HomeHelping youForensic accounting servicesCriminal Litigation Services

Criminal Litigation Services

Gavin Cunningham - Menzies Accountant
Gavin Cunningham – Forensic Accounting Partner

We can rightly claim a high degree of expertise in dealing with criminal litigation. Collectively, we have dealt with over 500 cases, including major SFO fraud cases and have an established and successful track record.

Often we are instructed for the defence, but we also act for the Crown and are adept at undertaking financial investigations.

We are particularly skilled on confiscation cases where the Crown evidence can often be intellectually challenged. In our experience it frequently lacks any evidential rigour and can be riddled with the simplest of mistakes, both factual and, particularly, analytical. In these cases, we have often reduced sums claimed as “Available assets” by 90% or more and sometimes even down to zero.

We usually act in fraud trials; increasingly we see ill-prepared Crown evidence that does not support the allegations, but which nevertheless needs our independent expert view to challenge it at court. If this is not done, then the evidence will often not be examined, and there is an increased risk of injustice as a result.

We receive instructions from funded clients, but we will consider publicly-funded cases, especially when the alternatives may be lack of proper professional representation.

Criminal Litigation Services

We can assist in the following criminal matters:

  • Bribery and corruption investigations
  • Fraud and companies act offences
  • Post-conviction benefit calculation (POCA).

Criminal Litigation Case Examples

Some of our recent cases include:

R v T

This fraud case collapsed on the first day of trial, as we had been able to show that the complainant had been inaccurate in several technical aspects of his evidence.

R v R

We were instructed by one of the defendants on confiscation, following multiple convictions in a major MTIC case. Initial claims by HMRC on benefit exceeded £100 million and the defendant was alleged to have assets in excess of £5 million. The figures claimed were ludicrous and in the event, we managed to show that available assets were around £430,000, which included over £400,000 restrained in a bank account by HMRC.

R v Directors

In an overseas bribery case, the Crown confused fraud with corruption, and our clients were added on to the indictment when they were actually victims of employee fraud. We were able to show the lack of financial evidence to support the allegations, and they were both found not guilty at trial.

R v V

In this confiscation case we were able to show how the claims made by the Crown as to benefit and assets, were significantly overstated and lacked any intellectual basis. As a result, the available assets figure went down from over £5 million to £125,000.

R v P

The CPS added complex fraud charges onto, essentially a basic theft case. The police lacked the necessary investigative skills to support the allegations, and following our report, the fraud charges were dropped.

Contact Us

To speak to a partner or for more information about the services we offer please contact one of the Menzies LLP offices or complete our online contact form.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email


  • “Menzies provided, audit, tax and company secretarial services to SFW. Their work was always to a  very high standard and we found them easy to work with. When we sold the business Menzies provided significant help during due diligence and completion activities. They were highly responsive, particularly, when we had last minute requests for assistance and were thoroughly professional. I have no hesitation in recommending them.”
    Steve Elliott – SFW Ltd Director

    Print Friendly, PDF & Email

    SFW Ltd, SFW Ltd August 17, 2016

  • “We Menzies over the past year and we continue to be impressed with their knowledge, efficiency and the high calibre of support they provide. The Menzies team look after our year end accounts in a timely and efficient manner, and continue to provide proactive advice in many areas of our business, from keeping track of our product margins and fixed costs to providing us with beneficial forecasting advice. We are also liaising with other teams within Menzies, for example they are assisting us with crowdfunding options and have advised us on building a strong business plan.”

    Print Friendly, PDF & Email

    Luxury British Brand, A luxury British Brand August 17, 2016

  • “Throughout our many years of working with Menzies, we have always found them to be professional in all aspects of their work. The team currently deal with our UK trading company and the holding companies which includes acting as the group auditors for a large international group. Their historical knowledge of our company and operations is highly important to us especially as we have a fairly complicated group structure. The team are reliable, friendly and organised in their approach.

    We would have no hesitation in recommending Menzies to any other company.”

    Print Friendly, PDF & Email

    Crabtree & Evelyn, Crabtree & Evelyn August 17, 2016

  • “Menzies LLP have acted as our auditor and advisors for a number of years. The company has a holistic range of services to offer, from the compliance aspects of our business and consultancy services which are undertaken by specialist teams. The firm have recently undertaken a business valuation for a successful acquisition of an overseas subsidiary that our group acquired as it continues to grow and branches out into the overseas markets. We have found Menzies to be reliable, honest advisors and would not hesitate to recommend them.”

    Print Friendly, PDF & Email

    Contechs Holdings Limited, Contechs Holdings Limited August 17, 2016

  • “We have known Menzies for a very long time. The firm acts as our auditors and advisors for the company and our family’s own personal matters. The team fully understand our affairs and come up with pro-active solutions that are in our best interest and tax efficient for the business and family. We also utilise the services of Menzies Wealth Management so the teams work closely together to ensure our affairs dove tail in their advice. The team are trustworthy and reliable and we would not hesitate to recommend them for your personal or company affairs.”

    Print Friendly, PDF & Email

    Down Street Electrics Limited, Down Street Electrics Limited August 17, 2016

  • “We have been working with Menzies for a number of years on compliance and advisory matters. The team are approachable and proactive, offering constructive and helpful support, Menzies have over the years during the development of our business consistently met our needs. The team work well to ensure that we achieve our internal deadlines and communicate with us along the way. We would happily recommend Menzies to others.”
    David Moss, Head of Finance – Emmi (UK) Limited

    Print Friendly, PDF & Email

    Emmi (UK) Limited, Emmi (UK) Limited August 17, 2016

  • “We are a very long standing client of Menzies and they deal with all our financial requirements from day to day bookkeeping through to higher level advisory support.  They are always courteous, professional and considered – and relevant to our sector – providing us with solutions that are prompt and accurate and help us to run the business as efficiently as possible.  We would have no hesitation in recommending their services.”
    Takashi Kamimura – Mary Quant Limited

    Print Friendly, PDF & Email

    Mary Quant Limited, Mary Quant Limited August 17, 2016

  • “What really pleases me is that I’m now, for the first time, proud of my business, seeing it grow and spending less time at work! I’m learning how to have fun and relax again. My hard work is starting to pay off, thanks to Menzies”

    Print Friendly, PDF & Email

    FTI, FTI May 25, 2016