Ever increasing regulatory powers have intensified the prosecution of fraud and business related crime. Fraud can be amongst the most complex and challenging of criminal offences that demands a rigorous, analytical and proactive approach.
Specialist government agencies such as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Financial Services Authority (FSA), as well as HMRC, Department for Work and Pensions and local authorities have unprecedented powers to investigate and prosecute for particular types of fraudulent conduct.
We advise, represent and defend clients prosecuted by these authorities, at all stages of the investigation and trial process.
||Offences under the Fraud Act 2006
> False representation
We provide direct access to some of the leading specialist fraud barristers, and depending on the seriousness of the offence, with the most seasoned and experienced Queen’s Counsel.Our approach to these cases is multidisciplinary, pooling together leading experts, forensic accountants with barristers and solicitors for the presentation of a robust defence, by a formidable defence team.Direct access has revolutionised the way you are able to instruct the right legal team; to be a top down approach, not the traditional bottom up. We believe that those charged with serious offences, such as fraud, should seek the advice of a barrister at an early stage and not when a client ends up in court, which is the approach of many solicitors firms.Having a barrister onboard from the outset can be critical. Whilst many kind of fraud cases may require both a solicitor and barrister, having a barrister advising at key stages of the process is vital. For example;
- Representations whether the prosecuting authority should charge at all, or discontinue the case at an early stage.
- Negotiating with the prosecution of any alternatives to prosecution, such as a paying back alleged sums owed.
- Challenging the decision to prosecute before substantive proceedings are commenced.
We are London based but our services are nationwide. We are not restricted to one geographical area. We aim to provide the clear and coherent solutions to complex problems with the best representation and expertise that an expert barrister provides.