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Edmonds Marshall McMahon is the first and only specialist private prosecution firm in the UK. The firm's experience, expertise and contacts in the criminal justice system are unrivalled. Edmonds Marshall McMahon prosecutes a wide range of offences, and advises companies with fraud and criminal issues, supervising investigations, and assisting law enforcement both nationally and internationally. The firm also has leading civil fraud and trust practitioners who are recognised internationally as being at the forefront of civil fraud, trust and asset tracing work.

The firm: The firm's success thus far has been created by a private, high-powered team of senior prosecutors with an unrivalled track record in conducting major fraud prosecutions and regulatory work. The criminal side of the firm is staffed by highly experienced prosecutors and investigators and offers tailor-made prosecution services, from advice and investigation through to criminal proceedings and confiscation and enforcement.

In 2015, the firm decided that the best course of action for victims would be to have all possible legal options under one roof. In 2016, EMM created its fraud team with two high-profile, leading solicitors, both renowned civil fraud and trust litigators. The firm is now, more so than any other firm in the UK, able to provide a total solution to fraud: the firm can advise clients on the best means of retrieving assets in frauds that are linked to the UK, whether by civil asset retrieval or criminal confiscation order.

All partners have significant reputations in their fields.

Edmonds Marshall McMahon has had a number of highly publicised successes over the last few years -  achieved the highest sum awarded in confiscation and compensation proceedings undertaken by a private prosecutor - £38m (indeed, this is one of the largest confiscation orders to be made in the last ten years by any prosecutor); largest ever corporate private prosecution; private prosecution resulting in conviction of a Russian national for fraud; private prosecution resulting in the conviction of a financial controller for fraud.

Types of work undertaken: Counterfeit prosecutions: The increase in counterfeiting has staggering financial implications for businesses; all companies with a brand to protect must seriously consider this growing market. Edmonds Marshall McMahon's unique service means the firm will investigate (or work with investigators), advise, prosecute and robustly enforce any compensation and/or confiscation order for its clients, ensuring compensation for them.

Fraud prosecution: Since inception, Edmonds Marshall McMahon's focus has been on assisting companies or individuals that have been the victims of complex fraud. The firm assists in either recovering money or privately prosecuting and deterring fraudsters. The firm commonly deals with fraud in joint venture contracts; fraud in commercial contracts with banks and financial institutions; theft, fraud, dishonesty or money laundering; loan, insurance and mortgage fraud; data theft by employees; and internal fraud.

Civil fraud litigation: In some cases of fraud and breach of trust it may be more appropriate for clients to choose civil litigation, particularly where a criminal prosecution may prove more difficult due to difficulties in establishing particular offences. Civil proceedings are designed to effect a recovery and many of the firm's clients will regard this as reflective of their overall objective. The firm can now offer an unrivalled service in both criminal and civil fraud proceedings.

Contentious trusts and probate: This area of specialism continues to grow, as a result of the significant number of high-net-worth individuals, often with complex wealth-holding structures with business interests/assets located in the UK. EMM's civil partner, Sofie Hoffman has significant experience of acting for both trustees and beneficiaries in these types of disputes, and is able in particular to advise on the fraudulent aspects of these types of disputes and on the appropriate civil and or criminal remedies (for example where a high-net-worth individual has been defrauded by a trusted advisor or where a will has been forged).

Advisory and regulatory: All directors of Edmonds Marshall McMahon have extensive experience in the area of regulatory law, having advised and prosecuted for the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Environment Agency. The firm has also advised pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers on the medicines and medical devices licensing regime. The background of the firm's directors and senior lawyers enables the firm to give comprehensive, commercial and relevant advice.

  • Number of UK partners: 4
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 20

Above material supplied by Edmonds Marshall McMahon.

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