Awards Recommendation for Laurence Grant
Laurence is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500.
Legal 500 2021 Edition.
Crime, fraud and licensing - Crime: general / South East
Laurence is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500.
Legal 500 2020 Edition.
Crime, Fraud and Licensing / South East
I am a Consultant Solicitor at Duncan Lewis specialising in criminal defence.
I have extensive experience in a range of criminal defence matters including; murder and attempted murder; GBH and other assault matters; serious fraud; conspiracy to smuggle drugs; people trafficking; armed robbery and blackmail. I also have experience in handling more niche areas such as confiscation and motoring. I have defended cases investigated and prosecuted by SOCA, the NCA, HMRC, the Serious Fraud Office, UK Borders Agency, Economic Crime Units, the DWP, Local Authorities and Trading Standards.
Having represented clients in some of the most serious MTIC prosecutions of the last decade, I am recognised as a Grade A Fee Earner by the Complex Crimes Unit. Most recently I was the Grade A Fee Earner with conduct of the case of a Defendant prosecuted by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs on the first ever Carbon Credit Missing Trader VAT Fraud. I have represented clients at the police station since 1995 and recognising that informed and intelligent advice at the police station can make or break a case, continue to regularly attend on behalf of clients.
I have worked as a Consultant for Duncan Lewis since 2008. In 2012 with Simon Connolly, I was responsible for establishing a dedicated Proceeds of Crime and Fraud Unit which has resulted in Duncan Lewis Solicitors becoming recognised as one of the leading providers of advice and representation in this highly specialised area. The unit represents clients nationwide and particularly focuses on proceedings where the Crown seeks multi million pound benefit figures. Recent notable cases in this area include a landmark case where the Crown sought a benefit calculation based on the victim’s ‘slave’ wages and representation of a client listed on the SOCA ‘Toxic’ list following a conviction for money laundering using the ‘cuckoo smurfing’ method. The Unit works closely with selected Counsel and Forensic Accountants who specialise in this discipline and have achieved a number of outstanding results in reducing both benefit figures and available amounts.