Jeremy Asher

Head of Private Prosecutions

Jeremy is a regulatory specialist with 21 years’ experience of dealing with serious and high profile cases. He leads MSB’s Private Prosecutions team, having formerly developed and led a top 100 national law firm’s fraud and business crime department, which was top-ranked by Legal500 for the previous five years.

Jeremy’s expertise in bringing prosecutions has been honed by working on behalf of a number of local authorities and a central government department. His team successfully brought more than 500 prosecutions in four years, including several that achieved national prominence, covering offences such as fraud, perverting the course of justice, money laundering and various regulatory offences, including for Trading Standards, some resulting in heavy custodial sentences following lengthy trials. He has successfully brought proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act for Restraint Orders and Confiscation Orders.

Jeremy has a proven record in bringing private prosecutions, having acted on more than 50 such cases for businesses and individuals, using them to protect business interests, and to act as a deterrent.

He uses his wealth of experience in prosecuting criminal cases to commence criminal investigations, assisting the victims of fraud with asset recovery where quick thinking and a decisive approach has safeguarded assets at risk of imminent dissipation.

A skilled advocate, Jeremy also regularly defends businesses, company directors and professionals charged with regulatory offences or who require regulatory advice, aiming to carefully protect professional reputations, defending prosecutions brought by organisations such as SFO, CPS, Trading Standards, Health & Safety Executive, Environment Agency, MMO, MCA and HMRC.

Recently, Jeremy has experienced an increasing demand for his services to assist clients wishing to challenge markers issued to Cifas by banks and other financial institutions suspecting fraud – such markers can adversely affect credit ratings causing hardship to businesses and individuals. As a result, Jeremy receives instructions to challenge such markers and has conducted a number of appeals to the Financial Services’ Ombudsman.

Jeremy is also a member of The Fraud Advisory Panel and the Private Prosecutors’ Association.