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Rick Shearman

Senior Partner

Shearman Bowen & Co

HQ Phone: +44 20 7025 4450

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Shearman Bowen & Co

37 - 41 Bedford Row

London, Greater London WC1R 4JH

United Kingdom

Company Description

We are a law firm based in Ely Place, London EC1. We deal with all aspects of criminal law, and we only defend. We specialise infraud & white-collar crime, serious crimeandrestraint and confiscation. ... more

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Rick is a specialist with more than 20 years of experience of criminal defence work behind him
He qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and worked for 7 years in the East End, dealing with homicide, armed robbery, fraud, drugs and other serious crime.
In 1994 he joined the established West end firm of Offenbach & Co, becoming a partner in 1998. His caseload included all manner of serious crime and related work, specialising in white-collar crime, criminal confiscation, obscene publications and computer crime.
He dealt with two of the first prosecutions in this country for internet pornography – Atkins v DPP and R v Waddon.
Offenbach & Co were founder members of the Serious Fraud Panel and Rick became a 'supervisor' for serious fraud cases in 2001.
He continues to deal with a variety of cases with a national and international dimension.
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Rick qualified then worked for seven years at one of East London's best-known criminal firms. In 1992 he successfully defended Lady Dawn Kennedy at the Old Bailey, acquitted of perverting the course of public justice after accusing three men of rape. In 1993 he successfully represented the late Ramadan Guney (see below), who had stood £1m surety for Asil Nadir. In 1994 he moved to the West End firm of Offenbachs, later becoming a partner. In 1995, he succeeded in overturning convictions for drugs offences in the case of R v Marulanda, Ifill and others, eventually securing their acquittal at a re-trial. n 2000 he represented Graham Waddon in one of the country's first prosecutions for internet pornography and one which established the international jurisdiction of the criminal courts in obscenity cases. n the same year he also represented an academic in the case of Atkins -v- DPP, a landmark case regarding pornography and the internet.
In 2009 Rick defended John Worboys, the London taxi driver accused of being the UK's most prolific sex offender, taking over the case less than two months before trial.
In 2009 Rick successfully overturned a £1.1m Confiscation Order in the Court of Appeal (R -v- Leeming).
In 2010 Rick defended Peter Sainsbury, General Secretary of the POW Trust in a four month trial at Southwark Crown Court alleging £2m fraud.
Rick continues to advise and represent clients in a variety of serious crime and serious fraud matters with a noted specialisation in the field of criminal confiscation and proceeds of crime work. Rick's current instructions include £13m confiscation proceedings fixed for hearing in September, 2011, and an insurance fraud involving Lloyds of London fixed for trial in January 2012.
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