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Cyber Crime Solicitors

At Cartwright King we have a specialist team of solicitors dealing in Cyber Crime who are on hand to defend your rights. We have acted and continue to act in some of the most complex and high profile criminal prosecutions brought in relation to computer misuse and cyber crime. We have a wealth of experience advising in investigations and prosecutions which dates back to the earliest file sharing cases and subsequently into crypto currencies, the “dark web” and “hacking”.

Cyber crime is relatively new and constantly developing field. Investigations with an online or digital element are invariably technically challenging and complex. Many cases have an international element and investigations in the UK are often merely one part of coordinated action by law enforcement bodies across the globe, and particularly the FBI. These issues, together with the sheer volume of data that is invariably seized during a computer based investigation, pose real challenges to law enforcement agencies.

Finding a team of lawyers with this experience is rare, but at Cartwright King we have a team on hand with the expertise to challenge the investigators at every stage, from the seizure of data, to the admissibility of the Crown’s evidence to the thoroughness and validity of the disclosure of unused material.

Whether you are a victim of online fraud or are accused of cyber offences, online fraud or hacking, we can defend your rights. Our team has an unrivalled degree of experience in the field and are on hand to assist you wherever you are.

What is ‘Cyber Crime’

The internet has  facilitated the rise of computer based crime which is acknowledged as a major international issue. In the UK, the government views cybercrime as a national security threat and  has prioritised funding for the investigation and prosecution of such offences.

Cybercrime takes many forms including computer fraud, identity theft, phishing scams, cyberstalking, online defamation, hacking, internet piracy and file-sharing. Cartwright King is able to provide clear and comprehensive advice and guidance in respect of any cybercrime investigation. We understand the issues that arise and have acted on some of the biggest cases yet prosecuted.

What we can help with:

  • Malware & phishing offences
  • Hacking
  • Computer Misuse Act offences
  • FACT prosecutions
  • NCA prosecutions and investigations
  • Cloning investigations
  • Breach of Copyright and Trademark
  • Internet Fraud, Online Fraud, Email Fraud
  • Bootlegging and tripping
  • Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency fraud and seizure
  • Spreading viruses, identify theft
  • DDOS attacks, Botnets

Our Experience

We are one of the leading law firms specialising in cyber crime, having acted on (amongst others) the Silk Road investigation, one of the largest and most high profile cyber crime investigations of recent years. We are leading the way in  understanding these  prosecutions and developing the tactics needed to successfully defend them.

In addition to investigations by law enforcement agencies, offences contrary to the Trademarks Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act  are increasingly brought by private organisations representing the film, games and music industry, such as FACT, ELPSA, IFPI and the BPI.

We have a proven track record in respect of copyright prosecutions. Our solicitors successfully defended in the first criminal prosecution for online file-sharing, the  case. Consequently, we are one of the leading authorities on this area of the law.

We can assist whether you have been accused of computer misuse or are under investigation. We can also advise where your business may have been the victim of computer misuse by an employee or other third party. If the authorities are not interested, we can assist with a private prosecution.

Why Choose Cartwright King

We are one of the largest criminal defence firms in the country. We can represent you no matter where you are based in England & Wales and the experience that we have in-house, is unrivalled. Where a case demands it we also have access to a network of expert counsel and other specialist professionals.

Cyber cases are complex and highly technical; you must only instruct expert solicitors with relevant experience. In addition to our Cyber Crime specialism, we have a vast amount of experience in defending all types of criminal cases, including some of the biggest and most complicated fraud cases ever prosecuted in the UK.

Our team has the forensic skills needed to  defend difficult cases aggressively and successfully.

Equally, the borderless nature of cyber crime and the fact that the USA is quick to claim jurisdiction in matters where it perceives that its interests have suffered, ensures that extradition may be an actual or potential threat in such cases. Cartwright King has a specialist team of extradition lawyers that can protect the interests of any of our clients who are so threatened.

We’ll explain everything to you in straightforward language and explain your options to you so you are fully aware of what is happening.

Our fees

Unfortunately, Legal Aid is only available to cover representation at the police station during an investigation. However, it is the investigation stage, where a case is in its infancy and still being formed where a defendant can best protect his position. Each case must be considered on its’ merits, but  we can offer a range of financial options from competitive hourly rates to an appropriate fixed fee arrangement.

Should a case proceed to charge, it is likely that Legal Aid will be available. We will apply for Legal Aid on your behalf and explain the process to you.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, our team of Fraud solicitors are adopting Skype video calling to continue providing excellent legal services to you.

How to make contact

Whether you have been interviewed, are under suspicion, arrested, on bail or have been charged, you should seek expert advice at the earliest opportunity. Investigations can crystallise  at any time which is why our team are on hand to defend you 24 hours a day.

We know that you’ll want to talk to us initially to understand what’s happening, which is why we offer a free initial consultation to explain how we can help you.

Please call 0808 168 5550 and ask to speak to Michael Balmer or email and we’ll call you back.

We can assist wherever you are based but we also have offices in BirminghamBedfordDerbyLeedsLeicesterLondon TempleManchesterMiddlesbroughNorthamptonNottinghamSheffield and Worcester.


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