Private Prosecutions

Corporates and individuals can bring private prosecutions against other individuals or businesses where there is evidence of a criminal offence.

The conventional route of reporting a crime to the police may render unsatisfactory results. For example, the police may decide that the matter should not be investigated as it should be dealt with through the civil courts.

A further reason to consider a private prosecution may be that you or your business has been the victim of fraud and you are not able to wait for months, possibly years, until the investigation has been completed with no guarantee that charges will be brought, and court proceedings commenced. A private prosecution investigation can be conducted immediately which allows the client to be provided advice on the merits of their case more efficiently and effectively.

At Richardson Lissack our lawyers understand the traumatic effect fraud can have on a business, whether that offence has been conducted by an employee, another business or any other entity. The need for fast effective recourse could be paramount to the survival of the business.

Ben Richardson, Managing Director at Richardson Lissack has advised clients on the merits of many private prosecutions. This firm works alongside Queens Counsel, Barristers, Forensic Accountants and Investigators, all of whom have experience in private prosecutions to build a solid case before commencing court proceedings.

Areas of law which we can advise on bringing a private prosecution:

  • Fraud contrary to the Fraud Act 2006
  • Trade mark offences
  • Corporate crime inc. corporate manslaughter
  • Theft
  • Sexual offences
  • Gross negligence manslaughter
  • Assault

If you or your business require further information relating to pursuing a private prosecution against an individual or business, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Our lawyers are available 24/7 to assist you and provide legal advice. Contact London 020 3753 5352 or Manchester 0161 834 7284. Alternatively you can email