Crutes Law Firm’s “appropriateness of advice is second to none” for white-collar crime.

Crutes Law Firm, Newcastle
David Gray Solicitors, Newcastle
Geoffrey Forrester & Co, Jarrow
Hay & Kilner, Newcastle
Pearson Caulfield, Newcastle
Russell Jones & Walker, Newcastle
Stephens McDonald & Robson, Newcastle
Ward Hadaway, Newcastle
Brown Beer Nixon Mallon, Middlesborough
McKeag & Co, Newcastle
TBI, Hartlepool

Crutes Law Firm’s “appropriateness of advice is second to none” for white-collar crime. Led by the “clear, concise and extremely accurate” Rod Searl, the team recently represented North Tyneside Council at preliminary and PACE stage in the defence of a high-profile asbestos prosecution.

Highlights for David Gray Solicitors included advising a company and individual charged with contravening Environment Agency legislation, and representing two members of Unison at an inquest into the death of a psychiatric patient in a police station in Middlesbrough. Brian Hegarty is recommended.

Name partner Geoffrey Forrester is the key contact at Geoffrey Forrester & Co.

Mark Harrison’s three-partner team at Hay & Kilner supplements its strength in white-collar crime and health and safety prosecutions with specialist expertise in proceeds of crime proceedings. It has recently represented defendants in relation to money laundering and financial gain arising from drug trafficking, mortgage fraud, cigarette smuggling and the dishonest purchase and sale of property involving links with Northern Cyprus.

Lewis Pearson leads the team at Pearson Caulfield.

Russell Jones & Walkeris regularly instructed by prominent institutional clients such as the Police Federation of England and Wales and the Royal College of Nursing in high-profile prosecutions. Alan Samuels leads the Newcastle team and is “thorough, knowledgeable and tenacious”.

Bradley Stephens is the key figure at niche firm Stephens McDonald & Robson.

Ward Hadaway’s team, led by Stephen Graham, handles cases involving a wide range of regulatory bodies. Recent highlights include representing a local authority in relation to two high-profile Health and Safety Executive investigations, both of which resulted in criminal proceedings.

Brown Beer Nixon Mallon is recommended for its legal aid work.

McKeag & Co is noted for its defendant practice.

John Ellwood at TBI is recommended for his white-collar crime expertise.


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