Business Crime Solicitors
Updated on Wednesday 03rd February 2021
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Local or foreign businessmen who are involved in a business crime case are advised to receive the legal advice of our business crime solicitors. Our specialists can represent you in any business crime case, such as fraud allegations or bribery and corruption. If you find yourself accused of different frauds, it is best to ask for suitable help because our team can make a full analysis of your case, in order to give the best possible approach in the court of law.
Types of business crimes
From the start, we mention that our business crime lawyers have experience in varied business crime cases and they can provide you with legal assistance and representation in the following:
- bribery cases, corruption and fraud cases in UK;
- confiscation of assets and accusations brought for the company directors;
- money laundering cases and investment fraud cases in UK;
- disciplinary procedures cases, referring here to the allegations addressed to company’s employees.
Business crimes, such as money laundering or fraud cases, are also investigated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which has the legal power to issue fines for companies suspected of financial misconduct. FCA can impose financial penalties, issue warning notes, or decisions that will be enforced on the company, but it can also withdraw the company's authorizations. In the situation in which your company was fined by FCA, it is advisable to receive legal representation from our business crime solicitors in London. Here is an infographic with extra details:
Legal assistance provided by business crime lawyers
Persons involved in the above above-mentioned crime cases should know that our business crime solicitors can provide assistance in any case. Our team can also offer their input when the police or other authorities would like to address to these persons to investigate a corporate crime in which the company or representatives of the company may be involved. Natural or legal persons can address to our attorneys when they think they may be prosecuted for such a crime, or when they have been charged with a business crime. Our business crime lawyers can offer assistance throughout this process by offering recommendations for the interview with the authorities, by helping you apply for bail, and by preparing the trial or negotiate upon the case.
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Legal representation in case of fraud
A fraud offence in the UK means any act which results in returns due to illegal activities as mentioned in the Fraud Act 2006. Fraud by abuse of position, fraud by failing to disclose information and fraud by false representation are criminal acts which are punished with imprisonment in the UK. The intention of gaining material advantages or of other matters for personal reasons or for someone else is definitely a fraud act. If you are being accused of fraud, we strongly recommend you seek legal advice from our business crime solicitors in London who have comprehensive experience in such matters. The entire case will be properly investigated and complete support throughout the process will be offered. Having a good defence and giving full sustenance upon your innocence in the court of law are part of your release from fraud charges.
Legal representation in case of money laundering
Money laundering is a criminal conduct where a person uses certain financial institutions to disguise the original possession and control of different assets gained through criminal activities. If you have been accused of money laundering in the UK, we suggest you ask for legal representation from our business crime solicitors who can analyze the circumstances and the charges, looking for breaches and a correct approach in front of the prosecutors and magistrates.
Legal representation for corruption cases
Corruption is a widespread problem with important implications, where people from different social backgrounds offer particular awards to gain all kinds of benefits, money or assets. Numerous cases involve politicians and businesspersons worldwide. Regarding the UK, if you have been accused in a corruption case, you should solicit immediate help and legal advice from our business crime solicitors. They can assist the accused individuals kept in police custody or they can support them starting from the first hearing in the court of law. Institutions or persons in the UK can be unfairly accused of corruption offences, which is why our team of business crime lawyers with a solid background in such situations will try to remove such charges in a lawful and moral act, with truthful proof.
Confiscation of assets
In the cases where companies in UK are dealing with fraud accusations, the prosecution in UK can solicit confiscation orders. These can be issued by the courts of law once the case has been presented and if the offenders involved are found guilty of fraud. The confiscation of assets is done for particular crimes in UK and the aim is to recover the amount of money illegally gained. If you find yourself accused by fraud or if you are dealing with confiscation orders in UK, we strongly recommend you get in touch with our business crime solicitors.
Legal support for the managers of a company, offered by our criminal solicitors in London
Companies and directors facing fraud or corruption accusations need to ask for legal support before any move or decision. Business crimes in UK are considered extremely serious and the authorities continue to fight against them through varied methods. Instead of dealing with misunderstandings in your case and for receiving complete legal support, our team of advisors is at your disposal at any time. Let us handle your situation from a legal point of view for the best possible result.
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Apply for bail with our business crime solicitors in London
Our business crime solicitors in London are at your disposal with complete legal advice and support when applying for bail. This is a serious procedure that can be entirely handled by one of our criminal lawyers in London, no matter the situation you are confronting. Persons involved in business crime investigations and kept in police custody will have to appear in the court of law where the bail is established, but right after the Prosecution Service makes a series of verifications. In some cases, police bail might come with different conditions, such as not leaving the country or get in touch with particular persons that might be involved in the case. It is important to know that the authorities have the right to refuse the bail and send the offender back to police custody. Instead of dealing with such an unwanted situation, you should solicit immediate legal advice, if arrested by the police. You also have the right for medical supervision and help, while you are advised to answer to no question at the police, at least until your business crime solicitor gets in touch with you.
We mention that the bail application can be made by one of our legal advisors, as soon as they take your case and represent you in front of the authorities. Serious offences like business crime offences must be treated accordingly, with comprehensive legal assistance offered by one of our legal representatives.
Support for employee frauds
Business owners might confront other unpleasant situations that can involve their employees. Bribery schemes, procurement frauds, inventory theft, theft of cash, commission fraud, or worker’s compensation fraud are part of the employee fraud category and offences often met in the business climate. In some cases, such frauds cannot be detected for years, meaning that criminals cover their tracks quite well. However, if you, as a company owner, have suspicions regarding the employees, and if you believe that specific documents can clarify the situation, you should ask for legal help from our business crime solicitors. These are serious crime cases that can send an offender to years of imprisonment if found guilty. Please talk to our team of lawyers and find out more about ho we can help from a legal point of view.
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Legal authorities managing the investigation of business crimes in UK
The responsibility for the investigation and prosecution of business crime in UK is shared between three specialist agencies: the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). Additionally, serious frauds investigated by the police and tax frauds that are investigated by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs are cases in which prosecutions are unfolded by the Crown Prosecution Service Central Fraud Division.
The UK is engaged in developing a successful modernization of its anti-corruption laws starting with 2007. After that, the Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. Simultaneously with the legislative reform, the Serious Fraud Office’s investigative resources were being directed towards coping with conceptions of historic potentially corrupt conduct, seen through the antiquated pre-existing legislation. Thereupon, the number of complex prosecutions appeared to correspondingly diminish.
FAQ about business crime solicitors
1. Can I get legal support if I’m not from London?
Yes, our business crime lawyers are at your service, regardless of the UK city you live in. We can handle your case and represent you in front of the authorities.
2. Can I get legal advice for money laundering cases?
Yes, our business crime solicitors can help offenders accused of money laundering in UK. Such accusations are extremely serious, just like the ones involving investment frauds, leading to many years of imprisonment.
3. Can I get help in a fraud case?
Yes, fraud by false representation and fraud by abuse of position are severe accusations for which you should solicit the support of your business crime solicitors. We have experience in this field and we can represent your interests from the beginning.
4. Can I solicit help for corruption accusations?
It is strongly recommended to ask for legal advice in corruption cases. Such accusations will definitely stain the image of a person, especially if he/she has a special social status. Corruption accusations are considered extremely grave, so you should seek immediate legal advice and assistance from our business crime solicitors in London.
5. Can I get help for bail applications in the UK?
Yes, if you have been arrested for business crime accusations, you should ask for the legal support of our criminal defence lawyers in London. Our team is experienced in bail applications and can also handle the conditions and the entire case before it is presented in the court of law. Feel free to talk to our legal advisors.
Below you can read interesting facts and statistics about crimes in the UK, provided by the Office for National Statistics for December 2018 – December 2019:
- The number of homicides increased by 2%.
- A 7% decrease in burglary cases was registered during the above-mentioned period;
- A 5% decrease in overall crimes was registered, according to statistics for England and Wales;
- Robbery cases grew by 12%, as the ONS states;
- Lower-harm violent crimes and fraud remained stable for this period.