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False Accounting Defence
JMW provides expert advice and representation to businesses and individuals facing accusations of false accounting. We have helped many people charged with false accounting, from those in large businesses to others in smaller, family-run outfits, and can help organisations from across the UK.
JMW is able to help individuals and companies defend against all manner of allegations of false accounting. Such incidents can sometimes involve a small group of people within a company, meaning that often business owners and directors may be unaware that a crime has been committed.
False accounting is defined under Section 17 of the Theft Act 1968 as an offence that involves an individual intentionally falsifying, altering or submitting false, inaccurate or deceptive records for accounting purposes. Examples of false accounting can include:
- Inflating a company's share price
- Hiding losses to avoid the withdrawal of financial help
- Obtaining additional credit or finance to deal with cash flow issues
- Reporting false profits
- Winning new customers by making a company appear more successful than it is
- Hiding transactions
- Manipulating accounts to evade tax liability
- Keeping two sets of accounts in case of HMRC inspections or audits
If you have been accused of any of the above, contact JMW today to find out more about how our expert false accounting solicitors can help. We will provide the guidance you need at every stage of the process, allowing you to focus on the important matter of successfully operating your business.
Why Choose JMW?
Cases of false accounting have risen sharply over the past few years, as businesses struggling to stay afloat in a difficult economic climate feel forced to overstate performance and assets to make it appear they are in a stronger position than they really are. In many cases, perpetrators do not directly benefit from the fraudulent act, but this does not mean that the practice is legal.
It is therefore essential that should you face an allegation of false accounting, you have access to legal representatives with the experience and know-how to help you secure a favourable outcome. JMW has an excellent track record of helping businesses of all sizes successfully defend against such allegations.
From small businesses involved in low level false accounting to larger scale operations - such as where subsidiaries have allegedly committed fraud that has had a detrimental impact on the entire business - we deal with all cases of false accounting. We will provide effective, dependable guidance to give you the best possible chance of achieving the result you are after.
To build your case we will draw on the expert knowledge of associates, including:
- Forensic accountancy experts
- HMRC representatives
- Computer forensic experts