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 […]

Legal 500 2014: Top Ranked for White-Collar Crime


Shearman Bowen rises in the Legal 500 rankings for Fraud: White-Collar Crime for the second successive year The latest Legal 500 rankings published September 2014 saw Shearman Bowen rise into the top 25 firms in London. The firm has now risen two tiers in the rankings since 2012. The guide reads: “The practice at Shearman Bowen […]