Leading Fraud Defence Solicitors London & Manchester
Olliers is recognised as a market leader in defending investigations and prosecutions relating to financial crime, business crime, regulatory breaches, and asset recovery. We have an outstanding reputation for our proactive approach to dealing with the investigative stages of a process and crisis management, always looking to bring an investigation to an early conclusion.
We are ranked as a Top Tier Fraud Firm by the Legal 500 as well as Chambers Directory. We are a Times Best Law Firm 2022. Our Managing Director, Matthew Claughton is ranked as a Leading Individual by the Legal 500. Many of our lawyers are leaders in their field.
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 Insolvency Service, the Health and Safety Executive and Trading Standards.
We act for individuals and businesses, 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. We act 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. Over recent years few firms can match our experience in defending cases investigated by HMRC. We act in multi jurisdictional cases and are specialists in mutual assistance and extradition.
Defending Fraud Offences
We also place a great emphasis on our front footed but sensitive approach to the investigation stage of a case. We will always look to nip an investigation in the bud without a prosecution being brought. We are acutely aware of the importance of reputation management. We liaise with investigating authorities from the outset, we 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 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 effect 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.
Key areas of specialism are highlighted below:
- Serious Fraud Office Investigations
- Dawn Raids
- Crisis Management
- Cryptocurrency investigations
- Corruption and bribery
- Trading Standards prosecutions
- Insolvency Service prosecutions
- HMRC Investigations
- Financial Conduct Authority investigations
- Furlough fraud
- Money laundering
- Unexplained Wealth Orders
Contact our fraud lawyers (Manchester & London)
If you need a specialist fraud solicitor please contact us to discuss how Olliers can advise and represent you.