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In the last three years we have recovered over £200 million of hidden and misappropriated assets for clients ranging from foreign governments, HMRC, claimants in major frauds, banks, insurers as well as other listed and non-listed corporates. We use insolvency proceedings, court appointed receiverships and other civil procedures. We have extensive experience of retrieving assets from jurisdictions in the Caribbean, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia, as well as the offshore centres. We operate under a number of fee structures, often working on a contingent basis or with the benefit of third party funding. This means we are able to bear the risk of the investigation, and only charge a fee in cases where a recovery is made. In many cases our work represents an opportunity for clients to turn write offs into revenues. In addition, we are experienced at working alongside the UK prosecuting authorities to manage businesses, safeguard restrained assets and recover the proceeds of crime using the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 criminal and civil legislation.

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One in three would fall victim to phone scam

This is a worrying statistic and highlights the continuing increase in this type of relatively simple fraud praying on people's trust in...

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Europol most wanted

Europe's 43 most wanted. Anyone you recognise?

Europol Police need your help. Do you recognise any of these 43 Europe's #MostWanted fugitives: https://eumostwanted.eu/ Wanted by...…

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Fewer people entering personal insolvency in Scotland

Interesting statistics on personal insolvency in Scotland

FEWER people are entering a statutory debt solution across all 32 local authorities in Scotland during 2015/16, new statistics have shown.

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EU takes a bite of the Apple

Apple faces a £11bn tax bill which is likely to be appealed. Is it an attack by the EU on a US corporation?

Given the nature of the Commission’s ruling, it is difficult to see Ireland having any option other than to defend its position. To do...…

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Ian Dyson vs the cybercriminals

An interesting interview with Ian Dyson, the commissioner of the City of London police, covering online fraud and cybercrime.

Dyson is...

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Cold call scam scripts

Six signs to look out for from real life cold call scripts

Boiler room scammers often follow scripts designed to use psychology to manipulate the investor into purchasing. Below are six ‘red...…

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Doing Business in Vietnam 2016

A helpful guide to doing business in Vietnam. The famous egg coffee in Hanoi is a must try too.

Grant Thornton Vietnam is pleased to issue the 2016 edition of ‘Doing Business in Vietnam’. We hope you find this guide useful and...…

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Confronting Fraud in NGO's

Each time coins are placed in a box or making a commitment to sponsor a friend doing a charity run, the thought will this contribution...

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Brexit sentiment in Germany

Will the announcement triggering Article 50 help settle the confidence in Europe?

German business sentiment unexpectedly declined the most in more than four years in August in a sign that companies are waking up to the...…

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Companies House changes

Can't see this being a positive thing.  It joins a long queue of recent developments which aid fraud.  

PLANS to change 'record' rules at Companies House risks giving culpable directors a "clean slate" to hide their activities, it was...…

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Do confiscation laws need reform?

A review is underway as to whether the POCA confiscation regime is in need of reform based on the low level of success in past years. ...

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11 Year BRO for an Assistant Accountant who misappropriated €160,510 from his employer

I would be interested to hear the views of others on the effectiveness of BRO's as either a deterrent or punishment for wrongdoing.  

The High Court granted an 11 year Bankruptcy Restriction Order for an Assistant Accountant who misappropriated €160,510 from his employer.

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Punishing the Avoiders

This sounds like an interesting idea, but I can't see how it is going to be properly marshalled, especially as the lines can be blurred,...

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How secret is a 'secret'?

The private emails of Hilary Clinton obtained by the FBI are being reviewed by the US Capitol in very secure rooms by lawmakers and...

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Council tax band reduction scam

Another example of a simple fraud which, in this case promises council tax reductions.  This type of scam can apply to anything and the...

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Getting the bad guys

If you can't get the money back, at least get even! 

Whilst the focus of any asset recovery is always commercial, getting the fraudster off the streets and out of business clearly is a good...…

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Phishing scams can affect everyone!

Another example of how fraudsters are using phishing techniques to obtain personal data and information, this time from our Olympians! 

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Cyber border?

A new border control for cyber is to be introduced in China for businesses. Data will be subject to cumbersome regulations including...

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PPF Updated Restructuring Principles and Guidence

A useful insight into the thinking of the PPF from Malcolm Weir.

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has updated its Restructuring Principles and Guidance for Insolvency Professionals. In order to...…

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Opposing views on white collar crime punishment

Pinsents' view on how white collar offenders should be dealt with ........

Recovery of criminal assets is poor and will remain so unless government adopts radical recommendations from an influential committee of...…

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Fraud represents one of the biggest threats to survival of small firms

Despite that, 65% of businesses in the north, and 54% nationally, have no written policy to detect and prevent fraud

“Fraudsters are becoming more innovative too. Our members have seen cases of fraudsters replicating company email addresses pretending to...…

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Confiscation regime review

Useful summary of the latest PAC review on the confiscation regime by RUSI. But greater use of private sector Receivers is the only real...

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Involved in Gummy Bear Films?

We help investors recover monies from such schemes in liquidation. Creditors can even join the current petition against Gummy Bear Films...

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An expensive meal or round of drinks

Consumers have been warned of the risks of contactless transactions in pubs and restaurants, and advised they should refuse to physically...

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Confiscation order success

Avon & Somerset Police take action to ensure that crime doesn't pay

Members of an organised crime group who organised and brought class A drugs into the Bristol area have had confiscation orders totalling...…

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