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A senior partner at Tuckers Solicitors, Richard Egan has been a criminal law specialist for 30 years. With partner Jim Meyer, he manages and develops a specialist department acting as a ‘firm within the firm’. This Special Casework department was set up specifically to deal with high profile clients and HNWs who require very specific attention and are willing to pay for a bespoke service.
Egan emphasises that the firm has invested in sophisticated IT case management tools which, in combination with teams of lawyers, ensure no detail is too small and no piece of evidence is overlooked. He also works closely with experienced reputation protection specialists to ensure an appropriate media strategy.
He believes that the firm’s biggest successes are the ones you will never know about – ‘for the client it means the matter has been resolved without any publicity or scandal’ – but, once the case has entered the public domain, the emphasis has to be on ascertaining the best achievable result and delivering that for his clients.
Egan famously defended Lotfi Raissi, the man wrongly accused of training the 9/11 hijackers, against extradition of the USA. As a result he became the LA Practitioner Group Criminal Lawyer of the Year. The judges for the award said, ‘In the face of world-wide hostile press coverage, and facing the might of the US government, Mr Egan dismantled the extradition case against Mr Raissi until the court released him, completely exonerated.’
Egan has since acted in numerous high profile cases, becoming the subject of articles in The Times, The Guardian and the Daily Mail. He recently acted for the ‘Speedboat Killer’ Jack Shepherd, successfully defended the daughter of a billionaire philanthropist in a drugs importation trial and currently acts for high profile HNWs.
However, the range of issues the team covers is diverse. He recently defended Malcolm Archer, the music composer of state occasions, against historic sexual assault allegations. He also successfully acted for Tania Clarence, the wife of an investment banker, in a murder trial. Ongoing cases include a politically exposed US banker linked to an international banking fraud, and clients caught in an SFO enquiry into mining corruption in the Congo and Sierra Leone. Egan has been retained by a leading premiership football club to provide advice and representation, giving tutorials to playing staff on legal issues that are relevant to young wealthy sports stars. Egan was recently short-listed by Lawyer magazine for their private client partner of the year award.