Overview

The cost of corporate fraud and white collar crime can be crippling to both consumers and businesses. Our fraud and white collar crime team works with corporate and public sector bodies to ensure they do not unknowingly perpetrate, or become the victim of, white collar crime. We also help our clients unscramble the mess if they have the misfortune to become embroiled in a fraud situation. We provide rapid, confidential advice on dealing with investigations as they arise.

Our lawyers have an in-depth understanding of the criminal and regulatory environment imposed on UK corporates doing business domestically and internationally. We combine this with civil litigation expertise and knowledge of our clients' sectors to provide a comprehensive service which covers all aspects of a business fraud situation, both civil and criminal.

As a result our corporate fraud lawyers have extensive experience of dealing with the multiplicity of issues arising from complex criminal situations in the commercial sphere, including internal investigations, handling police and SFO interviews, disclosure Orders, civil recovery actions, asset tracing and freezing, defending third party litigation, insurance issues, employment issues, audit considerations, regulator interface and public relations issues.

The fraud and white collar crime team forms part of our wider group advising on business crime matters, including our health and safety, environment and tax specialists.

Areas of focus

Our fraud and white collar crime expertise includes the following:

  • Serious Fraud Office, National Crime Agency and Police investigations.
  • Bribery and corruption.
  • External attacks on financial institutions.
  • Employee fraud.
  • Mortgage fraud.
  • VAT carousel fraud.
  • Money laundering.
  • Theft and misuse of proprietary industry information.
  • Private prosecutions.
Experience

Representing the National Crime Agency in proceedings brought against it for over £220 million under section 283 of the Proceeds of Crime Act – the first such compensation claim of its type (Perry v National Crime Agency).

Leading investigations for several major national and international corporate entities into allegations of corruption, and dealing with the consequent civil, regulatory and employee issues.

Advising a large engineering group on a Police investigation into corrupt payments and benefits provided to employees in return for the awarding of contracts.

Advising a pan-European catering and hospitality group at board, legal and operational levels on its anti-bribery policies, procedures and training programmes.

Advising a UK entity which uncovered corrupt practices following an international acquisition.

Representing a major coal mining company during the failed SFO prosecution of certain of its directors and dealing with the multiple issues arising as a consequence.

Advising individuals based in Europe as to interviews sought by the SFO arising from the Delhi Metro prosecutions.

Advising a global bank on responding to an SFO investigation into certain of its customers accused of fraudulent enterprise.

Attending Section 2 witness interviews with corporate directors.

Advising a global petrochemicals group on anti-money laundering implications of cash deposits made by a group purchasing military specification fuels.

Drafting the Anti-Money Laundering procedures for a major European bank and providing ongoing specialist advice to the bank on AML situations.

Representing a major UK financial institution in multiple legal actions arising from a multi-limbed £50 million property finance fraud.

Advising a property trust on recovery of unsecured sums from a group owned and operated by a family, members of which were convicted of £200 million pan-European VAT carousel fraud.

Advising a global engineering group on a fraudulent employee scheme, utilising both criminal and civil remedies against the perpetrators.

Acting in litigation for a major international engineering group to recover secret commissions earned by a former employee and supplier. The judgment is now a leading authority on the fiduciary duties owed by employees and the consequences of their breach.

Meet the team
David Hall

David Hall Partner

  • Head of Dispute Resolution
  • Banking Disputes
  • Fraud and White Collar Crime
Andrew Burnette

Andrew Burnette Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
  • Banking Disputes
Paul Haggett

Paul Haggett Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Disputes
  • Financial Services Disputes
Thomas Webb

Thomas Webb Legal Director

  • Fraud and White Collar Crime
  • Banking Disputes
  • Dispute Resolution

What others say...

Burges Salmon assisted us with a complex fraud investigation. They were highly professional, skilled and a pleasure to work with. I would recommend this firm to anyone who is seeking top-notch legal assistance.

Chief Compliance Officer, multi-billion dollar US group