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Criminal Fraud

Peters & Peters “outstanding practitioners” have unparalleled experience in dealing with all aspects of criminal fraud, having acted in the majority of the UK corporate fraud cases in the last 25 years. We are ranked in Band 2 for Financial Crime (Individuals) by Chambers UK 2017.

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We represent individuals and companies across a wide spectrum of cases involving criminal fraud. Examples include serious and complex fraud, mortgage fraud, Ponzi schemes, advanced fee fraud, boiler room scams, offences under the Fraud Act, conspiracy to defraud, false accounting and Companies Act offences and tax fraud.

Peters & Peters advises suspects and defendants on all aspects of an investigation and prosecution, for example in relation to Dawn Raids, search and seizure, arrest, interview, plea, trial and sentencing. We give strategic and pragmatic advice throughout the process and we regularly achieve outstanding results for our clients with many cases being discontinued or stayed before trial or a not guilty verdict returned at trial.

Peters & Peters defends cases tenaciously for all its clients but, where appropriate, we also have extensive expertise advising on reporting misconduct to the authorities, seeking immunity from prosecution, plea bargaining (SOCPA agreements) and the impact of these courses of action in the context of global investigations.

We also assist companies who have had a fraud perpetrated on them by an employee or third party by conducting Internal Investigations, gathering evidence, liaising with authorities or bringing a Private Prosecution.We help identify remedial action to prevent fraud occurring in the future.

Peters & Peters has extensive experience dealing with compulsory disclosure notices, for example with SFO section 2 notices (and other compulsory disclosure orders) and we can coordinate the gathering and review of material (including forensic analysis), its disclosure to the SFO and making representations to the SFO about the reasonableness and proportionality of notices as well as on issues such as privilege.

Some of our cases relate solely to the UK and involve agencies such as the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the National Crime Agency (NCA), the police and the CPS, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Home Office.

However, a significant proportion of our work relates to global investigations involving numerous overseas bodies such as the US Department of Justice (DoJ); the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). This experience is invaluable when considering the risks and liabilities that a company or individual is exposed to in this context.

Key Contacts

Hannah Laming

Hannah Laming, Partner

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+44 (0)20 7822 7752

Helen McDowell

Helen McDowell, Managing Partner

Email Helen

+44 (0)20 7822 7735

Jasvinder Nakhwal

Jasvinder Nakhwal, Partner

Email Jasvinder

+44 (0)20 7822 7753

Michael O'Kane

Michael O'Kane, Partner

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+44 (0)20 7822 7755

Neil Swift

Neil Swift, Partner

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+44 (0)20 7822 7763

Nick Vamos

Nick Vamos, Partner

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+44 (0)20 7822 7776

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