When fraud is discovered it is essential that you act quickly. Our Fraud team comprises of experts in criminal and civil litigation who can immediately engage a network of professionals across the globe to minimise the damage and bring the fraudsters to account.
The Fraud group draws together lawyers from the firm's renowned business crime, regulatory, commercial litigation and reputation management teams. This is essential where your response often involves civil and criminal proceedings, as well as actions by a regulator. Members of the team have been involved in many of the most high profile fraud cases in recent years. They have recovered billions of pounds on behalf of fraud victims.
You will always be given straightforward, sensible advice based on your prospects of recovery.
Our team is well-placed to carry out internal investigations or advise on regulatory investigations, including those by criminal and regulatory bodies such as such as the ICAEW, Solicitors Regulatory Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the National Crime Agency or the Crown Prosecution Service and other criminal authorities.
The team's notable expertise covers offshore trusts, particularly focused on the Channel Islands.
We advise on fraud prevention, identification, and investigation, as well as on the consequences of fraud (from a civil, criminal and regulatory perspective). We also have a wealth of experience acting for defendants facing allegations of fraud. Our experts are ready to advise and act on all stages of defending accusations of fraud, serious money laundering, bribery, and corruption.
If you find irregularities in your business' finances, or you have concerns over contracting arrangements that raise the suspicion of fraudulent activity, we will provide practical guidance and straightforward advice to help you investigate. We have a network of other professionals, including IT consultants, forensic accountants, private investigators and foreign lawyers on hand to support you
We can also ensure that your investigation maintains privilege, and help with crisis and reputation management.
Team members have notable expertise in relation to offshore trusts, particularly focused on the Channel Islands. They have helped shape the law in fraud and asset recovery, with cases involving the Supreme Court and Privy Council.
- Banking and broader financial services fraud: we have a strong reputation in the financial services arena, and our civil fraud practice is no exception. We have a wide ranging practice representing both banks and financial service institutions and for individuals acting against financial institutions. There continues to be significant growth in civil action connected with fraud through banks’ online platforms (where the law continues to develop rapidly) and we regularly advise on this.
- Insolvency and professional negligence dimensions of fraud claims: our team is also well-known for its expertise in contentious insolvency matters and professional negligence, meaning that we are regularly instructed on highly complex matters involving wider questions that have a serious impact on civil fraud claims, such those that involve insolvent companies, professional negligence claims, and allegations of constructive partnership.
- Property fraud: we regularly advise on property fraud matters for high profile sites. This work regularly involves significant sums and often complex corporate questions. The firm's significant property team gives us a deep understanding of the property market and access to a quality client base.