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MSB Solicitors Liverpool
Seán Sexton The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law FirmsSeán Sexton - Head of Crime & Senior Partner

The Department is headed by Sean Sexton who founded MSB Solicitors 28 years ago in Liverpool.
Sean leads a team of talented lawyers, the majority of whom trained under him and have spent their whole careers with MSB.
Sean has over 30 years experience in all facets of criminal law. He can lay claim to being the original “loophole lawyer” after discovering a loophole in drink driving legislation in 1992 which led to him being given that soubriquet by a number of national newspapers.  The judgment of the Divisional Court in DPP v Corcoran led to thousands of appeals in cases going back over a 25 year period.  It was estimated that up to 250,000 wrongful convictions might have occurred and hundreds of appeals against conviction were allowed before the House of Lords controversially overruled the Divisional Court judgment in June 1994.
Sean was instructed by the parents of James Bulger in February 1993, eight days after James’ abduction and murder by two 10 year old boys in a case which attracted worldwide media attention.   He dealt with the media on behalf of James’ parents until June 1994, was instrumental in setting up the James Bulger Memorial Trust and from June 1994 to date has represented James’ mother, Denise, throughout the numerous appeals and Parole Board hearings on a pro bono basis. In consequence, he is one of the few of Solicitors who has personally addressed the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg as an advocate.

He has represented numerous clients in high profile cases subsequently but succeeds in   keeping himself and his clients out of the limelight.
Sean has defended in some of the most complex fraud cases in recent years including the largest ever pharmaceutical fraud prosecuted in the EU. The client was acquitted after a 5 month trial in Croydon Crown Court.

Sean is a qualified Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Criminal Proceedings) and a Supervisor on the Specialist Fraud Panel. He established MSB's dedicated crime and regulatory team in 2003 and has specialised since in representing individuals who are the subject of major criminal investigations by HMRC.
In September 2013, Sean was recognised as one of the top 50 Irish lawyers practising in Britain by the Irish Post.
Sean was described as a ‘powerhouse’ by the Legal 500  in 2015 and recommended for his work in defending people charged with serious fraud - read more here LINK http://www.msbsolicitors.co.uk/msb-talk/news/171-head-of-crime-commended-for-work-in-criminal-defence-and-complex-fraud.html
 
Sean  was named as a “Leading individual” for the second year running in the Legal 500 in 2016 who commented-“MSB Solicitors has a team of ‘bright and hardworking lawyers’ under the leadership of the ‘razor-sharp’ Sean Sexton. The team advises on all facets of criminal law.”
http://www.legal500.com/c/north-west/crime-fraud-and-licensing/crime-general#table_2598
 
Sean has recently represented  a professional man in an alleged £324 million conspiracy to cheat the Revenue (Operation Lunar).  The case involved alleged breaches of the DOTAS (Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes) regulations in the design, operation and selling of high risk investment schemes in films, pharmaceutical research and computer games to high net worth individuals. The trial was scheduled to commence in 2018 but all charges were dismissed in May 2017 following a successful legal argument .
 
Sean also successfully represented an 81 year old woman accused of serious historic sexual assaults over 50 years ago. Sean’s client was acquitted in March 2017 of all charges in less than ten minutes by the jury after an eight day trial in Chester Crown Court .
 
Sean’s  client in a multi-million diversion fraud on NHS Trusts and other public bodies at Leicester Crown Court. was acquitted of all charges after a three month trial in December 2016. Sean’s client was the first named defendant on a 15 handed indictment and only one other defendant of the 15 was acquitted.   (Operation Tarlac).
 
Sean Sexton currently represents a client who is awaiting trial  in Birmingham next year on suspicion of involvement in a £120 million tobacco smuggling conspiracy (Operation Dardanelle)
 
Sean also currently represents a defendant in confiscation proceedings who was alleged to have had a senior organising role in a £540 million conspiracy to supply controlled drugsover a four year period involving 69 separate importations.A confiscation order of £50 million pounds is being contested (Operation Tungsten).
 
In May/June 2016, Sean represented a defendant in Basildon Crown Court in the Tilbury Docks container death case (Operation Mime). Sean’s client was accused of master minding an international people smuggling ring. A charge of manslaughter was withdrawn pre-trial.  The case made national headlines as one of the 35 Afghan refugees was found dead inside the container when it was discovered in August 2014

In December 2015, Sean’s client in a large scale publishing fraud (Operation Galion) was acquitted on the direction of the trial judge following a successful submission of no case to answer after a three month Crown Court trial. Five co-defendants were convicted by the jury and received substantial custodial sentences. This case was one of the last VHCC frauds contracted by the Legal Aid Agency and followed a three year investigation by Trading Standards and subsequent court proceedings which took over three years to conclude. There was over 5 terabytes of unused material served and Sean led a team of 4 fee-earners to secure the acquittal.

Sean also successfully represented a large PLC in a Health and Safety prosecution where an employee suffered near fatal crushing workplace injuries. Two charges of failing to ensure the safety of its employees were withdrawn in November 2015 and the company pleaded guilty to a minor regulatory offence.

Sean currently represents two major companies in HSE investigations into whether the companies breached their statutory duties of care to their employees and the public in separate incidents

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Andrew PearsonAndrew Pearson - Consultant Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Criminal Proceedings)

Andrew was admitted as a solicitor in 1982 and is a duty solicitor and higher court advocate in crime.
 
Whilst in practice Andrew has provided advice and assistance at virtually every level within the criminal justice system he has, in recent years has developed a speciality with emphasis on white collar crime, serious fraud and regulatory matters. In addition his practice has recently developed to providing representation to people with autistic spectrum disorders when they come up against the criminal justice system.
 
Andrew was admitted to the List of Defence Counsel and Duty Counsel of the International Criminal Court in 2006 and, in that capacity, has provided legal advice and assistance to 2 suspects in relation to allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Andrew was also appointed to the List of Counsel for the Special Tribunal for the Lebanon in 2010.
 
Andrew remains as an Independent Adjudicator to the Legal Aid Agency dealing with High Cost Case Appeals and he is also a member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Pro Bono Panel.
Of the many serious cases Andrew has been involved in over the years the Court of Appeal decision in the case of Regina v Matthews still remains important dealing with the issue of "transactional legal privilege" appertaining to the legal adviser's role at the police station.

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Paul Gallagher Paul Gallagher - Partner (Non Lawyer) & Head of Crown Court Litigation

Paul Gallagher heads the Crown Court department. He joined MSB after leaving school at the age of 17 and became  a partner in the firm as from 1st March 2017.

Paul predominantly represents clients in serious crime cases ranging from murder to drug importation conspiracies and the like. Paul takes particular pride in winning cases in the police station. The majority of his clients are never charged with any offence, such is his ability to make sound judgment calls under pressure. When clients are charged, his preparation of cases is outstanding. He has a particular expertise in telephone cell site evidence, often turning the prosecution interpretation of such evidence on its head.

He has also successfully appealed many Security Industry Authorities licence (SIA) matters for his extensive client base in the Security industry.
In September 2015, he achieved an acquittal in a murder trial in Manchester Crown Court for a privately paid client

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Gillian KellyGillian Kelly - Solicitor (on maternity leave)

Gillian trained with MSB under the leadership of Sean Sexton and qualified as a solicitor in May 2010.
Gillian specialises in defending complex fraud VHCC cases and Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings.  She works closely with Sean Sexton in advising individuals and companies accused of serious fraud.

Gillian’s diverse fraud experience includes representing a company Director charged with a £20 million mortgage fraud. It was reportedly the largest mortgage fraud investigated in England and Wales in terms of the number of mortgages involved.  Most recently Gillian represented a former company director charged in a £3.5 million land banking fraud where the trial lasted nearly 3 months.

Gillian’s preparation of fraud cases is meticulous and she takes great care in guiding her clients through what are often very prolonged and complicated Court proceedings.

Gillian is presently on maternity leave.

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Ian SheridanIan Sheridan - Solicitor

Ian trained with MSB and qualified as a solicitor in May 2015. Since qualification , Ian has represented many clients in the Magistrates Courts on a wide range of different issues, from fraud to motoring offences.

He has experience of  dealing with particularly vulnerable clients and prides himself on providing high levels of client care. Additionally, Ian works closely with Sean Sexton and Andrew Pearson on complex fraud VHCC cases.

Ian is currently undertaking the  Law Society's Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS).
Ian also plays football for Bala Town FC of the Welsh Premier League. He has appeared 6 times in the UEFA Europa League scoring 3 goals.

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