Serious fraud & business crime

Serious fraud and financial crimes are being actively pursued by prosecutors and regulators. If you or your business is suspected of financial crime (or white collar crime as it is often referred to) then you will need specialist advice from the outset as to how to deal with the authorities and challenge any demands they make. Our expert fraud solicitors can be contacted on 0203 816 1098.

Why you need specialist advice

You may need specialist advice on restraint of assets and potential confiscation proceedings which can be very damaging to your business. You need to know your reputation and business will be robustly defended by nationally recognised experts. At Stephensons our specialist team of serious fraud lawyers understand the damage that can be caused to a person’s reputation and have defended directors, professionals, senior management and large high profile cases. Discretion is paramount and we can manage any potential adverse publicity. Crisis management is often as difficult as the allegation itself and we can help you with that.

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Our serious fraud and business crime expertise

Our business crime team can advise on an extensive range of fraud and regulatory matters including; large scale fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, health and safety offences and environmental prosecutions. We have established relationships with a broad spectrum of independent experts to assist in the defence of these allegations including forensic accountants, computer analysts, handwriting experts and many others. We only instruct the very best. We complement our expertise with the selection of barristers and QC’s with a proven track record in these areas. 

We pride ourselves on challenging every aspect of the allegation and often advise on difficult areas of law including abuse of the prosecution process, judicial review and challenging the legality of orders. We firmly believe that justice means you are innocent until proven guilty.

Serious fraud and business crime experience

Stephensons’ serious fraud solicitors have defended many high profile investigations and prosecutions. We know it is essential to have a solicitor who is experienced in defending large scale, complex fraud. Our experience means we are in a position to defend cases brought by a variety of agencies including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). In addition we are members of several specialist associations including; the Fraud Advisory Panel, the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL) amongst others.

What others say about our serious fraud solicitors

Legal 500

The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firm across the world for over 30 years, following a comprehensive research programme they recognise firms who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice.

Our serious fraud team is ranked tier one in the latest edition of the Legal 500. 

“Stephensons Solicitors LLP regularly handles complex criminal fraud cases and attracts work from all over the UK. The team handles cases involving a range of issues such as land-banking, Ponzi schemes, boiler room, VAT and investment fraud, as well as proceeds of crime, money laundering, tax evasion and restraint orders. The team often defends clients on high-profile investigations and prosecutions brought by a range of agencies such as the SFO, HMRC, the FCA, HSE and the Environment Agency (EA). Correna Platt, who is 'exceptional' and Sean Joyce lead the team, and consultant John Greenwood is 'very experienced'." 2020

“Stephensons Solicitors LLP fields a ‘very professional and committed team’ that include the ‘highly knowledgeable and experienced’ Correna Platt, and John Greenwood, who is an accredited supervisor under the Legal Aid Agency panel for Very High Cost Cases. Platt is praised for her ‘tenacity, work ethic, incisive thinking and dedication to ensuring that she gets the best possible outcome for her clients; she has a thoroughly well-deserved reputation for excellence and she is a top tier criminal solicitor when it comes to defending those charged with serious offences’. Also recommended is Sean Joyce, who has ‘built up a very good name for himself in this field’. The team regularly acts in the most high-value and substantial cases such as land-banking, Ponzi and VAT fraud as well as other areas such as investment fraud, the proceeds of crime and money laundering… The group is currently advising the defendant on an ongoing fraud case spanning a number of jurisdictions involving significant sums of money. It is alleged that the defendant fraudulently mis-sold pensions investments.” 2019

Our experienced team of serious fraud lawyers has the expertise and knowledge to look at the required level of detail to defend you. Contact our expert fraud solicitors on 0203 816 1098 or complete our online enquiry form.

We have recently handled the following cases:

  • We represented the director of a training company; limited the fraud and thereby restricted any proceeds of crime application
  • A defendant and his co-accused were all charged with fraudulently obtaining housing benefit in respect of properties that they rented out. The defendants proceeds of crime were reduced by £1.5m than originally claimed.
  • A charge of fraud with added elements including confiscation proceedings and deportation
  • We represented a defendant who was arrested and interviewed regarding a benefit fraud
  • We represented an independent financial adviser facing multiple charges of fraud
  • We are involved in an ongoing fraud case which spans Spain, Gibraltar and involves the selling of storage to investors
  • We were involved ina case involving fraud, false accounting and money laundering allegations
  • Defendants are being investigated in relation to fraud involving 100 victims and a value estimated at £2 million
  • Complex VAT fraud
  • We represented a defendant, her husband and her son who had been charged with money laundering
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