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Stokoe Partnership Stokoe Partnership Solicitors is a London & Manchester based multi-disciplinary practice specialising in criminal defence & civil litigation. We consistently attract high profile work, prosecuted by bodies such as the Inland Revenue, HM Revenue & Customs, The Serious Fraud Office and the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, as well as the Crown Prosecution Service and National Crime Agency.

Our experienced team of lawyers have been involved in many of the leading cases of recent years and our experience is invaluable in representing individuals. We are highly ranked for our criminal defence work and are recognised as a leading firm for general crime, fraud and white collar crime.

The Chambers Guide recognises our Firm as a "dedicated criminal defence boutique noted for its expert handling of serious crime cases", and The Legal 500 UK 2021 Guide describes us as "tough and fearless, one of the leading defence firms in the country" and note we "instil confidence and have a wide range of clients both domestically and, increasingly, internationally".
Highlights

read more › Stokoe Partnership Solicitors has a specialist civil litigation team with extensive experience spanning a range of practices, including complex arbitrations and commercial litigations, civil fraud, insolvency, civil forfeiture and recovery and tax fraud. We are described in the Chambers Guide as "a very reliable firm that provides a top service" and The Legal 500 recognises our team for its "strength in depth" of expertise and notes we "pursue cases with a relentless rigour". Bambos Tsiattalou selected for inclusion in the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom.

read more › Stokoe Partnership Solicitors has extensive knowledge and experience from dealing with some of the most serious and complex bribery and corruption cases, including high profiles cases such as HBOS, British Aerospace, and Mabey and Johnson. The Bribery Act 2010 has been described as "the toughest anti-corruption legislation in the world" and its provisions have been reinforced by the Criminal Finances Act 2017. It provides for criminal offences of bribing and being bribed (both in the public and private sectors) and extends its reach far beyond offences committed within this jurisdiction.

read more › Even if the criminal investigation does not result in prosecution or conviction, there is still the threat of civil action brought by the alleged victims of the fraud. Our expert fraud lawyers will be able to advise clients on their potential exposure to civil claims, and to help ensure that any tactical and strategic decision taken by the client in any criminal proceedings is made with an eye also on the question of civil liability. We also know that businesses and individuals investigated for fraud, are often only in that position because they themselves have been placed in that position due to the frauds of others.

read more › The introduction of corporate liability offences for failure to prevent certain types of crime (particularly in relation to bribery & corruption and tax offences), and the adoption of policies by investigating and prosecuting agencies where self-reporting or full co-operation can result in non-prosecution or a deferred prosecution agreement, means that it is often in the interests of a company and its directors to conduct its own internal investigations into wrongdoing as soon as there is suspicion of wrong doing or wrong doing is discovered.

read more › Insolvency is an area of law that governs both personal insolvency, in when an individual is unable to pay his/her debts, and company insolvency, where a company finds itself unable to pay its debts. Stokoe Partnership Solicitors are experienced in dealing with both personal and corporate insolvency. We act for creditors trying to recover monies owing to them and for the debtors unable to pay. We have excellent contacts with Licensed Insolvency Practitioners, who are usually licensed accountants who can act as Trustees in Bankruptcy or Liquidators, and barristers specialising in this field of law.

read more › Partner Richard Cannon comments on the news that a judge at Westminster Magistrates' Court has ruled that Mike Lynch can be extradited to the US, in The Times. Richard's comments were published in The Times, . Bambos Tsiattalou writes in The Times re the recent GCHQ mass data interception ECHR ruling. Partner Bambos Tsiattalou examines in The Times the recent European Court of Human Rights ruling in relation to GCHQ's data interception practices. Bambos Tsiattalou selected for inclusion in the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom.

read more › Stokoe Partnership Solicitors' civil team deal with a broad range of legal disputes, from multi party complex high value commercial litigation to contractual disputes between individuals and domestic and international arbitrations. Commercial litigation involves contractual disputes between companies and often individuals. These courts are divided into the High Court for general litigation and the specialist Courts being the Commercial Court, the Technology and Construction Court, and the courts of the Chancery Division including those dealing with Financial Services, Intellectual Property, Competition and Insolvency.

read more › Stokoe Partnership Solicitors' Private Client department advise on succession planning, wills, lasting powers of attorney and trusts. We provide in-depth legal advice on tax and estate planning to individuals and families both domiciled in the UK and many non-UK domiciliaries with interests here. Our team bring collective experience earned through building close long-term relationships with families to enable us to provide practical solutions to the issues our clients face, however complex. We act in the administration of the estates of deceased persons whether under a will or intestacy which is non contentious probate work.

read more › Stokoe Partnership Solicitors is a leading law firm for fraud. Our firm specialises in highly complex financial and white-collar crime, often involving hundreds of millions of pounds. The firm's expertise in business crime is recognised by both of the UK's leading legal directories, the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. The Legal 500 has characterised the firm as being "involved in the full-range of white-collar crime". We are used to representing both individuals and companies, and understand that the interests of the company and its directors are not always the same.

read more › Stokoe Partnership Solicitors is recognised as one of the leading firms specialising in representing corporate and individual defendants facing investigation and prosecution for trading standards and intellectual property offences. Our expert lawyers have been at the forefront of this area of the law, including bringing the recent appeal to the Supreme Court (R v M, C & T [2017] UKSC 58) in relation to whether section 92 of the Trade Marks Act 1994 applies to the grey market. We represented three clients regarding offences of counterfeiting relating to the sale of 'grey market goods'.

read more › Our specialist criminal defence solicitors are experts at successfully challenging both decisions to arrest and search warrants. We understand that the consequences of an arrest can be significant. It can mean detention in police custody, a search of property they deem relevant and being interviewed. It almost always means the collection of your personal information and biometric data, including DNA, fingerprints and photographs, as well as inclusion of the arrest report on the Police National Computer.

read more › Stokoe Partnership is regarded as one of the leading firms in the UK for serious crime and has been for many years, recognised by both of the UK's leading legal directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. We have extensive experience at representing both companies and individual directors facing investigation or prosecution for corporate manslaughter or serious health & safety offences. We understand the huge impact, both financial and reputational, that a corporate manslaughter prosecution can have on a company, and of course the stress of the risk of a custodial sentence available against individuals who are convicted of serious breaches leading to fatalities.

read more › All it takes is a momentary lapse of concentration or judgement when driving and the consequences can be terrible. An otherwise careful driver can find themselves facing charges carrying lengthy custodial sentences. Even where there is no damage or injury, a conviction for a driving offence may have a very serious impact upon a person's life and employment. We regularly instruct leading members of the Bar, and we ensure that cases are matched with barristers that have the necessary level of expertise and experience in dealing with the offence.

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