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Fraud Solicitors

Defending Fraud Prosecutions 

Most financial crimes are prosecuted by specially trained lawyers with experience in these complex cases which often carry severe penalties, including significant prison sentences, confiscation of assets, a criminal record and other life-changing reputational consequences.  Our white collar defence lawyers have a track record of dealing with these types of investigations and prosecutions and will help you promptly and effectively respond to any allegations of fraud or regulatory misconduct.

With a background in dealing with many public figures we can also assist and advise you on how best to deal with any reputational damage that may follow an investigation and refer you to the right external advisers where necessary.

We advise Directors and individuals in relation to their responsibilities under the Companies Act, Proceeds of Crime Act, Taxes Management Act and Directors Disqualification proceedings.

Financial crimes are investigated by a bewildering array of government agencies, often with overlapping areas of responsibility. We can assist you in dealing with financial investigations conducted by the

  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO),

  • City of London Police,

  • Financial Services Authority (FSA)

  • Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO)

  • HMRC Special Compliance Office

  • Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR)

Fraud

Because there are so many different types of fraud, convictions for fraud charges will vary greatly and will depend on the facts of the case, the value of the property taken (or amount of injury caused) and an individual’s criminal history. The Serious Fraud Office has developed a taxonomy of fraud cases identifying seven main groups of fraud.  Each of these groups are further broken down into categories consisting of a number of defined fraud types.

We assist individuals and companies in challenging and contesting fraud prosecutions and linked regulatory investigations in all forms.

Expert Evidence in Fraud Cases

Expert evidence can be critical in dictating the outcome of an investigation or trial. This is why we regularly work alongside and instruct expert forensic accountants, auditors and other professionals to assist us in the preparation of cases of financial crime.

Experts with a specialist knowledge of a particular business area, can often rebut allegations of dishonest conduct or malpractice by for example, commenting on whether an individuals business practices and patterns of behaviour accord with acceptable industry practices or presenting audit trails to verify the viability of a business venture that the Crown may allege is a sham.

 

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Fraud Lawyers

 

At BSB we are members of the Specialist Fraud Panel and the Very High Costs Case Panel. As such we offer a wealth of experience and are experts in all matters concerning complex and serious fraud.

Our fraud lawyers in London have expertise in all areas of fraud including; complex fraud, benefit fraud, bankruptcy fraud, insurance fraud, tax fraud.

Our legal team is renowned for its work in this legal sector and often receives referrals from fellow professionals; we are ranked in Chambers as Leaders in Fraud.

We are known to the Serious Fraud Office and HMRC for our impeccable standard of work. Paul Butcher, Ravinder Khumra, Manjit Dogra and Richard Parry are all experienced fraud solicitors. They have acted in innumerable serious fraud cases.

Fraud Law

Fraud is defined as an intentional deception which damages another individual and/or is for personal gain. Fraud is a crime and is also considered a violation of civil law. Fraud is generally associated with money however there are numerous other types of fraud such as fraudulent discoveries or claims.

Types of fraud:

  • Advance-fee fraud:Large sums of money are advanced in a confidence trick; the victim hopes he will receive significantly more money in return 
  • Bait and switch: Most commonly used in retail where  a customer is drawn in to a sale only to discover the goods are more costlier.
  • Bankruptcy fraud/Insolvency: When a person or an organisation claims bankruptcy, despite having money owed to repay its debt to its creditors.
  • Benefit fraud: A type of fraud where welfare payments are paid illegally to individuals by the United Kingdom welfare state.
  • Counterfeiting: A type of fraud that involves illegally manufacturing something; often the forgery of currency
  • Confidence tricks: A way of defrauding a victim through gaining their trust and confidence; they exploit human traits and characteristics.
  • Embezzlement: A type of fraud where one dishonestly takes money or assets that have been entrusted to them.
  • False advertising: Fraud that simply uses misleading statements or pictures to advertise products or services.
  • False billing: Distributing fake invoices that don’t necessarily need paying
  • False insurance claims: Fake insurance claims that are filed to defraud insurance company.
  • Forgery: Forgery is adapting, making, altering or imitating documents with the intention of deceiving the victim.
  • Franchise fraud: A pyramid scheme designed where the individuals at the top receive all of the profit.
  • Health fraud: Can also be referred to as quackery; the selling of fake medicines from someone who claims to have medical skill.
  • Identity theft: A type of fraud where the criminal assumes the identity of the victim, generally to access resources such as credit and other benefits that are available to the victim.
  • Insurance fraud: Any act that will obtain payment illegally from an insurer.
  • Investment frauds (Ponzi/Pyramid schemes): A practice that induces investors to purchase based on inaccurate even false information.
  • Marriage fraud: The act of obtaining immigration through illegal marriage.
  • Religious fraud: Fraudulent acts carried out in the name of religion.
  • Serious Fraud: (or complex fraud) this level of fraud is determined by the Serious Fraud Office.
  • Tax Fraud: The manipulation of tax law for advantage; generally this is done through not reporting revenue or avoiding the tax man altogether.

Learn More & Stay Informed

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