Legal 500 2024 Rankings: Fraud: Crime and Proceeds of Crime & Asset Forfeiture
Maintaining Top Tier ranking, Legal 500 2024 recognises 25 Bedford Row specialists in Fraud: Crime and Proceeds of Crime & Asset Forfeiture.
With established experience in representing individuals prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office, the CPS and others, 25 Bedford Row is considered "a leading set for criminal defence work" in areas of practice that include anti-money laundering, bribery and due diligence matters.
Leading Silks ranked in Tier 1 (Fraud: Crime)
Nicola Howard KC: "Nicola is a first-rate silk. She is exceptionally bright and has an astonishing attention to detail. She is a superb jury advocate, great with lay clients, and her written work is excellent."
George Carter-Stephenson KC: "George has two great strengths: he is never underprepared (his work is phenomenal) and he is one of the nicest men at the Bar. He deploys both of these strengths to his advantage, working relentlessly in his client's best interests."
Simon Pentol KC: "Simon possesses exceptional judgement. His understanding of not only the case itself, but the environment and arena in which he operates in, is second to none."
Other Leading Silks (Fraud: Crime)
Nathaniel Rudolf KC: "Nathaniel is one of the brightest silks practising in criminal fraud. He takes a very analytical approach to evidence, has sound judgement in court, and his advocacy is fluent, careful and persuasive. He has an attractive manner in dealing with witnesses, stands up to judges when he needs to and has good rapport with co-defending and prosecution counsel."
Nigel Sangster KC: "Nigel is an excellent lawyer who works superbly with professional and lay clients alike, and is well respected by opponents and other court users. He is meticulously prepared, thorough, and is outstanding in his client care. He is a top-class advocate and a go-to defence silk."
Leading Junior Ranked in Tier 1 (Fraud: Crime)
Duncan Jones: "Duncan has a truly exceptional intellect which he combines with tactical pragmatism. His written work is impeccable and he is very calm and measured as an advocate. He is a Silk in the making."
Other Leading Juniors (Fraud: Crime)
Samantha Riggs: "Samantha is great at finding an angle and is very good with clients. She is tenacious and has a cool, calm demeanour when on her feet."
Sonal Dashani: "Sonal's dedication, preparation and attention to detail set her apart from many of her peers. She is very easy to work with and likes to be involved in cases from the outset to ensure that she is fully appraised of all the issues. Her advocacy is exemplary and she manages to achieve results where you would not expect them - she is extremely brave, articulate and tenacious in her advocacy."
Alex Jamieson: "Alex is extremely personable and down to earth and provides honest and practical advice. He cares deeply about his clients and in court he is eloquent and persuasive."
Colin Wells: "Colin is a superb fraud lawyer. He one of the best there is when dealing with clients. He is hardworking, thorough in his preparation and can convey complex issues to clients in a way that is easily understood."
Osman Osman: "Osman is thorough in his preparation and persuasive in his oral submissions. He never gives up and generally achieves his objectives due to his persuasive qualities."
Dermot Keating: "Dermot is a great tactician and has a very nice manner with witnesses who he charms into agreeing with his points. His clients clearly trust his judgement."
Ben Smitten: "Ben is a prodigious worker with a huge appetite for perfection and an equal eye for detail. He is technically excellent, methodical, organised and tactically astute. He has all the qualities of a top barrister. His advocacy is direct and persuasive. He possesses endless charm, wit and good humour. He is a genuine star in this field."
Michael Gomulka: "Michael is a sound lawyer and an exceptional advocate when it comes to closing submissions. He thinks very carefully about how to navigate his way to his closing speech and then invariably produces something to which the jury pay detailed attention."
Leading Silk (Proceeds of Crime & Asset Forfeiture)
Nathaniel Rudolf KC: "Encyclopaedic memory of all things POCA and he is always happy to help and advise. His advocacy is clear and concise."
"25 Bedford Row has a huge depth of talent dealing with fraud cases."
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