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To face a criminal investigation and prosecution is tremendously distressing. As well as potential criminal sanctions, including imprisonment, significant fines and loss of assets, the accused must face often irreparable damage to their reputation, their careers and the devastating effects criminal accusations and loss of liberty may have on loved ones.

Taking early legal advice is important. What you say in a criminal interview may make the difference between being charged with an offence or not. If charged, what you have said in interview may form the basis of your defence or mitigation which is put forward on your behalf.

Sometimes, it is possible to provide the police and Crown Prosecution Service with sufficient evidence to persuade them that the suspect ought not to be charged. Another occasions, it may not be sensible to provide key evidence of such an early stage. It is critical that specialist legal advice is taken to ensure that the right decisions are made in the circumstances.

If you are charged, it is important that you are advised properly as to the weight of the evidence against you and on the strength of your defence. We are able to advise as to what areas of your defence need evidential support (for example expert evidence) and can advise on the most appropriate strategy for your case.

We have extensive experience in defending individuals and businesses in a range of criminal proceedings and are listed in the Legal 500 for our expertise in fraud and general crime.

​​ ​Individuals

We represent individuals facing allegations of financial crime, including serious fraud, money laundering and proceeds of crime. Our experience includes acting in several of the highest value VAT frauds ever brought to trial and a number of other cases with international dimensions.
We also acted in major drug cases which have involved international police surveillance operations including with Interpol, movement of monies through complex networks of banks and businesses and very high quantities of drugs.

Daniel Berke is one of the most sought-after solicitors for individuals facing allegations of sexual nature. Our experience includes acting in some of the highest profile sex cases brought against public figures and celebrities. Daniel has been consulted by politicians about proposed changes to the law regarding anonymity for suspects in sex cases. He has been widely quoted and interviewed in the media on this subject.​

​Businesses

Businesses may face prosecution and will require representation.

We advise businesses, company officers and senior managers who are facing investigation and prosecution.

We have advised businesses on investigations and prosecutions brought by the Health and Safety Executive, Trading Standards, the Border Agency, the Environment Agency and others.

Cases have included corporate manslaughter, international trade and complex environmental issues.
Criminal Defence