- 26 January 2023
We live in a highly regulated society and the Government has made no secret of its desire to aggressively tackle business fraud and financial crime.
The historic battle lines of police led investigations have shifted to a sophisticated approach conducted by a wide range of agencies with large budgets and utilising highly skilled investigators. Corporate crime investigations are now prioritised by the Serious Crime Agency (SFO) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) and these target led proactive operations have seen a large number of companies fall under the spotlight.
Investigations can focus on non-compliance by the company itself and also individual criminal responsibility by Directors demanding a need for expert and decisive advice at the very earliest stage.
Our experienced Business Crime Team includes solicitors, solicitor advocates and barristers who fully understand the intrusive and disruptive nature of such investigations. We seek to offer tailored, strategic and commercially focused advice to both the corporate and individual client, at all times placing the clients best interests at its core.
Representation of a business owner facing extensive Trading Standards charges over the course of two separate prosecutions under the Consumer Protection Regulations. In the first proceedings a Confiscation application seeking in excess of £500k was reduced to under £10k. In the more recent case an indictment containing over 60 counts was reduced to just 5 charges following a successful application for dismissal leading to a minor financial penalty and no POCA proceedings.
Representation of a company Director facing an allegation of substantial Money Laundering arising from a large conspiracy to steal fuel from underground pipelines located across the country. Following a lengthy Jury trial the defendant was acquitted of all allegations.
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