London based solicitors ELS Legal is now offering a Private Prosecution Service. By partnering with an expert in criminal law, barrister Jeremy Rosenberg, this is a new service that ELS Legal will offer their current, new and future clients. This is the latest of a number of exciting moves by the law firm. 2015 alone has been a particularly strong year for ELS Legal with the Partner of the firm, Richard Spector securing two other major deals – firstly the collaboration and global partnership with Chinese law firm Hao Tai and secondly being approved as a Due Diligence Partner for the GXG Stock Exchange. ELS Legal has gone from strength to strength in recent years announcing that they have more than quadrupled their turnover in the last three years.

Richard Spector
Richard Spector

This latest move to offer a Private Prosecution Service reacts to the increased demand across the UK for such an offering. In recent years the private individual or a company have increasingly wanted to pursue someone using the Criminal Justice System – a common law right that is now enshrined by statute. More and more individuals and companies wish to prosecute a person or company via Criminal Justice System without having to go through a public body such as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

ELS Legal is now one of the few law firms in the UK who specialise in Private Prosecutions. They are vastly experienced in civil litigation and have the most accomplished understanding of the Criminal Justice System. Using the knowledge and skills of criminal barristers such as Jeremy Rosenberg, a dedicated and pro-active department will be able to see clients through every part of the process – from initial enquiry to case completion. ELS Legal also offers a full advice service and an effective andpro-active strategy for those facing a private prosecution. The firm will ensure that their specialised team see the client through the process and proceedings from start to finish.

There has been a particular rise in the need of a Private Prosecution Service for the banking and financial community. Bankers are directly at risk because they are high profile and have assets to be targeted. Bankers now operate in an increasingly regulated and hostile environment and can clearly be targeted by individuals and companies who wish not only to pursue them in the civil courts but also are at a growing risk of private prosecution. This is a rapidly growing area of practice within the criminal field and is an added risk to regular law enforcement.


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Barrister Jeremy Rosenberg has excelled at all levels of the Criminal Justice System successfully defending clients in the Youth Court, Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court. Having acted in some of the largest fraud cases in the UK, Jeremy has extensive experience of fraud, confiscation, restraint and asset forfeiture along with the full spectrum of criminal offences.

Richard Spector, ELS Legal Partner says, ‘There has been a significant rise in the amount of private prosecutions over the past few years – demand is only increasing which has led to an emergence of a new legal marketplace. Private prosecutions can be run alongside civil litigation and it is great to add another string to our bow. We want to be part of this growing sector and working with renowned criminal barrister Jeremy Rosenberg enables us to do this quickly and effectively. We are happy to be a firm with growing expertise and are happy to adapt to the changes in needs of the client. We believe this development will only help ELS Legal cement its position as one of the UK’s leading, progressive and established medium-sized law firms.’

Jeremy Rosenberg
Jeremy Rosenberg

Jeremy Rosenberg, Criminal Barrister comments, ‘Collaborating with ELS Legal and Richard is a very exciting move for me personally. As a practicing barrister seeing the rise and need in private prosecutions, particularly amongst the economic and financial community, I am thrilled we can now offer this very niche but vital service in the UK. This partnership is a winning formula combining years of legal expertise so I’m looking forward to working with Richard and his team on this new and exciting legal specialism.’