Cybercrime is a prolific and rapidly growing challenge for businesses, individuals, insurers and regulatory organisations. As traditional prosecuting bodies such as the Police, Crown Prosecution Service and Serious Fraud Office face increasing demands on their resources due to financial cutbacks, private prosecutions can be a viable alternative for victims of cybercrime.
Cybercrime is defined by the Government's National Cyber Security Strategy as :
In both a corporate and personal environment, a significant benefit of private prosecution is speed. Using the team's expertise, rapid action can be taken to attempt to stop any ongoing damage being caused by cybercrime activity.
The team can deal with prosecutions relating to:
Cybercrime can also take the form of disruption of computer functionality, including:
Cyber-related offences can be privately prosecuted under a wide range of legislation, including:
There are also often jurisdictional issues to consider with many cybercrimes emanating from overseas. We can pragmatically and realistically assess whether a private prosecution is proportionate and worthwhile in the circumstances.
Bringing a private prosecution is a decision that cannot be taken lightly. There are significant financial and reputational implications to consider, as well as complex and technical legal factors. It is important to get expert legal advice from the outset before considering a private prosecution.
Given the multidisciplinary components of the Crime Prosecutors team, we can advise on all aspects of the prosecution process from the preservation of digital evidence, expert forensic opinion, disclosure and assessment by experienced Crown Court Prosecution barristers and Q.C.s.
We can also advise on the range of appropriate sentences following trial, including compensation orders, confiscation orders and the recovery of costs.
If you, your business or organisation have been the victim of cybercrime, get in touch to find out if you have the basis of a private prosecution case.
Private Prosecution Services for Businesses & Individuals