Law Firm Expands Fraud Team After A Rise In Instructions Regulatory & Criminal Investigations Group 13.01.2010 Law firm Irwin Mitchell has added to its renowned Regulatory & Criminal Investigations Group (RCG) by appointing a new solicitor to work at the Sheffield and Manchester offices after seeing a recent rise in the number of instructions.Riad Ahmed joins Irwin Mitchell from Cartwright King Solicitors as a specialist in business defence and fraud cases with extensive experience in defending high value fraud prosecutions nationally. Paul Haycock, Associate Director of Irwin Mitchell’s RCG team, said: “Riad has a wide range of experience working on serious and complex criminal prosecutions and we are delighted he has joined the team. He has all the attributes we look for to ensure our clients continue to get the best legal advice and support.”The Irwin Mitchell RCG team has a strong reputation for defending complicated criminal investigations and prosecutions and is currently handling a caseload where the fraud is alleged to exceed £150m.Irwin Mitchell has seen a rise in the number of instructions to defend in criminal fraud cases recently, including include those brought by HM Revenue and Customs, the Fraud Prosecution Teams of the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office.Haycock said: “Businesses are being much more careful and vigilant over their financial management and are more aware of their spending than ever before, leading to an increase in the amount of fraudulent activity being discovered. “Our experience also suggests that in harder economic times more people have been 'tempted' to enter into fraudulent activity. This will have a knock-on effect in a couple of years as it usually takes this long for fraud to be uncovered, investigated and prosecuted.” Press contact Dave Grimshaw Press Officer 0114 274 4397 Email Dave Related articles 20.03.2019Government Issues Recommendation for Leasehold Reform 15.03.2019Irwin Mitchell Recruits Hundreds Of Volunteers For Red Nose Day 2019 15.03.2019Irwin Mitchell Scoops Hat-trick At Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 13.03.2019Sheffield City Region Launches Global Innovation Corridor At MIPIM 2019 08.03.2019Irwin Mitchell Launches Women in Law Timeline 05.03.2019Does A Rest Break At Work Have To Be Continuous?