraud | Tier1 David Gray Solicitors LLP (Newcastle) Kenneth M Barrow & Co (Durham) | Tier2 Hay & Kilner (Newcastle) Benefiting from a close co-operation with the firm's mental health, immigration and family teams, David Gray Solicitors LLP is well equipped to guide individuals and business entities through a wide range of white-collar crime and fraud proceedings including tax, VAT and benefit fraud matters; the latter is a key area of expertise for solicitor Emma Silburn. Team head Brian Hegarty routinely acts as a higher court advocate, representing defendants in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. Solicitor Jonathan Cousins is experienced in handling money and asset seizures.
The Very High Cost Case (VHCC) accredited firm Kenneth M Barrow & Co has a strong reputation for defending complex and high-value fraud cases and has particular expertise in financial crime work including regulatory and business offences, confiscation, restraint and asset forfeiture. In recent work, 'very good' team head Ravi Turn to Page 4 From Page 2 Khosla defended a client against allegations of money laundering, which involved dealings in New Zealand, and acted for a company director on matters pertaining to an HMRC investigation for the fraudulent evasion of VAT, corporation and income tax alongside other related money laundering offences. In other significant work, the team acted for a client alleged to have conducted a ponzi scheme, and advised an individual on drug-related allegations. Director and name partner Kenneth Barrow, Sunny Thandi and solicitor Jennifer Hall are other names to note.
Hay & Kilner handles a broad range of white-collar crime and fraud instructions including money laundering investigations and predominately acts for individuals. Criminal litigation team head Mark Harrison, who represents clients at police stations, the Magistrates Court and the Crown Court, defended a client against a number of fraud allegations, totalling over PS750,000 of allegedly misappropriated money from a charity, and acted for a consultant psychiatrist in defence against the allegation of having committed fraud against a vulnerable patient. In other significant work, he represented a defendant charged with a series of offences relating to the allegations of practising as a loan shark; the client was accused of having exploited vulnerable people who were in debt and of having been engaged in money laundering activities. Solicitor Matthew Purves is another key member of the team.