Share dealing fraud can involve a number of offences, including insider trading (tipping and dealing shares), boiler room fraud and selling unlicensed shares.
Share dealing fraud is a serious crime because not only can the market become skewed by insider dealing and tipping, but investors may lose considerable amounts of money as a result.
Boiler room fraud can also leave investors substantially out-of-pocket if they are persuaded to buy shares, which they have been advised are a sound investment, only for them to turn out to be worthless, overpriced or even non-existent.
In unauthorised share dealing – unlicensed share dealing – a trader who trades without a licence or whose licence has been revoked will most likely face a custodial sentence if convicted, so taking legal advice early on is crucial to prevent mistakes in defence being made.
When a share dealing fraud investigation is launched, unfortunately dealers who are innocent of any malpractice may also fall under suspicion, potentially damaging reputations and livelihoods.
It is vital to take expert legal advice as soon as an investigation into share dealing fraud is launched, or if there is a possibility of an allegation involving share dealing fraud might be made and charges brought.
Share dealing fraud allegations usually involve “tipping” or actually dealing shares, and at an early stage of an investigation, it is easy to make errors and misjudgements when being investigated or questioned, or assume that any unfounded allegations will be “cleared up”.
Duncan Lewis business fraud solicitors have extensive experience of providing robust criminal defence services to those facing investigation for share dealing fraud, and also offer expert representation for interview under caution regarding share dealing allegations and criminal charges.
Duncan Lewis business fraud lawyers can also liaise with the agencies which may be involved in a serious fraud investigation, including:
The Duncan Lewis business fraud team also has considerable expertise in handling very high court costs (VHCC) cases involving allegations of share dealing 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.
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Duncan Lewis 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 share dealing fraud cases.
The team 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 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 fraud charges.
We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing share dealing fraud charges. Call Duncan Lewis during office hours on 0333 772 0409 for expert legal advice on all serious fraud or share dealing fraud offences.
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 who may be interviewed in relation to share dealing fraud allegations to contact us as soon as possible.
Our business 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 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 share dealing fraud allegations or charges on 0333 772 0409.