Financial Institution Fraud in UK. Edmonds Marshall McMahon is a unique firm of solicitors and barristers, and we are experts in conducting fraud prosecutions. We commonly advise on financial institution fraud, which can be defined as the use of unethical or illegal means to obtain money, assets or other property held by a financial institution. The circumstances around this type of fraud are wide ranging, including cash withdrawals, disputed card transactions and identity theft. We have significant experience in ensuring that victims of this kind of fraud are financially compensated and that defendants are denied the proceeds of their crime.
Financial institution fraud is part of a wider crisis in the UK. In January 2021, the Royal United Services Institute (“RUSI”), a defence and security think tank, published a paper explaining that fraud in the UK has reached epidemic levels. According to this paper, fraud is the “volume crime of our time”. Notwithstanding increased media attention around the issue, the UK government’s fraud response continues to fail individuals and businesses. Budget cuts to the police and Crown Prosecution Service have limited the prioritisation of fraud, even as reports continue to rise. This state of affairs is at the heart of Edmond Marshall McMahon’s mission – as private prosecutors, we specialise in providing fraud victims with access to justice.
By way of background, although the majority of criminal prosecutions in England and Wales are conducted by public agencies, the right to pursue a private prosecution is expressly set out in statute. It is this power which Edmonds Marshall McMahon relies on in order to bring criminal proceedings on behalf of clients. We regularly implement private prosecution strategies to ensure that those who engage in financial institution fraud are held accountable, as well as achieving compensation for victims.
Whatever the fraud, please talk to us (free of charge) so we can advise you on what is possible. As specialist prosecutors, we have the knowledge and resources that could make the difference between your recovering some, or indeed all, of your money.