Accountants, tax consultants and company officers are often confronted with fraud or its consequences. They are reproached for failing to recognize a fraudulent situation, for not being alert to signals, or for being involved in some other way.
The civil and disciplinary consequences of fraud can be far-reaching. There is not usually an opportunity to recover losses from the fraudster, so redress is sought in some other way. When there are insufficient grounds for a prosecution, the Public Prosecution Service often turns the case into a disciplinary matter.
We advise parties who are drawn into situations where there are indicators of fraud, and we try to avoid escalation into a court case. If that proves impossible, we act as defence counsel for the professional practitioners caught in the cross-hairs.