Fraud cases are generally document heavy, have their own rule book, and demand great care, consideration and analysis by defending solicitors. Substantial frauds are often prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office, or the Fraud Prosecution Service (a division of the Crown Prosecution Service). Saunders Law is a founder member of the Specialist Fraud Panel and particularly well equipped to deal with fraud allegations.
Fraud is a wide ranging term applying to offences under the Fraud Act 2006, the Theft Acts, the Companies Act and others, but all require dishonesty as their essence. The Fraud Act 2006 set out to codify the law and identified three basic types of fraud:–
- fraud by false representation
- fraud by failing to disclose information
- fraud by abuse of position
Fraud cases often require substantial resources to defend which we provide; in the Wickes Plc SFO prosecution we worked with 55gb of documents. We are ranked by both the Legal 500 and Chambers directory, the definitive trade directories.
In the last year we acted at trial and on appeal in numerous important cases including:
- The SFO prosecution of Kevin Foster the controversial investment road-show entrepreneur, for a £46m ‘Ponzi’
- R v Abrue, a £13m international “boiler room” prosecution
- A multi £m SFO advance fee fraud prosecution at Southwark Crown Court involving celebrity socialite ‘Lord’ Edward Davenport
- R v De Boer, a £37m cross-border telecoms fraud.
We act in HMRC tax evasion cases, MTIC carousel prosecutions, advance fee and mortgage frauds. Civil recovery and money laundering cases under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 are house specialities.