Criminal Defence

Described by the leading legal directories as “one of the leading defence firms in the country”, Stokoe Partnership Solicitors handles a broad range of serious and organised crime cases. We are experts at handling matters relating to cybercrime and hacking, and act for both privately funded and legal aid clients. We also handle investigations launched by UK authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office, National Crime Agency and HM Revenue & Customs. The Legal 500 and Chambers consistently rank our lawyers highly for crime, fraud, white-collar crime and financial crime.

Criminal Defence Services

Arrest and Search Warrants

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Bribery & Corruption

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Business Crime

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Cash Seizure/Detention & Forfeiture

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Confiscation, Restraint Orders & Receivership

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Corporate Manslaughter

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Cyber Crime

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Driving Offences

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Drug Offences

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Extradition

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Firearms

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Fraud

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Insider Dealing & Market abuse

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Judicial Reviews

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Kidnapping

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Money Laundering

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Murder

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Robbery

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Sexual Offences

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Criminal Defence Team

BAMBOS TSIATTALOU

Bambos Tsiattalou

Partner

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MARIA THEODOULOU

Maria Theodoulou

Partner

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BRIAN SWAN

Brian Swan

Partner

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AMJID JABBAR

Amjid Jabbar

Partner

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Michael Sophocleous

Michael Sophocleous

Partner

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MARIANNE JEAN BAPTISTE

Marianne Jean Baptiste

Partner

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Richard Cannon

Partner

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MARLON GROSSMAN

Marlon Grossman

Solicitor

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CAITRIONA MCLAUGHLIN

Catriona McLaughlin

Solicitor

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Helen White

Lawyer

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Sarah Seear

Sarah Seear

Solicitor Advocate

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ALASTAIR MELDRUM

Alistair Meldrum

Consultant

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ERNEST ADUWA

Ernest Aduwa

Consultant

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Criminal Defence News

13 Apr 2021

Specialist financial crime and extradition partner joins Stokoe Partnership Central London office

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors is delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Cannon as a partner to its Central London offices. Richard joins Stokoe Partnership Solicitors from Gunnercooke, where he was a partner. Prior to this […]

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13 Apr 2021

Specialist financial crime and extradition partner joins Stokoe Partnership Central London office

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17 Mar 2021

Bambos Tsiattalou comments in Daily Express re the FCA proceedings against NatWest

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments in relation to the FCA launching criminal money laundering proceedings against NatWest, in Daily Express. Bambos’ comments were published in Daily Express, 17 March 2021, and can be found on pg […]

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01 Mar 2021

Rich suspected criminals whose assets are frozen ‘should no longer receive legal aid’

Partner Brian Swan examines recent proposals by the Law Commission to stop rich suspected criminals from receiving legal aid and discusses how this proposal seeks to reverse the position implemented by the Proceeds of Crime […]

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25 Feb 2021

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou writes for The Times regarding EncroChat investigation

Writing for The Times, Partner Bambos Tsiattalou examines the EncroChat investigation, its implications on the right to privacy and whether the investigation sets a precedent for prosecutors to widen their investigation powers. Bambos’ article was […]

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25 Feb 2021

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou writes for The Times regarding EncroChat investigation

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09 Feb 2021

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on SFO’s attempt to flout jurisdiction rules in Compliance Week

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on SFO’s attempt to flout jurisdiction rules in Compliance Week, 08 February 2021. Read Bambos’ full comments in Compliance Week here.  Bambos’ comments were also published in International Accounting Bulletin, 09 […]

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01 Feb 2021

FCA Trader Chat Warning Hints At Virus Misconduct Probes – Bambos Tsiattalou

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments in Law360 on FCA’s recent market watch on electronic communications due to a shift to remote working. Bambos’ comments were published in Law360, 28 January 2021, and can be found here. […]

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01 Feb 2021

Rich suspects, frozen assets and legal aid – Brian Swan

Partner Brian Swan examines proposals by the Law Commission to stop rich suspected criminals of receiving legal aid, in The Law Society Gazette. Brian’s article was published in The Law Society Gazette, 1 February 2021, […]

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01 Feb 2021

Rich suspects, frozen assets and legal aid – Brian Swan

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COMPUTER

25 Jan 2021

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on the crypto industry in Cryptonews

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on the crypto industry in relation to regulator scrutiny, in Cryptonews, 23 January 2021. Read Bambos’ full comments here. “The eventual EU regime looks set to require companies offering a cryptocurrency […]

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15 Jan 2021

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on Mike Lynch extradition

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments in relation to ex-ministers saying the UK must now allow Mike Lynch to be extradited to the US.

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15 Jan 2021

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on the SFO closing its investigation into British American Tobacco

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments in the Evening Standard in relation to the news that the SFO have closed their investigation into British American Tobacco after three years.

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15 Jan 2021

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on the SFO closing its investigation into British American Tobacco

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15 Jan 2021

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on Bitcoin facing regulatory scrutiny in Business Insider

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments in Business Insider in relation to regulators sharpening their focus on bitcoin and its use in the international financial system.

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07 Jan 2021

US Faces Tough Ask To Overturn Assange Extradition Ruling – Brian Swan

Partner Brian Swan comments on the recent decision by UK courts to block the extradition of Julian Assange to the US on health grounds, in Law360.

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06 Jan 2021

The Law Commission’s Proposed Reform of Misconduct in Public Office – Michael Sophocleous

Partner Michael Sophocleous examines the Law Commission’s proposed reform to the current common-law offence of misconduct in public office and assesses its merits, in Lawyer Monthly.

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06 Jan 2021

The Law Commission’s Proposed Reform of Misconduct in Public Office – Michael Sophocleous

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18 Dec 2020

Credit Suisse Charged Over Bulgarian Wrestler’s Cocaine Smuggling Ring – Bambos Tsiattalou

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on the news that Switzerland’s federal prosecutor has filed charges against Credit Suisse for allegedly facilitating money laundering “on a grand scale”.

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06 Nov 2020

CJEU ruling preserves individual privacy in criminal investigations – Bambos Tsiattalou

Partner, Bambos Tsiattalou examines the recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruling which states that bulk data retention regimes must be brought within EU law and what this means for authorities such as the National Crime Agency (NCA) and their investigations.

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22 Oct 2020

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors ranked in Chambers & Partners UK 2021

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors are pleased to have been ranked in the Chambers & Partners UK 2021 Guide.

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22 Oct 2020

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors ranked in Chambers & Partners UK 2021

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19 Oct 2020

Law Commission’s new idea for Confiscation Orders is unfair – Brian Swan

Partner Brian Swan discusses why the Law Commission’s new idea for Confiscation Orders is unfair, in Law360.

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15 Oct 2020

Michael Sophocleous comments in The Canary

Partner Michael Sophocleous comments in The Canary in relation to custody extensions resulting in more guilty pleas.

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01 Oct 2020

Brian Swan writes in The Times re criminals paying back ill-gotten gains or returning to prison

Partner Brian Swan discusses why the recent proposal from the law commission, that criminals must pay back their ill-gotten gains or face returning to prison, is unfair, in The Times.

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01 Oct 2020

Brian Swan writes in The Times re criminals paying back ill-gotten gains or returning to prison

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22 Jul 2020

Private criminal prosecutions in the headlines – Bambos Tsiattalou

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou discusses private prosecutions, offering insight to their shortcomings and benefits, in Lawyer Monthly.

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21 Jul 2020

COVID-19 pressures will lead to more whistleblowing – Bambos Tsiattalou

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou discusses the recent rise in whistleblowing complaints made to the FCA and why companies should be aware of this moving forward, especially in the COVID-19 era.

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16 Jul 2020

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments in relation to unexplained wealth order (UWOS)

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments in Edward Fennell’s Legal Diary in relation to the National Crime Agency facing a £1.5 million legal bill for using an Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) in one of its investigations.

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16 Jul 2020

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments in relation to unexplained wealth order (UWOS)

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14 Apr 2020

Ruling casts doubt over scope of UK anti-corruption powers

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou discusses recent NCA loss on the Kazakh UWOs case.

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30 Mar 2020

UWOs and The Court of Appeal’s rejection of an appeal by Mrs Zamira Hajiyeva

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou discusses UWOs and The Court of Appeal’s rejection of an appeal by Mrs Zamira Hajiyeva. 

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23 Mar 2020

SFO must radically overhaul prosecution approach

The reputation of the Serious Fraud Office is in tatters after three Barclays executives were acquitted of fraud charges by a jury at the Old Bailey last month.

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23 Mar 2020

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02 Mar 2020

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments re SFO Barclays acquittal

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments in relation to the recent acquittal of three former Barclays executives and the repercussions of this for the SFO.

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13 Feb 2020

Airbus contractors feeling ripple effect from record fine

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments in relation to the possibility of a fall-out for Airbus’ contractors in the wake of the record-breaking bribery settlement the company agreed last week, in Compliance Week.   Bambos’ comments were […]

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05 Feb 2020

‘Antiquated’ fraud laws thwarting justice, says SFO director

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments in relation to the director of the SFO criticising the UK’s fraud laws, in The Law Society Gazette.

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05 Feb 2020

‘Antiquated’ fraud laws thwarting justice, says SFO director

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20 Jan 2020

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou writes in FT Adviser in relation to the cum-ex investigation

Partner Bambos Tisattalou discusses the large-scale investigation of cum-ex trading spreading across Europe and the fallout that will inevitably hit the UK, in the FTAdviser.

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09 Jan 2020

SFO Rediscovers Appetite for Big-Ticket Prosecutions

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on the SFO announcing charges against two former Serco executives for fraud and false accounting, in Law360.

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12 Dec 2019

EU Tax Scandal Is Sure To Reach London

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou discusses a new tax scandal brewing in the EU as a result of questionable equity trading practice cum-ex.

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12 Dec 2019

EU Tax Scandal Is Sure To Reach London

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27 Nov 2019

Swerving SWIFT: the story behind Westpac’s money-laundering calamity

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on the recent Westpac money laundering scandal in relation to flaws in current anti-money laundering practices and systems used by banks.   Bambos’ comments were published in Michael West News, 22 […]

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28 Oct 2019

EY helped smuggle drug money, BBC claims

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on the news that an investigation by the BBC and Premieres Lignes, a French media agency, claims that EY aided the laundering of drug money.

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10 Oct 2019

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors ranked in Chambers UK 2020

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors are pleased to have been ranked in the Chambers UK 2020 Guide.

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10 Oct 2019

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors ranked in Chambers UK 2020

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01 Oct 2019

Bambos Tsiattalou comments on Swiss banking spying scandal

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on the news that Credit Suisse COO, Pierre-Olivier Bouee, has resigned over the spying scandal.

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27 Sep 2019

ABN Amro investigation lends weight to anti-money laundering collaboration by Dutch banks

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou discusses the news that Dutch prosecutors investigate bank ABN Amro for failing to prevent money laundering over a long period of time.

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27 Sep 2019

Stokoe Partnership ranked in The Legal 500 UK Guide 2020

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors has been ranked in The Legal 500 UK 2020 guide for ‘Crime: General’ and ‘Fraud: White Collar Crime’.

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27 Sep 2019

Stokoe Partnership ranked in The Legal 500 UK Guide 2020

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23 Sep 2019

Dr Duško Knežević attends extradition hearing

On 19 September Dr Dusko Knezevic voluntarily attended City of London Magistrates’ Court for the commencement of extradition proceedings, pursuant to an extradition request issued by the Montenegrin government. Dr Knezevic made it clear to […]

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23 Sep 2019

Facebook’s plans to introduce its own cryptocurrency

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou discusses Facebook’s plans to introduce its own cryptocurrency.

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23 Sep 2019

Swedbank Admits AML Failures

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on the recent news that Swedbank admitted to failings in its anti-money laundering work.

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23 Sep 2019

Swedbank Admits AML Failures

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17 Sep 2019

Global Regulators Frown On Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Ambitions

Partner, Bambos Tsiattalou comments on the global anti-money laundering watchdog is closely monitoring developments on Facebook’s planned Libra cryptocurrency, in the latest sign of growing regulatory scrutiny of the project.

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16 Sep 2019

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments in City AM re US DOJ charging JP Morgan traders

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on the recently published news that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) has charged JP Morgan precious metals traders with market manipulation and ‘racketeering’.

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05 Sep 2019

SFO widens investigation into £236m minibond scandal

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou discusses the legal status of the SFO’s recent arrests in connection with a £236m minibond scandal. 

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05 Sep 2019

SFO widens investigation into £236m minibond scandal

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19 Aug 2019

Criminals favour investment scams over pensions thefts

Partner Maria Theodoulou comments on criminals favouring investment scams over pension thefts, in The i paper.

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16 Aug 2019

Lessons From The Global Forestry Investments Scheme

Partner Maria Theodoulou discusses the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) charging of Andrew Skeene and the positive impact authorities working together has on ensuring investigations take place.

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01 Aug 2019

Bambos Tsiattalou comments in Thomson Reuters in relation to Unexplained Wealth Orders

Bambos Tsiattalou comments on the news that unexplained wealth orders against politically exposed persons trigger a due diligence alert for banks.

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01 Aug 2019

Bambos Tsiattalou comments in Thomson Reuters in relation to Unexplained Wealth Orders

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30 Jul 2019

Risk of investing in ethical or alternative investment schemes: SFO charges Andrew Skeene

Partner Maria Theodoulou discusses the risk of investing in ethical or alternative investment schemes: SFO charges Andrew Skeene.

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01 Jul 2019

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou attends the Legal Business Commercial Litigation Summit 2019

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou is today attending the Legal Business Commercial Litigation Summit 2019.

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20 Jun 2019

Law Society finds criminal justice system at ‘breaking point’

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments on The Law Society’s findings that the criminal justice system is under increasing pressure, reducing people’s access to justice and having negative impacts on their lives.

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20 Jun 2019

Law Society finds criminal justice system at ‘breaking point’

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07 Jun 2019

The dangers of grey market goods to consumers and sellers

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou examines the dangers to consumers and sellers of ‘grey-market’ goods infiltrating the consumer goods market in an age of globalised industry.

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31 May 2019

The risk for estate agencies not complying with the EU’s 2017 Money Laundering Regulations

Barrister Jessica Sobey explains how it is imperative that an example is set for the industry in order for the aims of the EU’s 2017 Money Laundering Regulations to be achieved, noting that the UK property market has consistently been used by criminals to launder the proceeds of their crime.

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11 Apr 2019

Are The EU’s 2017 Money Laundering Rules Effective?

Barrister Jessica Sobey examines whether the EU’s 2017 money laundering rules are effective, noting that a recent freedom of information request made by Eversheds Sutherland to the Home Office revealed that as of October 2018 there had been no prosecutions under the regulations.

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11 Apr 2019

Are The EU’s 2017 Money Laundering Rules Effective?

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05 Mar 2019

Knife Crime – Searching for Solutions

The Home Secretary will this week hold an urgent meeting with police chiefs to discuss the recent rise in knife crime. This follows another week of senseless killings and the publication of figures that show […]

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05 Mar 2019

Counterfeit Currency – You May Pay a Very High Price

In straitened financial circumstances, it can be tempting to consider purchasing counterfeit money. While the price of such ‘currency’ fluctuates widely, it is often as low as 25% of the face value, making it a […]

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04 Mar 2019

Government Review Of Criminal Legal Aid Fees: A Vain Attempt At Appeasement?

Solicitor Marlon Grossman examines the Government’s proposed review of criminal legal aid fees, questioning the motives behind this, in Lawyer Monthly. 

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04 Mar 2019

Government Review Of Criminal Legal Aid Fees: A Vain Attempt At Appeasement?

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25 Feb 2019

Supreme Court Rejects Government Appeals On Criminal Records Disclosure Scheme

Solicitor Ernest Aduwa’s article, published in Lawyer Monthly, examines the Supreme Court’s recent decision to reject Government appeals against a human rights ruling won by some individuals who say their lives are unfairly haunted by minor criminal offences committed long ago.

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31 Jan 2019

Solicitor Marlon Grossman examines why the criminal disclosure process is failing

Solicitor Marlon Grossman examines in The Times and Law360 why the criminal disclosure process is failing and points to various methods to remedy this, in order to restore the process.

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23 Jan 2019

What Next for Sally?

In a dramatic climax the jury returned guilty verdicts in the case of R v Sally Metcalfe, the hapless Coronation Street Councillor caught up in fraud, money laundering and bribery. As viewers will know, poor […]

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23 Jan 2019

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23 Jan 2019

Drink Driving – The Reality

Many people have an image of a typical drink driver: overweight man, staggering from the pub after an all-day session and getting into his car. A few minutes later that car being pulled over by […]

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23 Jan 2019

Will the Court Know About My Previous Convictions?

If you are being sentenced for an offence, the court will be aware of, and may take into account, any convictions you have. Whether this has any impact upon the sentence passed will very much […]

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31 Dec 2018

It’s a Genuine Fake!

Unauthorised use of a registered trademark is a criminal offence, so selling fake goods at a car boot sale or on internet selling sites can get you into serious trouble. Few people appreciate the offences […]

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31 Dec 2018

It’s a Genuine Fake!

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19 Dec 2018

Stop and Search

The power of the police to stop and search is currently in the media due to the rise in murders and serious crimes of violence involving the use of knives, particularly in London. A particular […]

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28 Sep 2016

Could greater use of deferred prosecution agreements improve the SFO’s performance?

Partner Amjid Jabbar examines whether greater use of Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) could improve the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) performance in Global Banking and Finance Review and Spear’s Magazine.

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01 Sep 2016

Partner Amjid Jabbar writes in The Times re confiscation orders

Partner Amjid Jabbar examines why confiscation orders are not working and calls for a new approach in The Times.

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01 Sep 2016

Partner Amjid Jabbar writes in The Times re confiscation orders

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31 Aug 2016

SFO section 2 interview guidance undermines legal representation

Partner Brian Swan investigates the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) introduction of new operational guidance for section 2 interviews and the negative impacts on legal representation in The Barrister.

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15 Jul 2016

Partner Amjid Jabbar comments in relation to confiscation orders and the proceeds of crime in The Law Society Gazette

Partner Amjid Jabbar comments in The Law Society Gazette in relation to the Home Affairs select committee’s report in relation to confiscation orders and proceeds of crime.

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14 Jul 2016

Partner Brian Swan comments in The Times in relation to white collar crime

Partner Amjid Jabbar comments in The Law Society Gazette in relation to the Home Affairs select committee’s report in relation to confiscation orders and proceeds of crime.

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14 Jul 2016

Partner Brian Swan comments in The Times in relation to white collar crime

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24 May 2016

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou writes in The Times Law Brief regarding SFO ‘blockbuster’ funding

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou examines in The Times Law Brief the problem with the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) ‘blockbuster’ funding.

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12 May 2016

Amjid Jabbar comments in relation to the FCA’s Operation Tabernula case

Partner Amjid Jabbar comments in The Times and City AM in relation to the Financial Conduct Authority’s insider trading case, ‘Operation Tabernula’.

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03 Apr 2016

Bambos Tsiattalou comments in relation to the SFO’s LIBOR manipulation investigation and trial

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou comments in City AM and Venture Capital Post in relation to the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) LIBOR manipulation trial.

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03 Apr 2016

Bambos Tsiattalou comments in relation to the SFO’s LIBOR manipulation investigation and trial

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15 Mar 2016

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou writes in Fraud Watch

Partner Bambos Tsiattalou examines in Fraud Watch the Serious Fraud Office’s autonomy and how its future depends on the forthcoming LIBOR trials.

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14 Mar 2016

Maria Theodoulou comments in relation to the latest European Anti-Money Laundering Directive

Partner Maria Theodoulou comments in IBA in relation to the latest European Anti-Money Laundering Directive.

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11 Mar 2016

Partner Maria Theodoulou comments in relation to Hatton Garden burglary appeal

Partner Maria Theodoulou comments in relation to convicted Hatton Garden burglar, Carl Wood, seeking to appeal his conviction.

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11 Mar 2016

Partner Maria Theodoulou comments in relation to Hatton Garden burglary appeal

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18 Feb 2016

Partner Maria Theodoulou comments in relation to Supreme Court Joint Enterprise ruling

Partner Maria Theodoulou comments in relation to the Supreme Court ruling that Joint Enterprise had been wrongly interpreted for more than 30 years.

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25 Jan 2016

Partner Maria Theodoulou interviewed by The Law Society Gazette

Partner Maria Theodoulou has been interviewed by The Law Society Gazette. Maria acted for one of the defendants in the high-profile Hatton Garden burglary trial.

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Criminal Defence Cases

Unlawful Immigration, Money Laundering & Cheating the Public Revenue

We represented a former Solicitor following their conviction in a conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, money laundering and cheating the public revenue and following the conclusion of the Confiscation proceedings.

The Crown issued an application pursuant to s.22 POCA to increase the clients available assets. Our detailed analysis of the documents resulted in written representations to the CPS alleging an Abuse of the Court process. After considering the representations and in particular the alleged abuse, the Crown withdrew their application.

“Vishing Fraud” in Excess of £1.5 million Pounds

We represented our client who was said to be a principal participant in a sophisticated conspiracy to defraud in which a total in excess of £1.5 million pounds. The fraud which is described as a “vishing fraud”. In the POCA proceedings, the Crown originally sought a full benefit finding in the sum of £1,424,883.93 and alleged hidden assets as the majority of the monies generated by the fraud had not been traced and it was alleged the group had concealed assets abroad, principally in Pakistan and Dubai. Following a detailed analysis of the case and lengthy submissions made on our clients behalf, the Crown was persuaded to limit the Order to the full amount of his Available Assets, totalling £184,970.74.

Conspiracy to Import in Excess of One Tonne of Cannabis

We represented our client who was said to have played a leading role in a conspiracy to import Class B Drugs. The conspiracy was said to involve the importation in excess of one tonne of cannabis. In confiscation proceedings, the Crown asserted a benefit figure in excess of £2 million and hidden assets. Following the preparation and service of two detailed responses, we were able to negotiate a settlement with the prosecution for a benefit finding in the sum of £705,582.80 and a confiscation order limited to the value of his identifiable assets and thus ensuring the client did not have to serve a further term of imprisonment.

Multimillion Pound Fraud Against Transport for London

We were instructed in respect of pre charge restraint proceedings following arrests in relation to a multimillion pound fraud against Transport for London. Following the arrests ex-parte applications for restraint orders were made. We successfully made an application to discharge the Restraint Order as it affected our client. The Crown had erred in their continuation of the Restraint Order confusing the position pre charge and post charge and as against “third parties”.

Confiscation Order in the Sum of £1.2 million

We act for this client following his convicted for drugs offences and a confiscation order in the sum of £1.2 million in 2006. Our client appeared at number one on SOCA’s most “toxic list” and was one of the first people in the UK to be made subject to a Financial Reporting Order which requires disclosure of income and outgoings to SOAC/NCA on a quarterly basis. An amendment made nearly a decade after the original order that our client does not have to pay further monies.

Confiscation Proceedings following Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs

We represented our client who was subject to confiscation proceedings following his conviction for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. In the confiscation proceedings the Crown asserted the benefit figure totalled £1,163,086.10 and assets which totalled £543,593.97. We successfully rebutted the majority of the assertions made by the Crown and negotiated a full benefit order in the sum of £70,000.00.

International Conspiracy of Importing Cannabis into the UK

We represented our client post-conviction in an international conspiracy importing cannabis to the UK to the value of £24 million. The Crown originally sought a confiscation order in excess of £24 million, which was based on the street value of the actual drugs seized together with an inference regarding the number of previous importations. Following our representations and a meeting between the parties a settlement was reached that the benefit figure would be reduced from £24 million to £966,000  and an order was made in the sum of £135,827.78 that represented assets held by a third party.

City Trader Insolvency Act Offences

We represented a client in confiscation matters since 2008. The confiscation order was made under the DTA 1994 following the client’s conviction for offences committed in 2002, namely the importation of Class A drugs.

We represented a City Trader who was convicted of offences relating to the insolvency act. Having been made subject to a bankruptcy order, the client continued to trade and he was prosecuted on two separate occasions of concealing property from the Official Receiver. The client converted £129,000 by trading legitimately (an agreed fact) and generated a profit of £7.5 million over 3 years. Following his convictions and sentence, we were instructed to act for the client in the confiscation proceedings. The Crown sought a benefit figure of circa £9 million with realisable assets of £6 million.  Following our instruction and a review of the case, together with a forensic analysis of the “trades”, we were able to negotiate a full settlement in the sum of £2 million.

Confiscation Order Following Importation of Class A Drugs Conviction

We represented a client in confiscation matters since 2008. The confiscation order was made under the DTA 1994 following the client’s conviction for offences committed in 2002, namely the importation of Class A drugs.

The case has traversed every Court involved in the confiscation process (Crown Court, Court of Appeal (“CACD”), The High Court, The Magistrates Court and the Criminal Cases Review Commission (“CCRC”)). The confiscation order was overturned by the CACD and a new order made ([2009] EWCA Crim 2889). Following the amended Order, further errors were identified and admitted by the Crown. We subsequently applied to the CCRC for a further review and referral to the CACD. The CCRC refused to refer the case back to the CACD and were of the view that this matter should go to the High Court (a course which we did not agree with). The High Court subsequently agreed and confirmed they had no power and a further application was made to the CACD for the Court to exercise its inherent jurisdiction and reopen proceedings in exceptional circumstances to avoid an injustice. It was accepted by both parties that there had been an error in the original order made by the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal exercised its jurisdiction and duly amended the Order.  Since the Order was amended, the Crown agreed not to seek to activate the default sentence in respect of the remaining sums owed under the Confiscation Order given the passage of time and the defendant’s particular personal circumstances (despite the client never having served his default sentence).  The Crown also consented to a certificate of inadequacy in respect of the remaining amount and the application is currently pending at the High Court.

Confiscation Proceedings Following Hatton Garden Burglary

We represented a client in confiscation proceedings following his conviction in the highly publicised Hatton Garden Burglary.  The calculation of the total value of loss has not been quantified because not all the victims have come forward to confirm their losses and it is alleged that others have overinflated their losses. Following argument the accepted our client had not benefited from the burglary but sought a confiscation order by maintaining he had a criminal lifestyle.  They relied on the Statutory Assumptions in respect of a property he had purchased in 2005 valued in excess of £350,000 and unencumbered.

Drug Offences & Confiscation Order

We represented a client following his conviction in his absence for drug offences.  The Crown said he had benefited from his criminal conduct in a sum in excess of £14,000,000 and were seeking a hidden asset finding on the full amount of the benefit figure.  We argued and settled the proceedings in the sum of £1.7 million (benefit) and a confiscation order in the sum of £68,243.

Confiscation Proceedings Following Supply of Class A Drugs Conviction

We represented this client who was subject to confiscation proceedings following his conviction for being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. The Crown sought a full benefit order in excess of £1million. Following lengthy negotiations the Crown agreed an order in the amount of £299,929.25 and our client avoided serving an additional sentence.

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