Evan Wright

Business Crime and Regulation

Tel: 0161 828 8315

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Private Client Defence and Regulation

Evan is a partner in the Business Crime and Regulation team. He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 after working for five years as a clerk in the defence and prosecution of serious fraud cases.

The legal directory Legal 500 2013 comments that 'The "careful and thorough" Evan Wright is recommended for complex financial crime work'. Most recently, Evan has been listed as a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 UK 2015, and has been described as 'excellent'. 

Evan has been instructed to defend in a great many serious fraud, restraint, asset recovery and confiscation cases in the UK and abroad.
He is highly regarded by forensic accountants who have described him as ‘having a rare ability to grasp the central issue when faced with complicated scenarios’.

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He has represented clients in many of the largest cases prosecuted in the North West and some of the largest cases nationally. These include matters brought by The Crown Prosecution Service, The Serious and Organised Crime Agency, The DTI, The Department for Business and Enterprise, The Border Agency and HM Revenue and Customs.

Evan presents seminars to other solicitors and barristers on fraud related topics. He is a member of the Fraud Forum and was appointed as a specialist fraud panel supervisor in 2004. He has featured in BBC radio, TV and national press coverage commenting on regulatory issues. Most recently Evan has been interviewed by CEO Europe on fraud related topics (watch the interview).

" It was clear from my first conversation with Evan that he grasped the points when previous solicitors had been beating around the bush. "

Mr KP - Client

Anti-Bribery + Corruption Services
Evan offers anti-bribery and corruption compliance advice to corporate clients. This includes due diligence, development of adequate procedures, training, investigation and risk assessment. Further information is available on the Bribery Act and Anti-Money Laundering pages. His experience in law enforcement, prosecution and defence of complex matters including bribery and corruption cases gives Evan a broad perspective in this difficult area of law. He will be pleased to discuss your requirements without obligation. Evan acts as outside counsel to a major multi-national organisation in relation to regulatory interventions.
Professional Regulation

Evan represents professional and commercial clients before regulatory panels and in the related courts. He is highly regarded for his detailed preparation and understanding of issues faced by clients who are alleged to have breached professional standards and regulations. Evan also offers representation to athletes and other sports professionals in selection and conduct disputes.

Clients include medical practitioners, solicitors, accountants, architects and sports professionals. Click HERE for our Sports Law services and HERE for our Healthcare Regulatory pages.

Notable cases

  • Eight defendant £35 million finance fraud 

  • Doctor involved in a corporate manslaughter investigation following a death in custody.

  • Advising in FSA / CPS investigation in to HBOS Impaired Assets Division, quoting loss of over £200 million’
  • Large Trading Standards prosecution involving a council tax re-banding enterprise
  • Twelve defendant fraud upon a Local Authority involving loss to the public purse of £1,000,000.00
  • Doctor involved in a fitness to practice investigation following criminal proceedings
  • Fourteen Defendant Excise Duty fraud whereby £6,000,000.00 of Excise Duty and VAT was avoided
  • Extradition of defendants from the EU to face contempt of court and confiscation enforcement proceedings
  • Multi-million pound importation of pharmaceuticals from China in contravention of licence
  • Six Defendant property management fraud resulting in confiscation proceedings where the prosecution applied for recovery of over £2,000,000.00
  • Large scale ‘Long firm fraud’ conspiracy involving multiple frauds upon various companies
  • Judicial Review proceedings against SOCA in a property development fraud
  • SRA prosecution of alleged breaches of the referral fee ban
  • National Crime Agency (NCA)civil asset recovery (Part 5 POCA) application
  • General Dental Council (GDC) public enquiry: performance and conduct

Reason for Joining JMW
“Although I deal with niche areas of law, it is important for me to work with a firm offering a full service to clients because I often find that I need to draw upon skills from other departments.  This is particularly the case where I am instructed in matters requiring assistance outside the jurisdiction or where clients need associated services in asset recovery or investigation.  JMW is a forward thinking firm and is not afraid of innovation as part of achieving the client’s objectives.”
Evan can accept instructions from individuals and corporate clients in privately and publicly funded cases at the Magistrates and Higher Courts, including the ECHR.


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