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Financial Fraud

Duncan Lewis Business Fraud Solicitors – Financial Fraud


Financial fraud can encompass a wide range of offences and any allegation of financial fraud needs to be met with a robust defence strategy.


Duncan Lewis business fraud solicitors can advise even before an allegation or charge relating to financial fraud is made or brought, or if there is a possibility that a financial fraud investigation might be launched by the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, HMRC, the Office of Fair Trading or the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).


Financial fraud investigations are complex and thorough, and taking expert legal advice from a specialist business fraud solicitor can ensure that errors and misjudgements which may later prejudice a case are not made.


Having legal representation can also prevent criminal charges being brought in some cases of financial fraud. Our business fraud solicitors can advise on all areas of financial fraud, including:


  • Advance fee fraud
  • Bribery and corruption
  • Carousel fraud/MTIC fraud
  • Conspiracy to defraud HM Revenue and Customs
  • Criminal tax fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • False accounting
  • Forgery
  • Money laundering
  • Rate fixing
  • Tax evasion
  • VAT fraud

Financial fraud is a serious crime, with a custodial sentence likely for conviction on financial fraud charges. Heavy financial penalties are also likely to be imposed.


Duncan Lewis business fraud solicitors are able to advise on how to negotiate with various agencies involved in financial fraud investigations, including advising on negotiating with HMRC in cases where assets may be held offshore, including the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility (LDF), under which offshore investments can be declared as a voluntary disclosure before a tax investigation gets underway.


When an investigation is launched by HMRC and other investigating agencies, our business fraud solicitors offer expert representation for interview under caution, and can advise on compliance and any search of business premises.


Duncan Lewis can also liaise with the agencies which may be involved in a fraud investigation, including:


  • City of London Police
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
  • Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • National Crime Agency (NCA)
  • Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
  • Solicitors’ Regulation Authority’s (SRA) Fraud and Confidential Intelligence Bureau

The Duncan Lewis business fraud team can advise on low-value cases or very high court costs (VHCC) cases involving allegations of financial fraud.


Our team 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 Business Fraud Solicitors – Our reputation for excellence


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. 


Our business 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 financial 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 cases.


How to contact us


There are Duncan Lewis offices across England and Wales, and a business fraud lawyer from Duncan Lewis can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes to advise on financial fraud charges.


We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing business fraud charges. Call Duncan Lewis during office hours on 0333 772 0409 for expert legal advice on financial fraud.


For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.


When to contact us


Duncan Lewis advises clients who are facing business fraud charges or who may be interviewed in relation to financial fraud to contact us as soon as possible.


Duncan Lewis business fraud solicitors can advise even before a charge for financial fraud is brought, and a solicitor from our specialist business fraud department can attend a police station fraud interview conducted by the police, Serious Fraud Office or HM Revenue and Customs.


Duncan Lewis Business Fraud Solicitors – Legal Aid & Private Client


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 financial fraud allegations or charges on 0333 772 0409.


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