burton copeland maintain the highest "tier 1" status and mike mackey named as "leading individual" in two categories


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In the 2017 version of the publication Burton Copeland have remained at Tier 1 in respect of general crime category and tier 2 in relation to fraud.

mike mackey – commended as “leading individual” in both categories

Former senior partner Mike Mackey, who retired from partnership last year but remains heavily involved with the firm on a consultancy basis, receives “leading individual” title in both categories. In the fraud category he is praised for his work in white collar crime for his “thoroughness and commitment to clients”.

“no-nonsense approach and for its ability to tell clients the situation as it is, without the flannel’"

He is also described as being a well known name for his work on serious/organised crime, road traffic and regulatory crime in particular and one who ‘brings a very great level of preparation and commitment to the cases he works on’ but has a “no-nonsense approach and for its ability to tell clients the situation as it is, without the flannel’. Anybody who knows Mike will agree that that comment sums him up perfectly.


Commendation for the fraud department

Both Kim Holden and Erin Cowley also received special comment in the Fraud Category stating that strength of the department “lies in its attention to detail and the level of care it gives to clients in all their cases".

Kim Holden was singled out for her work in large-scale technical fraud, money laundering, tax investigations and corporate crime and Erin Cowley was also mentioned in relation to the defence of a client alleged to have been involved in a personal injury fraud matter involving allegations that the defendant recruited people who subsequently submitted false injury claims.

Special mentions also go to Managing Partner Louise Straw who "has developed a strong reputation representing individual in cases involving historical sexual abuse and sexual offences" and Senior Partner Gwyn Lewis, who runs the Road Traffic Defence Department who is described as a "recommended individual".