Burton Copeland “Top Ranked” again in the 2019 edition of the Legal 500

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Burton Copeland “Top Ranked” again in the 2019 edition of the Legal 500

Burton Copeland are proud to announce that once again we have been ranked as a Top Tier criminal firm in the North West in the leading publication.

Burton Copeland "Top Ranked" again in the 2019 edition of the Legal 500

‘the go-to firm for crime in Manchester ‘ with a ‘Top Notch team’

Achieving the Top Tier status in both general crime and fraud categories, Burton Copeland is described as the ‘go-to firm for crime in Manchester’ and ‘The ‘Top Notch’ team handles the full spectrum of criminal law from serious and organised crime through to regulatoryroad traffic and other areas such as murderhacking and forgery…’

Amongst the sizeable team Managing Partner Louise Straw is described as the ‘best of the best, with a fantastic reputation in high-profile sex cases and historic abuse cases.

Also recommended are the ‘hardworking and quietly efficient’ Jonathan Wall and Nick Terry, whose ‘dedication is unsurpassed’ along with Daniel Weed who is ‘very knowledgeable on police law’.

Former Senior Partner and now consultant Mike Mackey is described as ‘excellent at understanding the nuances and mechanics of a criminal case’.

In the Fraud category Mike Mackey is also recommended for his work on white-collar crime, the team regularly acts for both corporate and individual clients in relation to high profile commercial crime matters and is headed by Erin Cowley whose ‘knowledge of restraint and POCA proceedings is second to none’.

Legal 500 Firm Profile

“Operating from the office in Manchester, an extensive team of committed lawyers offers unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise with 24-hour, 365 days a year response. The firm was once again shortlisted in the Manchester Legal Awards 2017 for ‘Crime Team of the Year’ and ‘Regulatory Team of the Year’. Jonathan Wall was awarded ‘Paralegal of the Year 2017’. Michael Mackey received ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ in 2014. The firm is one of the largest Legal Aid Agency crime providers in Greater Manchester and holds very high costs case accreditation.

General and serious crime: the firm offers advice on all aspects of criminal and related investigations and proceedings, representing clients in every level of tribunal, acting in many of the major trials involving the most serious of offences. The firm has developed a pre-eminent specialism in shaken baby syndrome and sudden infant death and the defence of historic sexual offences.

Business crime and fraud: the business crime team undertakes cases involving corporate fraud, VAT irregularities, HMRC investigationsmoney laundering, confiscation and asset recovery, BIS (DTI) investigations, copyright/trade mark investigations, money laundering, bribery and corruption and mortgage fraud. A niche unit provides representation for allegations of breaches of trading standards regulations and was successful in this area in defending a kitchen entrepreneur in the largest ever prosecution of its kind in the UK.

Regulatory law: the firm is involved in the defence of all investigations, including inquests, and prosecutions for breaches of health and safety regulations and breaches brought by other regulators such as the Environment Agency, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Security Industry Authority and Gangmasters Licensing Authority. An area of growth has been in firearms certificate appeals representing members of the National Rifle Association. The firm has been involved in the longest running inquests in UK history which attracted worldwide publicity.

Medical and nursing care: the growth in recent years of criminal allegations against medical and nursing staff, especially in relation to the regulation of care homes by the Care Quality Commission, has resulted in the firm regularly being instructed by both representative bodies and individuals to advise and support through criminal investigations and proceedings.

Professional discipline: a specialist team provides a national service in representing members of professional and public service bodies including the representation of doctors, pharmacists, teachers, dentists and nurses in relation to regulatory and misconduct issues and criminal investigations and proceedings, backed up by the considerable focus and expertise of the main practice.

Road traffic: clients who are alleged to have committed offences in this topical area of law are represented by a dedicated unit, drivingoffence.com, providing a specialist and effective service with an enviable reputation in the successful defence of the full spectrum of motoring offences including speeding, dangerous driving, driving under the influence, mobile phone use, VOSA investigations and a niche specialisation in taxi regulation.

Clients: clients range from government departments, public service bodies, small to medium business enterprises, national corporations, healthcare professionals, leading individuals from the worlds of business, sport and entertainment to the private individual confronted by the police, Crown Prosecution Service and other prosecuting authorities.

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