A TOP Liverpool lawyer who has represented some of Merseyside’s most notorious underworld figures today faced serious criminal charges.
Criminal defence solicitor Nick Marray was arrested and charged following a lengthy probe by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).
The 49-year-old, who has acted for the likes of Eddie “The Bear” Gray and city gangster Daniel Smith during a prominent 20-year law career, is alleged to have been part of a plot to defraud financial institutions.
Marray, 49, of Rosthwaite Road, West Derby, also faces separate charges of perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to intimidate witnesses.
The ECHO understands that the solicitor, who will appear before magistrates later this month, denies the allegations made against him.
Both his former employer, the city centre law firm Quinn Melville, and current bosses at St Helens-based practice Potter Derby, today distanced themselves from the allegations.
Both firms were last week searched by detectives as part of the investigation into Mr Marray.
Peter Quinn, from Stanley Street- based Quinn Melville, said Marray resigned from the law firm six months ago for “personal reasons”.
He added: “Officers from SOCA did attend these offices last Tuesday and served a very specific order from Chester crown court for material relating to their investigation into Mr Marray.
“The court order has been complied with.
“This matter is now in the hands of the courts and it would not be appropriate to comment on the allegations against Mr Marray; they are a matter for him and those representing him.”
A spokesman for Potter Derby, whom Marray joined in October, said the allegations had “absolutely nothing to do with this practice”.
Two other men were also charged with conspiracy to defraud banks and financial institutions between January 1 and October 31 this year.
Conrad Jones, 46, of Sewall Highway, Coventry, and Daniel Lloyd, 42, of The Courtyard, Keston, Kent, will also appear in court later this month.