Serious Fraud

Setfords’ Serious Fraud team provide businesses with total support and a 24/7 service throughout the country on complex cases and serious fraud matters.

Whether you have been defrauded or are accused of fraud we have highly respected and experienced lawyers on your side who look at every angle and support you at every stage in the case.

Serious fraud may involve either criminal and civil fraud claims but can often overlap and run in parallel. The civil aspect is called commercial fraud litigation. Much of this work emanates from contracts that have gone wrong between companies or alleged misconduct by senior people within companies.

The criminal aspect is called “white collar crime” because it may involve business people being prosecuted and company and corporate issues, and can range from allegations of insider trading, forgery, theft of intellectual property, money laundering, intra community carousel fraud, other HMRC investigations and a host of other transactions that may fall foul of the law and regulations.

Our team have enormous experience in complex civil and criminal fraud cases, including tracing of assets, injunctions, freezing orders and insolvency aspects. The law can be draconian and we are experienced in Proceeds of Crime Act and confiscation of assets cases also.

We leave no stone unturned in our preparation and help to take the burden from clients at an incredibly stressful time providing first class legal and genuine pastoral support too.

We are always happy to have an informal discussion or meeting without obligation so that you can be sure you are making the right decision in seeking our help and support.

We handle high value fraud matters for businesses and owner managers and Directors including:-

  • Diversion of contracts to a competitor
  • Insider dealing
  • Money laundering
  • Ponzi schemes
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Secret commissions
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Alleged misconduct by Directors
  • Tax and Vat investigations
  • Carousel fraud
  • Bribery
  • Accountancy irregularities

We can assist with:

Defending and protecting your position in prosecutions


Commercial fraud litigation

Lawyers in focus

Malcolm Harris

Malcolm Harris – Senior Consultant Solicitor Advocate

Malcolm is a tenacious and assertive commercial litigator. He  also has very substantial experience over many years of very serious fraud matters.

His work can also  involve  civil, criminal and insolvency proceedings. He regards himself as a problem solver, not just a lawyer. He believes the difference between winning and losing can often be in the fine detail and leaves no stone unturned in investigations and preparation for cases he takes on.

Malcolm also undertakes civil litigation and dispute resolution and debt collection as well as contentious and non contentious probate matters.

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