" Lawyer Edward Smethurst has launched risk consultancy Palladium Associates to work with businesses which have been targeted by criminals.
Mr Smethurst, who has previously acted on behalf of Kate and Gerry McCann, parents of missing toddler Madeleine, has recruited a network of investigators for his venture, which is based at Norden, Rochdale.
They include ex-Army and police officers who are experienced in tracking down missing cash and information.
Mr Smethurst said: “Firms have been forced to remove key employees to cut costs in the recession, leaving fraudsters with increased opportunity. When a fraud is suspected or uncovered within a company there is no obligation to involve the police.
“Some companies want to minimise the involvement of the police and we can often act much more quickly and without the damage to reputation, recovering assets and mitigating risk.”
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xklamation Gerald McCann, English Lawyer Edward Smethurst and former head of the Portuguese bar Rogério Alves leaving the 5 star luxurious Hotel D. Pedro ...