Fraud, Money Laundering and Asset Seizure
Criminal lawyers at Taylor Law can assist if you’ve been arrested, the Police want to talk to you or you’re due in Court.
Why Taylor Law?
If you are being investigated by the financial authorities, our financial crime team offer expert advice, guidance and representation.
The law and compliance regulations surrounding business money and assets are notoriously complex. Rules can be breached inadvertently and penalties can be substantial if you are found guilty.
Expert legal advice and representation
At Taylor Law, our business and financial crime team offer experienced representation and where necessary will put together a robust defence on your behalf.
We understand the intricacies of complex fraud and money laundering legislation and will ensure that any investigation into you or your enterprise is properly managed and does not breach your rights. We can also act on your behalf if your assets have been frozen or seized or you have been made the subject of a restraint order.
If you are being investigated for suspected fraud, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. A number of government agencies could be involved, to include the Serious Fraud Office, the Crown Prosecution Service, the National Crime Agency and City of London Police.
Investigations can be complex and can last for many months, even years. Engaging an expert legal adviser will ensure that investigators do not exceed their authority and that any investigation is moved along as quickly as possible.
A wide range of money laundering offences exists, with some heavy penalties for those found guilty.
Involvement in money laundering can be inadvertent or simply a breach of the regulations surrounding due diligence, record-keeping and having the right policies and procedures in place to identify individuals and the source of their funds.
Under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, it is an offence to be involved with the following:
- Concealing, disguising, converting, transferring or removing criminal property;
- Being involved in an arrangement to acquire, retain, use or control criminal property;
- Acquiring, using or possessing criminal property.
The maximum sentence is 14 years in prison or a fine or both.
Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, the authorities can also seize cash and other assets if they believe that they were acquired as a result of criminal activity or that they will be used to commit a crime.
Having bank accounts frozen or being excluded from a property can be extremely disruptive as well as being damaging to your business and your reputation and upsetting for your family.
If you are subjected to asset seizure, you should seek legal advice without delay. If you instruct us to act on your behalf, we can work with you to establish their legitimate origin and secure their return.
Choosing Taylor Law
Penalties for fraud and money laundering can be substantial, ranging from community orders and fines through to sizeable financial orders and lengthy prison sentences. At Taylor Law we will start work on your representation without delay, building a strong defence and raising any issues there may be in mitigation.
Our solicitors have experience in a wide range of business and financial crimes. Some of our partners have rights of audience in higher courts, meaning they can represent you without the need for a barrister.
We have criminal defence solicitors in Leeds, Middlesbrough and London who are experts in the field and who will be able to answer any questions you may have. We provide a first-rate legal service and have an excellent track record of success.
For an initial discussion, ring us on 0113 532 8100 (Leeds), 01642 221 108 (Middlesbrough) or 0203 780 7646 (London) or fill in our Contact Form.
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This work is carried out by:
Scott Taylor – Director of Taylor Law – Supervisor
Mark Lake – Senior Solicitor
Imogen Cox – Senior Solicitor
Ben Tighe – Solicitor
Our current hourly rates are £201 plus VAT per hour, with routine letters/telephone calls/emails (less than 6 minutes) costing £20.10 plus VAT. We shall be able to give you a more accurate costs estimate once we have seen you and are able to establish how complicated your case is. There are also likely to be disbursements to pay. These are costs associated with your matter paid to third parties such as expert fees, travel costs, copying charges etc. These will depend on your individual case.
Due to the experience of our criminal solicitors (both of whom are ex-duty solicitors), unlike many firms that deal with motoring offences, we do not routinely instruct barristers to attend court on your behalf, thus minimising costs.
In some cases, we are able to offer fixed fee representation. However, this depends upon various factors, such as the likely plea, how long any trial will take and the factual/ legal complexity of the case.
Usually, a guilty plea to a simple matter, at a court local to one of our offices, can be dealt with by way of a fixed fee. If we are required to travel to a court in a different town or city, if the case is likely to be lengthy or will involve complex factual disputes or legal points, then the fixed fee will be higher.
In some cases, for instance where a not guilty plea is intended, or where the precise amount of work required cannot be accurately estimated or is unusually complex, then we are likely to deal with your matter by way of an hourly rate. Not guilty plea cases, which result in trials, are likely to start from £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements.
Our guideline fixed fees, based on attendances at local courts, are as follows:
Guilty pleas (requiring a single attendance at court) – from £800 plus VAT*
(*Additional attendances, for instance following an adjournment, are charged at £400 plus VAT)
Please note that the above fees relate solely to Magistrates’ Court cases. Appeals against sentence
or conviction, or privately funded Crown Court matters, can only be quoted upon a full assessment
of the case papers.
The typical key stages of dealing with a motoring case are as follows:
In guilty plea cases:
– Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers, advising on plea and likely sentence and, in not guilty cases, the likely issues for trial;
– Attending the Magistrates’ Court for the first appearance; dealing with plea and sentence.
In not guilty plea cases, as above, plus:
– Dealing with case management at the first court appearance;
– Taking a proof of evidence from you, taking statements from witnesses, instructing experts, drafting statements;
– Considering further evidence served by the prosecution and taking your instructions on it;
– Considering unused material;
– Drafting legal arguments (in complex cases)
– Preparation for and attendance at trial.
– The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required, the costs will be reduced.
As to timescales, for guilty pleas, cases typically conclude on the same day as the first appearance. In not guilty cases, it usually takes between 2 to 3 months to conclude, although if the trial is vacated and re-fixed for any reason, then it may take around 4 to 6 months.
“I used Scott Taylor to represent me when I sued the Police and Successfully won my case. I felt confident going to court as Scott walked me through everything and engaged an amazing barrister on my behalf. It took a while to get there but by god did we get there. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Scott again he knows what he is doing and supports you at all stages.”
Valerie Ann Cadman-Khan