Serious Fraud & Business Crime Solicitors
Being accused of serious fraud or a business crime can have serious implications in every aspect of your life. As well as potentially receiving a lengthy prison sentence, prosecution could damage your personal and professional relationships, damage your business and/or hinder your future career.
At Wells Burcombe, our specialist fraud defence solicitors have substantial experience handling complex and high value fraud and business crime matters. Our senior-led team has a wide range of expertise advising individuals at every stage of the criminal justice process, from initial investigation and pre-charge advice to fierce court representation. We also have a team of highly skilled criminal appeal lawyers who can provide assistance if you or someone you know requires post-prosecution advice.
Our Serious Fraud and Business Crime expertise
Financial Fraud & Business Crime Charges
Investigations conducted by bodies such as the Financial Conduct Authority, HMRC, the Health & Safety Executive or the Office of Fair Trading can have a hugely detrimental effect on your ability to trade, even before a prosecution has begun.
Our financial fraud expertise includes:
- Money laundering
- Offences under the Fraud Act 2006:
- Fraud by false representation
- Fraud by failing to disclose information
- Fraud by abuse of position
- Serious Fraud Office (SFO) Prosecutions
- HMRC tax investigations
- Director(s) disqualification
- Disciplinary and regulatory issues
- Proceedings under the Proceed of Crime Act 2002:
- Restraint Orders
- Confiscation Orders
- Freezing Orders for civil recovery
Seeking early advice is highly recommended because of the serious implications simply being accused of this type of offence can have. Investigations are often rigorous, often including police searches of your home and the seizure of accounts and assets.
Our defence strategy is fiercely investigative. We have close connections with specialist forensic accountants whom we can instruct to analyse evidence and provide independent findings to defend such proceedings as well as to mitigate any sentence or financial sanction.
Credit Card Fraud Charges
Due to increasing levels of sophistication and preference for shopping on the internet, credit card fraud is on the rise. It is taken very seriously by the police and courts to act as a deterrent. Credit card fraud ranges from a single duplicated or stolen card through to more advanced, organised operations where cards or details are illegally obtained and processed.
If you are facing allegations of credit card fraud, we can provide carefully tailored advice and robust representation, including advising you at the police station and providing assistance during Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court proceedings.
Money Laundering Charges
Money laundering investigations and charges are commonly brought by the police, National Crime Agency, HMRC or another Government body. Our serious fraud solicitors can guide you through the complexities of money laundering investigations, providing strategic analysis of all the evidence and preparing robust representation during any court proceedings.
We advise individuals across London, Hertfordshire and the wider south east England area. Our clients also come to us from further afield for our independently recognised expertise, including Reading and Manchester. We regularly represent a wide range of individuals, including company directors, high level executives and corporates and have extensive experience handling prosecutions from various authorities and agencies, such as:
- The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
- The Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
- The City of London Police
- HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
- The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
- The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
- The National Crime Agency (NCA)
Why choose our Serious Fraud solicitors?
Our team has been independently recognised as one of the top criminal defence teams in the South East by prestigious client guide, the Legal 500.
We also have a wide range of professional accreditations and memberships in recognition of our expertise, including:
- The Law Society Criminal Litigation Accreditation
- The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association
We take a practical approach to serious fraud defence and our service is defined by our personal touch and ability to tailor our advice to suit your individual circumstances. We understand how incredibly distressing being faced with prosecution for a serious fraud offence can be.
As part of our dedicated service, we take all possible steps to limit damage to our clients’ reputations and always seek to swiftly bring the investigation to a close. With us on side, our clients have the best possible chances of avoiding criminal charges altogether.
Amongst our talented team, we have Partner, Alan Burcombe, who has handled many high profile and multi-million pound frauds over the years. Partner, Ravinder Khumra, also specialises in all types of complex business and white collar crime which include FCA matters.
Our team includes qualified police station representatives and duty solicitors who can represent individuals at the police station, at short notice and out of hours wherever needed. We have a number of qualified Higher Courts Advocates and a qualified barrister, Philip Kazantzis, who has nearly 20 years’ experience handling complex fraud cases. We also enjoy close relationships with a number of specialist criminal defence barristers’ chambers whom we can instruct to represent you in court if necessary.