Fraud and investigatory work

As organisations grow and become more sophisticated, so do the fraudsters targeting them. That’s why we help our clients to take a comprehensive approach to fraud prevention, detection, investigation and resolution.

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Helping you to tackle and prevent fraud

Fraud is an ever increasing problem, estimated to cost the UK economy £38bn annually. It is endemic in our society, evolving and becoming even more sophisticated in how, and by whom, it is perpetrated. As organisations grow and develop, so do the opportunities for fraudsters to target them.

Most businesses have risk assessments and fraud policies in place to safeguard against opportunistic or systemic fraud. We also understand that there are often challenges around balancing concerns over fraud with other commercial concerns. So the key question is: is your organisation doing enough?

We believe that what sets us apart in the industry is our holistic approach to tackling fraud – we work closely with our clients to put an effective fraud prevention strategy at the heart of their business. If, however, your business has already been exposed to fraudulent activity we can also act quickly to safeguard your interests.

Our wide ranging approach includes: 

  • Acting fast to obtain search orders and freezing injunctions
  • Identifying perpetrators through the use of Norwich Pharmacal and Bankers Trust orders
  • Assisting in the preservation and review of electronic data 
  • Pursuing individuals through civil proceedings and assisting the authorities in investigating an attempted or successful fraud 
  • Acting on a client’s behalf to bring a private prosecution, where necessary
  • Tracing assets and enforcement both in the UK and foreign jurisdictions
  • Advising on accountability to industry regulators

Our expert team of 65 solicitors is very experienced in handling complex, high value cases for a wide range of private and public sector clients.


Our lawyers

Our litigation law team offers 65 partners and 187 lawyers working across our Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester and Norwich offices. 

Our experience 

We have vast experience acting for clients to trace assets and bring enforcement proceedings in the UK and in foreign jurisdictions in both the public and private sectors.

We have also acted for a number of leading composite insurers over many years defending fraudulent motor, employer’s, public, product and property liability claims. 

Examples of the most complex types of fraud investigations our team has undertaken include: 

  • Carousel frauds 
  • Alcohol and other excise frauds 
  • Acting for liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy pursuing antecedent transaction claims, including fraudulent trading 
  • Transactions defrauding creditors and misfeasance 
  • Acting for POCA interim receivers 
  • Fraudulent diversion of EU funding 
  • Theft of intellectual property and client databases

We can assist you by preparing evidence packs for referral of a criminal case to the police, including counsel’s advice on the satisfaction of the Full Code Test. 

We help clients to embed fraud prevention strategies in their businesses and provide bespoke training on all aspects of fraud prevention, detection and resolution.

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Our clients

We act for a range of clients, including: 

  • Major corporates and SMEs 
  • Public sector organisations including educational institutions and NHS bodies
  • Brokers and loss adjusters 
  • Household name composite and London market insurers

What our clients and others say about us

We receive consistently excellent feedback from clients, both directly and in the leading legal directories:

  • "Mills & Reeve LLP has seen an increase in fraud investigative work with associate Jonathan Nixon noted for his "fantastic eye for detail." Legal 500
  • “Mills & Reeve LLP's insurance team receives excellent client feedback … the group is going from strength to strength, seeing an increase in the size of the claims as well as an expanding client base.” Legal 500
  • “Clients seek the lawyer's counsel because ‘they listen well and provide careful, quick responses’.” Chambers UK

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