Ugo Palazzo is a defence solicitor with an economics background. After graduating from City University London in 1978, Ugo worked for a company accounts department, completing his common professional law examination in 1983 and Law Society finals in 1984, before qualifying as a solicitor in 1986. After five years practice in property law, Ugo moved into criminal defence work, specialising in high end fraud cases. He has defended cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office, Fraud Investigation Group, the Department of Work and Pensions, the Post Office Prosecutions Department, HM Revenue and Customs, DBERR, Royal Military Police and the CPS. Ugo’s case experience, inter alia, includes: a major fraud allegation against the CAP intervention board; a multi-million dollar US insurance fraud; an international property money laundering allegation; VAT evasion allegations on the importation of gold; a $30m fraud allegation and extradition to USA; hotel chain VAT fraud allegations; Missing trader (MTIC) fraud allegation; excise duty breaches relating to the importation of alcohol; bonded warehouse duty evasion allegations and both mortgage and banking fraud. With extensive experience as a Legal Services Commission serious fraud case supervisor and peer reviewer, Ugo has conducted and supervised cases at all levels. Having represented bankers, magistrates, lawyers, teachers and surveyors as well as hundreds of clients from all backgrounds over his extensive career, Ugo fully understands the pressures faced by clients at the critical investigation stage of their case. Ugo also recognises that defence work is a 24/7 job and will always personally attend clients where possible regardless of the location. Ugo is a member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association and sits on the management committee of the British Italian Law Association. His knowledge of the Italian language means he can comfortably service the needs of Italian clients.