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12 June 2024

Spear’s Legal Indices 2024 – the best lawyers for criminal law and white collar crime

Mark Jones, Partner and Head of the Defence and Investigations, and Henry Watkinson, are listed in the Spear’s Legal Indices 2024 which profiles the best criminal lawyers for high-net-worth-individuals in the UK.

With inaugural listings, Mark and Henry are ranked as ‘Recommended’ in the Spear’s Criminal Law and White Collar Crime Index 2024 which is an invaluable resource that lists the very best defence and prosecution solicitors and barristers who specialise in high-value financial crime, fraud and regulatory wrongdoing.

Linked below with kind permission, this year’s Spear’s Criminal Law and White Collar Crime Index 2024 includes:

Mark Jones – ‘Recommended’ with a focus on criminal and regulatory defence

Henry Watkinson – ‘Recommended’ with a focus on defence and investigations

Spear’s writes that “Due to their extensive involvement in business and financial activities, HNW individuals can be at the forefront of complex legal challenges. White-collar crimes, such as fraud, embezzlement, insider trading, money laundering, and tax evasion pose significant risks. In these circumstances, a criminal lawyer specialising in white-collar crime becomes indispensable. A skilled criminal lawyer understands the unique legal and regulatory landscape HNW individuals navigate and can also provide services in cases of regulatory investigations such as those brought about by the FSA or Competition Appeal Tribunal. They work to protect their clients’ interests, aiming to mitigate risks and resolve issues, providing crucial services such as meticulous investigation, strategic defence planning, and adept negotiation with authorities. HNWs who are the victim of crime may also have cause to engage a criminal lawyer to provide advice and/or bring a prosecution. Due to their considerable wealth, high-net-worth individuals are often targeted by criminals, making a good criminal lawyer essential to defend their clients where necessary.”

The 2024 edition of the Spear’s Criminal Law and White Collar Crime Index showcases the top providers of legal services to HNW and UHNW individuals and it covers advisers in the UK and beyond. All lawyers are selected on merit with the rankings drawn up on the basis of peer nominations, client feedback, telephone and face-to-face interviews, data supplied by firms, as well as information gathered by the Spear’s editorial and research teams. The Spear’s Criminal Law and White Collar Crime Index forms the core of the Spear’s 500, the key reference bible for HNW advisers.

The Spear’s Criminal Law and White Collar Crime Index 2024, first published on 12 June 2024 can be found here:

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