Participation by Sole Trader in Fraudulent Business Solicitors in London
Specialist London Solicitors in Participation by Sole Trader in Fraudulent Business cases
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Non‐corporate traders covered by the new offence include sole traders, partnerships, trusts and companies registered overseas.
A person is guilty of Participation by Sole Trader in Fraudulent Business if he:
knowingly being party to the carrying on of a company's business
with intent to defraud creditors of any person or
for any other fraudulent purpose.
‘To defraud creditors of any person’ covers the situation where creditors are creditors of the business, but the business is not a legal person. The creditors could be creditors of individuals or of other related companies.
‘Fraudulent purpose’ would be the intention to go ‘beyond the bounds of what ordinary decent people engaged in business would regard as honest’ as set out in R v Grantham  1Q.B. 675; 79 Cr App.R.86.CA
The following types of business activities can be prosecuted under this offence:
a business which has continued to trade and run up debts knowing that there was no reasonable prospect of those creditors ever being paid,
a business is being run for a fraudulent purpose, for example, rogue traders who regularly submit inflated bills to customers for uncompleted work.