Using a securities fraud lawyer


Securities fraud, also known as investment fraud, involves the inducement of investors to make decisions based on false information. This term involves a wide range of investment fraud, including:

  • Insider trading
  • Embezzlement

If you think you have been wrongly accused of investment fraud, or if you think you have been a victim of securities fraud, then you might need to instruct a securities fraud lawyer. Call us and we will be able to recommend a specialist fraud lawyer to assist you.

What is securities fraud?

Securities fraud law is relatively wide-ranging and involves any kind of activity which induces investors to invest on the basis of false information. Such schemes are numerous and can involve anything from theft from investors, to false accounting on a balance sheet.

In England and Wales offers of high returns for minimal capital tend to be the most common form of investment fraud scam. Some other typical forms of investment scams are:

  • Boiler room scams, in which potential investors are sold shares in a company they don’t know from a call centre
  • Chain letters, guaranteeing high return for minimum investment
  • Affinity fraud, in which fraudsters target specific groups of people such as elderly people or people of a particular religious disposition

Investment fraud lawyers who work for the defence are responsible for gathering evidence to support their case and discredit the prosecution case. Given the complexity of the law, the large sums and penalties involved and the large amounts of evidence usually involved, it is important that a specialist investment fraud lawyer is instructed.

The prosecution investment fraud lawyer also needs to be experienced, not just because of the complexity of the case, but also because of the public importance of effectively prosecuting people who defraud the public.

Benefits of using a solicitor

Securities fraud lawyers are specialised in dealing with these highly complex cases that often span several jurisdictions and sometimes come under the remit of European and International law, as well as domestic law.

To pursue a claim to recover compensation for your loss, you will need an experienced securities fraud lawyer to investigate the circumstances of the fraud to gather evidence for trial. The rules of evidence and laws applying to this area of law are highly complex and securities fraud court cases often take several months to complete.

The length of time of the trial will vary dramatically depending on the type of fraud and the circumstances of the individual case; some securities fraud plots can be very sophisticated. Long-running securities fraud will naturally produce more evidence and therefore take longer to hear.

If you want to take action against someone who committed securities fraud against you, or if someone is taking action against you, it is important to speak to a specialist solicitor as early on in the process as possible to ensure that evidence can be gathered. A solicitor can generally advise you at this early stage as to the likely prospects of success of a proposed claim.

Do you need a solicitor to assist you with a case of securities fraud? Whether you want to make a claim, or defend a claim, Contact Law works with solicitors specialising in fraud and money laundering cases who can assist you to resolve the issue and gain compensation where necessary. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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