Business Crime and Fraud
Berkeley Square partner are one of the UK's leading fraud defence solicitors.
Daniel Godden and Roger Sahota are recognised experts in the field and write extensively on the subject. BSQ partner Goran Stojsavljevic is also regularly instructed in high value financial crme cases.
Roger jointly edits Fraud Focus, a website highlighing the latest develpments in financial crime, together with some of the leading barristers in the field.
Business Crime prosecutions are on the increase, reflecting a growing trend away from the State dealing with company and corporate misconduct by administrative sanction.
Most financial crimes are prosecuted by specially trained lawyers experienced in working on complex fraud cases. These often carry severe penalties, including significant prison sentences, confiscation of assets, a criminal record and other life-changing reputational consequences.
We have a track record of dealing with these types of investigations and prosecutions and will help you promptly and effectively respond to any allegations of fraud or regulatory misconduct.
With a background in representing professionals and businesspeople we can also assist and advise you on how best to deal with any reputational damage that may follow an investigation and refer you to the right external advisers where necessary.
Berkeley Square Solicitors advises Directors and individuals in relation to their responsibilities under the Companies Act, Proceeds of Crime Act, Taxes Management Act and Directors Disqualification proceedings. Financial crimes are investigated by a bewildering array of government agencies, often with overlapping areas of responsibility.
We can assist you in dealing with financial investigations conducted by the
- Serious Fraud Office (SFO),
- City of London Police,
- Financial Services Authority (FSA)
- Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO)
- HMRC Special Compliance Office
- Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR)
Because there are so many different types of fraud, convictions for fraud charges will vary greatly and will depend on the facts of the case, the value of the property taken (or amount of injury caused) and an individual’s criminal history. The Serious Fraud Office has developed a taxonomy of fraud cases identifying seven main groups of fraud. Each of these groups are further broken down into categories consisting of a number of defined fraud types.
We assist individuals and companies in challenging and contesting fraud prosecutions and linked regulatory investigations in all forms.
Articles and Blogs
Roger comments on the impact on financial crime enforcement if the UK leaves the EU for Global Investigations review.
Read Roger's views on the SFO's use of s.2 interviews in the context of the ongoing LIBOR investigation for
‘A Tale of 2 Orders’ by Daniel Godden and Rupert Bowers QC published by Criminal Justice and Law Weekly Vol 180, No.10, 11th March 2016 (see http://www.criminallawandjustice.co.uk/features/Tale-Two-Orders)
‘Restraint Orders: Reasonable Suspicion and Reporting’ by Daniel Godden and Rupert Bowers QC published by Solicitors Journal, 15th December 2013 (see http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/legal-profession/barristers/24954/restraint-orders-reasonable-suspicion-and-reporting)
Would your AML practices make the SRA 'raise an eyebrow'?, Roger Sahota, Solicitors Journal, October 9 2015
Roger Sahota - Legal Network Television DVD - a practitioners guide to changes made by the Serious Crime Act to POCA 2002, October 2015