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?
Allegations of money laundering should be taken seriously. Penalties include a criminal conviction and sentence of up to 14 years in prison, recovery of funds and removal of authority.
Cases can be complex and investigations are often wide-ranging in scope and disruptive to businesses and individuals.
Legal advice and representation in money laundering cases
If you are advised that you are being investigated on suspicion of money laundering, it is advisable to seek legal representation as soon as possible. You may harm your defence if you give investigators the wrong information or if you make an error when answering their enquiries.
At Taylor Law our financial crime team have extensive experience in representing clients during money laundering investigations and, in the event that a case proceeds, at trial. We understand how the authorities will work in putting together a case against you and we will respond with a robust defence.
We will also work to minimise the damage and disruption to you and any business you have. By dealing quickly and efficiently with enquiries we will do our utmost to dispose of the case and avoid a trial.
The crime of money laundering
Money laundering is the moving of money or assets that are the proceeds of crime in order to disguise its criminal origins.
As well as concealing, moving, converting or disguising criminal property, it is an offence to be involved in money laundering being carried out by someone else. This means that it is possible to be convicted under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 even if you are not the main offender.
The prosecution will need to show that you knew or suspected that the property in question was criminal property or property resulting from criminal conduct.
This means that may have a valid defence if you can show that you were unaware of any criminal activity or criminal origin of the assets involved.
Breaching money laundering regulations
If you are a professional involved in finance such as an accountant, financial advisor, fund manager, solicitor or estate agent there are strict checks that you must make as well as disclosures that must be made in respect of transactions that you knew or should have suspected involved money laundering. The rules are set out in the Money Laundering Regulations 2007. Failure to make these disclosures is a criminal offence punishable by up to five years in prison.
Tipping someone off about an investigation is also an offence where the information could prejudice the investigation.
If you are being investigated on suspicion of money laundering you may have to attend interviews, provide extensive financial information and have your premises and your home searched. We will step in to ensure that you have representation and advice throughout.
We will work to reverse any restraint orders or freezing of assets and make sure that you have as strong a defence as possible.
Money laundering is a serious offence. As well as imprisonment, the prosecution may seek to impose substantial 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