Liverpool-based MSB Solicitors has appointed an expert with more than two decades of experience, to head up its new Private Prosecutions department.
MSB is the first law firm in the country to have access to a ground breaking ethical funding model that is designed specifically to help open up access to justice for businesses, shareholders and associated professionals who have become the victims of fraud.
The new service has been designed in response to the criticisms made against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), police and Action Fraud for their failure to prosecute in these circumstances.
Despite an increase in the number of crimes which damage corporate brand identity, Government is reluctant to pursue such criminal acts. Fraud, offences in relation to brand protection, and cybercrime, have increased significantly, with reports suggesting that fraud now costs the UK economy as much as £190 billion a year. This has resulted in numerous private prosecutions being brought by businesses and individuals unable to access justice where the police and other criminal enforcement agencies have taken no action.
Regulatory specialist Jeremy Asher, who will lead the Private Prosecutions team, brings to MSB 21 years of experience in dealing with serious and high-profile cases, having formerly developed and led a top 100 national law firm’s fraud and business crime department, which was top-ranked by Legal500.
Jeremy’s expertise in bringing prosecutions has been honed by working on behalf of a number of local authorities and a central government department. In the past four years, his team successfully brought more than 500 prosecutions, including several that made the headlines nationally.