Being the victim of fraud can have a hugely detrimental impact on your life and your business. If you find yourself the victim of fraud or feel let down by the response of the public authorities, you should to speak to a specialist fraud solicitor. The expert private prosecution team at Wilford Smith can provide clear, strategic, proactive advice to start planning for your case.
Fraud investigations and private prosecutions
If a corporation suspects that it has been the victim of fraud, it will require that a thorough investigation is carried out to establish the validity of these suspicions. If investigations indicate fraud has taken place, the corporation has three options:
- Report the fraud to the police, leaving them to determine whether a criminal prosecution should be brought
- Begin civil court proceedings against the person or company believed to have engaged in fraud
- Initiate a private prosecution against the person or company suspected of fraud under the Prosecution Offences Act 1985
Private prosecutions bring perpetrators of fraud before the courts in the same way as if the case was being brought by the police or Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) – if a conviction is forthcoming the same punishments will be handed out by the court as if the State had instigated the case. This can often result in prison sentences, financial penalties, a criminal record and irreparable damage to your reputation.
Private prosecutions offer claimants a rapid and effective means of responding to any wrongdoing. Alongside initiating a private prosecution, civil proceedings may be brought at the same time to recover lost sums. However, private prosecutions are often cheaper and quicker than civil litigation so may be favourable, particularly if there are tight budget constraints. Private prosecutions can also act as a deterrent to others as they are easier to understand and easily publicised.
Wilford Smith’s team of expert private prosecution solicitors offer a determined and tenacious approach when it comes to prosecuting for fraud, on behalf of individuals, companies, charities and organisations. We are highly experienced when it comes to testing the quality of a case and exposing the flaws in reasoning and the limitations of any evidence presented.
Our solicitors will take the time to meet with you and discuss your case in detail. We will work tirelessly to not only meet but to exceed your expectations, offering you unique representation that is specially tailored to your needs.
Contact our private prosecution solicitors in Sheffield
We have many years of experience acting in a diverse range of fraud cases involving individual clients and corporations from across the commercial sector. We pride ourselves on our reputation for excellence in private prosecutions. Our lawyers take a solutions-driven approach and are renowned for their skilled analysis and attention to detail when it comes to reviewing extensive and complex evidence.
Our Criminal Lawyers are based in Sheffield and service clients throughout England and Wales. Contact us today on 01709 828 044 to find out how we can help.