Confiscation case withdrawn against client at Woolwich Crown Court


The firm was privately instructed to act for a company director and restaurateur, who had been convicted of 9 offences of contravening s179 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, following his breach of an enforcement notice which had been issued following a building extension that was carried out to a property restaurant owned […]

Shearman Bowen Legal Insight – Challenging a HMRC decision to remove a Company’s VAT registration


This article considers the practice of Her Majesty’s revenue and Customs (“HMRC”) refusing to deduct a company’s Input Tax or to de-register the company’s VAT  number owing to a suspicion that the company in question is involved in fraud, or is a party to suspicious transactions. The result of such an enquiry inevitably causes financial […]

Successful defence for client charged with murder at Croydon crown court


Mark Bowen and Arlene Mansoor represented Daniel Hyde who had been caught up in an incident involving a number of people after his family home was attacked by two armed men shortly before Christmas last year. During the altercation one of the men who was involved in the attack sadly died as a result of injuries sustained during […]

Suspended prison sentence for client at Reading Crown court


Colette Kelly was privately instructed on behalf of our client who was sentenced last Friday to a suspended prison sentence for an offence of money laundering. Our client pleaded guilty to being in possession of criminal property, having been found in possession of £213,000 in cash, when he was stopped in his vehicle by investigators earlier […]

Legal 500 (financial and general crime ) rankings 2021: Shearman Bowen and Co highly ranked again in the white collar fraud defence and general crime categories


Shearman Bowen and co have been highly ranked by legal 500 legal directory once more both in the niche area of white collar defence and the general crime category. The rankings are decided upon following detailed research and analysis by the directory, who also utilise feedback from our peers and clients in deciding who should […]

Success for client wrongfully accused of possessing and distributing indecent images


Colette Kelly  was privately instructed on behalf of a young client who had been interviewed under caution by the police concerning allegations of possession and distribution of indecent images through a dormant Facebook account which was alleged to belong to her. The allegations were vehemently denied by our client in interview and thereafter we were […]

Case discontinued against professional client investigated for sexual offences


Colette Kelly was privately instructed on behalf of a professional client who being investigated  by the Police in relation to an allegation of sexual assault. Colette represented our client at interview and thereafter prepared detailed representations which set out why there should be no charges brought against our client. We are very pleased that the matter has […]

Investigation dropped against client in SFO Unaoil bribery enquiry


The firm has been instructed since last year on behalf of a company owner who was being investigated by the SFO for offences of conspiracy to commit bribery offences in contravention of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906. Since 2016 the SFO has been conducting a criminal investigation into the activities of Unaoil, its officers, its […]