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Immigration Fraud Related Offences


Duncan Lewis Fraud Solicitors – Immigration Fraud Offences


Duncan Lewis is one of the UK leading’s criminal defence practices with successful family law, employment law, immigration law and human rights law departments, able to advise on all criminal offences involving immigration fraud and illegal entry to the UK, including:


  • Bogus colleges and degrees
  • Child sex exploitation
  • Employment fraud
  • Forced marriage
  • Forged documents
  • Identity fraud
  • Modern slavery
  • People trafficking
  • Sham marriages and civil partnerships
  • Sponsorship fraud
  • Student visa fraud
  • Visa and passport fraud
  • Working illegally in the UK


Immigration fraud offences commonly result in prosecution and charges brought under the Immigration Act and Modern Slavery Bill can result in custodial sentences.


Allegations or charges involving immigration fraud often involve proving that an individual or group of individuals acted dishonestly which can be complex.


Taking legal advice early when facing immigration fraud allegations or if there is a possibility of an immigration fraud investigation being launched is vital to ensure errors and misjudgements are not made at an early stage which may prejudice the outcome for a defendant if a case goes to trial.


Immigration fraud usually involves a thorough investigation involving more than one agency and the police.


We have in-house family law and employment law experts able to advise on any charge relating to immigration law and can also liaise with the various agencies which may be involved in a fraud investigation, including:


  • City of London Police
  • Department for Education
  • Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
  • Federation Against Copyright Theft
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • National Crime Agency (NCA)
  • Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) Fraud and Confidential Intelligence Bureau
  • Trading Standards
  • UK Border Agency


Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors have considerable expertise in high-value crime cases and cross-border serious fraud.


Duncan Lewis Fraud Solicitors – Our reputation for excellence


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 immigration 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.


Duncan Lewis Fraud Solicitors – How to contact us


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 immigration fraud charges.


At Duncan Lewis our staff can speak over 60 languages between them and can offer 24/7 legal advice on immigration fraud, with representation at a police station for interview under caution.


We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing fraud charges call us during office hours on 0333 772 0409 for expert legal advice on immigration fraud.


For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 0333 772 0607.


Duncan Lewis Fraud Solicitors – When to contact us


We advise clients who are facing fraud charges, or who may be interviewed in relation to immigration fraud, to contact us as soon as possible.


Our fraud solicitors can advise even before a charge for immigration 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.


The Duncan Lewis Benefits Fraud Department can advise on benefit fraud investigations relating to immigration offences by the Department for Work and Pensions, including attending benefit fraud interviews at job centres conducted by the Department for Work and Pensions.


Duncan Lewis Fraud Solicitors – Legal Aid & Private Client – Immigration Fraud


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 immigration fraud on 0333 772 0409.


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