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Fieldfisher appoints barristers to spearhead commercial crime team

Newcomb joined the firm yesterday, and Haria-Shah is set to join in early 2022.

Fieldfisher has announced the appointment of Quinton Newcomb and Shiv Haria-Shah as partners in its London firm to drive a new practice focusing on commercial crime, with Newcomb leading the team as head of Commercial Crime. 

The team will be further strengthened by the appointment of senior associate, William Glover. Another commercial crime specialist will also join the team from the bar as an associate in the New Year.

Newcomb and Haria-Shah join the firm from the self-employed bar, having most recently been partners at specialist boutique Fulcrum, where they managed large, multi-disciplinary teams before leaving in early 2021.

Newcomb has more than 16 years of experience in commercial crime, and Haria-Shah has experience as a litigator, and in the civil and criminal courts as trial counsel.

Additionally, Newcomb has represented witnesses, suspects, individuals and corporates in “some of the most high-profile” Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations of the past decade, including cases involving engineering and transport giants Rolls-Royce and Alstom and major mining groups Rio Tinto and ENRC.

He also sits on the Editorial Board for LexisNexis’s Corporate Crime PSL Service, writes for Lloyd’s Financial Crime Law Reports, and sits as a criminal recorder in the Crown Court.

Meanwhile, Haria-Shah was elected to the Bar Council in 2016, and he was a founding board member of an organisation that seeks to improve ties between the UK and India, and he has previously sat as a magistrate and worked for a former member of the Cabinet.

Colin Gibson, head of Dispute Resolution at Fieldfisher, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Quinton and Shiv to the Fieldfisher partnership. Their appointment reinforces our reputation for handling prominent commercial crime disputes and complements our excellent civil fraud practice. It adds an important and exciting component to what we do.

“Their experience of acting on extractives industry investigations in particular fits extremely well with Fieldfisher’s flagship Energy and Natural Resources sector expertise and we look forward to deepening our capabilities in this area.”

Newcomb added: “My aim is to champion and grow the commercial crime practice at Fieldfisher and I am excited to be joining a firm with such firepower and a strong international and domestic reputation for disputes and civil fraud work.”

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