The police have contacted me to arrange an appointment

Receiving a phone call out of the blue from a police officer can be a highly stressful experience at the best of times but especially so when the call is in connection with an allegation made against you.

The officer at the other end of the line is unlikely to provide much information about the nature of the allegation, but they may well seek to put you at your ease and in doing so underplay the seriousness of the situation.

The officer may wish you to attend a formal police interview in connection with an ongoing police investigation.

At Vardags we have years of experience in representing people in these situations.  Our priority is to protect our clients by minimising, as far as possible, the impact upon them of a police investigation.

We will go to great lengths to ensure a person is fully prepared before meeting with the police and will accompany them to an appointment in order to provide expert guidance throughout the process.

By taking a proactive approach at this early stage, we are successful in stopping the majority of cases from ever reaching the doors of the court.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

How can Vardags help?

I’m worried I would give the wrong impression to the police by using a lawyer

How a person responds to questions in interview may have a profound impact on the course of that investigation and any subsequent charging decision.

Therefore, no matter how informal and friendly the police may sound over the phone, you should waste no time in seeking legal advice.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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I’m worried about having to talk to the police

A police interview is the questioning of a person regarding their involvement or suspected involvement in a criminal offence, and it forms a key component of any investigation.

It represents one of the more significant and intrusive powers the police have at their disposal and as such is only exercisable in a limited number of circumstances. We will actively intervene on behalf of our client to prevent an interview where we do not believe it is justified.

Perhaps understandably, a person facing interview will often assume it is best to fully cooperate with the police and answer all the questions asked of them. However, this is not always the best approach. Everyone enjoys the right of silence and there is no compulsion to speak to the police.

There are essentially three main approaches that are open to an individual who is facing interview:

  • Answer all questions
  • Answer no questions (referred to as a no comment interview)
  • Submit a written statement as an alternative to answering questions

The right approach will depend on the specific circumstances of the case, such as its size and complexity, the extent to which the police have disclosed evidence supporting the allegation, and how far the evidence requires an answer.

Years of experience in representing people in these situations has given us an intuitive feel for determining the best course of action, and by carefully tailoring our advice to the specific circumstances of the case we are able to ensure that the majority of cases we handle progress no further than the initial interview stage.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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I am worried I will say the wrong thing

It is important to recognise that there are dangers inherent in a police interview. They are after all recorded and therefore anything said could potentially be used in subsequent court proceedings.

A decision to answer police questions should not be taken lightly. The interviewing officers are trained to ask certain questions which have a specific legal purpose, and it is important that a person is fully advised of their legal position before attempting to answer these questions.

Before entering the interview room, we will ensure our clients are provided with as much information as possible about the allegations and the supporting evidence.  We will provide thorough advice as to the law underpinning the allegations, the merits of the case, and whether indeed the evidence requires an answer at all.

Years of experience feed into our advice so as to ensure our clients will enter the interview room thoroughly prepared and fully confident about the process ahead of them.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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I am worried I will be arrested

An arrest will normally result in the detention of an individual for the purposes of further investigation. However, an arrest will often lead to the use of additional police powers which will potentially have an even greater impact on the arrested person than an initial loss to their liberty.

The fact of an arrest is a matter that will be recorded on the police national computer and may become disclosable to potential employers. It will also trigger the taking of DNA and fingerprint samples.

Following an arrest a person will usually be taken to a police station and detained in custody for the purpose of questioning. Their property will be taken from them for the duration of their detention and they may even have to spend time in a police cell. The arrested person may also be subjected to onerous bail conditions restricting their movements and regulating their activity.

A police officer’s power to arrest someone is exercisable where the officer has reasonable grounds for believing the arrest is necessary and statute lays out criteria for determining the question of necessity.

Close attention must be paid to whether certain police actions are necessary especially where police officers who conduct arrests day in day out may not be so mindful of the potential disruption and impact on the personal life of the individual concerned.

At Vardags our priority is to limit the potential impact of a police investigation on the individual. We have a wealth of experience of working with the police and other investigative bodies, and we will use this experience to intervene and prevent an arrest where at all possible. Where an arrest has taken place we will scrutinise the decision and robustly challenge the arrest where we consider it unlawful.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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I’m worried my reputation will be damaged

A growing number of high profile individuals from the world of politics to popular entertainment have now spoken out about the personal suffering caused to them by protracted and highly publicised police investigations.

Despite the fact that the presumption of innocence is a fundamental principle at the heart of our justice system, there is a stigma which attaches to anyone who is accused of criminal activity. In addition to robustly defending our client in the face of criminal allegations, we will work exhaustively to protect our client’s reputation throughout the process.

Our understanding of both the statutory regime and a number of important sources of guidance that regulate police conduct allows us to make important interventions to ensure police actions are proportionate and conducted in accordance with the Human Rights Act—and that ultimately our client’s name and standing is protected throughout the investigation.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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I am worried I will be charged with an offence

Once the investigating officers have exhausted all lines of enquiry, they will hand over any evidence gathered to a reviewing officer and often to a lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service who will then consider the evidence and decide whether or not to charge the individual with one or more offences.

The decision to charge rests on a two-stage test. The first stage is the evidential test and requires an assessment as to the strength of the evidence. If there is sufficient evidence to afford a realistic prospect of a conviction, the reviewing lawyer can go on to consider the second stage, which is whether a prosecution would be in the public interest.

Vardags will work tirelessly to ensure that wherever possible a matter does not progress to charge.  The police interview provides the opportunity for our lawyers to obtain a better understanding of the nature of the allegations and the strength of the supporting evidence. This can often form the foundation for timely and effective representations against charge either on the basis that there is insufficient evidence or that it is not in the public interest because of our client’s specific background circumstances or indeed circumstances to do with the case itself.

There are a number of options available to the police to dispose of a matter as an alternative to charge, such imposing fixed penalty notices, Police Information Notices, simple cautions, and conditional cautions.

Where our client’s instructions would make it appropriate, we will engage with the police to ensure wherever possible that even where the evidential test has been passed, the matter is concluded by one of the alternative methods of disposal.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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I’m worried I won’t get bail

Bail may only be imposed upon someone who has been arrested for an offence. There is a presumption in law that all individuals should enjoy bail. Where the police may have some concerns about granting bail they may impose conditions on bail such as a condition that a person must reside at their home address or a condition forbidding an attempt to contact the complainant in the case.

Following arrest, a person can be held in police detention for up to a total of 24 hours (in normal circumstances) before a charging decision must be made. Upon charge the police will usually release the individual on bail to attend court. There are only a limited number of occasions where the individual will be held in custody to attend court such as where the police have reasonable grounds to suspect that if released that individual will commit further offences, abscond, or interfere with the course of justice.

Where there is insufficient evidence to charge a person and the police are required to conduct ongoing enquiries beyond the time an individual can be held in custody, they may impose bail until such time as their investigations have been completed.

Following a reform in the law in February 2017, a person may be bailed for 28 days. Any decision to extend bail past this period of time must be made by a Superintendent who must find there are exceptional circumstances to justify the extension. Any application to extend bail beyond three months would have to be approved by a Magistrate.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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You may be eligible for a litigation loan

If your spouse controls the family finances, you may be worried about how to find the money for your legal fees during a divorce. But this need not prevent you from accessing the best legal advice to fight for what you deserve. 

Whether you and your spouse built-up your fortune during your marriage, you married someone who already had money or you have had a child with someone with money, it is likely that you are entitled to very significant assets or income. But accessing this wealth now that you are separated may be difficult, restricting your ability to afford the very best legal representation for you and your family during your divorce.

What options are available to fund my case?

If your spouse is not prepared to pay your divorce fees, you may be eligible for a litigation loan. This specific type of lending allows you to secure any assets that you or your partner have, such as your former matrimonial home, against a loan that will cover your legal fees. This loan is then paid back at the end of the case.

A litigation loan is rigorous and transparent, and will grant you access to a top divorce lawyer who will ensure that you get your fair share. Vardags is experienced in securing litigation funding for its high net worth clients and has strong relationships with a select pool of the very best funders around. We also know when best to apply, and exercise careful judgement in determining when to pursue claims.

Vardags are ready to help

Vardags can advise in detail on the options available at your first consultation. We offer a free initial consultation, without obligation, to clients who have family assets greater than £1 million or income of greater than £150,000 per annum. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 to arrange your consultation — it’s never too early or too late to take expert legal advice. 

 
London

020 7205 5792

london@vardags.com

10 Old Bailey London, EC4M 7NG

Cambridge

01223 581175

cambridge@vardags.com

1 Saint Mary's Passage Cambridge, CB2 3PQ

Manchester

0161 956 3838

manchester@vardags.com

King Street Manchester, M2 4WU

Newcastle

0191 401 8575

newcastle@vardags.com

Earl Grey House Newcastle, NE1 6EF

Winchester

01962 706005

winchester@vardags.com

87 Canon Street Winchester, SO23 9JQ

International

+44 207 404 9390

international@vardags.com

10 Old Bailey London, EC4M 7NG

Qualifying Individuals

Vardags specialise in cases involving high net worth individuals, their families and their companies.  Free consultations are offered for clients with net assets in excess of £2million or involved in other high value disputes.
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