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When you are fighting allegations of fraud, it goes without saying that you want the best fraud and financial crime solicitors to represent you. But how do you go about finding the right solicitor – or the right law firm – for the job?
1. Look at their credentials
Firstly, check their credentials.
The top law firms in England and Wales have Lexcel accreditation from the Law Society. This is the legal practice quality mark for client care, compliance and practice management. Only firms who hold the Lexcel mark, or the specialist quality mark, can hold a legal aid contract with the Legal Aid Agency.
According to the Law Society: “Law firms that have our Lexcel Accreditation must follow rules and guidelines that help raise standards and promote a high-quality approach to practice management and client care. The Lexcel quality mark gives you peace of mind when choosing a provider of legal services.”
Because you are facing charges of fraud, you also want a firm with Law Society accreditation in criminal litigation. This is only given to “legal practices and solicitors who meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in specific areas of law.” It therefore denotes that a firm specialises in criminal litigation, as verified by the Law Society.
Finally, the best law firms in the country are listed in the Legal 500, which is the world’s leading legal directory.
At Ashmans Solicitors, we tick all of these boxes. We have:
- Lexcel accreditation
- Law society accreditation in criminal litigation
- Been recognised as a leading firm by the Legal 500
2. Check they specialise in fraud
Secondly, check the law firm has a solicitor – or a department – that specialises in fraud.
Fraud and financial crime is its own niche area of the law. It can cover both civil and criminal litigation. It involves a broad range of investigatory bodies such as the police, HMRC and the Serious Fraud Office. A detailed and analytical approach is required from the defence team, which often needs to instruct forensic accountants and other experts. So, while a defence lawyer may be adept at fighting serious criminal charges such as murder and drug trafficking, they may be completely lost when dealing with a fraud offence.
But how do you know if a law firm specialises in fraud? There are a few ways to tell. They will likely have a dedicated fraud page or section on their website. They will have case studies showing that they have successfully defended fraud allegations, along with testimonials proving the same. Finally, you can always contact the firm and ask to talk to a fraud solicitor. You can then discuss your case with them, enquiring as to whether they have dealt with similar cases in the past.
We can assure you that at Ashmans Solicitors, we specialise in fraud and financial crime. Take a look at our past cases and testimonials below. Or contact us for a free initial enquiry with one of our fraud solicitors. We can explain our expertise in more detail, giving you confidence that we know exactly what we are doing.
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3. Review past cases
If you are going to instruct a fraud solicitor, then you will want to know that they have handled similar cases in the past – and won.
At Ashmans Solicitors, we can prove just that. Below, we have listed a handful of our notable fraud cases.
- Securing a not guilty verdict for the lead defendant in a multi-million pound duty fraud and money laundering case
- Achieving a suspended sentence for a company director accused of fraud by false representation
- Getting an acquittal in a high-profile mortgage fraud case involving Barclays Private Client International Bank
- Negotiating a favourable outcome for a local councillor accused of fraudulently obtaining social housing
- Securing a not guilty verdict for a former employee of a charity accused of fraud and money laundering
- Getting an acquittal for a company director accused of conspiracy to cheat HMRC via the abuse of the zero-rated VAT reclaims system for new build properties
- Successfully requesting a stay of proceedings in which a company director was accused of defrauding the Royal Mail Group Limited
- Getting an acquittal for our client accused of conspiracy to defraud to a sum in excess of a million pounds
- Having all charges against our client dropped during a so-called ‘crash for cash’ false insurance injury claim
- Securing a not guilty verdict for a client accused of high-value mortgage fraud, which would otherwise have resulted in a substantial jail term
Read their testimonials
While a solicitor or law firm can assure you of their expertise, a testimonial from a client or peer carries more weight. In reading through a firm’s testimonials, you can rest assured that other people in your position have used the firm’s services and benefitted.
Read some of our testimonials relating to fraud cases below:
“I am a barrister with 20 years of experience…and…I have worked with Ashmans Solicitors on several hugely complex cases including the alleged fraud of over £100 million internationally by a Money Services Bureau, the sophisticated laundering of seven-figure sums by UK businessmen internationally, and the most complex high-value fraud work. I have come to know the standards of Ashmans Solicitors very well. In complex and difficult scenarios requiring details, analytical assessment and tactical astuteness, the firm has real strength in depth. Results achieved by the firm in cases I have dealt with have been truly remarkable and excellent. They could not have been achieved without real desire, commitment and dedication and the pursuit of excellence for the client. It is a pleasure to recommend Ashmans to prospective clients.” ABDUL S. IQBAL
“I was charged with 5 other people in a fraud case, Mr Ali was my Lawyer from Ashmans. He did a great job and my case was thrown out of court because of what he was able to do after 2 and half weeks in the trial. Ashmans Solicitors are a fantastic and hard-working firm. If anybody needs advice in fraud cases they must always go to Ashmans.” AL-AMIN SHOUROV
“I was charged with a serious VAT fraud case. I changed my solicitors to Ashmans Solicitors, and I am so glad I did. They listened to me and were always there to provide me with superb service, utterly professional at all times. Along with their expert barrister, they found a flaw in the prosecution case and because of this forced the prosecution to drop the case against me. I was fully exonerated with excellent representation. I highly recommend them as a great company and very professional. I can’t thank Mr A. Ali enough.” K. DESAI
Finding a fraud solicitor
These tips should help you find a fraud solicitor who is best-suited to help with your case. If you are still not sure, simply contact the firm and talk to them about your situation. Most firms offer a free initial enquiry – including us here at Ashmans. This gives you the chance to discuss things in greater detail. You can explain the allegations being made against you or your company. We can then outline how we will help you. Having spoken to a solicitor, you can make an informed decision as to whether or not to instruct them. You will be working closely with your solicitor over the coming months – or maybe even years – so it is vital to choose someone you trust and have confidence in.
Do I need a solicitor near me?
You do not have to instruct a solicitor who is near you, geographically speaking. If you live in England or Wales, then you simply need to find a solicitor who operates in that jurisdiction. It is better to instruct a specialist fraud solicitor rather than a local solicitor who has little experience in fraud cases. You will communicate with your solicitor over the phone, by email and video calls, if needed. Your solicitor can also travel to meet you, and to court hearings, as and when required.
At Ashmans Fraud Solicitors we have a national presence, with offices in London, Leeds, Sheffield, Dewsbury and Huddersfield. We act for clients across England and Wales.
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