Our specialist fraud solicitors are ideally placed to advise and represent you or your company in relation to any fraud, bribery or money laundering prosecution. Please note that we cannot represent the victims of fraud to assist in the recovery of defrauded property, but we can refer you to other sources of help.
From the earliest stage of any case we will appoint you a dedicated specialist fraud solicitor to take personal charge of your defence and we will provide you with a 24-hour contact system allowing you access to your solicitor at any time of the day or night. We will work closely with you to appoint the very best barristers and specialist ex[ert witnesses to advance your case and pursue every avenue of investigation to secure the best result.
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The ongoing global recession is expected to lead to many investigations commencing within the financial sector druing 2012. This will range from Financial Services Authority investigations relating to "insider trading" to police investigations concerning "dodgy" mortgage applications. As the tide of easy credit retreats, many lenders are now scrutinising questionable financial practices that were overlooked previously. We can help, whatever the situation.
Our specialist team of financial crime lawyers can advise in respect of ongoing bribery investigations or prosecutions and can also assist businesses avoid bribery allegations by advising on anti-bribery policies and prosedures. It is essential that businesses can show that all efforts have been taken to avoid bribery in order to demonstrate due diligence to the authorities. Failure to have sufficient anti-bribery compliance can lead to further corporate offences being committed.
Insurance Fraud Allegations
We have become aware that insurance companies are questioning insurance claims far more in the wake of the recession. Insurance investigators are quick to call in the police to assist their investigations with a view to voiding the claim, even where criminal proceedings are not brought. Our fraud solicitors will assist you in dealing both with the insurance investigator and the police. In accordance with the case of Axa-v-Gottlieb, insurance companies can avoid paying the entire claim if they can show, on the balance of probabilities, that even £1 of the claim was fraudulent.
"Cash for Crash" Fraud
We have recent direct experience of a so-called "cash for crash scam" where road traffic accidents are allegedly set-up in order to cash-in on fraudulent insurance claims. However, insurance companies are keen to jump on the bandwagon and allege such frauds even where they do not exist. In this way payouts are avoided and their profits maintained. If you have been accused of a "cash for crash" fraud you need a solicitor prepared to fight your cause.
2013 saw the first "cash for crash" prosecution where the crash caused a fatality. The insurance industry and police are determined to put an end to this scam and will be prosecuting hard in future.
Money Laundering & Cash Confiscation
Our fraud solicitors also have extensive experience dealing with money laundering and associated offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. This includes assisting clients in cash detention and forfeiture proceedings where we have had considerable success in having assets returned to our clients. Prosecuting authorities will often challenge applications for legal costs, even when they lose these cases. We have specialist knowledge that has proved highly successful in having costs paid by the prosecutor in cash confiscation cases.
The Home Office has recently created an "incentivisation scheme" designed to encourage police and customs officers to seize cash suspected of being involved in crime. Under this scheme the police or customs can keep between 25% and 50% of the money seized and already high targets have been set year on year in order that prosecutors' budgets can be supplemented.
Although stripping criminals of their ill-gotten gains is entirely laudable, the use of this draconian legislation as a revenue raising tool has seen an increase in the seizure of cash from honest businesses and individuals by over-zealous law enforcers.
We are currently representing the first defendants ever to be charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) under new regulations that outlaw so-called "pyramid investment schemes" or "chain gifting schemes". These are similar to "Ponzi Frauds" where the investors to the scheme receive compensation derived entirely from the payments made by other investors. There is no new wealth created and eventually there are insufficient investors to keep the scheme running and it collapses leaving most investors out of pocket. The case will go to trial in April 2012.
We are experienced fraud solicitors with the expertise to deal with all fraud and related matters.