Crime

Corporate Crime and Investigations

We know from experience the impact that allegations of criminal conduct can have on a business. In that moment you need the very best advice and you need a team dedicated to protecting and defending your interests. The risks are particularly increased today when responsible companies can be criminally liable as a result of the actions of business partners and their supply chain.

Our team conducts internal investigations for clients who suspect that something has gone wrong within the business. We advise and support clients facing investigation by the police and specialist regulators.

Our team is made up of lawyers who regularly appear in the criminal courts. This means that we know how to provide the best representation in court. It also means that we can provide preventative advice on the practical steps – such as cultural changes, due diligence measures, new policies and procedures – that will reduce the risk of investigation and prosecution in the first instance. We know how to work as part of a team across multiple jurisdictions to provide clients with the full range of support and expertise they need. We understand that reputations are built over the life of a business. When we advise clients facing criminal investigation or prosecution our focus is to protect hard won reputations.

Our team advises companies, financial institutions and senior individuals facing allegations of wrongdoing in relation to:-

  • Anti-money laundering
  • Bribery and corruption
  • Environmental crime
  • Fraud and financial crime
  • International sanctions
  • Proceeds of crime
  • Tax and VAT fraud

 

Business crime and investigations

Corporate criminal liability remains high on the agenda for governments globally as they look to tackle perceived illegitimate practices through the enforcement of corporate offences. Businesses need to be aware of the risks that their organizations face, how they can mitigate those risks and the potential impact on them if an offence is committed.

Our business crime team provides significant expertise to both corporate and individual clients across a range of key areas, including bribery and corruption, fraud and financial crime, data protection, cybercrime, competition, environmental, and health and safety issues. Working with other specialist teams across our regulatory group, our team regularly assists clients in responding to investigations at all stages, from dawn raids to negotiating with enforcement agencies and, if necessary, vigorously defending clients at trial. We are routinely instructed in complex and high profile matters brought by the principal UK and international enforcement agencies, including the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue & Customs, Health & Safety Executive, Competition and Markets Authority and the US Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.

We also have substantial experience of helping organizations with compliance policies and training and advice clients who may have been the victims of crime.