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Aug
2012

The Builder, The Tax Man and the Law: Fraud in the Construction Industry 5 min read
August 17, 2012
With the authorities taking a closer look at the financial affairs of the construction industry, we consider how people in this sector become accused of fraud, how they should react if under investigation and what crucial steps they should take to establish their innocence CIVIC leaders, builders and businessmen in general have often pointed to the skies and claimed that if there are cranes on the horizon then things are going well. Scenes of large-scale construction are often taken to be signs of strong economic performance. In good times, we literally build on our success. Read more

Aug
2012

Plea Negotiations... Is The Reality As Good As The Promise? 5 min read
August 17, 2012
The issue of plea negotiations has prompted reaction from both defence and prosecution. Here, we take a look at what they can offer a solicitor and their client – and whether they are the way forward The arguments in favour of plea negotiations have been made in the past by both prosecution and defence representatives. Read more

Aug
2012

Why Deferred Prosecutions May Be Fairest For Accusers and the Accused in Business Crime 3 min read
August 17, 2012
An explanation of the pros and cons of the system of deferred prosecution agreements When it comes to corporate prosecutions, it seems that those in authority believe a change is needed in the way that the criminal justice system handles corporate prosecutions. At present, if a company faces prosecution, its staff, creditors, shareholders and trading partners can all be severely harmed – whether the allegations prove to be with or without foundation. Read more

Aug
2012

NEW internet monitoring powers could see authorities trawling business people's online activities for evidence of wrong doing 1 min read
August 17, 2012
The government wishes to track people's use of phones and internet in a bid to seek evidence of crime. Here, Rahman Ravelli Solicitors outlines its concerns about such a tacticNEW internet monitoring powers could see authorities trawling business people's online activities for evidence of wrong doing. Read more

Aug
2012

How innocent people lose their assets because of restraining orders 2 min read
August 17, 2012
An article by Aziz Rahman outlining why the right legal representation is crucial for anyone trying to preserve their wealth and property while under investigation Many suspects in financial crime cases are losing their money and property before any guilt has been proven. Read more

Jun
2012

Prosecuting Serious Fraud 7 min read
June 26, 2012
The National Fraud Authority estimated in its latest figures (January 2011) that fraud is costing the UK over £38 billion per year.  From a defence lawyer’s perspective it does seem that there are more fraud cases out there than ever before.  The cases are getting bigger but are also taking much longer to bring to charge.  It does seem to be all about resources – the fact is that the authorities are interested in prosecuting big frauds, not least because of the possibility of a big pay-out if they get to the confiscation stage; it all helps the budgets for those agencies who are having their government budgets drastically cut.  The problem is that defendants often face an agonising wait of 2 years or even longer on police bail and when the charge finally comes it refers to an alleged conspiracy that lasted 3 to 5 years ending on the day of arrest.  By the time the matter gets to trial matters are even more distant.  Read more

May
2012

Being on the wrong side of an investment fraud prosecution 6 min read
May 22, 2012
The Serious Fraud Office’s website displays a ‘taxonomy of fraud’ – an interactive pie-chart depicting 7 different areas of fraud. The sub-category of ‘investment fraud’ lists a number of different scams; bonds or boiler-room frauds, pyramid and Ponzi schemes, pension liberation frauds, land banking scams and so on. These are all just labels of course – the various schemes amount to no more than a sophisticated way of clever people stealing from naïve or greedy people. Read more

May
2012

Disclosure, PII Procedures and Digitally Stored Evidence 7 min read
May 3, 2012
In this article we attempt to give a short explanation of the recent history of disclosure and developments in Public Interest Immunity (PII) so that those facing the current regime(s) may better understand the reality of what is expected of them, and what they can hope to gain from the current processes. Disclosure of so-called unused material is often very important to Defendants who are very interested in knowing about material which the prosecution does not intend to use. Read more

May
2012

Telephone Evidence 7 min read
May 3, 2012
Why is 'phone evidence' so prolific in prosecutions?It is a simple recognition that the explosion in the last 10 years of the use of mobile phones has given the police a very useful investigatory and evidential tool. The mobile phone is a personal tracking device and the 'phone number might reveal a record of communications with other suspects. Read more

May
2012

Mortgage Fraud 6 min read
May 3, 2012
It was shortly after the credit crunch hit us that we noticed a sharp increase in mortgage fraud prosecutions. That was simply because those schemes had been banking on the ever increasing property market. When the mortgage market collapsed and property values dropped banks were exposed and found a great deal of the money it had loaned over the boom years were not as firmly secured as they had been led to believe - this was especially true in the buy-to-let market. Read more

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