Company fraud is a broad term used to describe different areas of criminal activity within a company, some of which may be linked.
Company directors are frequently investigated or implicated in company fraud investigations, and may face charges relating to company fraud if irregularities, fraud or dishonesty is uncovered.
Simply turning a “blind eye” or not launching an internal company investigation into irregularities can lead to company directors receiving an allegation or charge of company fraud.
Colleagues not involved in corporate or business fraud may also find themselves under investigation as part of a wider investigation of a company’s compliance practices if company fraud is suspected.
Investigations into company fraud are extensive and highly intrusive, and if a conviction is obtained, a custodial sentence and heavy financial penalties are likely.
It is vital to seek legal advice as soon as possible if there is any chance that an investigation into company fraud might be launched, or allegations of company fraud made or charges brought.
The early stages of a company fraud investigation can be crucial to the outcome for anyone under investigation.
Duncan Lewis business fraud solicitors have considerable expertise in criminal defence work relating to company fraud, corporate fraud, serious fraud and white collar crime, and offer robust criminal defence services and expert legal advice for interview under caution.
Investigations involving company fraud can result in loss of reputation and business reputation, and may even affect future employment potential and career prospects, as well as income and family life.
Taking legal advice early can help prevent errors and misjudgements, which may later prejudice the outcome of a case for a defendant.
Duncan Lewis business fraud solicitors can advise on all company fraud charges, including company fraud allegations relating to:
Duncan Lewis can also liaise with the agencies which may be involved in a fraud investigation, including:
The Duncan Lewis business fraud team also has acknowledged expertise in handling very high court costs (VHCC) involving allegations of company fraud.
Duncan Lewis business fraud solicitors can also advise Confiscation Orders under Section 2 of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), and civil asset recovery proceedings such as Restraint Orders under Section 5 of POCA.
Duncan Lewis' Crime department continues to be recognised as a Top Tier and recommended criminal defence practice by Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 edition for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud work.
The team 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 company fraud cases.
Duncan Lewis represents clients at police stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal, and has highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious fraud and company fraud cases.
There are Duncan Lewis offices across England and Wales, and a fraud lawyer from Duncan Lewis can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes to advise on company fraud charges.
We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing company fraud charges. Call Duncan Lewis during office hours on 0333 772 0409 for expert legal advice on all corporate fraud or company fraud charges.
For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Duncan Lewis advises clients who are facing fraud charges or those who may be interviewed in relation to company fraud to contact us as soon as possible.
Our solicitors can advise even before a charge for company 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 HM Revenue and Customs.
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.
Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid at the initial client meeting.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, our business fraud solicitors 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 Duncan Lewis 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 Business Fraud Solicitors to discuss company fraud allegations or charges on 0333 772 0409.