Sean Sexton, partner in our crime team, has been recognised as a ‘powerhouse’ by the Legal 500 and recommended for his work in defending people charged with serious fraud.
Sean has built a strong reputation through his involvement in high profile cases across the UK and Ireland. He is recognised as one of the top 50 Irish lawyers in the UK. Sean was one of the founding partners of MSB, who are now the highest ranked Liverpool law firm in both criminal defence work generally and serious and complex fraud cases in particular.
In recent months, Sean has travelled the length of the UK, from London on the Tilbury Docks people smuggling case, to Scotland on an historic sex abuse case. Sean is currently involved in a lengthy battle in Manchester, involving a £500 million international drugs conspiracy.
Sean’s speciality, though, is defending people charged with serious fraud and he has just been instructed in a case in Lincoln involving an alleged multi-million pound conspiracy to defraud public bodies.
Sean’s trailblazing career has seen him amongst the first solicitor advocates to address the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg; when he made submissions as to the rights of victims on behalf of Denise Fergus, the mother of James Bulger.
As a young man, he was dubbed a ‘loophole lawyer’ by the national media when he successfully argued that the standard wording used in many drink driving cases was flawed.
On his recent accolade in the Legal 500, published yesterday, Sean said:
“My father worked in construction and often spoke of the ‘longdistance men’ - the men who went wherever the best work was. I suppose you could say I am one of the law’s ‘longdistance men’.
“I have been fortunate to enjoy a successful career to date, but it would not have been possible without the support of so many talented colleagues. Paul Bibby and I set up in business together in 1989 with a vision of creating a progressive and service oriented law firm.
“Over the years, the firm has forged a reputation for excellence of service across the board and this latest accolade is testament to how far we have come. Of course, we’re delighted to be recognised in the Legal 500 and it is a welcome reward for the dedication and ability of an outstanding team.”
Head of Crown Court litigation, Paul Gallagher and Andrew Pearson, consultant solicitor-advocate at MSB were also recommended by the Legal 500 this year.
We are delighted to have notched up another award this month after beating off strong competition to win Best Legal Firm at the City of Liverpool Business Awards.
More than 250 guests attended the awards dinner at Sefton Park Palm House on July 16th. The dinner is held annually by Downtown Liverpool in Business in association with Liverpool Vision and is a popular event on Liverpool’s business calendar.
The awards aim to celebrate the brightest and best of the region’s commercial world, and categories include best financial, best newcomer and, of course, best legal, as well as awards to mark talent within the hospitality and digital sectors.
MSB were among 17 winners in all, including Santander who picked up the award for Best Business Bank and Liverpool John Lennon Airport who were awarded Business of the Year.
Managing partner Paul Bibby said: “Of course, we’re ecstatic to have won. We’ve grown significantly over the past twelve months, expanding our city centre office and there have been a number of key appointments across the board. I feel the award is testament to the hard work of a committed team and very well deserved.”
The City of Liverpool Business Awards (COLBA) are in their eleventh year and celebrate the most forward-thinking, entrepreneurial and creative businesses across the city.
Chief executive of Downtown in Business, Frank McKenna said: “The shortlist of entries alone shows the breadth of talent in our region and the awards are a perfect way to celebrate and recognise the contribution these businesses make to the city region’s economic growth.
“I am delighted for all the nominees, and of course the winners. After coming through the toughest recession in living memory, it is those businesses that are the true heroes and the people really helping us to claw our way out of the downturn. They have all made an invaluable contribution to wealth and jobs creation in Liverpool, and they deserve huge congratulations and credit for their tremendous efforts.”
On Friday, 15th May more than 300 people attended the Liverpool Law Society annual Legal Awards at the city’s Crowne Plaza hotel, and we were delighted to attend.
A fantastic evening was had by all, topped off by scooping the award for best medium law firm. Managing partner, Paul Bibby said:
“This award is testament to the continued development of MSB. It’s been a real team effort and I’m very lucky to have such a fantastic team around me, eager to roll up their sleeves; and with passion and skill in equal measure.
“I’m incredibly proud that our hard work has been recognised and a huge well done to all the other winners.”
This is the third award for MSB in recent months, after we picked up property law firm of the year at the Your Move Awards late 2014 and Paul Bibby was awarded Legal Entrepreneur of the Year at the Livercool Awards hosted by Downtown in Business in November.
MSB International Family Team are very excited as their battle to reunite a father with his children reaches the Supreme Court
The children, aged 7 and 8 years, have been detained overseas by their mother without the father's consent. The children are believed to be living in an area which is unsafe, suffering very poor health and a complete lack of education. The father has been fighting to bring his children back to the UK for the past 2 years, having also issued proceedings in the overseas jurisdiction without success. Wendy Eves, Solicitor dealing with the case, says "Whilst this case has become very close to my heart, there is a wider interest agenda here too. With increased international movement and relocation of families and children overseas, these issues are likely to appear time and time again. We hope the Supreme Court will be able to give some further guidance as to the appropriate courts to deal with such matters, and that the English Courts retain jurisdiction more frequently in order to safeguard the interests of British children detained or abducted overseas."
A hearing date in the Supreme Court is now awaited. MSB dealt with this case on a pro bono basis until legal aid could be secured.