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?
Fraud is a serious crime with harsh penalties for those found guilty, including substantial fines and imprisonment.
If you are notified that you are to be investigated on suspicion of fraud you are advised to seek legal representation as quickly as possible. Fraud allegations can be damaging to your reputation and that of your business and errors made in defending yourself can have a serious negative impact.
Expert fraud defence and representation
At Taylor Law our fraud team have extensive and in-depth experience of representing clients during fraud investigations and trials across a range of sectors.
We will step in as soon as possible to offer guidance, attend any meetings with you and ensure that a strong case is put together on your behalf.
If your business is subject to an enquiry, it can be both disruptive and detrimental to your brand name and extremely lengthy in duration. We will work proactively to manage any investigation as far as possible and deal efficiently with enquiries raised by investigators to minimise the damage caused to you and your enterprise.
We have a wide understanding of the workings of various agencies and the often complex cases that they raise. We will defend you vigorously and where necessary call on the expertise of our contacts in adjacent professions such as forensic accountancy and advocacy.
Claims to recover funds obtained fraudulently
Our team has particular expertise in the areas of banking and insurance fraud and has acted in a number of multi-million-pound claims and high profile cases, many of which have been widely reported in the press.
As well as representing those undergoing investigation or charged with an offence, we have brought numerous successful actions for claimants who have lost money to fraudulent activity. These include claims against the gambling industry to recover hundreds of thousands of pounds fraudulently obtained by workers from their employers and lost in gambling as well as a case against a sovereign state to recover money stolen from a charity.
If you have been the victim of a fraud, we can act quickly to freeze assets stolen from you and take steps to recover funds on your behalf. Our advice is commercially focused and practical and we will discuss your options and likely chances of success with you honestly.
The Fraud Act 2006 categorises fraud in three main areas, being fraud by false representation, fraud by failing to disclose information and fraud by abuse of position.
The offence can be committed by possessing something which is used in a fraud, making or supplying something which is used in a fraud, participating in fraudulent business or obtaining services by deception.
Various agencies have the power to investigate fraud, including the Serious Fraud Office, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Financial Services Authority, the Revenue and Customs prosecutions Office, the Trading Standards Institute and the Health and Safety Executive.
Areas of fraud
Areas where prosecutions are most frequently seen including banking fraud, insurance fraud, credit fraud, confidence fraud, possessing, making or supplying articles for use in fraud, tax, revenue or VAT fraud, to include tax evasion and benefit fraud.
If you or your business are under suspicion of fraudulent activity, we will work closely with you to ensure that you have a robust case and that your defence and any mitigating factors are clearly set out.
We will ensure that we are always available to speak to you to discuss matters and to answer any questions that you may have.
Fraud is a serious offence. As well as imprisonment, the prosecution may seek to impose large fines and recover money under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
We have expert criminal defence solicitors in Leeds, Middlesbrough and London who can step in immediately to represent you and deal with investigators and police on your behalf. 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