Business Crime, Regulatory and Investigations

Our Crime, Investigations and Enforcement Team advises individuals and businesses on a broad range of business crime and regulatory investigations, as well as internal investigations and internal policies.

Our Crime, Investigations and Enforcement Team has a deep understanding of the investigation process and appreciates that large scale investigations often require a bespoke multi-disciplinary team. Over the years, we have established strong relationships with a wide range of independent experts including forensic accountants, cyber forensic experts, market experts and investigators. Our expertise is complemented by our selection of barristers and QCs with a proven track record in business crime and financial services regulation. We are therefore able to seamlessly assemble a team tailored to the needs of our clients when required.

Our team has experience of investigations and prosecutions brought by a variety of agencies including the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Our business crime and regulatory services

Financial Conduct Authority investigations

Our FCA investigations legal experts help clients to navigate any regulatory investigations that they may face. The regulation of the financial services sector has become increasingly more stringent. Financial services companies compliance and standards are increasingly being reviewed by the FCA. Our experts understand the complexities of FCA regulation and help our clients put procedures in place to protect the business.

Should you face a FCA investigation our specialists can provide advice from pre-enquiry to the investigation. We protect your interests whilst helping to respond to the FCA.

Proceeds of crime and money laundering

If you are a financial advice or professional services firm that has been accused or investigated for receiving proceeds from crime, our experts can help.

Our criminal defence lawyers deal with the various enforcement agencies regularly and can help navigate the charges. If you have had company finances frozen or property confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 then you need legal support.

Experienced business crime lawyers

Our business crime lawyers advise on an extensive range of fraud and regulatory matters including large-scale fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, health and safety offences and environmental prosecutions.

Over the years we have established relationships with a wide range of independent experts to assist in the defence of these allegations including forensic accountants, computer analysts, handwriting experts and many others. We guarantee to only instruct the best. Our expertise is complemented by our selection of barristers and QCs with a proven track record in business crime and fraud.

Our experience means we are in a position to defend cases brought by a variety of agencies including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Contact our experts to receive the professional legal advice which is detrimental to helping protect your reputation and avoiding potential disruption to your personal or private life.

FAQs

The most important thing to do following any accusation of fraud is to get in touch with a legal expert in the area.

Initially you are served a Notice of Appointment.

The FCA investigative team then collects evidence. This includes interviewing individuals and reviewing documentation.

Following the investigation, the FCA decides whether to sanction or offer a resolution.

If you have been issued a Notice of Appointment, then get in touch with our team.

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) outlines what constitutes a money laundering offence.

If you have been accused of money laundering then the prosecution need to prove that you had knowledge or a suspicion that the money came from criminal activity.

The first thing you should do is get in touch with an expert.

Emma Burgess

Emma is Head of Crime, Investigations and Enforcement and was called to the Bar in 2009. She is an experienced and forceful advocate.

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