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Eric Williams

Eric Williams Eric Williams, a senior partner, who heads up the Business Litigation Department, has over twenty five years experience as a criminal lawyer. Since joining Cobleys Solicitors Ltd in 1993, he has built a national reputation in the fields of serious and complex fraud and serious crime. His clients include business people, police officers, public officials and professionals, who have found themselves facing serious difficulties.  Alleged offences of fraud, corruption, blackmail, tax evasion, regularly find their way to Eric’s case load.

Noted for his approachable manner and no nonsense outlook, Eric’s reputation is such that he is recommended to clients, often by other solicitors, throughout the country.

As well as serious criminal matters, Eric deals with problems with Revenue and Customs and has built relationships with a network of accountants and specialist advisors in that field. Again, Eric is regularly recommended to clients facing Revenue investigations, by their accountants when a lawyer with specialist knowledge is required.

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Jonathan Mcilveen

Jonathan Mcilveen Jonathan was recruited by Cobleys Solicitors Ltd as a partner in November 2007 specifically to work with Eric Williams in the Business Litigation Unit.

Prior to this Jonathan was a partner for another local firm dealing specifically with Serious Fraud Cases. He has experience of all types of criminal cases ranging from appearing in the Magistrates Court to dealing with the most serious of Crown Court Cases.

Over several years Jonathan’s focus has been concentrated on dealing with the most high profile and complicated Crown Court matters to which he has found that his attention to detail and meticulous preparation has led to numerous successful acquittals.

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Kate Williams

Kate WilliamsKate Williams  joined Cobleys Solicitors Ltd as Manager of the Business Litigation Unit in January 2005. She was subsequently appointed Practice Manager and in November 2010 was appointed as Chief Executive.

Kate supports operations and administration of the Partnership by advising and informing members. She works with the Partners to enable the Partnership to fulfil its governance function and oversees the effective delivery of a quality service and effective management.

Kate interfaces between Partners and Staff and gives direction and leadership toward the achievement of the firm’s philosophy, mission, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives. She manages the human resources of the firm according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations.

Kate retains a personal involvement within the Business Litigation Unit with particular emphasis on Very High Costs Cases which are contracted with the Complex Crime Unit. She works with an enthusiastic, experienced and professional team, headed by Eric Williams.
Kate graduated from University College London with a B.A. (Hons).

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Phil Blackburn

Phil BlackburnPhil is employed at Cobleys as a Solicitor.  Throughout his career he has dealt with the most serious matters that come before the Crown Court.

Phil has been with Cobleys for over 5 years and deals with White Collar Prosecutions and Confiscation Proceedings brought by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, The Inland Revenue and Serious Organised Crime Agency. Often these cases will involve several hundred million pounds and include evidence from around the globe.

Phil will listen to your needs and fight hard on your behalf.

Notable cases include:

R v G
Phil defended one of five directors of a company prosecuted by the Inland Revenue in relation to non payment of tax. The case involved the largest amount of companies ever liquidated before the High Court on one single day. The matter was ultimately stayed as an abuse of process.

R v C
Phil defended in confiscation proceedings involving several million pounds. Owing to a mistake on the part of the prosecuting body, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the matter went to appeal in the High Court. Phil successfully prevented HMRC from recovering any of the assets HMRC claimed in the High Court.

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