Criminal defence

Independent forensic accounting views concerning white collar criminal defence cases

Hawala, How To Avoid Prison

Hawala is an overused term given to money transfer services outside the normal clutch of banking facilities – comprising well known names such as Barclays, Lloyds and HSBC. Hawala does however account for many £100 billions of money transfers around … Read More

Forensic Accounting & Confiscation Proceedings

As specialist forensic accountants focusing on fraud and financial crime, providing criminal defence expert accounting services in proceeds of crime confiscation proceedings has become a routine part of our work, along with other areas of financial dispute including money laundering and tax evasion. … Read More

The Role Of The Criminal Defence Forensic Accountant

Providing a clear and unambiguous explanation of complex or document heavy financial matters is the fundamental obligation of the forensic accountant in any criminal regulatory dispute or civil financial argument. Unraveling Complex Financial Issues Fully understanding the issues in a … Read More

The confiscation proceedings balancing act

I recall speaking at the 2003 North East Fraud Forum conference that heralded the introduction of the 2002 Proceeds of Crime Act. Since then confiscations have become commonplace and there is usually a money laundering aspect to every criminal defence case that I take on. … Read More

How Far Should POCA 2002 Assumptions Go?

The confiscation framework is a powerful tool that is applied not only to its intended use of removing the proceeds of crime from criminals, but also for its unintended use as a further punishment for those convicted of a qualifying offence (or series of offences). … Read More

New LSC Framework For Expert Fees!

I am aware that the rates that I charge are usually pretty competitive, especially for publicly funded work such as expert accountancy carried out in criminal defence matters.  It was with some shock that I was approached for a tender … Read More

Reports of Fraud Cases Compromised Again?

For there to be a meaningful fight against fraud there needs to be a legal system capable of dealing with the cases brought by the prosecution authorities. There is no point beefing up the police fraud squads and giving them … Read More