Leeds base for new fraud unit

LEEDS-BASED Simpson Curtis has set up a specialist business crime unit in response to the rising tide of white collar fraud.

Partner Guy Harvey, who will head the new section, says the unit will be looking for commercial and criminal work.

“This is an untapped market. You only have to look at the number of bank managers who are coming before the courts. We will be working from a commercial or criminal angle throughout the country, anything from fraud in the client base to DTI investigations and dealing with directors' disqualification.

“We will also handle Vat or other tax investigations and we will act for those charged with offences.”

The firm has recruited Matthew Frankland for the unit from London-based Garstangs. Frankland was part of the defence team in the u100 million Wallace Smith trial earlier this year, the biggest ever case concerning fraudulent trading.