Firm profile submitted by Bark & Co
THE FIRM Established in 1996 by Giles Bark-Jones, Bark&co has developed into one of the UK’s most progressive and successful fraud and business crime firms. A member of the Specialist Fraud Panel, it handles civil and criminal fraud, business and tax regulation, tax investigations, white-collar crime, bribery and corruption and serious crime for individuals, national and international companies and other bodies. It has also established itself as a leader in the field of cash and asset recovery in both criminal and civil courts. The firm has a flexible approach, tailoring its advice to meet each client’s individual needs. Its rigorous commitment to quality has allowed it to win significant amounts of work through client referrals.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Corporate & Commercial Fraud: Bark&co handles a wide range of white-collar crime and fraud cases, including prosecutions and investigations brought by the SFO, the FCA, HMRC, the Special Compliance Office of the Inland Revenue, the CPS, SOCA and other prosecuting bodies. A leader in heavyweight criminal fraud work of all kinds, it is increasing sought after for major civil fraud cases. Bark&co became a member of the Serious Fraud Panel at its inception and its senior staff are accredited as supervisors of the most serious and complex cases. Acknowledged as a leader in the field, the firm has gained experience in many of the major prosecutions brought by the SFO and other agencies. Expertise includes tax regulation, VAT and duties tribunal work, defence of duty evasion, money-laundering and carousel fraud, mortgage fraud, investment fraud, corruption, pension fund fraud, telecoms fraud, theft, fraudulent trading by company directors and internet fraud. Dedicated teams also deal with confiscation and post- and pre-charge restraint proceedings.Notable recent work includes: successfully representing Mr Fitch-Holland (a barrister) in the high-profile prosecution of him and Chris Cairns (former New Zealand cricket captain) for allegedly perverting the course of justice in libel proceedings brought by Cairns against Lalit Modi (former head of the IPL) relating to ‘match-fixing’; successfully representing Noel Cryan in the SFO prosecution following the LIBOR scandal; acting in R v Franklin & ors, which prosecution counsel described as the ‘biggest case ever’ involving an allegation of carbon trading fraud; acting for four individuals in the SFO investigation into the Rolls Royce bribery allegations; representing an individual in the ‘bio-fuel’ investment fraud, the first SFO prosecution alleging offences under the Bribery Act; acting in R v Asil Nadir, one of the highest profile prosecutions by the SFO involving allegations of theft from the Polly Peck International group; and appearing in R v Adoboli, the US$2.3bn trading loss fraud at UBS.
Bark&co’s civil fraud, VAT and indirect tax practice has grown rapidly in recent years. Much of its work is confidential, but recent highlights include successfully representing a former mobile phone trader, Privin Corporation Ltd, in its appeal in the First Tier Tax Tribunal against HMRC VAT assessments for over £1m, bucking the current trend in MTIC decisions; Tuffoam (Uganda) Ltd v Milangela Raymunda Leona & ors, in which the firm represented a Ugandan manufacturer that was the victim of an international e-mail fraud; and Gurdip Singh v HMRC, a successful appeal in a large fraud with parallel High Court proceedings.
Criminal:The firm also continues to act in large, high-profile criminal trials, including murder, money laundering, drugs importations and people-smuggling cases. It focuses on high-end work, much of it international. A high-profile recent example was R v Ward & ors, the first trial in England to concern the use of military grenades, and securing the release from bail without prosecution of an individual accused of hacking computers, in connection with the phone hacking scandal. It also advises individuals and companies facing investigation or criminal proceedings as a result of health and safety and environmental breaches, taking cases from pre-charge interviews through to trial.
INTERNATIONAL A high-profile recent example was R v Ward & ors, the first trial in England to concern the use of military grenades, and securing the release from bail without prosecution of an individual accused of hacking computers, in connection with the phone hacking scandal. It also advises individuals and companies facing investigation or criminal proceedings as a result of health and safety and environmental breaches, taking cases from pre-charge interviews through to trial. International The firm’s work frequently extends overseas with specialist teams deployed for cases with a multi-jurisdictional element. Its international credentials are demonstrated by its involvement in R v Marrache & Co, a case alleging client account fraud that is notable as Gibraltar’s largest fraud case to date.