Private Prosecution UK
Civil Fraud & Trust Litigation

Edmonds Marshall McMahon is ‘a firm with unsparing attention to detail’ that is ‘the very model of how fraud cases should be prosecuted in the Magistrates and Crown Courts’. (Legal 500)

Edmonds Marshall McMahon is the first and only specialist private prosecution law firm in the UK. The firm is staffed by highly experienced prosecutors and offers tailor-made private prosecution services to companies and individuals. We also have leading civil fraud and trust practitioners who are recognised internationally as at the forefront of civil fraud, trust and asset tracing work. We offer a fast, effective and bespoke service to victims of fraud around the world.

Edmonds Marshall McMahon has earned a number of significant industry plaudits since inception in 2012 including the following:

  • UK Legal 500 (2013-2019) as a leading firm in four separate categories: “Fraud: White collar-crime”, “Fraud: Civil”, “Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime” and “Contentious Trusts & Probate”.
  • UK Chambers & Partners as a leading firm in “High net worth: disputes
  • Boutique Law Firm of the Year – City” at the 2014 Lawyer Awards
  • Finalist as “Boutique Law Firm of the Year – City” 2018 – Legal Business Awards
  • Thought Leaders in Asset Recovery: Kate McMahon
  • Ranked in Chambers & Partners as a leader in the field of Private Prosecutions an Financial Crime (London), and the Legal 500 for Business and Regulatory Crime (including Global investigations) (London): David Stern

Private Prosecution

It’s a common misconception that only the Crown or Statutory Prosecuting Authorities can use the criminal system to prosecute people or companies. Section 6(1) Prosecution Offences Act 1985 provides the right for individuals and companies to bring a private prosecution. Private prosecutions are almost always quicker, more focussed and more efficient than public prosecutions, especially in cases involving fraud.

We often advise companies that require advice on strategies for prosecution and enforcement in order to deter individuals from engaging in criminal activity causing harm to a particular industry. We also often act for companies who have been the victims of fraud in commercial joint ventures or in commercial dealings.

Civil Fraud and Trust Litigation

Since the early 1990’s international fraud and asset tracing has emerged as an increasingly specialist area. In order to co-ordinate an effective asset tracing or fraud claim it is usually necessary to be familiar with injunctive relief and asset seizure, and to have experience of investigation and all forms of forensic enquiry. Practical experience of litigation in the major offshore jurisdictions and financial centres is often also required. We commonly advise individuals in relation to all criminal and civil fraud matters. Frequently, clients require a second opinion, or in the case of criminal proceedings prefer not to wait for police or CPS assistance. We frequently advise on evidence, charges and chances of success. We often prepare and submit evidential bundles to the police, or help our clients build a strong evidential case in order to start a private prosecution. We pursue all our cases with unparalleled determination and vigour.

Our experience, expertise, extensive knowledge and contacts throughout the criminal justice system, police and private agencies have earned us significant reputations in our fields, and means we can offer you an all-encompassing service, from advice and investigation through to criminal and/or civil proceedings and subsequent tracing, confiscation, and enforcement.

Our service is unique in its focus and aims: you become our priority and you receive expert advice and guidance directly.