Confiscation update – R v Waya


The judgment of the UK Supreme Court in the case of R v Waya was published on 14th November. Many lawyers hoped that the Court might see fit to at last introduce an element of clarity if not sanity into the field of confiscation law. Sadly, the Court seems to have passed up that opportunity and […]

Recommended in Legal 500 2013


Shearman Bowen is once again ranked and recommended in the Legal 500 for 2013, published today . In “Crime: general” the firm is ranked in the top 20 firms in London for the fifth year in a row. The guide states: “Shearman Bowen & Co continues to attract a steady stream of high-quality work. Mark Bowen secured […]

Koestler Exhibition 2012 opens at Royal Festival Hall


Shearman Bowen are very pleased to sponsor an award once again in this year’s Koestler Trust Exhibition. The exhibition opens at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 19th September and features art works by offenders, secure patients and detainees from around the UK’s penal institutions. This year is the Trust’s 50th anniversary and the exhibition […]

London Bikeathon Sunday 16th September


For the 4th year in a row a team from Shearman Bowen & Co successfully completed the 52-mile challenge of the annual London Bikeathon on Sunday 16th September in support of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Our team, comprising team leader Ben Holden and a select number of domestiques, aims to raise £1,000 for the charity. If you would like […]

Settlement in Christian Littlewood case


Shearman Bowen acted for Christian Littlewood whose case concluded today at Southwark Crown Court. A negotiated settlement led to a confiscation order in the sum of £767,000. The FSA, who had described this as the most serious case of insider dealing to ever come before the UK criminal courts, had originally sought £2.8m. report

Acquittal in “Sanctions-busting” trial


Mark Bowen and Samia Ouladzhara successfully represented Jarrad Beddow, acquitted at the Old Bailey of exporting prohibited material to Iran. The Crown decided to offer no evidence against Mr Beddow after extensive legal argument. eveningstandard

Success in complex confiscation case


At Shearman Bowen we have built a reputation in recent years of successfully defending clients in complex confiscation proceedings. This trend has continued at Isleworth Crown Court. We were instructed to represent the defendant Ivan Marshall in his confiscation proceedings following his conviction for high level drug trafficking. The Crown had originally sought a confiscation order […]

Acquittal in arson case at Canterbury CC


Shearman Bowen have secured an acquittal for a multi-millionaire director accused of conspiring with others to burn down a property from his high value portfolio. The Crown offered no evidence against our client shortly after the trial had commenced following a series of disclosure requests formulated by senior partner Mark Bowen.