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          Jeremy Bird

          Senior Associate

          Jeremy is an Associate in the Regulatory, Compliance and Investigations team. He represents both companies and individuals in relation to investigations and prosecutions brought by regulatory bodies.
          He has acted for clients prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Environment Agency (EA) in respect of breaches of the Health & Safety and Environmental offences.

          After working for West Yorkshire Police and then the Legal Aid Agency, Jeremy has over 15 years' experience working in private practice within a criminal and more recently a regulatory background. He initially worked for two high street legal aid criminal firms representing individuals charged with all manner of criminal offences.

          He then spent 12 years as part of the top-tier ranked regulatory departments in a national and international firm of solicitors. During that time he acted for individuals in matters relating to large and complex multi-million pound VAT fraud cases, mortgage fraud cases and ILA education fraud cases which have been prosecuted by the CPS, HMRC and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). He has also represented numerous other individuals charged with the full spectrum of criminal offences.

          Jeremy also has attended numerous police station interviews under caution with clients and dealt with a number of complex Proceeds of Crime (POCA) Confiscation matters.

          Notable cases:

          1. Represented the financial director of a distance learning company charged with others in a Ł20m education fraud. His client was acquitted after a four-month trial.
          2. Represented a solicitor charged with others in a Ł50m commercial mortgage fraud prosecuted by the SFO. His client was acquitted after a four-month trial.
          3. Represented one of the defendants charged and acquitted (in March 2015) as part of Operation Elveden investigation into payments to public officials.
          4. Represented the UK's largest utility company which was prosecuted by the EA in the first case of its kind to be dealt with under the new environmental sentencing guidelines.
          5. Whilst at DWF he has also gained experience in professional discipline work. He has represented nurses, dentists and a vet being prosecuted by their regulatory bodies.