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Fraud helpsheets

The Fraud Advisory Panel has an updated helpsheet; and a new one.

The two-pager on civil fraud and asset recovery covers who can bring civil proceedings; the costs; types of claim; insolvency proceedings; and other ways of making a claim.

To briefly define civil fraud as the helpsheet does at the beginning, it’s ‘a civil action that can be brought by a defrauded person (the ‘claimant’) to recover losses caused by the fraudulent conduct of others. The emphasis is on the claimant obtaining compensation – a payment of money or transfer of assets (called ‘damages’) – from the fraudster (the ‘defendant’) or someone else who participated in the fraud. Commonly, this will be for breach of contract’.

Civil proceedings can sometimes be used to recover some or all of the losses incurred as a result of fraud. This guide explains how fraud is usually dealt with under the civil law in England and Wales. This helpsheet was reviewed and updated by Arun Chauhan at Tenet Compliance & Litigation and Frances Coulson at Moon Beever LLP.

The new helpsheet also a two-pager is about the UK justice system (with differences between England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland), prepared by Andrew Price at Drystone Chambers and Carl Newman at BDB Pitmans. It covers civil and criminal proceedings, and offers an A to Z of common legal terms.

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