We represent individuals and companies under investigation, or being prosecuted for alleged criminal fraud by agencies including the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue & Customs, City of London Police, or the Financial Conduct Authority. Our expertise encompasses the full range of complex fraud matters, including tax, duty and VAT evasion, tax avoidance schemes and missing trader fraud, copyright theft, insurance fraud, money laundering, false accounting and conspiracy to defraud.
Our aim is to be involved from the very outset, providing crisis management, from a dawn raid to the conclusion of proceedings, offering strategic advice and assiduous representation at every stage. We advise on raids, arrest, search/seizure of records and legal professional privilege material, interviews under caution and under compulsion, restraint of assets and trial, through to confiscation and if necessary, appeal. Our lawyers have considerable experience in cross-border and multi-agency criminal investigations, drawing upon our network of lawyers in multiple jurisdictions as the need arises.
A criminal investigation or prosecution is one of the most difficult and stressful situations our clients are ever likely to face. Our primary objective is to bring cases to conclusion at the earliest opportunity and where possible, prior to charges being brought. To complement our service, our team works closely with other departments within the firm, including dispute resolution and intellectual property.