Corporate Fraud Criminal Defence
If you have been accused of corporate fraud, it is important to seek advice from a legal specialist as soon as possible. At Draycott Browne Solicitors, we have represented a variety of clients in high value fraud cases since 1998, and we have the knowledge required to get the best possible solution for you.
Our experienced business crime team realises that an investigation can be extremely stressful and complicated, and we will endeavour to provide advice every step of the way. We will liaise with the police, HMRC or other authorities on you behalf, taking as much of the stress away from you as possible.
Contact us today by calling +44 (0)161 228 2244 or fill out an enquiry form and we will be in touch at a time that is suited to you.
About corporate fraud
Corporate fraud is a particularly complex area of the law that can be very difficult to understand. Corporate fraud is defined as any fraud that is committed against a business, however, it can target both individuals and businesses.
The act of corporate fraud specifically involves deliberate dishonesty carried out with an intent to intentionally mislead lending companies, public sector or investors with the aim of securing financial gain.
Asset stripping refers to the process of purchasing an undervalued company with the intent to sell off its assets for a profit. The individual assets of the company, including equipment and property, may be more valuable than the company as a whole because of factors such as poor management or poor economic conditions.
When a business continues to trade as normal, even though the managers or directors are aware of the fact that they are going out of business. This is classed as a civil offence, so any directors implicated may be held personally liable for company debts, or may be banned from acting as the director of any limited company for up to 15 years.
When a business carries on business operations with the intent of purposefully deceiving and defrauding its creditors. This is classed as a criminal offence and is punishable by considerable fines and liabilities, depending on the severity of the fraud and potentially improvement.
Other types of corporate fraud can include:
- Account takeover
- Application fraud
- Bankruptcy-related fraud
- Business directory fraud
- Charitable publication scams
- Cheque fraud
- Cheque overpayment fraud
- Domain name scams
- Exploiting assets and information
- Fake invoice scams
- False accounting
- Fixed line fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Intellectual property fraud
- Long and short firm fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Payment fraud
- Receipt fraud
When should you seek legal advice?
You should contact Draycott Browne immediately if you:
- Have been informed that you are under investigation
- Are facing a prosecution
- Have been asked to speak to the authorities
- Have been charged with fraud
By seeking legal advice from the start of the investigation, your case is more likely to be successful. We urge you to speak to a legal advisor from the moment you are informed that you are under investigation.
Our team of legal specialists is happy to provide advice and representation at any point during your case.
How we can help
Corporate fraud is a complex and time-consuming area of the law that will have a significant impact on operations. Draycott Browne is committed to building your case in an efficient manner, helping to secure a resolution that is best for you.
The experienced solicitors at Draycott Browne pride themselves on helping our clients at every step throughout the legal process. We will aid you in the following ways:
- Providing you with assistance in relation to dawn raids
- Preparing you for an interview with the authorities
- Securing bail on your behalf
- Challenging the authorities on search warrants and restraining orders
- Preparing your defence for a trial
- Successfully defending you in court
Contact us today
Our team of knowledgeable corporate fraud solicitors offer services to clients in Manchester and across the North West of England. For advice and representation from us, contact Draycott Browne today on +44 (0)161 228 2244.