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In today’s highly regulated world, businesses and individuals can sometimes unwittingly find themselves the target of investigations which can lead to prosecution and criminal sanctions.

We have a track record of successfully defending both companies and individual clients across the full spectrum of criminal offences, ranging from allegations of multi-million pound fraud to road traffic offences. If you are facing investigation, whatever the allegation may be, your case is a priority to us. We have the commitment, experience and expertise to defend you, your business and your interests.

 

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Russell Reeves

Russell Reeves

Partner

A strategic approach to investigations and prosecutions

We adopt a strategic approach to resolving criminal and regulatory matters in order to minimise legal repercussions, expense, time and reputational damage – including taking steps to protect you from the media. We will examine all the options available to resolve your situation and, where appropriate, negotiate with the relevant authorities to avoid prosecution completely.

If negotiation is not possible, we will defend you fearlessly. After taking time to fully understand your circumstances, we will put together a comprehensive team of experts to support you at every stage of the process, giving you the best possible chance of a favourable outcome.

 

Expertise

Regarding police investigations, we can act for you from the very earliest stage in relation to allegations of any type of criminal offence, including those relating to:

  • bribery and corruption
  • corporate offences
  • violence, public order and harassment
  • business crime and fraud
  • money laundering
  • Insolvency disputes
  • tax fraud

  • cyber crime
  • road traffic
  • road transport (haulage, including hearings before the Traffic Commissioner)
  • firearms (including licensing)
  • dangerous dogs and animal cruelty

In terms of other regulators, we are frequently instructed to deal with investigations by the following authorities:

  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
  • Department of Work & Pensions (DWP)
  • DVSA (formerly VOSA)
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

  • Environment Agency
  • Trading Standards
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
  • UK Border Agency (UKBA)
  • RSPCA

Whether you have been invited to speak to the authorities, arrested, charged, or your premises raided, our wide-ranging skills and expertise mean that we are on hand to advise and assist you, 24 hours a day, and to work tirelessly to protect your commercial and personal interests.

Our litigators will provide practical, straight-talking and completely personalised advice to you on every aspect of criminal or regulatory proceedings – the earlier in the investigation we can do so, the better.