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Any ordinary individual or company can bring a private prosecution against another individual or company under section 6 the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.

If you feel a crime has been committed and appropriate action hasn’t been taken by the authorities to bring that person or company to justice, you have the power to do so through the criminal courts.

A private prosecution can be brought against any offence committed, including financial offences, assaults and sexual offences. As well as acting for private prosecutions, we’ve extensive experience in defending these cases as well.

 

Criminal prosecution

Thousands of criminal prosecutions begin everyday throughout England and Wales. It’s customary for these prosecutions to be brought by the Crown Prosecution Service or other state authorities. Other State prosecutors include the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), amongst many other organisations.

We have a team of expert lawyers who specialise in private prosecutions. We can assist you in seeking justice for crimes committed where other prosecuting authorities will not.

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Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors?

Highly experienced

Experienced criminal litigators who are experts in evidence and procedure. Innovative lawyers that fight for justice on your behalf and have decades of experience in the Criminal Justice System.

Our top ranking team has years of experience representing the innocent. We stand up to the prosecution who will always be represented by an experienced solicitor or barrister. We know how to fight and win cases.

Experts suited to your needs

We work with our renowned Civil Liberties & Human Rights Solicitors. Our highly capable solicitors are capable of scrutinising police and prosecutor’s decisions, including judicial review and human rights challenges.

Lawyers who care

Strategic overview from the start. We help collect evidence, advise on further material and consider what further investigation is required.

We will represent you at the Police Station or in Court. If you need urgent representation call us today. All we need is a few details from you and we’ll let you know how we can help.

"THANK YOU FOR ALL THE COMMITMENT AND INTEREST YOU HAVE SHOWN FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF THIS CASE AND THE WAY YOU HANDLED IT WITH EMPATHY AND PROFESSIONALISM."

Featured cases

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Issued a summons against two multinational arms companies who had infringed UK Regulations on the promotion of torture equipment at the DESI arms fair at the Excel centre.

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Instructed to review potential private prosecutions against individuals in the banking sector, as a result of activities during the financial crash.

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Instructed to review private prosecution on behalf of victim of historic sex allegation.

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Defended a £1.6 million fraud on behalf of an individual in relation to a private prosecution brought by Amazon which was eventually dropped.

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Frequently asked questions

Is there anything else I can do when considering a private prosecution?

If you’ve reported the matter to the police or an investigatory body and they’ve  told you they don’t intend to pursue your investigation, you then have the right to have the decision reviewed usually by a more senior investigator.

If is am successful in the private prosecution what will happen?

The court on conviction will proceed to punish and sentence the person convicted, in the same way they would if the state had prosecuted them. However, if you were contemplating a civil claim, then a criminal conviction would assist in that.

Are there any additional Costs implications?

Your costs for bringing a private prosecution are usually recoverable from central funds. However, this may not cover the total amount of the expenses you incur during proceedings. The Court will reimburse you for an amount they deem reasonable to compensate you. You should be aware that if the Court considers you’ve incurred costs through an act (or omission) which was unnecessary or improper, it can refuse to compensate you entirely for expenses. Further, you may be ordered to pay the Defendant for any costs they incur as a result of this misconduct. As such, it’s important  that a prosecution should be driven by what’s  objectively just and not for selfish interests.

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