Fraud and Regulatory Crime


Businesses and professionals are more tightly regulated now than ever before. Similarly, laws designed to prevent fraud and money laundering apply to an increasingly wide range of commercial activity. The result is that companies and small enterprises going about their day-to-day business sometimes face regulatory investigations and the threat of criminal proceedings, causing enormous upheaval and uncertainty.

The courts now have extensive powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2012 to enforce and seize assets suspected of being sourced from criminal activity. The possession of property and income arising from such activity can lead to a substantial period of imprisonment. We have an experienced team to defend any investigation into a client’s financial status.

Government agencies including the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Revenue and Customs are able to take civil proceedings to impose restraint orders even when an individual has not been charged with a criminal offence. We can provide a decisive and timely response in the event of these proceedings and can follow civil remedies to lift an injunction or restraint order.

Money Laundering Solicitors: Rusholme and Surrounding Areas

Our criminal lawyers are experts at what they do. Since 1991, Platt Halpern has defended individuals and companies accused of all kinds of fraud and regulatory offences. We have a firmly established reputation as one of the leading criminal firms in Manchester and the North West.

Our lawyers are highly experienced senior professionals with experience in all aspects of criminal law and procedure. When dealing with fraud and regulatory matters, we provide clear-cut advice at a reasonable price, focusing our efforts on minimising the impact that intervention by the criminal or regulatory authorities may have on your business.

As a result, we are instructed regularly by commercial clients and professionals from across the country who are being investigated for a range of activities. The work we do in this area includes:

  • Investigations under the Money Laundering Regulations, 2007
  • Acting in confiscation proceedings and restraint of assets cases under The Proceeds of Crime Act, 2002
  • VAT, tax fraud and illegal importation investigations carried out by HM Revenue and Customs
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Defending companies on corporate manslaughter charges
  • Trading standards issues, including representation in court proceedings brought by local trading standards bodies
  • Defending organisations and small businesses facing health and safety prosecutions
  • Advising on alleged breaches of environmental law and anti-pollution regulations
  • Representing individual professionals, including doctors, accountants and lawyers at disciplinary proceedings brought by their respective professional bodies

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From offices across Manchester, we serve clients throughout the country. You can contact our regulatory and fraud solicitors in Manchester online or by phone on 0161 224 2555.

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