Cases of fraud and financial crime vary significantly.  Some can involve the alleged loss of a few hundred pounds; others literally hundreds of millions. Some cases will have both domestic and international dimensions to them.  A common feature throughout them all however, is the attitude taken by prosecuting agencies to robustly investigate and take action against individuals who are suspected to be involved in fraudulent activity.  Testament to this is the sheer number of agencies that frequently bring these cases before the Court, including the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Defending these allegations however, requires particular skills and resources.  Fraud investigations can take years, and can involve hundreds of witnesses and documentary evidence running to many thousands of pages.  Lawyers specialising in this work need to be capable of digesting large volumes of detailed material, while at the same time focussing on the principal issues in the case and how best to meet them.  Effective representation in these areas truly depends on first class preparation, as well as the tactical skills and understanding that only come from experience.

We have a number of senior advocates at Reeds with considerable expertise in such matters, and are well qualified to defend any individual facing investigation or prosecution in this often highly specialised area.  We offer a wealth of experience and expertise in defending individuals charged with the whole range of offences that can be characterised as ‘Fraud’, including cases of conspiracy to defraud, false accounting, banking and credit card fraud, mortgage fraud, tax fraud (in particular ‘missing trader’ or MTIC cases), insurance fraud, ‘boiler room’ fraud, and Ponzi schemes.

In some particularly serious or complex cases you can also instruct our solicitor colleagues; experts in litigating these cases, to build a bespoke and dedicated team of talented lawyers to defend you.  For more information, click here.

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