As one of the country's foremost criminal law practices we are best placed to deal with the legal area commonly referred to as 'white-collar crime.'

We have acted on behalf of hundreds of those accused of crimes mainly in the workplace, which come under this umbrella definition of white-collar crime:

"White-collar crime refers to financially motivated nonviolent crime committed by a person of respectability within a business or organisation and often of high social status in the course of his/her career or occupation," according to Professor and Sociologist Edward Sutherland.

Typically we represent those accused of crimes such as theft from employers, fraud, bribery, embezzlement, cybercrime, copyright infringement, money laundering, identity theft, forgery and health and safety violations - but this list is not exhaustive by any means.

The authorities are becoming more and more focused on these areas and more resources are being directed to investigate the same.

A recent BBC report into this area which was research led found that it was 'the middle classes who were turning to white collar crime' in the belief they have been victimised, mainly in the workplace:

"More than 60% of people surveyed in England and Wales admitted they had exaggerated an insurance claim, avoided paying tax, paid cash to avoid tax or kept money when given too much change. But they would not consider themselves criminals, scientists told a conference in Salford," according to the BBC report.

If you find yourself in a position whereby you are accused of some form of illegality, it is in your interests to consult with the experts at McConnell Kelly today.

Said Pat Kelly, Director at McConnell Kelly solicitors:

"The ramifications of 'white collar crime' can be immense to include not only the loss of assets, savings and the potential to ruin your reputation but also the stress of being a subject of investigation which may include the confiscation of your bank accounts and deny you future employment prospects as a result.

"As soon as you become aware that you might be a subject of investigation it is essential to seek our professional assistance and expertise straight away as often many put off seeking our professional until it is too late to really assist you most effectively. If in doubt, contact us straight away."

At McConnell Kelly, our forensic-like attention to detail is renowned, and we will use the full weight of our expertise and the law to defend you against such allegations. We are among the top three criminal law firms in Northern Ireland and our expertise is dealing within this highly-specialised arena.


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White collar crime