David Hansom

Global law firm Clyde & Co has recently announced the appointment of David Hansom as a Partner in its Infrastructure group, where he will lead the firm’s public procurement offering.

David is a leading procurement lawyer with over 15 years’ experience. He specialises in public procurement law with sectoral expertise across transport, energy, education, health, technology and waste. He joins from Veale Wasbrough Vizards, where he was Partner and National Head of its public sector team. He was previously at Eversheds.

David has significant expertise in procurement structuring of real estate development projects as well as advising on public sector funding, trading and state aid issues in the context of procurement projects. He also has procurement litigation experience.

Clyde and Co’s infrastructure group comprises over 150 lawyers world-wide. It advises on the full project pipeline – from planning and investment to construction and post-delivery. The group works across all asset types: social, energy, transport and commercial development and is proud to have advised on iconic projects across the UK and worldwide.



Robert Rhodes QC

Robert Rhodes QC specialises in business crime (e.g. civil and criminal fraud, tax investigations, bribery and money laundering), mediation and arbitration (both as counsel and mediator/arbitrator), financial services, regulatory and disciplinary law. He is also registered for direct access with the public.

Robert is noted for his utter dedication to his clients. He has a commercial approach to his clients’ problems, and always gives clear, practical advice.

Robert sits on a number of Far Eastern panels of arbitrators / mediators, has rights of audience in the Dubai International Financial Centre, and is a member of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre. He has been appointed a Senior International Mediation Expert at the Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center, Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the London Court of International Arbitration and of the International Chamber of Commerce. He has also chaired numerous regulatory and disciplinary tribunals. He has been a member of the Corporate Panel of the Dispute Board Federation. He is a Bencher of the Inner Temple, a Recorder of the Crown Court in England and Wales, and a member of the Bar Council.

He has been recommended as a Leading Silk in Fraud, Banking and Finance by the Legal 500.

He has spoken in various continents on fraud, money laundering, bribery (most recently in Italy, where the audience included the Lord Chief Justice) mediation and arbitration. He has published extensively on those subjects, and has been interviewed by the media.

Robert is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UK-Cyprus Enterprise Council, and a member of the Advisory Council to the UK Sichuan Business Association.

Selection of Cases

Shah v Shah (Companies Court)

Company law dispute between brothers who were shareholders and directors of a plc.

BSAL v CHILUKIRI (Commercial Court)

Alleged advance fee fraud

R (Lee) v General Commissioners of Income Tax & HMRC (Administrative Court)

Successful application for judicial review in respect of Commissioners’ adverse decision to a taxpayer.

Connelly v Law Society (Administrative Court)

Significant case on various areas of law relating to solicitors’ practice, including conflicts of interest, obtaining written instructions from a client and solicitor’s lien.

Accountancy Investigation & Discipline Board v PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP & Another

250 page judgment of tribunal (chaired by Robert Rhodes QC), relating to disciplinary proceedings arising from the collapse of Mayflower Plc. See www.frc.org.uk


Rob Rode

Rob is a nationally and internationally recognized specialist criminal defence solicitor.  An acknowledged specialist fraud (white collar) and regulatory defence solicitor, he is described in one of the leading guides to the profession as “like a terrier that never stops digging”.  Rob is a supervisor on the Specialist Fraud Panel set up by the Legal Aid Agency. He is a Higher Court Advocate.

He represents individuals and companies in the UK and abroad facing investigation/prosecution under the Bribery Act or multijurisdictional legislation including FCPA. He has experience of dealing with prosecution authorities across a number of jurisdictions.

Rob undertakes fraud defence, regulatory defence,white collar defence involving cross-jurisdictional issues, defence of tax/VAT fraud, motoring and general criminal matters with (again, according to a leading independent guide) “a certain panache”.

He has acted as defence solicitor successfully in numerous cases defending historic and present day sexual offence allegations.Cases of this nature may also involve allegations of neglect and he has acted for both individuals and organizations.

He also has a particular interest in defending allegations of serious violence and murder acting successfully as defence solicitor in multiple cases over his years of practice.

He is tactically astute and will ensure that when appropriate a pro-active defence is pursued in all cases.

Rob trained at Irwin Mitchell and joined ABR Solicitors in 1998 becoming a partner in 2002 and senior/managing partner in 2013. He was Chairman of the Serious Fraud Association, and a member of SAHCA, CLSA  the International Criminal Bar ,the American Bar Association and a member of the Leeds criminal duty solicitor defence scheme.

He is Criminal Law Lawyer of the Year in England (International Advisory Experts Awards 2017)

 He is also UK-regional Criminal Defence lawyer of the year (ACQ5 Law Awards 2017)

He is ranked a leading figure by the legal 500 and Chambers and has  national and international recognition and awards in relation to his and the firm’s work.

They state that Rob Rode is called “a tour de force – an ambitious, energetic and thorough lawyer.” He is known for his work in the defence of business crime allegations. “He is a national figure, a leader in the field in Leeds and nationally. A power broker who is held in extremely high regard,” reports the Bar. ”He is remarkably hands on. He has a great presence in this area (crime and financial crime) according to sources who add that he thinks outside the box and always provides good service to his clients. He is extremely proactive”. “He is very talented and hardworking and always keeps his client’s best interests at heart “ “He is an extremely impressive and dynamic team leader who combines fearless tenacity with an exceptionally personable attitude”

The firm is ranked number one in Yorkshire and the Humber and number two nationally by the Legal 500 and Chambers. The team is described as “excellent”.

Criminal & Fraud Law:

We know that when your reputation, livelihood or liberty are on the line, you need a lawyer you trust to guide you through a process that can be bewildering and just plain frightening. Our specialist fraud defence and criminal defence team have immense experience of the criminal justice system in all its forms and at every level, and our team includes solicitors and solicitor advocates who can represent you every step of the way. 

Our fraud lawyers are experts in the defence of clients in prosecutions brought by all the prosecution authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Environment Agency, BIS (formerly the DTI) and the Crown Prosecution Service, and we leave no stone unturned to ensure that if a prosecution can be avoided it is avoided, and if it cannot, it is defended to the fullest rigour of the law. The firm is a member of the Legal Aid Agency Serious Fraud Panel. Public funding (legal aid) will be available where applicable for representation.

ABR Solicitors:

Sources regard the criminal law team here as a “key player “Although the team handles a large amount of regulatory and fraud work, it also continues to handle general criminal cases on a regular basis. “This is a very ambitious firm with a bright future ahead of it,” according to observers.

Acting on fraud, regulatory and general crime cases we are ranked highly in leading independent research publications and our discerning clientele reflect our reputation.

Prosecutions and investigations of all kinds are defended at all stages of their progress by our experienced team of criminal defence and fraud defence lawyers.

ABR Solicitors are a progressive practice ensuring independent representation for all our clients. We maintain excellent professional relationships with others barristers, solicitors and expert witnesses seeking justice for our clients.


Tony Butterworth

I am a Senior UK Immigration Consultant with 15 years’ experience in UK immigration, seven of which were spent in the Home Office as their Executive Officer. I work with large multinational companies and individuals of all nationalities, such as skilled migrants, investors and high net worth individuals who are seeking work authorisation for economic based activities. I enjoy the variety of working with clients across a range of sectors including Magic Circle global law firms, financial services, IT, Oil and Gas and natural resources.

I pride myself in being a recognised immigration expert, known for providing advice and processing support to all of Ferguson Snell’s clients. Throughout my career in immigration I have forged long standing relationships with UKBA migration policy managers and case workers; these relationships enable me to offer an efficient, proactive approach to my immigration clients. I embrace the constant challenges presented to me within my role and work hard to establish excellent working relationships with my clients, taking the time to understand their needs, to operate within each business client’s company ethos and offer innovative solutions for all immigration needs, no matter how complex.

Ferguson Snell:

Ferguson Snell is the most established immigration company in the business. Operating in the UK since 1985, the company has continued to evolve. We pride ourselves in our provision of accurate, compliant, high-touch immigration services to individuals and organisations alike.

On 5 May 2016, CSC (NYSE: CSC), a leading provider of next-generation technology solutions and services, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Xchanging plc, Ferguson Snell’s parent company. Ferguson Snell is now part of CSC.

Today Ferguson Snell is expanding internationally and, while the company continues to grow, we still maintain the friendly, approachable, solution-finding ethos that has always made Ferguson Snell stand out amongst other immigration services.

Ferguson Snell has dedicated UK immigration, US immigration and Global teams working on business and private client immigration. The company is headquartered in London with an Asia Pacific office based in India and Global immigration capabilities across 88 countries.


Sanjay Panesar

Sanjay began his career at Manches in Central London and qualified in 2002.

Sanjay joined Gill & Co in 2002 and became head of the civil and criminal departments. During his four years at Gill & Co Sanjay honed his skills in both criminal and civil matters and built up his reputation as a tactician and achiever of excellent results for clients. During his latter years at Gill & Co Sanjay secured clients within the cash and carry sector and grew this field of expertise.

In 2006 Sanjay set up his own practice and has steadily built up this practice to the niche practice that it is today which specialises in commercial litigation especially in VAT/Excise matters dealing with many condemnation proceedings, restoration proceedings, appeals to the tax tribunal and judicial reviews.

Sanjay is one of the leading experts in the Country in VAT/Excise matters and has dealt with many of the more recent leading authorities, of which have resulted in success in the Court of Appeal. He is acclaimed by clients and has worked closely with some of the finest Queens Counsel in the Country for over 10 years.

Sanjay is also a specialist in criminal matters in which he has achieved many great results for his clients as a result of fast reaction to clients matters and putting into place tactics up to and including trial. He has for many of his clients achieved success before trial with prosecutors taking no further action in a variety of criminal matters.

Sanjay is renowned for his keen eye to detail on matters and takes a very pro-active approach to litigation, Sanjay excels in negotiations and achieves excellent results for clients even in the more difficult matters that he conducts both criminal and civil.

Sanjay leads all the VAT and Excise matters and settles strategy and tactics before cases are sent for Judicial Review.

VAT Law:

Rainer Hughes are specialists in dealing with VAT, Excise Duties, Customs Duties and HMRC matters. We have a particular emphasis in the alcohol industry, cash and carry trade and the tobacco market having acted for clients in this industry for the last 10 years.

Our work includes:

  • Appeals against Detentions and subsequent Seizures by way of Condemnation Proceedings
  • Appealing Duty Drawback Rejected claims
  • Successfully reducing Assessments of VAT and Excise Duty and achieving the withdrawal of Assessments altogether
  • Judicial Reviews and Injunctive Relief in respect of detention of goods
  • We can give advice on Movement and Premises Bond Guarantees and can advise on seeking their reduction where appropriate
  • We also provide assistance in cash detentions and forfeiture hearings

Our team are also available to conduct legal compliance reviews, investigations and audits and where possible advise clients on how best to take pre-emptive steps to ensure that they comply with the ever changing UK, EU and international trade laws and regulations.

We appreciate that potential issues relating to Customs related matters can take place at any time. Our team is available outside of normal office hours and is able to offer immediate pragmatic and practical advice to help manage the situation and limit the potential damage to your business. We offer on-site assistance during HMRC visits should the need arise.

It goes without saying our aim, at Rainer Hughes is to attempt to recover your costs from HM Revenue and Customs, and the Crown Prosecution Service or against the party whom brought the proceedings against you. However, costs cannot be recovered in the Tax Tribunals for any new appeals due to recent changes in the law.

We have successfully conducted cases which have identified incorrect procedures being adopted by HMRC, some of these cases have been reported which can be seen on this site.

We conduct matters for clients in both the civil and criminal courts, County Court and Magistrates Court, Administrative Court, Queens Bench and Chancery Division of the High Court, and the Court of Appeal both Civil and Criminal Division.


Chris Chatfield

Chris Chatfield specialises in Goods in Transit work (primarily road and ocean carriage), policy disputes, insurance litigation and the drafting of commercial contracts (such as distribution agreements and forwarders’ standard trading conditions). His goods in transit work includes both recoveries and liability work.

I joined Waltons & Morse in July 1999 having qualified as a solicitor in December 1997. I have a Masters Degree in International Commercial Law from the University of Nottingham and wrote my thesis on title to sue in respect of the carriage of goods by sea.

My practice consists of goods in transit claims (principally by road and sea, but also air and rail freight) and marine and liability insurance. I also specialise in warehouse claims defending and pursuing claims in relation to damage and loss to cargo arising from theft, floods, fires and other such causes.

My work regarding carriage of goods includes both claims and liability work involving both domestic and international carriage. .

I have represented stevedores and freight and port terminals in regard to claims by cargo interests, equipment claims and general liability issues.

I also advise and act on behalf of both insurers and insureds with regard to insurance policy issues. I specialise in cargo and freight liability policies. I have been responsible for drafting policies in this area for several of the leading insurers. I have advised a number of carriers, cargo interests and freight organisations on their liabilities arising from the importation of clandestine entrants.

Waltons & Morse LLP:

n about 1848 Charles Walton, the founder of the firm, opened a law office in the dock area close to the Tower of London to specialize in shipping and insurance law. These remain the core business activities of the firm, which is one of the leading specialist practices based in the City of London. A brief history of the firm is set out below.We have always been located at the centre of the London shipping and insurance markets and, since its earliest days, the firm’s clientele has included underwriters, shipowners and trading companies based abroad.

Contacts established over the years with foreign lawyers, surveyors and other experts, coupled with our modern communications facilities, enable us to deal with complex situations wherever they arise.

There is a wealth of experience amongst the partners and staff, and our aim is to provide prompt and practical advice and guidance. Our principal objective is to resolve problems efficiently and in the most effective manner in the client’s best interests.


Karim Khalil QC

Karim Khalil practises mainly in London and the South East. He has defended or prosecuted most of the high profile and high value matters to arise on circuit in recent years. He has an associate Tenancy in Leeds and Newcastle to more easily accommodate the requests for his expertise across the country. He also advises and represents those involved in cases involving issues of foreign jurisdiction and/or cross-border matters.

Karim was called to the Bar in 1984, became one of the youngest Assistant Recorders/Recorders, and took Silk in 2003 prior to prosecuting Ian Huntley & Maxine Carr (the Soham murders). His advice and advocacy is sought across diverse fields, including murder, serious fraud (including Inland Revenue, Customs & Excise and MTIC), health & safety, drug trafficking and sexual offences. He has a particular interest in medico-legal, science-based and baby-shaking cases.

More recently he has become closely involved in matters with a more international dimension, including defending against requests for the extradition of ‘convicted gang murderers’.

His close association with the University of Cambridge enables him to draw on significant expertise. This has helped to make him a leading Silk in the cross examination of scientific experts in many fields (including pathology, neuropathology, genetics, palynology {plant based analysis} and mineralogy). University academics also assist him with cases requiring detailed consideration of cases with an international dimension.

Karim Khalil successfully resisted criminal proceedings on behalf of one of the government scientists in the Porton Down investigation.

He has been involved in many trials involving Police informants and is known for the careful and sensitive handling of such cases. Karim Khalil has made prisoner representations to the Discretionary Lifer Panel and he appears regularly in the Court of Appeal, often superseding original trial Counsel. He represented Richard Jan on his appeals against conviction and sentence for a campaign of petrol bombings (said to be one of the most dangerous men in the UK) and he represented the successful appellant in the House of Lords in R v Wang (Judge’s direction to convict, unlawful).

He writes the chapter on confiscation law in “Fraud: Law Practice & Procedure” published by LexisNexis and is instructed in cases involving significant confiscation proceedings.

He has appeared in the VAT Tribunal on behalf of those appealing against refusals by HM Customs to repay VAT following assertions of VAT/MTIC fraud.

Karim Khalil was the keynote speaker at the inaugural conference for SIOs on the electronic presentation of evidence in court. Karim Khalil is a member of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences to whom he presented the keynote speech on “The Science of the Soham Murders”.

In recognition of his work and burgeoning profile in the area, Karim was awarded Financial Regulation Lawyer of the year in 2015 by corporate livewire magazine.

Areas of practice:

·    Professional Discipline

·    Criminal Law

·    Proceeds of Crime

·    Public Law

·    Extradition

·    Direct Access

·    Regulatory Prosecutions

·    Consumer Law

·    Military Law

·    Appeals

·    Fraud and Financial Regulation

·    Bribery & Money Laundering

Criminal Law Practice:

At the heart of Drystone Chambers’ practice is a dedicated team of specialist advocates who defend and prosecute in trials of serious, complex and high profile criminal cases.

From the provision of initial Advice during investigations, through to advocacy at Court, we ensure our clients are given the best representation at every stage. Members of the team practice in all Courts; from the Magistrates’ Court to the Supreme Court and provide truly national coverage. As well as our base in London we have a strong links with court centres in the North West, South West, East Anglia, Lincolnshire and across the South East of England.We have acted in many landmark cases of recent years, including:

·    The 21/7 terrorist trial

·    The “Soham murders”

·    SFO and FCA prosecutions

·    Damilola Taylor murder

·    The Ahmed ‘honour killing’ murder

·    The first ever non-jury Crown Court trial

·    The Oxford sexual grooming trial

·    Largest ever mortgage fraud

·    Millennium Dome robbery

·    Largest ever cocaine importation

·    First large-scale servitude case

Drystone Chambers have a deserved reputation for their legal knowledge, advocacy and client care and have over 20 of our barristers listed in Chambers UK, this is reflected in what the directories say about us. We have taken arguments at trial and on appeal that have changed the course of the criminal law on issues including:

·    Recklessness and arson

·    serious sexual offences

·    bad character

·    joint enterprise and murder/manslaughter

·    gross negligence manslaughter

·    confiscation

·    public interest immunity

·    reverse burdens of proof

·    inferences from silence

·    autrefois convict

·    abuse of process

·    kidnapping

·    the admissibility of expert evidence, including lip-reading and facial mapping

We regularly lecture on current topics in the criminal law. Recent lectures have included joint enterprise, recklessness and handling vulnerable witnesses. Many teach Advocacy and are accredited Advocacy trainers.


Paul Jonson

Paul Jonson is a Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution and Regulatory division.

Areas of Work Covered:

Paul specialises in resolving disputes for commercial clients, usually outside of the court process.

Paul has particular expertise in managing and resolving disputes arising from the running, sale and purchase of the business including; shareholder disputes, breach of directors’ fiduciary duty claims, Section 994 Companies Act petitions, share sale warranty claims and commercial fraud claims.

Bringing and defending emergency injunction proceedings is also a regular part of Paul’s caseload. Paul has acted as a supervising solicitor in the execution of search orders on a number of occasions. Paul has experience in managing large scale disputes and whilst he has substantial trial expertise, he is a keen supporter and regular user of appropriate alternative dispute resolution techniques such as mediation. In recognition of this he received the ‘Mediation Champion Award’ at the CEDR Awards for Excellence 2010.

Other specialisms include partnership disputes (particularly in relation to professionals) and intellectual property disputes. Paul has recently undertaken a post graduate diploma in IP law from Nottingham Law School and was awarded a commendation. Other practice areas include arbitrations, defamation claims, professional negligence and franchise disputes. Paul has been involved in a number of reported cases since 1997.

Paul is a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association, the Association of Disciplinary and Regulatory Lawyers, Commercial Litigators Association and the Association of Partnership Lawyers.

Paul is recognised as a Leader in commercial litigation. Paul is quoted in Chambers UK Guide 2013 as being a “tremendous strategist,” who is “highly efficient” and is praised for his ability to take the emotions out of the process.

In 2011 Paul was appointed a deputy district judge on the Northern Circuit.


Quentin Bargate

Quentin qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and subsequently he has spent his entire career in top quality City of London law firms. Quentin heads the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, handling all kinds of dispute from debt collections to multi-million dollar matters and is also head of the Superyacht Group. Quentin is an expert in yacht contract work and other commercial contract work. Quentin is able to bring his considerable depth and breadth of experience to bear on matters to help resolve problems and settle complex contracts quickly and cost effectively.

Quentin was a partner for over 14 years in Simmons & Simmons, one of London’s premier law firms, where he was Head of the International Trade and Shipping Group and a member of the Litigation Department and Arbitration Groups, handling complex matters for clients based around the world. He also developed specialised skills in superyacht / megayacht contracts and disputes as well as commercial shipping and trade.

In 2004, Quentin fulfilled a lifetime ambition when he set up his own law firm, Quentin Bargate & Co. In 2006, he was joined by his old friend and former colleague, Andrew Murray, and the firm changed its name to Bargate Murray. The firm has since enjoyed rapid expansion.Quentin is an advocate for alternative dispute resolution (ADR), but he also deals with cases in court when required. He occasionally sits as an arbitrator.

Quentin holds a Master’s degree in Marine law, is a member of the LMAA, a Member of the Nautical Insititute, a member of the IOD and a Freeman of the City of London.

His other interests include photography (Elsevier has published a technical book. “Microstock Photography” written by Quentin under his “Douglas Freer” pen name on stock photography), music and his family.

Litigation Law Practice:

Using our considerable experience in handling complex cases, we seek to avoid time-consuming and expensive court action, whether via an early financial settlement between parties, or through a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution such as mediation.

Where litigation appears inevitable, however, we will approach the matter with you in a way that is sensitive, cost-aware and time-efficient.

We use sophisticated document management software to assist in managing document intensive cases. This helps us both to reduce costs and more efficently identify issues and the documents relevant to those issues.

Our work extends across all levels of the court system. We can assist you with the following:

  • Injunctions and other urgent action
    • Company and shareholder disputes
    • Contract disputes
    • Trade, insurance and shipping disputes
    • Property disputes
    • International cross-border litigation
    • Defamation and libel
    • Banking and financial litigation
    • Employment disputes
    • Debt collection


Peter Bredin

Peter joined Dillon Eustace in March 2015 and is a partner in the litigation and dispute resolution department. He has considerable experience advising clients in disputes arising from financial services, business relations, professional duties, fraud, personal injuries and loss, insurance coverage, and publication. He has acted for state bodies, financial institutions, companies and individuals in the various dispute resolution fora including formal court proceedings, mediation and arbitration. He also advises in relation to inquiries and investigations. Before joining Dillon Eustace Peter was a senior associate in another leading Irish firm where he practised in the area of Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Peter is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland (CLAI), the Defence Research Institute (DRI) and the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association (PNLA).


PRACTICE AREA: Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

EDUCATION: University College Dublin and the Law Society of Ireland.

– Acting for a bank in the successful dismissal of a mis-selling case in the Commercial Court.

– Acting for a bank in the successful defence of a challenge to the enforcement of loans which had been securitised.

– Acting for NAMA in Commercial Court proceedings against a guarantor.
– Acting in a dispute before the Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal.

– Acting for purchasers of loan books in court applications associated with the acquisition of those loan books.

– Advising the professional indemnity insurers of a solicitor struck off the Roll of Solicitors in relation to a range of claims and coverage issues.
– Acting for a US-based individual in a challenge to the provision of evidence in Ireland for criminal proceedings in Italy pursuant to a request for mutual legal assistance.
– Advising employers in relation to health and safety matters including investigations.
– Advising clients in relation to product liability claims.