Public sector fraud and fraud against a local authority involves obtaining benefits, funding, compensation, or services such as Legal Aid or housing, by falsifying an application or the details of a claim.
Both public sector fraud and fraud against a local authority result in taxpayers’ money being obtained or used fraudulently to gain a benefit (e.g. housing).
Fraud against a local authority may involve a criminal gang, a legitimate company or an individual. In all cases, it is vital to take legal advice from a specialist fraud solicitor at an early stage if allegations have been made or charges brought.
Individuals accused of fraud against a local authority may face allegations relating to:
Our team has a successful track record in representing clients facing allegations of public sector fraud and can liaise with agencies 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 public sector or local authority 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 public sector fraud charges from the pre-investigation stage of a charge onwards. Call us during office hours on 0333 772 0409 for expert legal advice on public sector or local authority fraud.
For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 0333 772 0607.
We advise clients who are facing public sector or local authority fraud charges, or who may be interviewed in relation to these allegations, to contact us as soon as possible.
Our fraud solicitors can advise even before a charge for fraud is brought, and a solicitor from our specialist fraud department can attend a police station fraud interview conducted by the police, Serious Fraud Officer, or HMRC.
The Duncan Lewis Benefits Fraud Department can also advise on benefit fraud investigations 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 is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services. Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances.
If a client is in receipt of certain benefits they are usually eligible for Legal Aid, but our team can advise further on Legal Aid 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 public sector or local authority fraud allegations or charges on 0333 772 0409.