Barnfather Solicitors

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Founder: Anthony Barnfather
Number of partners: 3
Other fee-earners: 4

THE FIRM:
Barnfather’s regulatory and business crime solicitors have successfully defended some of the UK’s most complex and high-profile serious fraud and financial crime cases brought by regulators and enforcement agencies.

The firm has been instrumental in bringing many major financial crime investigations to an end, further building upon its reputation as ‘the go to firm to knock a case out at investigation stage and avoid trial’. Barnfather Solicitors has an enviable success record second to none in this regard.

The firm’s lawyers are praised by clients and peers for their technical expertise and tactical acumen – providing clear and prompt strategic advice to companies, directors, senior personnel, leading entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals facing criminal and regulatory investigations.

The firm was founded in 2015 by Anthony Barnfather. Anthony was head of the 30-strong regulatory investigations team at Pannone before the firm was acquired by Slater & Gordon. Under his leadership, the regulatory team became a national player with an excellent reputation in this area. Anthony also managed a division with more than 60 lawyers and held a seat on the Pannone board.

AREAS OF PRACTICE:
■ Corporate Crime
■ Serious Fraud
■ Regulatory Investigations

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK:
The firm’s expertise includes tax investigations, corporate fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering, company internal investigations, cartel and price-fixing, extradition, competition (antitrust law) and corporate manslaughter.

Barnfather Solicitors deals with all regulators including: Serious Fraud office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Department of Justice (DOJ), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), Trading Standards, The City of London Police and regional fraud squads and Environment Agency.

CLIENTS:
Barnfather Solicitors’ clients include senior individuals such as executive and non-executive board members, leading entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals

The firm has advised on the recent the major investigations brought by UK regulators and enforcement agencies including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations into Rolls Royce, Una Oil and Tata Steel.

It has also developed a niche in advising clients who were involved in failed tax structuring schemes that HMRC is now criminally prosecuting – claiming they were sophisticated tax evasion schemes.

Recent notable cases include:
■ Advised the lead defendant in an extremely high profile HMRC prosecution not least because, for the first time, HMRC charged suspects at every level from investors, IFAs, advisers to promoters, in the £130m-plus alleged tax avoidance schemes. The High Court described it as the ‘largest criminal investigation of its kind’.
An application to dismiss the charges was successful and the prosecution dropped the case.
■ Advised three directors in a criminal cartel investigation run by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). More than 350 witnesses were interviewed. It was the first known case where the CMA have actively used covert intelligence to substantiate an investigation. The Director of the CMA has mentioned the case in speeches given across Europe.
After a long investigation and, following extensive written representations, no charges were brought against the directors.
■ Anthony recently acted for the director in a controversial prosecution brought by the Department of Transport. The investigation resulted in serious charges of fraudulent trading which would have led to imprisonment if the directors had been convicted.
Investigations spanned various countries throughout Europe. The case against the firm’s client and co-defenders was dropped prior to trial.
■ Advised the former head of UK operations, and two senior managers, in relation to the ongoing Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into corruption at Rolls Royce. This is a worldwide investigation and added complexity results from convictions in the USA of former employees.
Following interviews, the SFO which confirmed no proceedings would be launched against the firm’s client.

INTERNATIONAL:
Criminal investigations are increasingly taking on an international dimension and individuals can often find themselves being pursued by regulators and enforcement agencies from other jurisdictions.

Many of the firm’s cases have a multi-jurisdictional element and it has advised individuals facing investigations worldwide. Barnfather Solicitors deals with concurrent SFO-DOJ investigations, European-wide competition cases, Interpol ‘Red’ Notices and extradition requests around the world.

CONTACTS
Anthony Barnfather
Tel: 07718 360586
Email: [email protected]

Simon Morgan, Partner
Direct dial: 07979 655823
Email: [email protected]

Gary Broadfield, Partner
Tel: 07546 599799
Email: [email protected]

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