Hamraj Kang

Hamraj Kang is a director of the firm and was admitted as a solicitor in 1996.

He has over twenty years’ experience advising clients in relation to complex criminal and civil fraud proceedings, HMRC criminal and civil tax investigations, proceeds of crime and asset recovery, serious crime and regulatory investigations.

Hamraj is ranked in the highest category for individual lawyers by the leading Law Directories, Legal 500 and Chambers UK in the following categories of work:

  • Crime
  • Financial Investigations and Financial Crime
  • Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) work and Asset Forfeiture

Legal 500: Criminal & Fraud Individual Solicitor of the Year 2020

Hamraj is the winner of the Legal 500Criminal, Fraud and Licensing Solicitor of the Year 2020.

Star Individual Award

Hamraj is one of only two solicitors in England & Wales ranked as a ‘Star Individual’ in the Chambers & Partners Directory for his work in the field of financial crime and fraud.

He has achieved this recognition for an unprecedented five consecutive years (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020).

What the recent editions of the Legal Directories say:

Chambers & Partners | 2020 Edition

  • “An absolute class act.”
  • Hamraj Kang comes highly recommended for his expertise in complex financial crime cases.
  • “He is masterful in his tactics on cases and brilliant at dealing with complex technical matters with unerring ease.”
  • “He is a brilliant communicator and a fearsome opponent.”
  • He has significant experience in both civil and criminal proceedings and confiscation processes.

Legal 500 | 2020 Edition

  • Clients simply love him and he is a seriously good lawyer.
  • He intuitively understands criminal and serious fraud litigation.
  • Hamraj Kang sets the highest standards for his team
  • His client base is very strong both nationally and internationally.
  • Hamraj Kang leads from the front and inspires others by demanding of himself that which he requires from his staff.

Chambers & Partners | 2019 Edition

  • Star Individual – Hamraj Kang is hailed for his comprehensive expertise in financial crime cases, including fraud and money laundering matters.
  • Sources describe him as “very thoughtful and astute,” adding that “there is little he does not know in the area of fraud work.”
  • He is widely renowned for his criminal defence practice, which includes significant expertise in POCA and asset forfeiture matters.
  • Sources describe him as a “fantastic legal brain” and also add: “He handles the largest confiscation cases with great flair and style. Clients value his clear thinking and technical brilliance.”

Legal 500 | 2018 Edition

  • Managing partner Hamraj Kang leads the practice and ‘demands and provides the highest standards of service to his clients’ and is ‘a well-respected and sought after solicitor who retains a down to earth attitude to his colleagues and clients.’
  • Hamraj Kang leads the practice and is ‘an exceptional lawyer’ and ‘a true role model for his staff.’
  • Hamraj Kang heads the team, he is ‘a master of white-collar crime and fraud work’ and is ‘a very dedicated individual and superbly talented in defending complex fraud cases’.

Chambers & Partners | 2018 Edition

  • “A great lawyer and a great team leader – you would want him on your side”
  • “Hamraj Kang has developed an unprecedented reputation in the Midlands for white-collar and financial crime.”
  • “He offers deep experience in handling MTIC proceedings before HMRC, as well as tax fraud matters more broadly”
  • “A leading figure who is unquestionably at the top of his game in every respect”
  • “Hamraj Kang is an expert in fraud and serious criminal cases”
  • “He is a very experienced and dedicated lawyer who has worked on many of the largest confiscation cases in the country in recent years”
  • “He has a natural rapport with clients”
  • “He has the ability to provide clients with a clear road map in even the most difficult cases”

Fraud | White Collar Crime | Financial Crime

Hamraj acts for corporate and individual client’s in investigations brought by the major UK law enforcement agencies including the SFO, HMRC, FCA, NCA, CMA, CPS, BEIS, ICO, Trading Standards and a wide range of regulatory bodies.

He has particular expertise in HMRC investigations and prosecutions including MTIC & VAT fraud, money laundering, tax & duty evasion and regularly conducts cases throughout the country. There are few solicitors nationally who can match Hamraj’s experience of complex multi-million pounds MTIC and VAT fraud cases as he acted in many such cases in his career.

He has considerable expertise in the areas of money laundering, bribery & corruption and insider dealing, having been instructed by a number of PLCs and senior company executives on such matters. The work is often complex, multi-jurisdictional and necessitates overseas travel which has led to Hamraj working in numerous overseas jurisdictions.

Hamraj advises corporate and individual clients both during and in the immediate aftermath of a dawn raid when quick, effective and incisive advice is required to protect the legal rights and reputation of the client.

He has considerable experience of representing clients in interviews with all the leading law enforcement agencies including the SFO, HMRC and the NCA. He is admired for his novel tactical thinking and possesses a proven track record of guiding clients to a successful conclusion in many difficult and demanding cases.

As a result of working on high profile and complex fraud cases, Hamraj’s client base is both national and international ranging from publicly listed companies to individual clients.

Hamraj Kang is regularly instructed in relation to a wide array of fraud cases, a sample of which includes:
  • SFO Investigations & Prosecutions including Section 2 interviews
  • NCA criminal investigations
  • NCA civil proceeds of crime investigations including Property Freezing Orders, Civil Recovery Orders, Unexplained Wealth Orders and Account Freezing Orders.
  • Carbon Credit Fraud (to include acting in the successful defence of the first ever UK prosecution)
  • Banking Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Boiler Room Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • HMRC Tax Fraud including VAT & MTIC Fraud
  • HMRC Duty Evasion and Diversion Fraud
  • Long Firm Fraud
  • Advance Fee Fraud
  • Ponzi Scheme Fraud
  • Insider Trading and Market Offences
  • Price Fixing, Cartel and Competition Law Offences
  • Bribery and Corruption
  • Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and Asset Forfeiture
  • Immigration Fraud
  • Pyramid Fraud

Civil Fraud & Asset Recovery

In addition to criminal fraud, Hamraj advises in relation to civil fraud matters acting for both claimants and defendants.

His clients range from large corporations to private individuals with the work often including early action and interim reliefs as follows:

  • the conduct of internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients
  • obtaining and responding to freezing orders
  • obtaining and responding to search orders
  • Norwich Pharmacal orders
  • receivership orders.

The civil fraud and asset recovery High Court litigation for claimants and defendants includes allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary and directors’ duties, unjust enrichment, unlawful means conspiracy, bribery, deceit, carousel/MTIC fraud, boiler room fraud and bogus investment schemes.

Civil Recovery | POCA

Hamraj is recognised by Chambers & Partners as a leading lawyer in the area of proceeds of crime and asset forfeiture.

“He has significant experience in both civil and criminal proceedings and confiscation processes.

Commentators praise his encyclopaedic knowledge of law relating to all POCA and asset forfeiture matters.”

Chambers & Partners | 2020 Edition

His work includes civil recovery proceedings under Part 5 of POCA such as Property Freezing Orders, Civil Recovery Orders and Account Freezing Orders.

Hamraj is also able to advise in relation to Interim Freezing Orders and Unexplained Wealth Orders.

HMRC Tax Investigations | Tax Tribunals

There is often a considerable overlap between criminal and civil fraud proceedings and HMRC civil tax investigations.

Hamraj regularly advises both corporate and individual clients in relation to HMRC civil tax investigations, VAT Assessments including Kittel Assessments as well as COP8 & COP9 investigations.

The work includes representation before the First-tier Tax Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal in relation to VAT Assessments, Kittel VAT Notices, Direct Tax Appeals, Personal Liability Notices, Condemnation Proceedings and Excise Duty matters.

Disciplinary | Regulatory | Sports Work

Hamraj has represented a number of professionals facing criminal and regulatory allegations including accountants and other financial professionals, solicitors, doctors, dentists and pharmacists. He has developed an excellent understanding of the regulatory framework and codes of professional conduct governing the professions.

In recent years, Hamraj has successfully represented a number of solicitors in serious criminal fraud prosecutions and achieved their acquittal which has resulted in a successful outcome in associated SRA disciplinary proceedings.

Hamraj has represented many individuals from the sporting world (mainly football, cricket, horse racing and boxing) and is regularly instructed by a number of Premier League and Championship Football Clubs.

Serious Criminal Work

Hamraj also undertakes serious criminal work such as historic sexual allegations, murder, corporate manslaughter, drugs offences and serious driving offences, having acted in many high-profile cases of this nature.

Clients include football clubs, members of the professions, company executives and public figures from the world of entertainment, politics, media and sport. Hamraj places the issues of confidentiality, privacy and reputation management at the forefront of his strategy when conducting cases. Matters are dealt with the utmost sensitivity and complete discretion.

He always adopts a strong and proactive approach to investigations with the overriding objective to bring each matter to a successful and swift conclusion, and where possible, to avoid court proceedings and any adverse publicity for his client.

What the previous editions of the Legal Directories said:

Chambers & Partners | 2018 Edition

  • “A great lawyer and a great team leader – you would want him on your side”
  • “Hamraj Kang has developed an unprecedented reputation in the Midlands for white-collar and financial crime.”
  • “He offers deep experience in handling MTIC proceedings before HMRC, as well as tax fraud matters more broadly”
  • “A leading figure who is unquestionably at the top of his game in every respect”
  • “Hamraj Kang is an expert in fraud and serious criminal cases”
  • “He is a very experienced and dedicated lawyer who has worked on many of the largest confiscation cases in the country in recent years”
  • “He has a natural rapport with clients”
  • “He has the ability to provide clients with a clear road map in even the most difficult cases”

Legal 500 | 2017 Edition

  • “The leader of the pack when it comes to criminal fraud work”
  • “Hamraj Kang – the doyen of complex fraud work”
  • “Clients single out Hamraj Kang as charismatic; he is a superbly clever lawyer and key player”
  • “Team head Hamraj Kang is a brilliant strategic thinker with a razor-sharp eye for case preparation”

Chambers & Partners | 2017 edition

  • “Hamraj Kang receives glowing praise from interviewees, who describe him as a genuinely talented lawyer who is passionate about his work.”
  • “Hamraj Kang is recognised for his astute command of financial crime and POCA work.”
  • “He is great to talk to, very down to earth and realistic about a case.”
  • “He will tell the client what the odds are, giving both good and bad news so they can make an informed decision.”

Legal 500 | 2016 Edition

  • “Kangs Solicitors’ head of practice Hamraj Kang is a ‘top-class operator’ and has defended a number of private clients in high-profile cases nationwide involving money laundering and tax evasion charges.”
  • “Practice head Hamraj Kang is both an astute businessman and a great tactician”
  • “Hamraj Kang, who ‘has a superb grasp of complex and demanding cases’, heads the team at Kangs Solicitors”

Legal 500 | 2015 Edition

  • “Hamraj Kang is a giant in this field of work and a forceful and fearless litigator”
  • “Team headed by the superb Hamraj Kang”

Chambers & Partners | 2015 Edition

  • “He has great rapport with his clients, is technically astute and takes time to explain matters with care and consideration”
  • “Hamraj Kang is a stand out lawyer…his technical knowledge is impressive combined with his passion for client care”
  • “Kangs has a team of POCA lawyers with considerable experience and strength in depth. The high-quality multi million pound work that the firm is regularly instructed in is indicative of the high-quality lawyers that work in the team”
  • “Kangs provides high-quality advice to individual defendants in connection with confiscation proceedings and restraint orders. The team is well versed in representing clients before the Court of Appeal, Crown Court and ECHR”
  • “Hamraj Kang is a standout lawyer for POCA work. His technical knowledge is impressive combined with his passion for client care”

Chambers & Partners | 2014 Edition

  • “He is a very astute tactician who strives hard to win cases for his clients”
  • “A man of considerable experience, with an excellent reputation for knowing the ins and outs of a criminal fraud case”
  • “Hamraj is very good at putting the client at ease and talking them through the procedure”
  • “Sources praise Hamraj Kang as a ‘serious professional’ with a ‘tremendous wealth of contacts’. He offers clients a wealth of experience in the criminal law and related fraud work.”
  • “Fantastic senior partner and founder of Kangs Solicitors Hamraj Kang focuses his practice on substantial fraud cases. He recently acted for a defendant in relation to a much reported construction fraud prosecution.”

Legal 500 | 2014 edition

  • “Hamraj Kang is noted for his very sharp legal brain”

Legal 500 | 2013 Edition

  • “Hamraj Kang is a shrewd tactician and very experienced”

Chambers & Partners | 2012 edition

  • “Hamraj Kang ‘has a nationwide reputation in white-collar crime’ due in part to his ‘natural empathy with clients’ and his ‘hard work that is second to none.’ He has particular expertise in high-value MTIC fraud cases.”

Legal 500 | 2012 edition

  • “London-based Hamraj Kang has a ‘sharp legal brain’, and is experienced in white-collar crime and serious fraud cases”

Chambers & Partners | 2012 edition

  • “Hamraj Kang is lauded for the strength of his client care”
  • “Head of department for serious crime Hamraj Kang is also known for his work in fraud. Sources are keen to emphasise his abilities in handling a broad spectrum of serious crime such as technically complex murder cases”
  • “Hamraj Kang has the ability to win clients’ confidence almost immediately due to his experience, technical knowledge and personality”

Qualifications

  • University of Manchester 1992
  • College of Law (Chester) 1994
  • Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors 1996

Contact

Hamraj is available to meet with clients at any of our offices in London, Birmingham or Manchester.

Alternatively, Hamraj is happy to provide an initial no obligation consultation by telephone or video conferencing.

Please feel free to get in touch through the following:

Email:
hkang@kangssolicitors.co.uk 

Tel:
07976 258171  : Mobile
020 7936 6396 : London Office
0121 449 9888 : Birmingham Office

Contact

Email:
hkang@kangssolicitors.co.uk 

07976 258171 : Mobile
020 7936 6396 : London Office
0121 449 9888 : Birmingham Office

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