Victims of Crime
Our team has built a strong reputation and practice advising the victims of crime across the country and internationally.
This advice includes assisting the victims of fraud, such as European Distribution Fraud, or more generally those who have been caused a wrong, such as victims of assault, abuse or wrongful arrest. We frequently act in high profile cases where careful reputation management is required.
Where necessary we can also attend inquests, advise on the procedures surrounding criminal prosecutions and make representations to prosecuting authorities if required. We also use our wealth of experience in prosecuting cases to commence investigations, collate evidence and thereafter can either commence private prosecutions or persuade the Police to take on cases.
Various remedies are available depending upon the circumstances, and may include Restraining Orders under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997; private prosecutions or defamation action.
Our team personifies Ashfords ability to look at problems in unique ways, drawing on expertise in criminal law, art law, personal injury, family, intellectual property, employment and litigation to ensure that the victims of crime are best able to have their voice heard and interests protected.
- Advises in relation to private prosecutions covering a wide spectrum of cases including fraud, forgery, perverting the course of justice and historic abuse cases.
- Worked with Action Fraud and the City of London Police to instigate investigations into cases of European Distribution Fraud where the victims had lost several hundred thousand Euros each at the hands of fraudsters.
- Successfully persuaded a former partner to refrain from making further derogatory comments on social media such as Facebook and Twitter by threatening private prosecution.
- Representations made to the CPS and Police to bring prosecutions against senior members of staff within a public body.
- Successfully applied for Restraining Orders in civil proceedings.
- Routinely works closely with a Public Relations agency on reputation management, keeping many cases out of the press as well as encouraging press activity where it is thought beneficial.
An excellent criminal litigatorLegal 500 2013