Criminal Law

The criminal law team at W H Matthews & Co can help company executives and entrepreneurs who have been accused of a variety of “white collar crime” offences such as fraud, embezzlement, insider trading bribery and tax evasion. We also have substantial experience of defending driving related charges such as dangerous or careless driving. To find out how we can help you, give us a call today in confidence.

Fraud cases and white collar crime

Company directors and senior executives will often have responsibilities which, if neglected, can lead to criminal investigations being conducted and charges being brought against individuals as well as the company. These types of cases are sometimes referred to as corporate or white collar crime, and may involve serious fraud, money laundering, insider dealing or tax evasion. We have experience of defending claims in both civil and criminal jurisdictions and can advise individuals and corporations facing prosecution from bodies such as the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as well as the Police. We have dealt with cases in a range of areas including:

  • banking fraud
  • bribery
  • conspiracy to defraud
  • counterfeiting
  • credit card fraud
  • deception
  • embezzlement
  • forgery
  • insider trading
  • insurance fraud
  • money laundering
  • mortgage fraud
  • tax evasion

Health and safety offences

Company directors have a responsibility for the health and safety of employees. They can be disqualified and even individually prosecuted for serious incidents caused as a result of grossly negligent behaviour, and they are personally liable under health and safety law. Our team can advise directors on their responsibilities and defend them in the case of an investigation or prosecution.

Driving offences

Losing your licence can have a serious impact upon your career and often has long-term implications. The legal experts at W H Matthews & Co provide specialist advice and representation on all matters relating to road traffic offences. We can offer guidance during an investigation or prosecution for a variety of driving offences and minimise the penalties and consequent fallout. Some of the areas in which we specialise include:

  • careless driving
  • dangerous driving
  • drink driving offences
  • driving document offences
  • failing to stop at or report an accident
  • insurance offences
  • speeding offences and speed cameras
  • use of mobile telephones while driving

Obtaining legal representation can make a big difference to your case and help to avoid an outright driving ban. Don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your situation in confidence with one of our solicitors.


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