March 20, 2018


Cybercrime solicitors in Yorkshire and London

You read it in the news all the time – Britons being constantly targeted by cybercriminals losing millions and millions of pounds to the fraudsters.

We always think of cybercriminals as being technically-literate gangs of thieves sitting behind their desks far away from where we are. But the truth is that cybercrime is lot closer to us than most people suspect.

What are the most commonly occurring instances of cybercrime where people aren’t sure whether they’re on the right side of the law or not?

Is it OK to read someone else’s emails without their permission?

No. This is an offense under section 1 of the Computer Misuse Act. Whether you guess that person’s password or you see it written down on a piece of paper and then use it, if you do not have that person’s permission to access their email account, this is an offence called “authorised access”.

If you read any unopened email in that person’s account, you will have made an “unauthorised modification” to the database that holds that person’s email, an offence under Section 2. If you take any of the information contained in their email for yourself, that will be considered as “theft”.

Please note that it does not matter what relationship that person has to you. The law sees no difference between hacking into a stranger’s email account and hacking into your spouse’s or civil partner’s emails. Read this account of a 6 month jail sentence handed to Gordon Ramsey’s father-in-law for unauthorised access to the celebrity chef’s company’s email account.

Is it OK to log into someone’s social media accounts without their permission?

No. As above, this is an offense under section 1 of the Computer Misuse Act and, if you change anything on that person’s social media profile without their permission, this is an offence under Section 2 of the Computer Misuse Act. Read this account of a 21-year-old Briton being imprisoned for 12 months for hacking the Facebook account of an unidentified individual in the USA.

Is it OK to try to access a hidden part of a website that requires a username and password?

No. Again, this is an offense under section 1 of the Computer Misuse Act, even if your attempt to access the website was unsuccessful. Read this account of a man jailed for hacking into websites belonging to a hospital and airport.

Is it OK to try to sell or use set-top boxes which allow someone to see sports and movies without paying a subscription to the rights holders here in the UK?

No. In the past few years, boxes which allow you to view Sky Sports and Sky Movies channels without even having a Sky box have mushroomed in popularity. This has not gone unnoticed by the trade bodies who represent broadcasters like Sky, movie studios, and sports leagues.

Under the new Digital Economy bill, sellers of UK boxes could face long sentences – up to 10 years. Users of the boxes too could have legal action brought against them.

I’m a lifelong fan of a band and, together with other fans, we share files of rare unreleased studio recordings and concert recordings of the band. I have bought everything they’ve ever put out. Is that OK?

No. Although the band and its record company will be grateful to you and the other people on your sharing platform that you have bought everything your favourite band has ever released, they will not be happy with sharing their rare recordings.

Anything your favourite band produces, whether it’s a released or not, is owned by them and their record company. The minute that it has been produced, the recording is also protected by copyright.

It’s easy to get caught out

And more and more people are.

Have you been accused of some or all of the following?

• unauthorised access to a computer or electronic device
• illegal file sharing
• hacking into someone’s email or social media account(s)
• streaming, downloading, or uploading copyrighted material or selling devices that allow others to access streamed or downloadable copyright material

If you have, you should seek legal advice from Ashmans Solicitors as soon as possible.

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June 16, 2017


Ashmans instructed on a case arising from leaked Panama Papers

The now Infamous Panama Papers  are 11.5 million leaked documents that detail financial and attorney client information for thousands of offshore entities.The documents, which belonged to the Panamian Law firm MOSSACK FONSECA were leaked in 2015.

The leaked documents contain personal financial information about wealthy individuals and public officials that had previously been kept private and had not been disclosed amongst others to public bodies such as HMRC etc.

Ashmans fraud department have been instructed on a case arising from the leak of the Panama Papers.HMRC's OFFSHORE CORPORATE WEALTH BRANCH based in CUSTOM HOUSE LONDON are prosecuting this matter.

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December 15, 2014


Money Laundering Solicitors In Yorkshire

Facing charges for money laundering will be an extremely stressful and worrying time. However, help is most certainly at hand from our experienced solicitors at Ashmans Solicitors. We will take the time from the outset to fully understand your case so we can provide you with the best defence possible.

It is critical to remember that you should seek legal advice as early as possible from when you are accused of money laundering. Regardless of your financial situation we will be able to provide you with advice at the start free of charge and this can be done by calling us.

Along with money laundering, we can also help you if you have been accused of other forms of fraud which include the following:

·       False Accounting

·       Banking Fraud

·       Credit Card Fraud

·       Charity Fraud

·       Insurance Fraud

To-date we have achieved excellent results for our clients and you can be sure that we will do everything in our power to help you.

To discuss you money laundering case in detail please call us on 03330 096 275, we will be more than happy to help. If you need us in an emergency then you can call 07956 352 945.

Look no further for money laundering solicitors in Yorkshire.

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December 15, 2014


What is the role of the Serious Fraud Office?

Fraud has become a big concern in England and Wales today and as a result, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was set up. There are many reasons why you may have contact with the Serious Fraud office and it is important that you have legal advice from fraud specialist solicitors.

The Serious Fraud Office’s role is to investigate allegations of serious and complex fraud cases and cases of bribery or corruption. Once they have been able to prove a case they will then prosecute those involved, looking to secure a conviction and also to recover any proceeds of crime.

The SFO has classified each type of fraud so it is easier to understand how fraud can impact you or your business. Fraud can occur:

  • As an individual
  • In your business
  • In a charity
  • In the public sector
  • Against the treasury
  • On the market as a whole

Whilst most types of fraud are dealt with by the police, the SFO gets involved when it is satisfied that there is a large scale loss or potential loss, that there will be an impact on the economy, that the reputation of our country will be adversely affected or there are sufficient legal complexities to warrant their involvement.

The SFO works closely with a number of other agencies, but does not work directly with the victims of serious fraud. Their role is to carry out the investigations which are serious, complex and which could be damaging to the country as a whole.

This can include bribery, kickbacks, corporate spying, commissions or fees, extortion or illegal gratuities and this does include any cases involving other countries overseas.

If you become aware of your organisation’s actions and you believe they are operating fraudulently or are in fact offer bribes or acting corruptly in certain circumstances, then you can self-report. The SFO may offer some opportunities to avoid prosecution in these circumstances, but you should probably obtain clear and specialist legal advice first.

If you would like to know more about how we can help you if you are caught up in a SFO investigation, contact us now on 03330 096 275 during office hours or on our 24 hour emergency number, 07956 352945.  We are fraud specialist solicitors who can help you.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to get in touch online you can email us on or complete our Free Online Enquiry and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Please note: This article does not consitute legal advice and you should talk to an experienced solicitor about your particular situation.

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December 10, 2014


Criminal Solicitors in Yorkshire


If you have found us by searching online for criminal solicitors in Yorkshire, then we are pleased to say you have come to the right place and welcome to Ashmans Solicitors. 

Who are we?

Ashmans Solicitors are a leading criminal solicitors firm who are here to help you if you require criminal legal advice and representation. We have a team of highly qualified and experienced criminal solicitors within our firm who can help you with your case and we can also be contacted in an emergency.

Why us?

Although we appreciate we aren’t the only criminal solicitors firm in Yorkshire, if you are looking for a firm who ensure that you are given the best representation and advice then we are the firm for you. We work hard for our clients to ensure that a positive result is achieved and we will always give you our honest view of your case from the outset.

For more information about how we can help you or to arrange an initial consultation with us, please call 03330 096 275. If you need us in an emergency then you can call 07956 352 945.

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October 20, 2014


Personal Injury


Suffering a personal injury can have a severe impact on your day to day life. Over three million people are injured in accidents each year - at work, in their cars, at home, or outdoors. In many cases, someone else is at fault and the accident victims have a right to compensation.

Although personal injury law can be complicated, with the help of an Ashmans personal injury solicitor the process of making a claim can be quite straightforward and hassle free. Experience really can make a difference as to whether a personal injury compensation claim succeeds or fails and also can affect the amount of compensation awarded.

We have experience of dealing with all different types of personal injury claims and always strive to recover the maximum amount of compensation our clients deserve, in the shortest possible time.


If you are considering making a compensation claim after suffering an injury due to someone else's negligence, Ashmans Solicitors may be able to help you. 

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September 29, 2014


Solicitors In Dewsbury

Based in the heart of West Yorkshire, our team of highly-experienced professionals are here to put their expertise to the use that best benefits you.

If you’re facing accusations of fraud, looking at criminal offences, seeking motorist defence, or dealing with personal injury, our team are here to help you.

With a high reputation in all our specialist areas, our knowledgeable team will help you through every step of the process, taking the strain to make the situation as easy as possible for you, building and presenting your case to get you the result you deserve.

We pride ourselves on our high quality and personable service: as every case is different, we work to build up a relationship with you, ensuring your case is as strong as it could possibly be.

Members of our personal injury and criminal defence teams are on hand to assist you 24/7. We work as best suits you – meeting in evenings with clients who have work commitments, and visiting the elderly, disabled, or seriously injured in their own home.


Whatever your need, we are here for you. You can read more in depth about us and the vast range of services we offer on this website. 

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September 24, 2014


VAT Fraud Solicitors

VAT fraud is a very serious issue. Our team of solicitors are highly experienced in dealing with these matters, and can navigate you through any accusations you may be facing.

The penalties for VAT fraud are not only very severe, but extensive. Our VAT fraud solicitors work to ensure that the impact and/or interruption to your business and/or working life is as marginal as possible.

With special experience in dealing with MITC-VAT fraud, our team are here to put their expertise to the best use for you. We work alongside other professionals to construct and present the strongest case possible for you, as we strive to resolve all matters with the HMRC as quickly as possible, so you can resume your day-to-day life.

Whether we’re representing individuals or businesses, our track record and reputation speak for themselves. No matter how complex your case, our team of VAT fraud solicitors are always on hand to offer you the help and assistance you need. 

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September 22, 2014


Accident Claim Solicitors

We strongly believe in “justice after injury” and our accident claim solicitors in Dewsbury work hard to ensure that all our clients receive the compensation they deserve.

We’ve built up relationships with a number of companies so that we can provide you with the best possible results. Through our connections with professional hire companies, for example, we are able to provide replacement vehicles for our clients, on a like for like basis.

Our accident claim solicitors always strive for your best possible outcome. Thus far, our team have recovered over £6 million in compensation for our clients.

Whatever type of accident you’ve had, however serious, we are on hand to offer the best service for you. We make the process as easy for you as possible, whilst ensuring that you understand every step. Our accident claim solicitors are always on hand to offer you the best possible advice, as we work to settle your claim as quickly as is possible.

For more information about our experienced team of accident claim solicitors, and the service they offer, click here, or select the option from the dropdown 'Services' menu in the toolbar at the top of the page.

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