Fraud Solicitors

Are you a professional person accused of fraud? Are you worried about the impact fraud allegations will have on your business reputation or your family?

There are serious consequences to allegations of fraud. That is why you need to contact JD Spicer Zeb’s expert serious fraud solicitors who can help protect you, your reputation and your rights.

We understand that facing a serious investigation, both pre and post charge, can be a distressing experience for you and your family. We know how important it is that you seek expert representation as soon as possible so that we can provide advice to help secure the best outcome for you and your business.

For a free initial consultation on your legal position and the available options, contact our local offices in London, Birmingham or Manchester.

Are you looking for experienced serious fraud solicitors?

JD Spicer Zeb’s expert serious fraud solicitors in London, Birmingham and Manchester have decades of combined experience with an exceptional level of skill and expertise in this complex area of the law. Over the years, we have been involved in many high-profile prosecutions and have earned an excellent reputation and track record in successfully defending clients involved in all kinds of serious fraud cases.

Our fraud department is led by partner Philip Spicer - Head of Serious Fraud and Complex Cases - who is a specialist in the field and highly regarded by barristers, QCs and fellow professionals.

JD Spicer Zeb have also been members of the Specialist Fraud Panel and Very High Cost Case Contracting Panel for many years.

All of our serious fraud lawyers have extensive experience of defending fraud investigations in the UK and internationally and we have 7 Grade A Supervisors within the department.

Why choose JD Spicer Zeb’s serious fraud lawyers?

Our solicitors have access to the most experienced specialist fraud law defence barristers and an enviable network of professionals, including forensic accountants to support our cases.

We regularly receive recommendations from previous clients and have represented clients from all walks of life, having acted for businesses, solicitors, accountants, doctors, mortgage advisers, bankers and other professionals.

What type of cases do JD Spicer Zeb’s serious fraud lawyers/solicitors take on?

The extent and range of work covered by JD Spicer Zeb’s fraud solicitors is extremely wide and we have defended clients in the following types of fraud and connected proceedings:

  • Carousel Frauds
  • MTIC Frauds
  • Ponzi Frauds
  • Mortgage Frauds
  • Property Fraud
  • Investment Frauds
  • Fraudulent Trading
  • Money Laundering
  • Confiscation Proceedings
  • Restraint Orders
  • Banking Frauds
  • Boiler Room Frauds
  • General Fraud Allegations
  • Inland Revenue Prosecutions
  • DWP Prosecutions
  • Directors Disqualifications
  • Regulatory Investigations
  • Professional Disciplinary Tribunals

We regularly defend investigations and prosecutions brought by agencies such as:

  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
  • National Crime Agency (NCA)
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs Solicitors (HMRC)
  • Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
  • Insolvency Service
  • Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)
  • City of London Police

We have represented defendants involved in probably the largest ever prosecution undertaken by the SFO, probably the largest carousel fraud brought by HMRC, and a defendant in the largest ponzi fraud in the United Kingdom.

Specific and notable areas of serious fraud defence work include:

Missing Trader Fraud (also known as MTIC or Carousel Fraud)

These involve allegations of theft of VAT by the exploitation of the way VAT is treated within multi-jurisdictional trading, where the movement of goods between jurisdictions is VAT free. The fraud is investigated by HMRC and prosecuted by the CPS.

Our Defence Team has been involved in many complex and high-profile cases within the UK in recent years. By way of example we have been involved in or continue to represent defendants in the following prosecution operations:

  • Dumas
  • Euripus (probably the largest ever MTIC prosecution)
  • Hayrick
  • Vex
  • Rosary

Our understanding and experience of the background to companies allegedly involved and the complex nature of the allegations is vital when representing clients at interview and trial.

Boiler Room Fraud

Also known as share scams where allegations are that a Boiler Room (often run from outside the jurisdiction) sell shares to investors in companies which prove to be worthless.

We have expertise and experience and continue to represent clients in these types of prosecutions which at their highest level are invariably prosecuted by the SFO.

Ponzi or Pyramid Schemes

Ponzi or Pyramid schemes involve an offer to invest for a very high rate of return; these also often involve unauthorised investment business and theft of investors’ funds.

We have represented clients in a variety of such allegations and our most recent involvement concerned what was probably the largest ever Ponzi scheme ever prosecuted in the United Kingdom.

Money Laundering

Money laundering is concealing, disposing, transferring, removing property which is derived from criminal activity, or the laundering, acquiring, using or possession of such property. Such allegations go hand in hand with fraud allegations. We have significant experience in dealing with extremely serious allegations of money laundering.

Restraint Orders and Confiscation Orders

Restraint Orders are often the precursor to charges; and if convicted Confiscation proceedings. Such Orders freeze the assets of individuals who are suspected of committing a crime. If there is subsequently a conviction or a plea of guilty, Confiscation Orders invariably follow. We have extensive experience of both restraint orders and confiscation, and have been involved and are involved in cases where the prosecution are alleging that the benefit runs into many millions of pounds.

Director’s Disqualification

A Directors Disqualification Order can be made in both criminal or civil proceedings. Any breach of the Order invariably results in a criminal prosecution with the maximum penalty for the offence being two years imprisonment.

The above are just examples of the type of work that our fraud defence and business crime team can assist you with. We have extensive experience of advising clients in relation to these proceedings.

Contact our serious fraud solicitors today!

For urgent specialist advice, immediate representation or to speak to us confidentially about a serious fraud case, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated team of serious fraud lawyers in London, Birmingham or Manchester on telephone:

  • Brent & Camden London Office: 020 7624 7771
  • Manchester Office: 0161 835 1638
  • Birmingham Office: 0121 614 3333
  • City of London: 0207 624 7771 - our senior Solicitors and Partners can meet by appointment in the City.

Or email:

Alternatively, you can fill out our quick online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Confidential Consultation

For a confidential consultation, please contact Philip Spicer, Partner & Head of Serious Fraud and Complex Cases on 0207 624 7771 or email Philip Spicer. Or contact Head of Crime Departments Lisa Nicol or Umar Zeb.

In Urgent Cases!

For immediate representation and advice, you can contact our Emergency Number 07836 577 556 and we will provide you with the urgent assistance you need.

  • Philip Spicer
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  • Umar Zeb
      • Umar Zeb
      • Senior Partner - Head of Private Client Crime
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  • Lisa Nicol
      • Lisa Nicol
      • Senior Partner - Head of Crime & Serious Cases
      • 020 7644 0729
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  • Kirit Khushal
      • 020 7328 3130
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  • James O'Donnell
      • 020 7644 0742
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  • Sanjay Cholera
      • 020 7651 0850
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  • Ramandeep Rai
      • 020 7644 0718
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  • Pretesh Chauhan
      • 0121 614 3333
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