Harris Solicitors specialise in complex and high value fraud cases. Our defence lawyers routinely advise and represent clients in all matters of fraud, including VAT fraud, mortgage fraud, insurance fraud and benefit fraud. If you are being investigated or have been charged with acting dishonestly, it is important you get expert legal advice as soon as possible for the greatest chance of a satisfactory outcome. Contact the experts at Harris Solicitors today for immediate and dependable legal advice.
This guide will provide an overview of fraud and how it is dealt with by the law in England and Wales. We also provide information on our approach to defending fraud allegations and present two case studies that exemplify the complex cases Harris Solicitors routinely work on and the high standards we deliver.
Generally speaking, fraud is an act of deception, the purpose of which is personal gain or to deliberately cause loss to another person. Under the Fraud Act 2006, the offence of fraud can occur in three circumstances:
Under each circumstance, to establish guilt, it must be shown that the person by their actions intended to make a gain for themselves or another person, or to cause loss, or the risk of loss, to another.
There are many different types of fraud that can be committed by individuals and businesses. Consequently, the outcome of proceedings will greatly depend upon the particular circumstances of the case. Factors that will be taken into account by the court and that will affect the result for defendants include the value of the personal gain, the significance of the loss caused as well as a person’s criminal history.
Allegations of fraud are serious and where there is a conviction this can mean imprisonment, severe fines, and confiscation of assets. On top of that, the damage that fraud proceedings and prosecutions cause to the financial situation and reputation of an individual or company can be significant and long-term.
Due to the highly complex nature of this area of law, advice from solicitors with special expertise in defending fraud and white collar crimes is essential. Financial crime cases often involve huge amounts of data that must be scrutinised in order to prepare a strong case against the prosecution’s allegations. Fraud defence lawyers will usually work closely with external experts, for example forensic accountants or auditors, who provide invaluable insight into the circumstances involved. Their evidence is often relied on to rebut fraud allegations, where possible.
Our fraud and white collar crime defence solicitors have successfully secured the acquittal of many clients accused of serious and complicated offences.
In this case, allegations were brought against our client for their suspected involvement in a VAT repayment fraud scheme amounting to £2.2 million. The evidence in this case was served across 23,000 pages. Our team examined every inch of the evidence and prepared a robust defence, arguing that our client was not involved in the scheme. We advised the court that:
Before a jury at Birmingham Crown Court, our client was acquitted.
In this high profile case, a number of defendants, including our client, were accused of committing insurance fraud by impersonating insurance brokers. The total fraud value (which included money laundering offences) was in excess of £9 million. The prosecution served over 30,000 pages of evidence.
Led by Atta Rehman and Tariq Khan, our defence team where the only criminal lawyers in the case to successfully secure a dismissal of the main count against our client. As well as the dismissal, we also succeeded in a number of variations to a POCA restraint order made by the court against our client, which allowed him to continue his business affairs during the proceedings.
Our wealth of experience combined with our excellent team work, attention to detail and unique approach has established Harris Solicitors as a strong leader in defending fraud and white collar crime cases. Our portfolio of previous fraud cases is evidence of our technical knowledge and ability to achieve the best outcome for our clients.
If you are being investigated for fraud, our team can help you understand the situation and advice you on the best course of action. If you wish to proceed with our firm, we will represent you at every stage and work tirelessly to protect your interests and get the best possible result.
To talk to our fraud law experts, please call us on 01274 392 177. Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please contact us on 07872835267 or 07590289197 out with normal working hours.
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