The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is responsible for investigating cases involving serious fraud offences such as high-value fraud, criminal gangs carrying out fraud, compliance breaches resulting in fraud, and bribery and corruption.
Serious fraud may also involve high-value or organised crime relating to:
SFO investigations are thorough and can cause immense stress and intrusion into a business or an individual’s life – with the result that reputations and business relationships may be irreparably damaged.
Serious fraud convictions carry long custodial sentences – and it is usual for a confiscation order to be issued under the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover any monies accumulated as a result of serious fraud.
Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors can advise on serious fraud charges even before a charge is brought – or if there is a possibility that an allegation of serious fraud will be made and an investigation launched under the Fraud Act 2006.
A criminal defence lawyer from the Duncan Lewis fraud department can attend an interview under caution to offer representation to those facing serious fraud charges – and Duncan Lewis can also liaise with agencies involved in investigating serious fraud, including:
Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors have considerable expertise in HVCC cases and cross-border serious fraud cases.
Duncan Lewis' Crime Department has been recognised as a Top Tier and recommended criminal defence practice by Chambers & Partners UK 2019 and The Legal 500 2019 Edition for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work.
Duncan Lewis 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 serious 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.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide 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 serious fraud charges.
For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 0333 772 0607.
Duncan Lewis advises clients who are facing fraud charges – or who may be interviewed in relation to serious fraud allegations – to contact us as soon as possible.
Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors can advise even before a charge for serious 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, Duncan Lewis 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 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 Fraud Solicitors to discuss serious fraud charges on 0333 772 0409.