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Serious Fraud

Serious Fraud Solicitors London

Serious Fraud Solicitors

The Fraud and Financial Crime Team is headed by specialist fraud lawyer & partner John Hartley. John has built up a wealth of experience over the years having advised individual and corporate clients on a spectrum of investigations brought by various government agencies and private bodies.

The Financial Crime Team is made up of a number of partners with considerable experience in complex and often high profile cases. The team is supported by talented and experienced solicitors.

Recent cases that the team have advised on include:

  • High profile allegations of bribery & corruption;
  • LIBOR investigations;
  • Whistleblowing;
  • Financial services offences (ie breaches of the Financial Services & Markets Act);
  • Company, commercial and Insolvency Act offences;
  • Directors disqualification;
  • Immigration visa fraud;
  • Diamond & precious metal investigations;
  • Carbon credit fraud;
  • Rare earth fraud;
  • Cigarette smuggling;
  • Tax evasion & diversion frauds (VAT, income tax, PAYE etc);
  • Telephone ‘vishing’ frauds;
  • Mortgage fraud;
  • Land bank fraud;
  • Investment fraud;
  • Restraint orders (discharge & variation)

As well as providing a service to individuals, the team regularly advise companies on investigations which may be carried out by a range of regulatory bodies. We are able to provide a bespoke service for any business and are able to quickly respond to any unannounced searches (dawn raids).

Download our Dawn Raids guide.

Download our Serious Fraud leaflet.

You can speak to us in confidence by calling 0800 437 0080. 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: 07659 111 192.

Our Serious Fraud Solicitors are backed by four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of London Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving favourable client outcomes. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.

Meet the Serious Fraud Team

John Hartley is head of the Fraud and Financial Crime Team and is an expert in the field having worked on serious and complex crime from qualification. John is able to draw on the many facets of fraud that he has experience of and effectively thread that knowledge into his advice to corporates and individuals alike.

John is very approachable and is dedicated to ensuring all of his clients receive the advice and assistance that is required.

Raj Chada has built a solid reputation representing clients involved with serious and complex bribery and corruption investigations. He has co-authored a book on the subject. Raj has advised clients in relation to the BAE bribery investigation and has been instructed by FTSE company directors accused of bribery to secure contracts. Many of the cases he has worked on have cross-jurisdictional aspects.

Ruth Harris has expertise in the defence of serious and complex fraud and has been ranked for this work by the Legal 500 and described as “analytically minded”. Her extensive experience includes defending cases alleging money laundering and conspiracy to defraud. Her recent caseload has included the LIBOR investigation.

Samira Noor-Khan has represented clients facing complex fraud allegations, confiscation and cash seizure applications. Her work has included alleged ‘Ponzi’ schemes and the laundering of money through bureau de changes. She has worked on drug related fraud cases and cigarette smuggling.

Graeme Hydari has an extensive knowledge of fraud related investigations and money laundering which have recently included advising in respect of Money Services Bureaus, “Phoenixing” Companies, Fraudulent Trading and Work and Pensions “benefit fraud”. Graeme also regularly advises on VAT offences and cash seizure & forfeiture.



  • What's the process?

    Whatever your need, our team of highly experienced Fraud lawyers can provide you with the help and advice you need.

    The steps to take to get the advice you may need:

    1. Contact one of our experienced team, either by telephone or email. For queries about the process freephone 0800 437 0322.
    2. We will provide you with a free initial assessment in the first instance. For queries about the process freephone 0800 437 0322.
    3. We will arrange a time to meet to discuss your needs and particular situation in greater detail. For queries about the process, freephone 0800 437 0322.

    We can be contacted outside of office hours on 07659 111 192 and you will be put through to one of our dedicated fraud lawyers.

    We’ll ensure that the solicitor you deal with is the right match for your specific situation, helping you find the best possible resolution during a stressful and often sensitive time.

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  • FAQs

    The police have arrived at my premises with a search warrant, what can be done?

    Our specialist fraud lawyers have extensive experience dealing with raids, by the police or other investigative authorities, whatever time of the day or night. We can swiftly provide assistance at one or a number of premises in order to advise on the search procedures, scope of any warrant and the legality of the search taking place and protections available, particularly where material is subject to conditions of confidentiality and/or Legal Professional Privilege.

    I have been requested to attend the police station, but am unsure why?

    If a person is to be interviewed as part of a criminal investigation, we can advise individuals whether they are being interviewed as suspects or witnesses. The difference between the two is vital and we will ensure that you are clear from the very outset as to how you are to be treated by the authorities. We will ensure your position is protected at all times.

    I have been arrested and taken to the police station, what should I do?

    Our expert lawyers know that being proactive from the moment a client arrives at the police station, has the best chance of achieving the best outcome for the client. We will obtain information about the investigation and then advise you as to the procedure at the police station and ensure you are treated fairly throughout. We will advise you clearly as to the best strategy to adopt at the interview, including whether to answer questions or not, or whether to put forward a written statement setting out your case.

    We have an outstanding reputation for high quality client advice at the police station. Our pro-active nature ensures that the best possible outcome for the client is at the heart of all we do.

    Can I discuss my case initially with you, free of charge?

    Of course. We fully understand that you need to feel confident in your legal team, and so instructing the right team is key. We are happy to discuss your case and concerns as well as setting out how we can assist you.

    I have received a Restraint Order, freezing all of my assets, what can I do?

    A Restraint Order can be obtained before a person is charged with a criminal offence. The Restraint Order will prevent you from dealing with assets which are specified in the Order. You will be required to serve a statement setting out your income and assets. Early legal advice is vital. We can advise you on the legality of the Order, drafting the statement of assets, as well as applying to the Court for variation or discharge of the Order. A Restraint Order can have potentially devastating effects on an individual or business. We will act swiftly to ensure that any necessary applications are made to ensure that you can continue to meet living expenses and/or trade.

    I have received a summons to attend Court, what does this mean?

    A summons is the formal issuing of prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court, and it should detail a summary of the alleged facts. It will require you at attend Court on a specified date. It is important that you seek legal advice as soon as you receive the summons. If you do not attend Court when required, the Court could issue a warrant for your arrest. We will advise you as to the charges contained in the summons, as well as represent you at Court and explain how the case is likely to proceed.

    The police have seized cash from me, what can be done?

    The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 gives a police officer or Revenue and Customs Officer the power to seize cash, and then apply for its forfeiture. It can only be seized if it is £1,000 or more and the officer has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the cash has been obtained through unlawful criminal conduct or it I intended for use in unlawful conduct. Once the cash has been seized, the prosecution can only retain the cash for 48 hours before they need to apply to the Magistrates’ court for the continued detention of the cash. The Court can only grant a period of detention for a period of 6 months at any one time, up to a maximum of 2 years. You can apply, at any time, for the return of the cash. In order for the cash to be forfeited, the prosecution have to show on the balance of probabilities that that cash was obtained through unlawful conduct or is intended to be used in unlawful conduct. Early legal advice is important in order to ensure that the cash has been seized legally, and secure its return as soon as possible.

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