Leading Fraud Defence Solicitors, Manchester and London
Few firms can match Olliers’ experience in defending allegations of fraud. We are ranked as a Top Tier Fraud Firm by the Legal 500 as well as Chambers Directory. Matthew Claughton is ranked as a Leading Individual by the Legal 500 and few lawyers can match Richard Holliday’s experience in defending large scale complex fraud cases.
We act for clients facing investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC Investigations, Specialist Fraud Divisions of the police, the Financial Conduct Authority, the National Crime Agency, the Health and Safety Executive and Trading Standards. We act for professionals including solicitors, accountants and doctors. We have acted for politicians in both Houses. We frequently act for company directors and owners of businesses large and small as well as in cases of bribery and corruption.
We deal with allegations of fraud against banks, financial institutions, employers, and have in the past acted in cases involving the NHS, the Welsh Assembly, charities, the Skills Funding Agency and victims have also included members of the general public. We act in multi jurisdictional cases and are specialists in mutual assistance and extradition.
Defending Fraud Offences
We have an excellent representation for defending those charged with fraud offences. We also place a great deal of emphasis on our proactive but sensitive approach to representation at the investigation stage. We will always look to bring an investigation to an early conclusion without a prosecution being brought. We are acutely aware of the importance of reputation management. We will liaise with investigating authorities from the outset, we will always consider the early involvement of counsel and frequently look to make representations against charge without losing sight of the primary objective which is preserving our client’s position in the event of charge and a trial.
Our team can respond swiftly to dawn raids and searches following the issue of a warrant or the use of a statutory power.
We also act for those whose assets have been restrained during the course of a criminal investigation. Restraint Orders can have a paralysing affect on both an individual or a company. Olliers’ experience in assisting those subject to both criminal investigation and restraint is substantial.
When seeking to restrain assets and individuals investigators often disregard the rights of individuals and their obligations. Here Matthew Claughton discusses the duties of investigators and strategies that can be employed during the course of restraint proceedings which can assist the defence during the course of the investigation.