Being accused of fraud is an ordeal that is hard to describe, but even harder to live through. It’s a threat which can seem to only get worse, not better.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Our specialist fraud lawyers are here to get the situation under control, and turn the tide in your favour so that you can get your life back to normal.
A fraud allegation can feel like a cloud over your life. It can be a shock if the allegation is very different from what really happened. Most people in this situation have no previous convictions. They never expected to be a criminal suspect. They may be naive about how to deal with investigators. That puts them at risk of making mistakes.
After the ordeal of an interview under caution, other worries can kick in: The possibility of a trial, fear of prison or of losing your home and other assets. That's before considering what can happen to your reputation and long term plans.
There is the worry about family. They are innocent but investigators are usually unsympathetic. Family members can sometimes even become suspects, bringing the whole situation to another level of frustration.
Fraud investigations move very slowly, and it can feel like your life stops until you know what the outcome is. Not knowing how the law and procedure works makes it all more intimidating.
People often don't realise straight away that in these cases the system is stacked against an accused person. Assets can be restrained. Records can be seized. Accounts can be frozen. The slow pace of proceedings just makes everything more painful.
Fraud is also often investigated unfairly. Investigators can take a simplistic approach: Whoever was on documents or accounts must be guilty. People can feel they're being targeted just because a business has failed, and they're expected to justify documents and figures, often years later.
A sad aspect of these cases that fraud solicitors see a lot is that people can be prosecuted for the actions of someone else, often when the one who really benefited is nowhere to be seen. In some cases, people at different levels of an organisation often don't know what people at other levels might have been up to. In every large fraud case, there are usually one or two defendants who are only there because they trusted a friend or colleague.
You don’t have to accept getting dragged into a fraud case as the final outcome. Things can be done to make the situation better.
Having specialist fraud solicitors working for you early on is a step to getting things moving in a better direction.
Experienced lawyers can push investigators for disclosure so that you understand the allegation fully. They can investigate the evidence and look at what has been missed by investigators, especially if it relates to the people who are really responsible.
Then they can try to change the narrative. If you’re not supposed to be in this situation, understanding the evidence is key. An organised team of solicitors will spend time with you so that they can show why your explanations need to be listened to.
Expert fraud lawyers will also assemble a team of barristers and forensic accountants to help present your case.
The feeling that the situation is out of control should reduce. Powerlessness is replaced by optimism.
Our nationally recognised fraud lawyers take some of the frustration away by working for you to feel informed, organised and empowered.
It starts with listening to you. We try to understand exactly how this is affecting you, and what you want from the situation. This way our fraud solicitors can support you and tailor the next steps so you get what you need.
We engage with the investigators, prosecutors and the court. We ask if the case against you even has to continue. If there are weaknesses in the case, our fraud lawyers investigate to expose why the prosecution is wrong.
We request evidence. If it is not provided we demand it. The investigators and the court will be on notice that the time for treating you as collateral damage is over.
We put together a team of experts to fight your case: Top QC barristers, forensic accountants and expert witnesses. By the time of the trial, our fraud solicitors will make you feel that absolutely everything has been done to get the win.
Contact us and speak to one of our specialist fraud solicitors confidentially – we can meet you in person or on secure encrypted videocall, often the same day.
Don’t despair. If you’re suffering major stress speak to a close family member for support and go to your GP.
Don’t speak to investigators except through lawyers.
Don’t discuss the allegation with colleagues or associates unless you 100% trust them.
Don’t write any emails or other messages about the case.
Save your emails and any texts or business records from the period which is in question.
Be proactive about your case. Read all the statements or evidence which is available to you.
Don’t transfer any assets to anyone else to try to protect them from being seized. It’s illegal and it doesn’t work.
Make sure that any family and friends who could be investigated also speak to us. We can either assist them ourselves or refer them to specialist colleagues.
If it’s a case we can take on, we’ll defend you at any police station or court in England or Wales. We have offices in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Salford, and we’re happy to have a consultation with you on the phone or in person.