Request a Callback
Accusations of fraud have to be tackled immediately. The company or person being accused or investigated has to act quickly and appoint the right legal representative to ensure the greatest chance of success.
Fraud investigations and prosecutions are lengthy, complex and can place huge demands on companies, their staff and senior individuals. Seeking the right legal expertise as early as possible makes it more likely that those under investigation can influence the way the investigation proceeds – and how the investigators act towards them.
The right legal advice from day one will make sure the investigators cannot exceed their powers or place undue pressure on who they are investigating.
Whether it is a corporation or an individual being investigated, doing nothing makes it easier for the authorities to do what they want. It may also mean that a valuable opportunity for the defence is lost. For example, the authorities will find it simpler to obtain a restraint order against a company, an individual or their family if no legal challenge to it is mounted.
At Rahman Ravelli, we make it our job to use our experience and expertise to anticipate and advise our clients accordingly. Whether representing a corporation or an individual, we contact the authorities and immediately negotiate the immediate difficulties. Then we mount the strongest defence case possible.
The earlier legal advice is sought, the quicker your rights and your assets can be protected by challenging the assumptions and activities of investigators and prosecutors in areas such as search warrants, raids and restraint orders.
Our lawyers are available around the clock to deal with any of these issues and we will assemble a specialist team to advise immediately and attend any premises or interviews.
Rapid Response Team 24 Hour Emergency Contact: 0800 5593500.
An investigating authority may apply for a search warrant usually under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) if it has reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence has been committed and that there may be material on the premises that could assist in an investigation.
Faced with such a prospect, a person needs a legal defence team capable of challenging the investigators; either by reference to procedural rules regarding the application for the warrant or to the actual conduct of the search. Such challenges can be an important tactic when acting immediately to mount a powerful defence case.
Dealing with the aftermath of a raid is just as important as establishing a team to deal with all aspects of the imminent investigation. Experienced legal advisors, senior staff who have access to all relevant information and possibly a public relations consultant to handle any media coverage should all be part of the team. This team must analyse the evidence taken during the raid and examine the strength of the case against the company.
Taking advice on internal investigations is also crucial, including reviewing compliance procedures.
The steps taken immediately after a raid are vital. Only awareness of the law in this field can determine what steps should be taken. And the effects of such a strategy will be clear in hindsight if a company or individual is raided.
See Search Warrants and Dawn Raids for further details.
Under the 2002 Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), investigating authorities can apply to restrain companies’ or an individual’s assets if they believe the assets are the proceeds of criminality. As this can happen at any stage of an investigation, anyone facing such a prospect should seek legal assistance the moment they believe this is a possibility.
Restraint orders can be crippling if not dealt with properly. At Rahman Ravelli we have a great deal of experience and expertise in dealing with these orders and have successfully discharged and varied them to enable our clients to continue with their business while having sufficient amounts for living expenses.
See Restraint Orders for further details.
We also have experience in dealing with Civil Freezing Orders including World Wide Freezing Orders and Mareva Injunctions. See Commercial Services for further details.
“a creative and innovative approach to case preparation”
Fax: +44 (0)1422 430 526 DX16001 HX1
Bookmaker William Hill has been ordered to pay £6.2M for what the Gambling Commission called systemic failures regarding ... Read More 5 months ago
Big business is an international issue that very often crosses borders and involves many countries and jurisdictions….an... Read More 5 months ago
VAT, it seems, has arrived in Dubai. And that has implications for business.
As of January 1 this year, VAT is now imposed... Read More 6 months ago
The Geneva-based private banking unit of HSBC has agreed to pay 300 million euros under the terms of France’s first defe... Read More 8 months ago
The Treasury is concerned about accountants being used by money launderers.
In its second national risk assessment (NRA) o... Read More 8 months ago
The Paradise Papers has put the issue of tax avoidance firmly back in the headlines.
The documents, which originated from ... Read More 8 months ago
Aerospace giant Airbus is now facing corruption allegations in a fifth country.
Airbus, which was already under investigat... Read More 8 months ago
Royal Bank of Scotland has paid $44M to settle a US criminal investigation that accused its traders of lying to clients ov... Read More 8 months ago
The authorities in China can usually be relied on to make bold statements about the country. But the latest announcement r... Read More 10 months ago
After what appeared to be a far from certain future, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) looks to be safe.
Prime Minister There... Read More 10 months ago
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 11 months ago
When, at the start of this year, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy transferred its Criminal Enfo... Read More 12 months ago
Oil field services company Halliburton is to pay nearly $30 million to resolve allegations of bribery in Angola.
Former Ha... Read More 12 months ago
The legislation relating to money laundering has become tighter over the years as the authorities seem increasingly determ... Read More 1 year ago
Accountancy regulator the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has announced that it is investigating PwC’s auditing of BT,... Read More 1 year ago
The fact that a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation found no evidence of criminality in how the Bank of England opera... Read More 1 year ago
Porsche has joined the list of car manufacturers being investigated over diesel emissions fraud.
Prosecutors in Germany ar... Read More 1 year ago
Newcastle United has gone on the attack against HM Revenue and Customs over search and seizure.
HM Revenue and Customs (HM... Read More 1 year ago
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 4 years ago
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 4 years ago
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is being split into two later this year. But will the changes mean its duties will ... Read More 5 years ago
YORKSHIRE-BASED fraud and business crime solicitors Rahman Ravelli have again been highlighted in the world's most prestig... Read More 6 years ago
Dawn raids can prove a nasty wake-up call to companies that suddenly fi nd themselves under investigation. Here, Rahman Ra... Read More 6 years ago