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Why instruct Rahman Ravelli? We are good at what we do and we have a reputation as serious fraud solicitors and for pro-active defending.

Serious fraud is one of Rahman Ravelli’s major areas of expertise. Our robust, pro-active representation of corporates and senior executives ensures they have the best defence available to them; whether it be a national or international case. It has also ensured our success in managing some of the most significant global fraud investigations.

We have been involved in the most prominent white-collar crime cases this century and have an impressive track record in multi-jurisdictional , high-profile investigations.

At Rahman Ravelli, all of our serious fraud lawyers have extensive experience of dealing with the various agencies that conduct fraud investigations both in the UK and across the globe. These include the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the City of London Police, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Financial Services Authority (FSA) – and its successors the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) - trading standards departments, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and its replacement the National Crime Agency (NCA), professional regulatory bodies and various police forces in the UK and abroad.

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Fraud allegations can be damaging to a company and an individual. Immediate and appropriate action has to be taken once a problem becomes apparent. The right legal expertise is essential.

Rahman Ravelli provides that expertise to protect your rights and your business. We make sure that every client suffers the minimum of stress and discomfort and is kept fully informed of all developments.

We regularly receive instructions on cases alleging anything from multi-million pound fraud, money laundering and tax fraud through to mortgage and property fraud, investment fraud and boiler room operations.

Bespoke teams

By tailoring a legal team to each client, using our extensive experience of dealing with national and international investigating agencies and analysing evidence, we are able to handle every case carefully and tactically. Our skill, persistence and negotiating abilities make us the logical choice for a client who wants to achieve the best possible outcome.

Our track record in global and high-profile cases shows that we obtain the highest levels of success for those we represent; no matter how determined the prosecuting agencies are to gain a conviction. Our work on some of the world’s major corruption cases has earned us an enviable reputation and associations with some of the most highly-regarded legal practices around the globe.

And that track record covers all types of fraud cases. A brief summary is provided below - please click on individual sections in our serious fraud services menu for further information.

“The stunningly good Rahman Ravelli is at the top of the tree.”

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Serious Fraud Articles and News

THE SFO, THE FUTURE AND SECURING A DPA

After what appeared to be a far from certain future, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) looks to be safe. Prime Minister There... Read More


CHALLENGING WITNESS CREDIBILITY

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has found itself at the centre of a controversy over its use of an expert witness. Saul Hay... Read More


INCREASED INSOLVENCY POWERS

When, at the start of this year, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy transferred its Criminal Enfo... Read More


AUTOMATION AND MONEY LAUNDERING

Money laundering in an automated world throws up new challenges that have to be met. Failure to meet them will bring tradi... Read More


MANAGING THE PROBLEM OF BRIBERY IN HIGH-RISK COUNTRIES

Oil field services company Halliburton is to pay nearly $30 million to resolve allegations of bribery in Angola. Former Ha... Read More


FRC INVESTIGATIONS

Accountancy regulator the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has announced that it is investigating PwC’s auditing of BT,... Read More


THE SERIOUS FRAUD OFFICE: WAYS TO DEAL WITH IT

The fact that a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation found no evidence of criminality in how the Bank of England opera... Read More


OBTAINING A DPA

The Rolls-Royce and Tesco deferred prosecution agreements (DPA’s) made the headlines earlier this year. And both compani... Read More


THE SFO AND SECTION TWO INTERVIEWS: WHY ROBUST DEFENCE IS NEEDED

Last year, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) issued guidance for interviews conducted under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice... Read More


TESCO: A QUESTION OF CORPORATE CRIMINAL LIABILITY?

By agreeing to pay the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) £129m in fines for misreporting profits in 2014, Tesco has achieved two... Read More


THE LAUNDROMAT SAGA: THE FCA AND MONEY LAUNDERING RISKS

The news that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has contacted up to 17 banks in relation to a Russian money laundering... Read More


SFO DELAYS DECISION ON CHARGES REGARDING BARCLAYS' FUNDRAISING IN QATAR

Decisions about charges regarding Barclays' emergency fundraising in Qatar may not come before May. The Serious Fraud Offi... Read More


MONEY LAUNDERING OBLIGATIONS AND PROPERTY PROFESSIONALS

A new watchdog to oversee the UK’s Anti Money Laundering (AML) regulations is to be created, placing more responsibiliti... Read More


THE FUTURE FOR CORPORATE LIABILITY

At the start of the year, the UK government announced consultations on the possible reform of corporate criminal liabilit... Read More


TRADING ABROAD AND MONEY LAUNDERING RISKS

Money laundering is only possible if the person wanting to commit the offence can find a means of carrying it out. To laun... Read More


ESTATE AGENTS TO FACE GREATER MONEY LAUNDERING CHECKS

A new watchdog for the property market will be created next year to oversee the UK’s Anti Money Laundering (AML) regulat... Read More


DECISION DUE ON CHARGES REGARDING BARCLAYS AND QATAR

At least eight former senior officials have been treated as suspects as part of the five-year investigation into two "advi... Read More


UNAUTHORISED INVESTMENT SCHEMES AND THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT

The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) created new obligations on everyone working in banking, insurance and i... Read More


DEFENDING SFO ACCUSATIONS

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has had its critics. But it remains the major agency for investigating the most serious and... Read More


THE ROLLS-ROYCE DPA – LESSONS THAT CAN BE LEARNT

After almost five years of investigations, Rolls-Royce has agreed to pay £671M to settle the bribery allegations against ... Read More


AIRBUS AND EUROFIGHTER ACCUSED OVER AUSTRIAN JET DEAL

The Austrian defence ministry has filed a new criminal complaint in the investigation into bribery and corruption linked t... Read More


HBOS FORCED TO PAY COMPENSATION TO FRAUD VICTIMS?

MP’s are calling on the owners of HBOS, Lloyds Banking Group, to pay compensation to victims of a fraud carried out by f... Read More


HBOS BANKERS AMONG SIX CONVICTED OVER MULTI-MILLION POUND FRAUD AND BRIBERY OPERATION

Six people, including two former HBOS bankers, have been found guilty of bribery and fraud that cost the bank’s customer... Read More


SFO’S ROLLS-ROYCE INVESTIGATORS NOW LOOKING AT OTHER COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS

Ben Morgan, the SFO’s joint head of bribery and corruption, has said it has acquired information on the role of middleme... Read More


Volkswagen executive arrested on conspiracy charges

Oliver Schmidt, who led the German company’s US regulatory compliance office from 2014 to March 2015, was arrested on Sa... Read More


Conspiracy to defraud and cheat: what you need to know and how to defend yourself

If you are accused of conspiracy to defraud or conspiracy to cheat, it’s important that you know what steps to take. Thi... Read More


IDENTIFYING AND INVESTIGATING INVESTMENT FRAUD

The former chief financial officer of Autonomy has been indicted in the US for allegedly defrauding investors and Hewlett-... Read More


PREVENTION OF BRIBERY

Prevention is better than cure. And nowhere is that more obviously the case than with bribery. If you prevent bribery, you... Read More


BRIBERY – FAILING TO PREVENT IT

The authorities are looking very closely at allegations that Rolls-Royce used teams of agents to help it land contracts in... Read More


EXECUTIVES AND FRAUD RISKS

Some big retailers have been facing major legal problems. Tesco is facing a claim of more than £100M in damages from a gr... Read More


FCA AND MONEY LAUNDERING

Firms are to be randomly investigated to make sure they are complying with their legal obligations regarding money launder... Read More


LENGTHY SFO INVESTIGATIONS

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has managed to defeat a company’s legal bid to have a bribery investigation into it ended... Read More


Pensions and the risk of fraud

Official figures from ActionFraud, the national fraud reporting centre, report that £1.2 billion is lost to investment fr... Read More


RAHMAN RAVELLI BRINGS BEN TICEHURST INTO ITS EXPANDING CORPORATE FRAUD DEPARTMENT

Award-winning business crime practice Rahman Ravelli has appointed Ben Ticehurst to its corporate fraud operation. The Tie... Read More


BITTER PILL

AstraZeneca has become the latest global drug maker to face financial penalties as part of a probe into companies that pai... Read More


NO AVOIDING IT

Under new Treasury rules that have been published for consultation, a fine of up to 100% of the tax that was avoided could... Read More


FAIR TRADE?

Wrongful trading is where a company director knows, or should have realised, that the firm was going into liquidation but ... Read More


COLLAPSE

The recent allegations surrounding the demise of BHS are a classic example: Philip Green’s financial tactics, Dominic Ch... Read More


DAMAGE LIMITATION

It must decide what legal support, if any, to offer to those who are accused of the wrongdoing. But most importantly, the ... Read More


Former Tesco executives charged

Three former Tesco executives have been charged as a result of the ongoing Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into t... Read More


Serious Fraud Office Airbus Investigation

The UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched an investigation into allegations of "fraud, bribery and corruption" in t... Read More


INSECURE

The SFO has been granted extra money by the government to assess whether ENRC used bribery to secure mining contracts abro... Read More


OFFSHORE THING

Tax evasion hit the headlines with a vengeance in Spring with the Mossack Fonseca scandal. But those in business and finan... Read More


THE PREFERRED OPTION

The SFO has revealed some details of its second DPA. While the announcement does not give us all the information, it certa... Read More


RETRIAL

The Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) decision to seek a retrial of two bankers for Libor manipulation will not be the news t... Read More


REAL BENEFITS

It was perhaps inevitable that the Mossack Fonseca Panama Papers scandal would prompt change. What many working with finan... Read More


ABSENT

The Serious Fraud Office’s new guidance regarding interviews conducted under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987 ... Read More


SEARCHING

When dozens of French police raided Google's Paris headquarters it showed that anyone can be raided if business crime is s... Read More


IN-HOUSE FRAUD

Recent figures indicate that instances of fraud during mortgage and property transactions rose by 50% last year. Such crim... Read More


KEEPING IT CLEAN

The government the “Action Plan for Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Finance’’ to stop the illicit moveme... Read More


ALL CHANGE?

The report by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) accentuates the positive and goes some... Read More


Shopping Around

If the SFO is looking at what has happened at BHS with specific intelligence at its disposal, it will be interesting to se... Read More


Failure

Failing Ernst and Young report that companies (of all sizes) are frequently failing to take appropriate steps to respond a... Read More


Five Years Of The Bribery Act

What has been achieved since the introduction of the Act that was intended to tackle bribery in business? The Bribery Act ... Read More


Shared Intelligence

The Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce is an attempt to tackle money laundering in the UK. But it poses challen... Read More


Oil On Troubled Waters

Why the Petrobras bribery scandal in Brazil serves as a warning to all companies about the dangers of bribery. Brazilian o... Read More


Counter Productive

Why the Bank of England’s investigation by the Serious Fraud Office could prove a costly reminder of the value of anti-f... Read More


Interest Rates

Why HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is finding it pays to take a closer than usual look at property investors. The tax man ... Read More


Money Laundering

Keeping it clean... Part 7 of Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) contains the Act’s money laundering offences.  The prov... Read More


Wrongful Or Fraudulent?

A look at the differences – and the similarities – between wrongful and fraudulent trading and the challenges they pos... Read More


The Law And Libya

In 2011, we predicted that bribery prosecutions could follow the collapse of the Gaddafi regime in Libya. That prediction ... Read More


Predictions And Possibilities

Knowing what has happened in 2014 allows us a chance to predict the main events of 2015. Libor, forex and Tesco may well b... Read More


Does It Do What It Says?

The dangers of being lured into tax avoidance schemes.  Aziz Rahman examines the legal pitfalls that can accompany attemp... Read More


The First Of Many?

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has secured its first convictions under the Bribery Act; four years after the legislation c... Read More


Called To Account

Accountants are often the first to be blamed in fraud cases. Aziz Rahman looks at why this is…and how accountants can ta... Read More


On The Inside

Aziz Rahman considers why information is everything when it comes to insider trading and the law…and why we may see more... Read More


Check Out

Initial reports of a £250M hole in Tesco’s finances have now been revised to £263M. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is ... Read More


Blameless Shame?

The forex scandal has seen huge fines imposed on some of the biggest banks. But, asks Aziz Rahman, are individuals likely ... Read More


The Numbers Game

Here, we look at the risks accountants can face if their clients resort to misrepresentation when applying for mortgages. ... Read More


Money Laundering and the Accountant

Rahman Ravelli’s Aziz Rahman explains why accountants are ideally placed to identify money laundering…and the legal ob... Read More


Pension Tension

A much-trumpeted investigation into pensions announced by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) created a few problems of ... Read More


Pain In Spain

Spain’s reputation for corruption has seen some of its royalty and senior political figures come under scrutiny. But now... Read More


Microsoft Touch

A recent court case highlighted how mis-selling of goods and services is carried out on a high tech level. But it also sho... Read More


Coming Home To Roost

People convicted of commercial crimes overseas could be banned from running UK firms. It’s a stark reminder of joined-up... Read More


Not So Beautiful

Football, often referred to as the beautiful game, has come under the spotlight recently as match-fixing allegations have ... Read More


Seriously Embarrassing?

The US authorities have successfully prosecuted a London-based consultant just a month after the Serious Fraud Office (SFO... Read More


Bribery...The Fast Track To Trouble

Formula 1 is at the centre of bribery allegations that could have serious implications for the sport. The episode is a cle... Read More


Public Nuisance

Last year, the UK’s public sector lost £2.3 billion to fraudulent purchasing practices.  Procurement fraud is an area ... Read More


Bribery Act Not Adding Up?

According to more than half of accountants, The Bribery Act has failed to give businesses the confidence and will to preve... Read More


Forced Out?

Royal Bank of Scotland has been at the centre of allegations that it forced troubled companies out of business for its own... Read More


Does It Cheque Out?

A controversy over bank accounts being closed without clear explanation has put the issue of money laundering back in the ... Read More


One the Up

Investment fraud has jumped by 75% to hit a four-year high. Which means that there are a lot of people whose honesty and i... Read More


Carbon Credit Fraud

Carbon credit fraud is a phenomenon that is on the rise. Rahman Ravelli’s Aziz Rahman was asked to write about the subje... Read More


Charged Atmosphere

A number of A4E staff have been charged with forgery and fraud. At the same time, Serco has been referred to the Serious F... Read More


On The Up

Investment fraud has jumped by 75% to hit a four-year high. Which means that there are a lot of people whose honesty and... Read More


Research And Destroy

An international survey shows that a worrying number of companies worldwide have little knowledge of how to prevent briber... Read More


Sector Inspectors

The Serious Fraud Office is aggressively targeting certain sectors of industry because it believes it can uncover evidence... Read More


The Deferred Option?

Deferred prosecution agreements (DPA’s) are yet to become law. But the authorities are already making it clear that nobo... Read More


Atlantic Crossing

Two Britons have been convicted of defrauding UK investors out of more than £80M, which was then laundered in the United ... Read More


ETA for DPA's 2014

The Crime and Courts Act has received Royal Assent, meaning that deferred prosecution agreements (DPA) are set to come int... Read More


At The Double

Self- Reporting to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has almost doubled in a year. Why has it happened? And what benefit is t... Read More


Stranger Than Fiction

A multi-million pound tax fraud involving a low-budget film has led to heavy sentences for five people. Here, Aziz Rahman ... Read More


Don't Bank On It

Land bank fraud is on the rise, with many people having lost fortunes to it in the past decade. Here, we look at how it ca... Read More


On the money?

The auditors are often thought of as the ones who detect fraud in a company. Yet that is often not the case, argues Aziz R... Read More


Protecting privilege

The Supreme Court has decided that legal professional privilege (LPP) only applies to qualified solicitors and barristers.... Read More


Breaking Up - The Financial Services Authority (FSA)

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is being split into two later this year. But will the changes mean its duties will ... Read More


Digging deep

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is bringing prosecutions after discovering what it believes is fraud involving coal mines i... Read More


Clean up

The European Union is looking to fight back against money laundering. But what does that mean for anyone who comes under i... Read More


Disclosure and PII Prodecures

An article by Jonathan Lennon and Aziz Rahman Disclosure of so-called ‘unused’ material often lies at the very heart o... Read More


Just Fine

Now more than ever, the authorities have the tools at their disposal to investigate and punish corporate wrongdoing. The h... Read More


Turbulent Times

Rolls-Royce, Europe’s largest maker of commercial aircraft engines, has appointed someone to review its anti-corruption ... Read More


Going Soft

The US appears to be leading the way in anti-fraud software, which claims to be able to detect fraud by scanning huge amou... Read More


Holy Inappropriate

The Vatican has found itself in an unenviable position due to suspicions of money laundering. But what exactly is money la... Read More


Pointing the finger

HMRC has been voicing its concerns on tax avoidance. Here we look at the issue and examine the role of COP9 in the tax man... Read More


Ouch!! Dentists under examination as dental fraud becomes a painful truth

Here, Rahman Ravelli examines the true situation regarding dentists and fraud and suggests ways practices can give themsel... Read More


Paying the price

HSBC is paying $1.9 billion in US money laundering  penalties. The figure was reached under a Deferred Prosecution Agreem... Read More


Falling victim to temptation

Fraud by employees often goes undetected or unreported, for a variety of reasons. Here, we examine how it can be prevented... Read More


Sub-prime suspects

Mortgage fraud is being uncovered on an increasing scale as the full fall-out from the financial crisis becomes apparent. ... Read More


Getting tough

The Serious Fraud Office has recently clarified its stance on facilitation payments, hospitality and self-reporting. The n... Read More


The Fraud Act: Why It Was Introduced And What It Means To Business

It is five years since the Fraud Act came into force. In this article, Aziz Rahman of Rahman Ravelli and barrister Jonatha... Read More


Could Nadir Prove To Be The SFO’S Salvation?

After many years, the SFO finally put Asil Nadir behind bars. Here, Aziz Rahman of Rahman Ravelli considers the SFO’s st... Read More


The Root Of The Problem

Rahman Ravelli explain how potatoes have proved a strong reminder of the risks of cooking the books to fund bribery. Where... Read More


The temperature's getting hotter...Boiler Rooms are on the rise

Aziz Rahman examines their increase and explains that, quite often, not everyone inside the boiler room is as guilty as th... Read More


How Charities Can Keep Fraud at Bay

AZIZ RAHMAN, FOUNDER OF SERIOUS CRIME SOLICITORS RAHMAN RAVELLI, HAS HANDLED SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST HIGH-PROFILE FRA... Read More


Blowing The whistle

A high-profile banking scandal can teach us about how and why wrongdoing should be reported. Inter-bank lending rates. Lib... Read More


Rahman Ravelli Highlighted in the Legal 500

YORKSHIRE-BASED fraud and business crime solicitors Rahman Ravelli have again been highlighted in the world's most prestig... Read More


When charity is not all it seems

Charity, as the saying goes, begins at home. But for many charities, criminal elements are coming a little too close for c... Read More


COP9. HMRC's weapon for waging war on Tax fraud

Aziz Rahman of Rahman Ravelli talks through the options available to those facing a COP9 and and explains why expert advic... Read More


Investment fraud - Driven by dishonesty

Dishonesty is a major issue in every investment fraud prosecution. This article examines what constitutes dishonesty, how ... Read More


Corporations, comedians and the tax man. Tax avoidance and tax evasion… Funny business or no laughing matter?

A Rahman Ravelli view of tax, the law and morality Whether it be corporations or celebrities, the issue of tax is never fa... Read More


The Builder, The Tax Man and the Law: Fraud in the Construction Industry

With the authorities taking a closer look at the financial affairs of the construction industry, we consider how people in... Read More


People in Business Face Most Scrutiny Under New Government Internet Powers

The government wishes to track people's use of phones and internet in a bid to seek evidence of crime. Here, Rahman Ravell... Read More


Investment Fraud

The Serious Fraud Office’s website displays a ‘taxonomy of fraud’ – an interactive pie-chart depicting 7 different... Read More


Serious Fraud

The world's richest man, Warren Buffet, the American investor famously said "you can only find out whose swimming naked w... Read More


Fraud Act 2006

FRAUD UNDER THE NEW FRAUD ACT 2006 Much of the 'old' law on fraud was to be found in the Theft Acts of 1968 and 1978 as w... Read More


Fraud: Tax Evasion & Money Laundering

In this short article we highlight the increasing importance of tax fraud type offences and money laundering cases. The Fr... Read More


Financial Offences

In this article we attempt to address some of the issues that often arise when a Defendant is charged with a 'financial o... Read More


Secret Hearings

The Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 Act introduced the current two-stage approach for disclosure. First the... Read More