The Government's encouragement of benefit fraud reporting by members of the public has meant a huge increase of prosecutions across the country. TV advertisements and the provision of rewards for informing on friends and neighbours means that prosecutions are taken even where the evidence comes from people with a vested interest in seeing a conviction, whether justified or not.
Prosecutions are brought by a variety of public bodies depending on the type of benefit involved. We have defended against local councils in relation to housing benefit, the DWP in relation to means tested benefits and HMRC in relation to tax credits. Often these cases involve many defendants and are prosecuted as a conspiracy. See our Conspiracy Law page for more information on this type of prosecution.
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The rules and regulations that apply to the various types of state benefits are extraordinarily complicated and are routinely misunderstood and incorrectly applied by the benefit agencies and the lawyers that prosecute these cases. Unfortunately, many benefit fraud defence solicitors are equally ignorant. We have established a specialist department for benefit fraud cases and have links to the best experts and consultants who advise on our cases so that we are often able to prevent cases being brought or get them dropped before trial. Talk to us about your case.
WARNING - NEW LEGAL AID RULES APPLY IN 2015 - "MEANS TESTING" CAN LEAD TO DIRE FINANCIAL CONSEQUENCES FOR DEFENDANTS - SPEAK TO US BEFORE APPLYING FOR LEGAL AID.