Serious Fraud Solicitors

The Financial Crime and Regulatory Team is headed by specialist fraud lawyers Kiran Mehta and Ruth Harris. Both have 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 and Regulatory 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).

You can speak to us in confidence by calling 0800 437 0322. 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: 08448480222.

Meet the Serious Fraud Team

Kiran Mehta is Joint Head of the Financial Crime and Regulatory Team. He is an expert in these fields having worked exclusively on Financial Crime, Regulatory and Privately funded Crime. He is currently acting for a number of corporates and high profile individuals in a range of matters from FCA investigations for Financial Crime to Regulatory actions against Bankers and representing high profile individuals in a range of criminal matters including sexual assaults.

Ruth Harris is Joint Head of Financial Crime and Regulatory Team. She 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.

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.

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.

Tim Thomas is a specialist in the defence of financial crime and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. He has experience in defending against the FCA and of its dual track investigations (regulatory and criminal) from his time working in the Enforcement division. Tim also has substantial experience in acting against SFO and RCPO.