Experts in Business Defence

Efficient and down-to-earth approach with a high degree of specialist expertise in business crime, fraud, regulatory and statutory cases.

Cartwright King has one of the leading business defence teams in the country, ranking first for crime and fraud in the Midlands and Yorkshire in Legal 500.

Our business defence team has extensive experience across a wide range of commercial sectors and a proven track record of success which has also been recognised in the Chambers & Partners Directory, which identifies our directors as ‘leaders in their field’.

Our defence approach is inclusive, efficient and down-to-earth. We have a wide experience of commerce and industry, considerable technical and scientific knowledge and, as business people too, we talk the language. We evaluate problems and identify solutions as quickly as possible with a minimum of fuss and expense.

Our business is protecting your business…

Our expert solicitors have the highest degree of specialist corporate and regulatory crime expertise and will defend your business on a range of issues:

Fraud — With specialist expertise in fraud cases our team has extensive experience of defending charges of fraud, false accounting, tax fraud, money laundering and cases prosecuted by the serious fraud office. Our clients include companies, directors, professionals and individuals.

Tax & financial investigations — Our skilled team can offer expert help with tax investigations by HM Revenue and Customs, Business Innovation & Skills, the Office of Fair Trading plus others.

Health & Safety — We offer significant knowledge and experience in health & safety law providing defence in the event of fatal accidents, major incidents and regulation breaches. The team has extensive experience and success in the construction and transport industries.

Environmental Issues — Expert defence against investigations including pollution, waste abatement notices, appeals and planning notices.

Trading Standards — We cover all types of case including trade descriptions, product safety, misleading prices and advertising, trade marks, copyright and consumer credit.

Whatever legal issue your business is facing Cartwright King has the expertise and experience to help resolve it. Our team will take the pressure off you and liaise directly with any investigating bodies, taking every step to achieve a successful outcome with maximum efficiency and minimum disruption.

Whether your business is large or small we can help. We are also recognised by the Legal Services Commission as able to handle the very largest cases and we are a member of the Very High Cost Case panel.

Notable Cases

John Speight and latterly Sundeep Soor successfully defended a Director charged with various Tax offences in August 2017.

It was alleged that two years financial accounts failed to provide an accurate picture, such that there was a tax loss in terms of VAT and Corporation Tax in the sum of £130,000.00.  The Prosecution also alleged the use of forged documents. In October 2019, two years after being charged the prosecution finally agreed to offer no evidence before the trial started and not guilty verdicts were entered.

This case shows the crucial role of instructing the right expert on a case:-

  1. Forensic accounting expertise was required to show that the prosecution forensic expert had not undertaken the detailed analysis needed to prove the prosecutions case and eventually both experts agreed that our client’s tax returns were not “materially misstated“.
  2. The defence also deployed computer experts to show what was downloaded of the alleged forged document was complete and unadulterated.
  3. Further forensic examination of documents has established that it is possible to pinpoint the model of laser printer used to print the documents and also that the indented impressions on a document that was sent with the alleged forged document was not the writing of our client.

Sundeep Soor, Director and Head of our Tax & Fraud department says:-

“This is a case that demonstrates CK’s tenacious attitude and refusal to accept the Prosecution version of events when all the odds are stacked against the client. Cartwright King's ethos to challenge where appropriate and use skill and knowledge gained in practice to pick out the inconsistencies which might show that the Prosecution is brought on a false premise”.


Cartwright King has offices in Birmingham, Bedford, Bolton, Derby, Leeds, LeicesterLondon TempleManchester, MiddlesbroughNorthampton, NottinghamSheffield and Worcester.

For further information please get in touch with our dedicated team.

You can always call us on 0808 168 5550 or email


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