Boiler room fraud is becoming increasingly common and usually involves persuading investors to part with their money for a share in an asset such as property or land, by making statements which are untrue or deliberately misleading.
Shares offered as a result high-pressure sales techniques may turn out to be worthless or non-existent, and land sold as a development investment may stand no chance of getting planning permission, or is unsuitable for development because of contamination or geography.
Boiler rooms scams usually require complex investigation, involving a multi-agency approach.
It is also quite possible that not only are investors duped by the scam, but also professionals may have been duped into getting involved, believing it to be a legitimate business.
In such cases, investigating bodies will go through company accounts and correspondence to ascertain any involvement, which can be both damaging to a company’s and/or individual’s reputation, as well as being extremely stressful.
It is crucial to take expert legal advice from a specialist fraud solicitor as soon as possible if allegations have been made involving boiler room fraud, so that a robust defence case can be built. Taking legal advice early can in some cases prevent prosecution.
Our fraud solicitors regularly liaise with agencies which may be involved in fraud investigations, including:
Duncan Lewis' Crime department has been recognised as a Top Tier and recommended criminal defence practice by Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 edition for its General Crime and Fraud work.
Our fraud solicitors have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system and the ability to assemble compelling evidence and documentation in boiler room fraud cases.
Our lawyers are able to represent clients at police stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and the Court of Appeal. The team also includes highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious fraud cases.
There are Duncan Lewis offices across England and Wales and our fraud lawyers can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes to advise on fraud charges.
We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing boiler room fraud charges – call us during office hours on 0333 772 0409 for expert legal advice on all fraud charges.
For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 0333 772 0607.
We advise clients who are facing investment fraud allegations involving boiler room scams, or who may be interviewed in relation to boiler room scams, to contact us as soon as possible.
Our fraud solicitors can advise even before a charge for boiler room fraud is brought, and a solicitor from our specialist fraud department can attend a police station fraud interview conducted by the police, Serious Fraud Office or HMRC.
Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services. Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances, our team can advise further on this at the initial client meeting.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, we offer competitively priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.
In some criminal cases, ‘after the event’ (ATE) insurance may be an option and our lawyers will advise on an appropriate level of insurance to cover the potential costs of defending a criminal case and to pay any costs imposed by the court.
Call Duncan Lewis Fraud Solicitors to discuss boiler room fraud allegations or charges on 0333 772 0409.