Deception and fraud solicitors

Being accused of a serious criminal offence such as deception or fraud can be extremely traumatic and worrying, particularly if it is a genuine mistake. It can be a difficult time, not just for the defendant but also for close friends and family. Reputations, relationships and careers can all be put under great strain.

Often it is the defendant’s first experience of the criminal justice system, something which brings additional stress and anxiety to all those involved, particularly if the case generates unwanted media attention.

The law surrounding fraud is complex, therefore it is essential that you seek expert legal advice as early as possible; ideally before charges have been brought. This will help ensure that your case is handled properly by the authorities.

If you or a loved one are facing fraud charges and you need a criminal defence solicitor who you can trust to provide you with expert representation, contact Draycott Browne today.


Defending a fraud charge can be very complex as it often involves elements of both business and finance law. At Draycott Browne we have serious crime solicitors who are highly skilled in this area. We will do everything possible to assist you, regardless of your personal circumstances.We will listen without prejudice to your story and provide an expert evaluation of the evidence against you. Throughout your case, we will be there to support you and provide you with professional advice and guidance, including:

  • Representing you at the police station
  • Ensuring your rights are protected and that you are treated fairly throughout the process
  • Advising you on your plea
  • Applying for any bail and ensuring the impact of any conditions is minimised
  • Ensuring you are fully prepared for your trial
  • Providing expert representation in court
  • Helping you protect your reputation
  • Advising and assisting you on the appeals process, if necessary

We understand that being charged with a fraud offence can be a very difficult and anxious time. Our committed and experienced legal team will ensure that you have every chance of clearing your name, whilst ensuring that you and your loved ones are treated with understanding, empathy and respect at all times.


On 15th January 2007 new legislation around deception and fraud offences, came into force in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This new legislation, the Fraud Act 2006, was brought in to replace and simplify the law around a number of deception offences contained in the Theft Act 1968 and 1978.

The new legislation outlines three broad categories of fraud offences which a person can be charged with.

  • Fraud by false representation (Section 2)
  • Fraud by failure to disclose information when there is a legal duty to do so (Section 3)
  • Fraud by abuse of position (Section 4)

In all offences, the individual being charged has to have acted dishonestly and either:

  • intended to make a gain for themselves / another, or
  • cause actual / risk of loss to another

Fraud offences carry the risk of a custodial sentence of up to 10 years.


It is not always possible to predict an arrest, which is why our legal advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At Draycott Browne we have a team of professionals ready to assist you whenever you need us. We will represent you at the police station and thereafter to make sure you and your case are treated fairly and appropriately.


Unexpected legal fees can come as a nasty and expensive surprise. To assist you with the financial cost of defending your name, we can help you apply for legal aid to enable you to focus on what really matters. Our solicitors at Draycott Browne can guide you through the application process so that you have the best chance of receiving the financial assistance you need.


Draycott Browne offers services within Manchester and throughout the north west of England. By entrusting your case to us, you can be assured that you will be working with a team of highly skilled and committed legal specialists who have a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the law.

Our legal team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with solicitors experienced at providing world class representation to a number of clients. If you or somebody you know has been arrested and needs expert legal representation, contact Draycott Browne today.

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