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HMA v. Whitehouse

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In this very high profile case, the client appeared on petition charged with fraud, arising out of the acquisition of Rangers Football Club. 

A team, under the leadership of Stuart Munro, was assembled to deal with the prosecution.  Stuart had a series of consultations with the client in London and elsewhere.  The scale of the Crown case was immense, with over a hundred thousand pages of productions, and almost three hundred witnesses.  Countless complex issues arose, including the navigation of legal professional privilege claims.  Project management and spreadsheet software was put to extensive use. 

Detailed representations on sufficiency were made to the Crown.  When the case was indicted,  a series of legal issues were raised with the court, including challenges to the relevancy of the charges on the indictment, prejudicial pre-trial publicity and oppression.  These challenges were successful, with all charges against the client being either withdrawn by the Crown or dismissed by the court.


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Livingstone Brown is a leading firm of Scottish solicitors. Based in Glasgow, but dealing with cases around the country, the firm has been at the forefront of legal service provision for over thirty years.

If you have a legal problem, getting good quality legal information at the earliest stage can be invaluable. The firm offers a free initial enquiry service; all you have to do is call in, telephone, or e-mail. You won't be charged for your enquiry; we'll let you know by return whether we can help, what we can do, and how much it's likely to cost. We can also offer legal aid where available.

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Led by former senior partner Gerard Brown CBE, who continues as a consultant, the firm has built up an enviable reputation for quality of service and client care.

The firm has won various awards over the years. In the 2019 edition of the prestigious Legal 500 rankings Livingstone Brown was ranked as a 'top-tier' firm for general criminal work, and is also recommended for fraud cases. Stuart Munro and Gerard Brown were named as 'Recommended Lawyers'. In the Chambers directory the firm has a Band 1 ranking for criminal work, and Stuart Munro is a ranked financial crime lawyer. The firm was named Criminal Defence Firm of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2019.

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