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Investment Fraud

The law surrounding Investment Fraud is inherently complex, and investigations can be protracted in nature, causing significant reputational and trade damage. Sentences for such Investment Fraud offences can be life-changing.

If you are subject to an Investment Fraud investigation, or have been charged with Investment Fraud offences, we can help you wherever you are based. At Imran Khan & Partners Solicitors, our specialist team of Investment Fraud solicitors can guide you through every step of the process, from representing you during questioning to advice and representation at Court.


Free Initial Telephone Discussion

For a free initial telephone discussion, please call us on 020 7404 3004 or email and we will be in touch shortly. We can help clients wherever you are based.

We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you require urgent assistance outside of business hours, please contact us on our emergency number on 07738 802993.

What are Investment Fraud offences?

Generally, Investment Fraud typically concerns the intentional mis-selling of investments such as stocks or shares ending in circumstances whereby either the investor receives no return at all or otherwise the return that they receive is significantly different from that which had originally been proposed. It can be the case that individual traders or employees find themselves caught up in investment schemes which they did not at the time realise to be problematic; equally, legitimate business conduct may be misinterpreted as fraudulent by prosecuting bodies.

Examples of conduct that could amount to an Investment Fraud offence includes:

  • Advanced fee frauds, such as soliciting an advance transfer of funds on the promise of a high return which is then not fulfilled;

  • Binary Option Frauds, such as online trading where investments cannot be recovered;

  • Boiler room fraud, such as the pressure-selling of overpriced or non-existent investments;

  • Clone Firm Investment Frauds, such as where fake firms mirror authorised trading companies;

  • Insider trading or other forms of market abuse;

  • Land banking, such as the mis-selling of a small strip of land where it is said that the value will increase exponentially upon the granting of planning permission;

  • Offshore and crypto-currency scams;

  • Pension fraud, such as the intentional transfer of pension funds for little or no return;

  • Ponzi or Pyramid schemes, such as where revenue is paid for by new investors in an unsustainable or inconsistent way; or

  • Recovery Room frauds and other misuse of high-pressure selling methods.


Investigations may involve a number of public bodies including:

  • Police Economic Crime Teams

  • The CPS Specialist Fraud Division

  • The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

  • The Serious Fraud Office (SFO)

  • The National Crime Agency (NCA)


If you or your business are accused of behaviour which could amount to an investment offence it is imperative you act swiftly to take specialist advice. An alleged Investment Fraud could attract a wide range of potential offences. The consequences for professionals who have (even unwittingly) facilitated such conduct can also be life-changing.


Why Choose Us?

Penalties for Investment Fraud offences can be serious, with further implications for civil seizure of assets.  The Financial Crime team at Imran Khan and Partners have particular expertise of defending extremely high-value allegations brought under Proceeds of Crime legislation. As such, we are able to offer expert advice, and outstanding service from the very start of your case, through to trial.


Our team of financial crime lawyers can help you with:

  • Advice and assistance during any investigation

  • Immediate advice and representation at dawn raids

  • Assistance with securing bail

  • Preparation of the defence case and expert representation in Court

  • Liaison and negotiation with the Prosecuting Authority

  • Challenging Ancillary Orders such as for compensation, restraint or reparation

  • Challenging Financial Reporting Orders

  • Challenging disqualification from future company directorships

  • Challenging any proceedings brought in relation to the freezing of funds or seizure of assets

  • Advice on reporting restriction orders and other steps to assist with the prevention of reputational or trade damage


How do I pay for my legal fees?

Please contact us to discuss your circumstances and possible funding options.

We offer representation on both a private and Legal Aid basis.

Contact us

If you are facing Investment Fraud charges, or are under investigation, do not delay and contact Paul O'Donnell on 07740290616, at or call 0207 404 3004.  He is a Partner and solicitor, specialising in matters concerning the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, including allegations of Investment Fraud.


If you have been arrested or are due to attend Court imminently and require urgent assistance, please contact us on our emergency number on 07738 802993.

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