Everyone has a right to bring a private prosecution, a powerful tool which can result in the same punishment as a public prosecution. For individuals, it presents a real opportunity to achieve access to justice that might otherwise be unachievable. For a corporation it can send a clear and unambiguous message to would-be criminals that the organisation is not a soft target for crime, and so greatly enhance its reputation.
Mishcon de Reya benefits from the knowledge and experience of three former senior prosecutors. The team is led by Alison Levitt QC, former Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions. In addition to being involved in a significant number of the most serious and high-profile cases handled by the Crown Prosecution Service, Alison advised the DPP when the Director was asked to intervene in cases.
We have a deep understanding of how criminal trials work and are experts in building robust cases that will withstand the rigors of any subsequent challenge. We recently conducted the largest private prosecution brought to date, involving a complex €100m fraud, which resulted in the defendant being convicted and sentenced to 8 years' imprisonment.
We are specialists in criminal disclosure, an area where a disproportionate number of cases can go wrong, and were the first law firm in England to launch our own fully-managed eDiscovery product MDR Discover. The White Collar Crime & Investigations Group sits within our Dispute Resolution department and is able to draw on the resources of one of London's largest litigation teams.