Business Crimes and Fraud

Business Crimes and Fraud

Business Crime and Fraud are specialist areas for Richard Wood of Criminal Matters. He can advise businesses as well as individuals on a range of criminal cases ranging from fraudulent activity, bribery and corruption.

Richard Wood is adept at dealing with every aspect of a criminal investigation, from advice on search warrants and production orders, interviews under caution, advising whistle blowers, defending allegations of fraud, plea negotiations, advising witnesses, advice on restraint orders, confiscation proceedings and more.

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. This marked a major development in UK law, with far reaching consequences for individuals and companies in both the UK and abroad. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) usually deals with UK investigations in conjunction with the police. In other cases, the Crown Prosecution Service or the Financial Services Authority may also be involved.




Business crimes can be very damaging if your business has been subject to a criminal investigation. Richard has represented clients throughout investigations. He understands what an enormous strain it can be to placed under this sort of scrutiny.

Those charged with fraud and fraud related offences are often puzzled by the nature of the allegation, worried about the process they will undergo and concerned about the consequences of prosecution. Fraud is a type of criminal activity, defined as: ‘abuse of position, or false representation, or prejudicing someone’s rights for personal gain’. Put simply, fraud is an act of deception intended for personal gain or to cause a loss to another party.


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These types of allegations are often very complicated, involving as they do, large volumes of evidence. You will therefore want to speak to an expert fraud lawyer in order to assess the strength of the case against you.

Richard Wood is an expert in fraud offences and regularly advise both individuals, companies, and those acting in a corporate capacity (directors and company secretaries). He will help you to pick apart the allegations you face, and put together the strongest possible defence. If necessary, hw will also help you to obtain the most appropriate and lightest sentence, should the worst come to the worst.

A fraud offence need not lead to a prison sentence. The Court has a wide discretion to deal with these types of offences. There are always things that can be done so that you can retain your liberty.

A common type of allegations relate to share scams. These are often run from ‘boiler rooms’ where alleged fraudsters cold-call investors offering them allegedly worthless, overpriced or even non-existent shares. These deals often promise high returns, but those who invest usually ending up losing their money.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) usually deals with UK investigations in conjunction with the police. In other cases, the Crown Prosecution Service or the Financial Conduct Authority (FCO) may also be involved.

Contact Criminal Matters now if you need to talk to someone about Business Crimes, if you have been charged with Fraud or you have any questions regarding Business Crimes and Fraud. Call for free on 0800 4334 613.

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