Keith Mitchell defends City Solicitor

‘Following a review of the evidence submitted, the Crown Prosecution Service chose to offer no evidence at the Guildford Crown Court against Tony Guise in respect of three counts of fraud that he faced.  On 17 November 2017, not guilty verdicts were entered in respect of each count. Guise said he was pleased the proceedings had been brought to a conclusion.  

Mr Guise thanked his family, friends and professional colleagues for their constant support and applauded the hard work of his legal team of Richard Cornthwaite of Garstangs Cartwright King, instructing Keith Mitchell of 33 Chancery Lane’.  

Tony Guise, former chairman of the Commercial Litigation Association (CLAN) and a member of the Law Society civil justice committee, faced fraud charges relating to a commercial dispute involving his former role with the association. The organisation makes representations on behalf of its members, organises events, and provides opportunities for networking. CLAN engages in commercial activities through CLAN Commercial Services Ltd. 

A Law Society spokesperson said: ‘Behaving ethically is at the heart of what it means to be a solicitor. Law Society members are expected to maintain the highest professional standards of conduct.'

‘If a solicitor is convicted of a serious criminal charge they will be struck off and no longer be able to act as a solicitor and clearly would have no place at the Law Society.'

He vigorously denied any wrongdoing.

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Fiona Jackson and Abigail Coghill-Smith speak at ACE Conference

Fiona Jackson and Abigail Coghill-Smith were invited by the City of London Police and Metropolitan Police to speak about Mutual Legal Assistance on the first day of a two-day conference of ACE [Asset Confiscation and Enforcement] Team Leaders at the City of London’s Guildhall, held on 26th and 27th February 2018.  They addressed in detail how to trace, restrain and confiscate, or freeze and recover overseas assets and repatriate their value to England and Wales, with tips on making successful applications for mutual assistance and mutual legal assistance in criminal and civil cases generating proceeds of crime.   

To instruct Fiona or Abigail or discuss any of the issues raised please speak with their Practice Directors on +44 (0) 20 7440 9950 or via

Fiona Jackson invited to Roundtable on Co-operation Activities against Economic Crime

At the invitation of the Council of Europe, Fiona Jackson participated in Roundtable on Co-operation Activities against Economic Crime: tools, impact and lessons learnt,  a two-day workshop in Strasbourg on 15-16 February, joining 40 experts from across the Council’s Member States. 

The workshop reviewed the impact of Council of Europe co-operation actions and programmes to support reforms against economic crime and its components (corruption, fraud, organised crime, money laundering, financial crime, terrorism financing and criminally acquired assets); discussed cross-cutting issues, data protection and international co-operation; and identified issues and challenges in implementing Council of Europe standards through co-operation activities. 

It is intended that an advisory report will follow, summarising the findings of the workshop and aiming to strengthen future activity.

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