Private Prosecutions

Our team is headed by Sandip Patel QC, a consultant, who is described by a Legal 500 law firm as " of the leading Private Prosecution QC’s in the country". If you have been the victim of a crime and have been either let down by the police and prosecuting authorities or believe they will not take you seriously, and civil action is too expensive and slow, then you should consider bringing a private prosecution.

Our team of experts in this specialised area of law can guide you through the entire process including on advising on whether you have a case to trial. We can advise you on how to fund your case and recover your costs either from the accused if successful or the state, irrespective of the outcome.

Unlike civil action, you are not required to pay court costs or generally that of the accused. The law is clear. Individuals and corporations have the right to bring prosecutions privately when they have been the victim of crime.

Scarmans is routinely instructed by NHS Protect to prosecute offences against the NHS and staff.


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