Criminal Fraud


Our Criminal Fraud team is regarded as one of the market leaders in this field and works in all areas of fraud. We have acted and continue to act in many of the country’s highest profile cases.

We have advised or currently act for defendants and suspects in the following investigations and trials: BAE investigation, Balfour Beatty, IKEA, United Nations Oil for Food, iSoft, Cash for Honours and Operation Archway.  The team is also instructed on several insider dealing prosecutions brought by the FCA and acted in the FCA’s first ever prosecution of this offence.  The group has also been instructed by Governments to defend international criminal allegations.

Our ethos is that significant partner involvement is essential. Our objective is always to stop cases before they reach charge or trial.

Our particular expertise is in the following matters:

We act for individuals, companies, governments, institutions and trustees.  Fraud allegations often involve international elements and we are experienced in dealing with overseas issues and obtaining information from jurisdictions throughout the world.  Increasingly many of our cases involve multi-jurisdictional prosecutions. We have extensive experience of dealing with, amongst others: The United Nations, The US Department of Justice, APRA and ASIC (in Australia) and other foreign prosecutors and regulators.

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Team Specialists

David Byrne

David Byrne is a business crime specialist and specialises in all aspects of civil and criminal fraud, regulatory investigations and money laundering enquiries and has particular expertise in Inland Revenue investigations, prosecutions and settlements.

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Matthew Frankland

Matthew is Partner and a criminal law specialist with 20 years of experience in major criminal fraud trials and investigations. He handles all kinds of fraud cases and focuses on raising arguments designed to stop cases reaching charge or trial.

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Michael Potts

Michael specialises in the defence of financial crime, fraud and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. He has acted in numerous high profile investigations and prosecutions brought against individuals by the SFO, FCA, Fraud Prosecution Service, and other regulatory bodies and prosecution ag Full Profile

Sara Teasdale

Sara’s practice consists of acting primarily for senior, often high-profile, individuals and corporate clients who find themselves the subject of criminal or regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Sara has represented clients being investigated/prosecuted by, amongst others, the Seriou Full Profile