In recent years, Livingstone Brown has acted in several high-profile financial crime cases.
Fraud cases tend to be evidentially complex, but at their heart is a simple question: did the accused make a deliberately false statement to cause a particular outcome? That simple question can often become lost, especially where the context is a relatively specialised one (for example, where the fraud is said to have occurred as part of a commercial transaction) and where there are large volumes of paperwork. And if fraud is established, it is often far from clear who was involved in it.
Fraud cases also tend to take a very long time to go from the original report to a decision on prosecution, and longer still to reach court. It is not uncommon for accused persons to do nothing during the intervening period; they would rather wait and see whether anything came of the allegation before instructing lawyers. But the delay can provide an opportunity: to understand the allegation and, where appropriate, to make representations to the Crown as to why the case should go no further. A successful challenge at the pre-prosecution stage can take away years of anxiety and business interruption, to say nothing of the savings in legal costs.
In the Rangers fraud prosecution, Stuart Munro represented one of the club's former administrators. Early scrutiny of the prosecution case and targeted investigations enabled the exceptionally swift resolution of the case, with all charges against the client being withdrawn or dismissed.
Stuart Munro and Gerard Brown represented Andy Coulson in his perjury trial. Successful legal challenges based on Parliamentary privilege and materiality contributed towards the court upholding a plea of no case to answer and the client's consequent acquittal.
Other cases handled by the team include:
Our criminal defence lawyers are well placed to offer clients a rounded service, through representation in connected civil litigation, as well as internal referral to other teams, such as Employment Law or Family Law. Examples include assisting clients in defending civil proceedings brought by those claiming to be the victims of fraud, defending Proceeds of Crime applications, and bringing cases of wrongful arrest or malicious prosecution.
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.
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.