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Corporate and business crime

The burden of facing a criminal investigation can be significant. The proactive approach of our Corporate and Business Crime team could materially change the outcome.

Our team of solicitors and barristers, which includes former regulatory enforcement lawyers and private prosecutors, advise corporates, directors, senior managers, professionals and private individuals.

In London we work with clients who are under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), National Crime Agency (NCA), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Police. We work with overseas counsel to make defence representations to the US Department of Justice. In Hong Kong we assist clients in investigations relating to enforcement bodies including the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and the Commercial Crime Bureau (CCB).

We act for clients during dawn raids, at compelled and interviews under caution, and proffer meetings.

We successfully defend clients under investigation for corruption, breaches of sanctions, false accounting and fraud, money laundering, insider dealing and market misconduct, and data protection breaches. Our defence approach has secured outcomes for clients of no further action, acquittals, cautions or a basis of plea.

For out of hours representation at interview please contact Sam Tate in the London on +44 7701 399 604, or Jonathan Crompton in Hong Kong +852 2216 7173.

Examples of work

Defending a listed corporate in an investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office and National Crime Agency, regarding the alleged misuse of personal data

Defending the CEO of a listed corporate group in a prosecution by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Advised the US board and UK senior management team of an international news group on corporate criminal liability, following the actions of a news reporter who had caused an alleged terrorist alert. Representing the reporter from arrest, through to charge before persuading the Crown Prosecution Service to discontinue the case with no further action

Defending a US-backed London market insurer during an enquiry by Lloyd's of London and HM Treasury into an alleged breach of the UK financial sanctions regime

Advising a professional services firm in connection with a police investigation into an alleged multi-million pound fraud, in which the firm is a witness

Advising a high profile individual in Hong Kong in relation to an investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption arising out of allegations of bribery

The Team