Criminal Fraud

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period, during which EU laws continue to apply in the UK, is due to end on 31 December 2020. The UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement sets out transitional arrangements and negotiations for the future UK/EU relationship are ongoing.

We have significant experience of acting on some of the UK's most complex fraud cases, which often involve overseas enforcement agencies from all over the world. Our close relationships with firms around the globe mean that we can provide a seamless multi-jurisdictional service.

We frequently act for suspects accused of a variety of fraud allegations. We act for both individuals and companies at every stage of an investigation from dawn raids and the initial police interviews through to representation at trial. We recognise that allegations of wrong-doing are high pressure situations. We quickly make your problem our own and consider whether there is a way to avoid a contested trial at every stage of the process.

We are experienced in bringing specialists in early to avoid the imposition of external monitors and so as to anticipate and mitigate sentencing issues.

We act for witnesses in large fraud cases; advising individuals and corporates who are caught up in the investigation. The SFO frequently issue compulsory section 2 notices to witnesses in their investigations and we advise on the production of documents and/or attendance at an interview to furnish information. We will also assist with drafting of witness statements and with preparation for giving evidence at trial.

At Mishcon we can draw on the help of colleagues to offer clients a seamless service – we have reputation lawyers who can act quickly to avoid adverse publicity and manage social media. We have employment lawyers and civil fraud lawyers who can also assist in cases where the facts spill into other legal areas.

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