Assistant solicitors: 4
Other fee-earners: 4
Firm Contacts: David Caplin, Philip Lythgoe
THE FIRM Cunninghams is a leading criminal practice specialising in the defence of allegations of serious fraud and serious and organised crime. The practice operates a nationwide service from its head office in Manchester and its base in Central London.
All serious casework is partner led, supported by a team of experienced criminal practitioners who have been involved in defending some of the country’s most high profile and complex allegations of fraud and serious crime. The practice is a founding member of the Very High Cost Case Panel and Specialist Fraud Panel and continues to be one of an exclusive number of firms who are able to be funded to conduct the most serious and complicated cases. This work is complemented by a dedicated department dealing exclusively with proceedings relating to confiscation, the restraint of assets in proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and associated legislation. The practice also offers a complete general criminal defence service bringing to it its experience in dealing with the most serious and complicated of criminal charges.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK The firm advises suspects from the very outset of a criminal enquiry providing pre-charge advice and negotiation, advice during interview and the highest quality representation in court proceedings. It defends against allegations brought by, amongst others, the Complex Case Units of the Crown Prosecution Service, the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs and the Serious and Economic Crime Units of the police. The firm acts for businesses and individuals facing allegations of boiler room fraud, mortgage fraud, banking fraud and fraud investigated by HMRC including missing trader and VAT fraud. It has been involved since the inception of the Bribery Act 2010 in defending high profile allegations of bribery and corruption often involving those persons entrusted by the public. It has extensive experience in dealing with the most serious accusations of large scale money laundering including that of alleged terrorists’ funds and a dedicated department devoted to the protection of clients’ assets in forfeiture and confiscation proceedings, regularly running to millions of pounds. Due to their heavyweight workload the firm continues to be at the forefront of defending cases of the most serious, complex and organised crime, many involving multi-jurisdictional issues, including drug conspiracies, people trafficking and gangland murder.