PROTECTING YOUR INTERESTS, LIMITING DAMAGE

We understand that those accused of fraud are often unfamiliar with the criminal process, and that any allegation against you or your business can be extremely daunting.

As specialists in fraud law, we at Regan Peggs Solicitors pride ourselves in swift, accurate and detailed preparation of all our fraud cases.

We will support you through all stages of the legal process, by assisting and advising you during investigations, representing and defending you during trials, and negotiating and advocating on your behalf to minimise any sanctions.

Contact us now for professional, straightforward legal advice and to discuss your case.

How can we help you?

Investigations

Individuals and businesses can be investigated and prosecuted by various government agencies including:

The Crown Prosecution Service (also prosecutes on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs)
Dept of Trade & Industry
Financial Services Authority
HMRC
Health & Safety Executive
Office of Fair Trading
Financial Conduct Agency
Serious Fraud Office
Serious Organised Crime Agency / National Crime Agency

It can take many months or even years to investigate a fraud case, even where a prosecution does not follow. During this time, individuals and businesses can suffer damage to their reputation, finances, and a loss of control over their own assets.

We can help to significantly reduce the length of your investigation, minimising the subsequent inconvenience to you and your business.

Contact us today for a confidential discussion of your circumstances and to find out how we can help.

Opposing Detention & Forfeiture of Cash

Where a suspect is found with more than £1,000 in cash, it is possible it may be seized. The investigating officers then apply for its detention whilst they make enquiries about its origin. If they are not satisfied, then they can apply to the court for its forfeiture.

Should you find yourself in this situation, we can help you by opposing the forfeiture and speeding up the process of getting your cash back.

Contact us today for a confidential discussion of your circumstances and to find out how we can help.

Challenging Restraint Orders

During a fraud investigation, officers can apply for a court order restraining the defendant’s assets so that they lose control over their own money. These orders can include:

  • The freezing of assets before a prosecution is brought and without notice.
  • A requirement that a full list of past and present assets is provided.
  • The return of assets from abroad
  • The threat of imprisonment for non compliance.

We can help you by negotiating with the authorities or applying to the courts for these orders to be varied.

It is important to make an application for the release of money as soon as possible, so contact us today for a confidential discussion of your circumstances and to find out how we can help.

Prosecutions & Trials

Any fraud investigation can lead to a prosecution and subsequent criminal trial. Fraud trials are usually conducted in the Crown Court before a judge and jury. They can be lengthy, and very complicated.

We can help you by obtaining the evidence against you and advising you on which parts to challenge, which to have checked by experts, and how to present your case in a way that a jury can follow.

For more information about prosecutions and Crown Court trials, see our Criminal Defence Services page. Alternatively, contact us today for a confidential discussion of your circumstances and to find out how we can help.

Challenging Confiscation Orders

Following almost every fraud conviction, the prosecution will seek a Confiscation Order. This is an order that requires the repayment of either the benefit of an offence or the available assets, whichever is the lower.

These repayments can often be very large due to the way the benefit figure is calculated, and can affect people and their dependents long after their case is over.

We can help you by putting forward a case to resist the orders or by arguing that the figures should be reduced.

It is important to challenge confiscation orders as soon as possible, so contact us today for a confidential discussion of your circumstances and to find out how we can help.

Appeals

We can help you to appeal against any convictions, sentences or Confiscation Orders arising from an investigation against you.

Appeals must usually be lodged within 28 days of the order being made, so if you are considering an appeal, contact us today for a confidential discussion of your circumstances and to find out how we can help.

For more information about appeals, see our Criminal Defence Services page.