HMRC Prosecutions Double Since 2012


HM Revenue & Customs today announced that the number of evasion cases lined up for prosecution nearly doubled to 1,135 in the three years to 2015-16. The release of the figures, in response to a Freedom of Information request, comes as the tax authority prepares to use new data to investigate individuals who have hidden […]

Acquittal in HMRC Prosecution


Our client Julian Whiteway-Wilkinson was acquitted today of charges of cheating the public revenue by a jury at Wood Green Crown Court. Our client, the founder and former owner of London Fields Brewery in Hackney, had been prosecuted by HMRC in connection with £730,000 of unpaid tax, but the jury returned not guilty verdicts after […]

Fraud Prosecutions Fall – Reported Fraud Quadruples


The number of white collar prosecutions has fallen to a six-year low even though the amount of economic crime in the UK has risen over the same period, a development that could bolster arguments that a lack of resources is hampering the fight against crime. Official statistics show there were 8,304 prosecutions for financial crime […]

Legal 500 2016: Top Ranked for Crime


“Criminal defence boutique Shearman Bowen & Co provides a ‘level of engagement that is vanishingly rare among criminal firms’”…

Legal 500 2016: Top Ranked for White- Collar Crime


With some ‘major successes in highly publicised cases’, Shearman Bowen & Co is ‘now one of the eminent players in the white-collar crime field’…

Koestler Exhibition 2016


We are all Human is the UK’s annual national showcase of arts by prisoners, ex-offenders on community sentences, secure psychiatric patients and immigration detainees. It is the ninth exhibition in an ongoing partnership between the Koestler Trust and Southbank Centre. “Prison is a concrete jungle so I wanted to get as much nature into the exhibition […]

Deal Agreed In SFO’s Biggest-Ever Boiler Room Case


A team led by partner Ben Holden successfully negotiated a deal today to settle confiscation proceedings in the SFO’s biggest-ever prosecution for boiler room fraud. Our client Jeffrey Revell-Reade agreed to a £10.75m order at Southwark Crown Court. Shearman Bowen took over as the client’s solicitors following his conviction in 2014. (see ‘the brief’ 21.04.16), […]

Acquittal in $100m SFO Prosecution


Our client James Campbell Sutherland, head of the Hong Kong-based fiduciary Zetland Financial Group, was acquitted yesterday of a money laundering charge at Southwark Crown Court. The jury returned their verdict in less than four hours following a nine-week trial. The prosecution by the SFO concerned laundering the proceeds of boiler room fraud valued in […]