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Senior Partner: Giles Bark-Jones
Number of partners: 1
Number of assistant solicitors & other fee-earners: 30
Bark&co is one of the UK’s most progressive and successful fraud and business crime firms. A member of the Specialist Fraud Panel, it handles civil and criminal fraud, business and tax regulation, tax investigations, white-collar crime, bribery and corruption, and serious crime cases for high-net-worth individuals, as well as national and international companies. The firm has a flexible approach, tailoring its advice to meet each client’s individual needs. Its rigorous commitment to quality and discretion is widely recognised and generates significant referrals from satisfied clients.
Areas of Practice:
White Collar Crime/Fraud: 45%
Corporate Crime & Investigations: 10%
Fraud Civil: 10%
POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture: 5%
General Crime: 10%
Property Litigation: 10%
White Collar Crime/Fraud: Giles Bark-Jones
Corporate Crime & Investigations: Giles Bark-Jones
Tax: Giles Bark-Jones
Fraud Civil: Riz Majid
POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture: Giles Bark-Jones
General Crime: Giles Bark-Jones
Property Litigation: Riz Maji
Principal Areas of Work:
Corporate & Commercial Fraud:
Bark&co handles a wide range of white-collar crime and fraud cases, including prosecutions and investigations brought by the SFO, the FCA, HMRC, the Special Compliance Office of the Inland Revenue, the CPS, the NCA, SOCA and other prosecuting bodies. Specialists in heavyweight criminal fraud work of all kinds, Bark&co’s advice is increasingly also sought in major civil fraud cases. Acknowledged as a leader in the field, the firm has helped clients in connection with many of the highest-profile prosecutions brought by the SFO and other agencies. This includes acting for individuals in many of the largest and most important frauds of recent years, such as the Cheney Pension fraud (the largest theft from a pension fund since Maxwell); the high-profile Asil Nadir case (an SFO prosecution involving allegations of theft from Polly Peck International); the US$1bn BAE Systems corruption claims; and the Adoboli case (the former trader at UBS charged in relation to US$2.3bn trading losses). The firm also acted for a defendant in the SFO prosecution following the Libor scandal, and represented key individuals in the high-profile SFO investigations into alleged corruption at Rolls-Royce, as well as acting in R V F & Others: described by prosecution counsel as the ‘biggest case ever’ involving allegations of carbon trading fraud. The firm’s civil fraud, VAT and indirect tax practice has grown rapidly in recent years. Much of its work in this area is highly confidential, but recent highlights include assisting a client in relation to National Crime Agency and SKAT (Danish tax authority) investigations into a £1.5bn fraud against the tax authorities in a number of countries; acting in a substantial MTIC fraud case, in which an Organised Crime Group was alleged to be accountable for significant losses to the UK Exchequer through associated large-scale VAT and Excise duty frauds; and acting for one of nine individuals accused of facilitating a complex multi-million pound money laundering operation with elements of VAT fraud. The firm’s track record also includes acting in relation to an £800m international tax fraud, and assisting a client in a £100m case arising out of Operation Amazon, described by KPMG and The Daily Telegraph as ‘one of the biggest direct tax frauds in UK history’.
The firm also continues to act in large, high-profile criminal cases, following arrests for murder, money laundering, drugs importation, sexual offences and people smuggling. It focuses on high-end work, much of it international. High-profile recent examples include the News of the World‘phone hacking’ prosecution and subsequent computer hacking investigations; the case of cricket match fixing / conspiracy to pervert the course of justice involving former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns; the Clerkenwell ‘crime syndicate’ case; the Operation Yewtree sexual offences investigation; and the landmark Agnes Taylor case, involving torture offences dating back to the Liberian civil war. Further highlights have included securing an acquittal in a multi-defendant ‘county lines’ drugs and modern slavery case, and securing the acquittal of a client on charges of murder and manslaughter in connection with the stabbing of a drill rapper in Camberwell in 2018, as well as assisting clients in international drugs supply, firearms and terrorism matters. While the firm is well known for its discretion, Bark&co’s services are also sought after in cutting-edge matters in the public eye.
The firm’s work frequently extends overseas with specialist teams deployed for cases with a multi-jurisdictional element. Its international credentials are demonstrated by its involvement in R v Marrache & Co (the Gibraltar / international law firm fraud case).
This firm is also ranked in:High Net Worth 2020