In the course of business and personal affairs, people are trusted, and later accusations may be made that trust has been abused. In the extreme, phrases such as ‘breach of trust’ or ’embezzlement’ have been used historically by fraud lawyers and the media to describe this.
As society and business have become more reliant on technology, crime has adapted. A hundred years ago, pick locks and plastic explosive were used to break into safes. This generation’s tools of the trade are laptops, software, and personal data.
Facing an investigation or prosecution for a fraud of any type can be a very stressful experience. Whether one is accused of fraudulently obtaining business services as a director, or a even obtaining services dishonestly as an individual, our specialist fraud solicitors are here to help.
In business and in life, statements are made every day that enable deals to be done and agreements to be made. In the rough and tumble of business, statements and undertakings can be made with the best of intentions.
There is no single law which prohibits fraud. What lawyers call ‘fraud law’ is in reality covered by a mixture of different offences and common law (evolved and established legal principles). They range from offences covered by the theft act to the new offences of the Fraud Act 2006.