Conspiracy to Defraud

Conspiracy to defraud involves an agreement by two or more people to dishonestly deprive a person of something that belongs to them, knowing you have no right to do so. What is key is evidence of the agreement and not necessarily whether the plan actually comes to fruition.

Sound legal advice at the earliest opportunity can be crucial if you are facing an investigation for conspiracy to defraud. On many occasions, where we have been involved from the outset, we have successfully stopped a case from going any further.

Our hands-on approach from the start has secured acquittals in cases spanning many different industries in the UK, including one of the largest fraud cases ever prosecuted.

We are highly qualified in analysing complex financial evidence in this area of law, including records obtained from countries around the world. Outstanding client care is always our highest priority. Our record speaks for itself. Here are just some of the notable cases we have been involved in over recent years.


Raj Chada is currently acting for an employee involved in a conspiracy to hack into the central computer system of a bank in order to facilitate the transfer of several million pounds.

Raj Chada is currently representing an individual in connection with an advance fee fraud which involves investigations in Zurich and Nigeria.

Ruth Harris represented a client in a case involving a supposed charity. MPs, church leaders and other notable people were persuaded to lend their support and provide the ‘charity’ with a veneer of respectability. Three men were charged with conspiracy to defraud after they were said to have used the charity as a front for concealing huge sums of stolen money from a series of complex thefts. While three defendants were convicted, our client was found not guilty by unanimous verdict. She was relieved to return to caring for her two young children and elderly father without a stain on her character.

Ruth Harris is currently advising and individual in connection with a multi-million pound, multi-jurisdictional boiler-room scam.

In addition, members of HJA’s Serious Fraud Team have previously dealt with the following cases:

Represented the directors of a company investigated by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) following a “dawn raid.” It was alleged that the company had been involved in asset stripping running into tens of millions of pounds. Following a rigorous Judicial Review of the SFO’s case, no further action was taken against Mark’s client.

Represented the Financial Director of a charity which had been set up to assist refugees who had come to the UK. It was alleged that fake companies had been set up and fraudulent invoices rendered so as to defraud the charity of tens of millions of pounds. This case involved detailed analysis of bank accounts and company records.

Represented a client in a case involving multi-jurisdictional conspiracy to defraud, money laundering, counterfeiting and forgery. There were also links to terrorism. The prosecution alleged that our client acted as a banker and forger, and was involved in a fraudulent website offering “novelty items” which were actually false ID packages, ranging from bank statements, utility bills and passports. In excess of 1.5 million pages of evidence were served by the prosecution, who calculated the loss at £60m.

Contact our friendly and sympathetic team to find out how we can help. You can speak to us in confidence by calling 0808 231 6369. Alternatively you can contact us using the online enquiry form and we will call you. If the situation is urgent then we can be reached outside normal office hours on: 0844 8480 222.

Our Serious Fraud Solicitors are backed by four decades of experience with conspiracy to defraud cases. Our legal practice and team of Serious Fraud Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving the best possible results. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 231 6369 today.

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