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Crime & Investigations

Financial Crime

The number of people and companies being questioned and charged for fraud and financial crimes has increased because investigative authorities and the police have more powers to look into possible financial offences.  You are more likely than ever before to be investigated for financial mismanagement or suspect dealings and anyone who has ever been through such an investigation will tell you that it is usually a traumatic and disruptive experience.

Criminal investigations into financial crime and fraud can involve:

  • Being interviewed under caution
  • Being forced to hand over documents or information
  • Your home and offices being searched
  • Property being seized and taken from your home or offices
  • Your electronic devices including computers being seized and searched
  • Restraint orders or property freezing orders against your personal and company assets
  • Being charged with a criminal offence
  • Facing prosecution in the Magistrates' and Crown courts
  • On conviction, your assets being taken and you being ordered to pay the costs of taking you to court

How Irwin Mitchell Can Help You

We have significant experience and expertise in helping clients overcome any of the above experiences and have successfully defended thousands of clients in this complex area of criminal law. 

We know the issues that you, your employees and your family will be facing and we offer a great deal of support and expert advice in defending your case and dealing with related problems. If necessary, we can instruct medical consultants and forensic psychologists to advise us whether you are fit to deal with an investigation or prosecution. 

Our fraud and financial crime team are dedicated to providing the best possible service for you and in fighting for a positive outcome for your case.  We have handled cases both in the UK and internationally and deal with cases from minor fraud to major international fraud. 

If it will help your case, we can work with forensic experts in forensic technology, accountancy and tax to start building your defence as early as possible. 

Our criminal investigation defence solicitors can be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can trust us to put together a defence for you and protect you from any media interest. Some examples of the sorts of offences that we are expert in handling include:

  • Companies Act offences
  • Company Director Disqualification Act offences
  • Conspiracy to defraud
  • Corruption and bribery
  • Data Protection Act offences
  • False accounting Financial Services & Markets Act (FSMA) offences
  • Fraud and dishonesty offences under the Fraud Act and Theft Act
  • Fraudulent trading Illegal price fixing and cartel offences (Enterprise Act)
  • Insider dealing
  • Market abuse
  • Misleading statements and practices
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Perjury
  • Perverting the course of justice
  • VAT or tax evasion

Whatever your situation, we pride ourselves on providing clear advice in plain English so you understand each step we take. 

Funding Your Case

We act on a privately paying basis, often through insurance policies and sometimes through legal aid. We can advise you about the best way to fund your case.

We will always discuss with you the likely costs of your case and will tell you if the cost is likely to be more or less than expected as we proceed. We always aim to keep your costs as low as possible and will ensure you get best value for money.

Call Today For A No-Obligation Discussion

If you have been arrested, are on police bail or have been charged, or you believe that you may at risk of arrest or are under suspicion of a criminal offence, then please contact our team as soon as possible.

For an initial discussion, with no obligation, call Paul Haycock on 0114 274 4275. Alternatively, contact us online and we will get back to you.


They have "long experience advising on white-collar criminal matters, such as alleged tax frauds and benchmark rate manipulation" and a "Significant record of acting on criminal insider dealing proceedings against the FCA." They are also "Regularly sought after by individuals involved in high-profile investigations and prosecutions led by HMRC and the CPS." – Chambers & Partners, 2018

"An excellent firm. They are very responsive to clients’ needs, very proactive and they add value significantly to the preparation and conduct of the case."
Chambers & Partners 2016

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