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Managing Partner: Giles Bark-Jones
Number of partners: 1
Number of lawyers: 25
Languages: English, Armenian, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Punjabi, Urdu

Firm Overview:
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.

Main Areas of Practice:

Financial Crime:

1 partner, 14 fee earners based in London
Bark&co acts for high net worth clients and businesses in 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, NCA, SOCA and other prosecuting bodies.

Relevant Work:
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. Expertise includes money-laundering and carousel fraud, mortgage fraud, investment fraud, corruption, pension fund fraud, telecoms fraud, theft, fraudulent trading by company directors and internet fraud. Dedicated teams also assist in relation to confiscation and post and pre-charge restraint proceedings. Recent Cases: Notable recent work includes successfully representing a defendant in the SFO prosecution following the LIBOR scandal; acting for a (highly confidential) individual in the investigation into the BHS collapse; acting for individuals in the SFO investigation into the Rolls Royce bribery allegations; successfully representing barrister Mr Fitch-Holland in the prosecution of him and Chris Cairns (former New Zealand cricket captain) for allegedly perverting the course of justice in libel proceedings against former IPL-head Lalit Modi; acting in R v PF & Others described by prosecution counsel as the ‘biggest case ever’ involving allegations of carbon trading fraud; representing an individual in the ‘bio-fuel’ investment fraud, the first SFO prosecution alleging offences under the Bribery Act; acting in R v Asil Nadir, the high profile prosecution by the SFO involving allegations of theft from the Polly Peck International group; and appearing in R v Adoboli, the US$2.3bn trading loss fraud at UBS.

1 partner; 14 fee earners based in London
The experienced tax team at Bark&co is equipped to deal with a wide range of cases, including complex appeals to the VAT and Duties Tribunals, and to the Courts including through Judicial Review proceedings, and responding quickly to HMRC interventions, seizures and searches. It also represents clients in tax investigations and enquiries, handling negotiations with HMRC on their behalf.

Relevant Work:
In addition to civil tax litigation and investigations, the leading criminal team regularly acts in high profile and very high value cases involving tax evasion, for example in connection with international alcohol and tobacco activities, and also allegations of VAT/MTIC fraud.

Recent Cases:
Much of Bark&co’s work in this area is highly confidential, but recent highlights include successfully representing a former mobile phone trader in its appeal in the First Tier Tax Tribunal against HMRC VAT assessments for over £1m; representing a client in an appeal against a £60m+ conviction for alcohol tax evasion; representing a client in a highly complex matter involving a number of payroll companies that allegedly failed to pay tax on behalf of the companies for which they acted; acting in relation to a £50m tobacco-related tax evasion and an £800m international tax fraud involving a number of global jurisdictions, and assisting a client in a £100m case arising out of Operation Amazon, a multijurisdictional matter described by KPMG and the Daily Telegraph as ‘one of the biggest direct tax frauds in UK history’.

General Crime:
1 partner; 12 fee earners based in London
Bark&co regularly acts for clients in large, high-profile criminal cases, following arrests for murder, money laundering, drugs importation and people-smuggling. The firm focuses on high-end work, much of it with an international dimension. Bark&co also advises individuals and their companies who are facing investigations or criminal proceedings as a result of health and safety and environmental breaches. The specialist team carefully guides clients through all stages of criminal proceedings from pre-charge interviews through to trial and, where appropriate, appeal.

Recent Cases:
Bark&co has an impressive track record of representing clients in complex criminal matters. These include representing an accused in the high profile News of the World ‘phone hacking’ trial and subsequent computer hacking investigations, the ‘Clerkenwell crime syndicate’ case, and the Operation Yewtree sexual offenses investigation. Further highlights have included acting for a professional footballer who is alleged to have taken part in the attempted murder of a man after a night out; and representing a high ranking Metropolitan Police Officer in relation to serious criminal allegations, as well as assisting clients in international drugs supply, murder, manslaughter, firearms and terrorism matters. Although the firm is well known for discretion, Bark&co’s services are also sought after in cutting-edge matters that are in the public eye such as representing those accused of war crimes.

Firm Contact:
Giles Bark-Jones (Principal)
Tel: + 44 20 7353 1990
Email: [email protected]