Any private individual or company has the right to bring a private prosecution for any offence which can be identified in law. This is a long-established right, dating back to the 18th century, and it is preserved by section 6(1) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.
In practice, the majority of criminal prosecutions are brought by the state, which means that the scope and focus of investigations are left to the police and the Crown Prosecution Service. However, with cuts to police budgets, pressure on the justice system, and a rise in civil court fees, many people are looking for a robust and cost-effective alternative.
At Eldwick Law, we provide expert and effective representation for any kind of private prosecution, particularly those arising out of civil proceedings. Our experience in acting in matters which straddle the criminal and civil jurisdiction means that high-net-worth individuals and companies regularly turn to us for advice on how to achieve a swift resolution to their dispute.
We specialise in:
- Harassment Prosecutions;
- Hate Crime Prosecutions for Homophobia, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism and Disability Hate Crime;
- Fraud Prosecution;
- Copyright Prosecution; and
- Perjury Prosecution.
Our multi-disciplinary team is able to provide uniquely strategic advice on the commercial consequences of each decision, at every step of the way. This ability sets us apart from traditional criminal prosecutors. We are routinely instructed to act in complex and sensitive fraud-related cases, for which clients require emergency relief. In tandem with our White Collar and General Crime team, we are able to assist you at every stage from investigation, and prosecution rights, through to confiscation for recovery of funds and compensation.
If you require representation for private prosecution, contact our white-collar crime team for expert advice.