The specialist money laundering solicitors at our firm have decades of experience defending severe and complex money laundering cases involving millions of pounds laundered throughout the world. We contest money laundering allegations daily and defend and support those accused of fraud, drugs and other offences linked to money laundering.
Onerous obligations have been imposed on businesses, professionals and individuals to report transactions which are either known to be, are suspected to be, or ought reasonably to have appeared to involve money laundering.
The UK is not an environment where money laundering can easily take place. Considered to be one of the primary objectives for the government, the laundering of criminal proceeds is tackled aggressively.
Those involved in money laundering are not always aware of their role in cleansing the proceeds of crime.
For both businesses and individuals, being involved in an investigation can affect your reputation, and you could even garner adverse media interest. As specialist money laundering solicitors with over 35 years of experience, we can help you handle both the legal aspects of a case of this nature and your reputation.
Do you need Money Laundering Solicitors?
If you or your business has been charged with this offence, you may need the support of money laundering solicitors.
There’s a possibility that you have unwittingly been involved in cleansing the proceeds of crime. Now that you’ve discovered what’s happened, you’re most likely feeling anxious and stressed about what the outcome of an investigation of this nature might be.
To provide you with guidance and support with regards to this offence and the process of engaging money laundering solicitors to help you, we have listed some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers. We aim to make this as easy for you as possible.
What type of situations require legal help from money laundering solicitors?
Here are some examples of situations that typically require legal help from money laundering solicitors.
Using business as a front to cleanse proceeds from crime – for instance, adjusting invoices and accounting documents. The money will then have a paper trail and not be suspected by the banks as ‘dirty’.
Depositing a large amount of cash – for example, you deposit a large amount of cash for your bakery business into your business bank account. The bank does not know if this cash is dirty or not. As your company is so cash heavy, the bank may suspect that you’re using the company as a front to launder the proceeds of crime.
Owning a financial institution for money laundering – an example some money launderers go so far as to own a financial institution. The money is deposited and can be legally transferred to other financial institutions without being suspected.
Real estate laundering – for instance, when a money launderer uses cash to buy a piece of real estate and then rapidly sells it. The profits are then associated with the sale. By doing this regularly, it will draw suspicion on a buyer. Many times, the names of other individuals are used to confuse anybody who is watching for fraud and money laundering type activities.
There are many more examples of how money is cleaned. Money laundering is illegal and a practice that can result in substantial fines and a lengthy prison sentence. If you are facing charges of this nature, it’s imperative that you take the legal advice of experienced money laundering solicitors. Defence lawyers with expertise in white collar crime can create a defence strategy for you.
Without the help of money laundering solicitors, you cannot find out more until the police interview
Even if you have been arrested, the police are unlikely to disclose all that they know even during the police interview. They will slowly drip it out to you, laying traps that are intended for you to incriminate yourself. They are looking for you to contradict yourself as you explain how the evidence must have come about.
The police interview is very important, and often what happens at the police interview is what decides the outcome of the court case.
In a money laundering case, it’s critical that you engage experienced money laundering solicitors to provide you with legal help. By employing the solicitor immediately upon hearing that you’re being investigated or accused of money laundering, you may even be able to get the case dismissed before it reaches as far as the court stage.
Engaging with a white-collar crime solicitor before you attend the interview will provide you with the best outcome. Your solicitor will be able to advise you on what to say with regards to you having had limited disclosure to the evidence that the police have on you.
Instruct a legal professional as soon as possible
It’s critical that you do not attend a police interview without being accompanied by a competent and skilful money laundering solicitor.
The questions that the police ask you are designed to gain a conviction. You may be innocent, but the answers that you give still land you in prison with a hefty fine to pay if you say the wrong thing at the wrong time. It can be a maze of trickery and deceit that you are expected to navigate even if you are completely innocent.
Without money laundering solicitors defending you, you maybe charged with the offence of money laundering at the end of the interview. It’s an offence that is taken seriously and penalised heavily.
How Can Stuart Miller Solicitors Help?
Our money laundering solicitors frequently defend business people, professionals and innocent family members who can easily find themselves caught up as witnesses, or even as suspects in money laundering investigations; whether as a result of actions of their own, their clients or another party.
If you, your business or family members are being investigated for money laundering, it can have far-reaching consequences for everyone around you, your mental health and your ability to work or run a business. A prosecuting authority can bring charges against family and friends if they believe they should have known that income may have been coming from illicit activities.
Our money laundering solicitors are commercially aware and extremely pro-active in their approach, believing that prevention is the best defence against investigation and litigation. This is why our solicitors can help businesses, professionals and individuals review or focus on their compliance procedures to reduce the risk of breaches of the legislation. We can advise on preventative measures at the early stages of an investigation to dramatically reduce the chances of being prosecuted.
Where a prosecution has commenced, we can provide crucial guidance and defence strategies to defend your case. We will not only gather favourable direct and indirect evidence for you. We will scrutinise all aspects of the prosecution case to see where it fails the expected standards so a dismissal argument can be made.
Our team has extensive expertise in financial crime defence
We have a highly skilled team which includes fraud solicitors, dedicated investigators and leading barristers or QCs. We have built key relationships with nationally recognised forensic accountants, telephony and computer data analysts and many other experts needed to ensure that every avenue is explored to protect your personal and commercial interests.
We have acted in several cases that have been high-profile and high pressure over the years. Some of the foreign jurisdictions that have been involved include Cyprus, Singapore, Hong Kong, USA, Belgium, South Africa, Switzerland, Afghanistan, France, Iran, Spain, Pakistan and many more countries.
Our lawyers will work tirelessly to pursue every possible line of enquiry to secure evidence which can be used in your favour. Whether in the UK or abroad, the money laundering solicitors in this firm are trained to present all information strategically with a view to positively influencing the jury in your favour. With deep knowledge of ways to apply the law in your favour, our team are recognised for their deftness in financial and white-collar defence cases.
It’s important to note that prosecutors in the UK are now looking to secure convictions against anybody who is involved in fraud, money laundering or bribery. They have a new vigour and will investigate any allegations of corruption in order to add to their impressive collection of convictions.
Booking a free consultation with our Money Laundering Solicitors
We understand that being the subject of an investigation is a stressful time for our clients and choosing the right lawyer is of paramount importance. We, therefore, offer free, no obligation consultations to discuss your case and provide preliminary advice. Please contact us and ask to speak to our money laundering solicitors to arrange a meeting in person, online or by telephone. If you prefer, you can WhatsApp us from the link you will find on this page.
What will happen when I instruct a money laundering solicitor?
We will provide you with a dedicated and experienced solicitor to each money laundering case. You can expect to receive an exceptional level of customer service throughout. You can also rest assured that somebody will always be available to assist you and that there is more than one legal mind being applied to the challenges of your case.
You should also know that we use only the best and most experienced financial experts who will examine and analyse every piece of evidence that the prosecution has on you.
Our mobile phone experts will look for ways to discredit the evidence of the prosecution and defend your case.
We advise that you take early action. By taking this action, you will increase your chances of success. Prosecutors are often oppressive, intimidating and use very complicated strategies to incriminate you. It’s vital that you have skilful and experienced experts helping you at every step of the way.
We will offer you a free consultation for you to discuss your case with us. We can act for you at the police station for free and after that, we can help assess your financial eligibility for legal aid. We believe, no matter what your financial position, if you are prosecuted by the State, you must also be defended with funds by the state.
Would you like to discuss your case before instructing us?
If you’d like to have a no obligation chat with us before you instruct us to take your case, then contact us today. You may have some questions that you need answers to, to give you peace of mind about what’s happening.
Our team is happy to answer any questions that you have to provide you with the support you need to get through this challenging time.
Please contact our fraud solicitors to arrange your meeting, whether face to face, online or by telephone. If you prefer, you can also send us a WhatsApp message using the link on this page.
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