Business Crime And Regulatory Investigations
Guiding you through the criminal and regulatory system
Business crime and regulatory investigations involve high stakes, and you cannot afford to lose.
Our Business and Regulatory Solicitors are experts in their fields and have a diverse range of experience across almost every market sector.
Not only do we know the regulators and the processes and procedures in which they operate, but we are also extremely good at taking matters off your shoulders so you can get on with growing your business.
We are a diverse, multi-lingual law firm that uses best-in-class technology to provide clients with a streamlined, modern, and highly effective criminal defence and legal support during regulatory investigations.
Our Business Crime and Regulatory Solicitors in Coventry and Warwickshire tenaciously defend all types of crime and regulatory actions brought by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and regulatory bodies, including:
- Money Laundering
- POCA proceedings
- Corporate Manslaughter
- Regulatory investigations launched by the SFO, FCA, Trading Standards Authority, HSE, Food Standards Agency. Environment Agency, HMRC, ICO, local authorities, and others.
Our years of experience in criminal law means we have a robust reputation for excellence with the UK’s best Barristers and King’s Counsel. Our clients also benefit from our ability to instruct the country’s most respected expert witnesses.
Business crime and regulatory offences – understanding your organisation and market sector
The biggest mistake organisations facing a regulatory investigation make is not seeking legal advice as soon as it becomes apparent that an enforcement body is asking questions about your business. Seemingly innocent regulatory requests for information can result in a full-blown investigation and prosecution. Our job is to provide you and your Board with the advice you need to prevent or end an investigation as swiftly as possible. We do this by talking to key stakeholders in your business to understand the culture and practices of not only your organisation but the market sector you operate in. This means we can build a defence that takes into consideration the normalities and commercial realities of your sector. We can also provide water-tight advice if you are asked to attend an interview under caution and make sure legal professional privilege and litigation privilege is protected throughout the entire investigation.
Our team has advised organisations ranging from SMEs to large organisations with cross-border issues. You can be confident in our process, knowledge, and commercial shrewdness. Whatever you call us for, be it a health and safety fatality, an alleged trading standards breach, or a dawn raid, we will be at your side as soon as possible, checking the lawfulness of the investigators’ actions, advising staff, keeping notes on who the investigators speak to, the questions they ask and the documents they seize and conducting our own investigation into the incident with an aim shutting down the investigation fast or building a vigorous defence should prosecution occur.
Advising and representing people accused of committing a criminal offence
We are highly recommended as an expert criminal defence law firm for people accused of committing a crime. We provide 24/7 police station representation. Therefore, will be at your side, protecting your interests from the start. Because we understand the correct procedure the police must follow when making an arrest, we will carefully examine the circumstances surrounding you being detained and get the charges dropped if proper processes were not complied with.
Our criminal law team has in-depth experience in defending serious criminal charges such as fraud, bribery and corruption, and corporate manslaughter. We work with the country’s top expert witnesses and focus on providing you with advice and representation you can trust. We know that your reputation and possibly your freedom is at stake – therefore, we never give up until every appeal has been exhausted.
Why choose us?
We have a full Criminal Defence Department and can call on a wide range of expertise to devise a robust strategy to close down an investigation quickly or defend a prosecution. Our Solicitors are smart, trustworthy, and results-driven and have the knowledge and contacts required to support your in-house legal team or senior management.
As a full-service law firm, we can add value to your business before a compliance breach occurs by advising you on how to prevent regulatory violations in the first place. Our team can work out compliance strategies that consider and balance the applicable regulator’s sensitivities and objectives with commercial reality. Because we aim to work with you long term, we will quickly gain an understanding of your business and market sector. Using this information, we will advise you on undertaking risk assessments, ensure your contracts are compliant with international and UK law, and provide an emergency response should a health and safety disaster occur, or your business is subject to a dawn raid.
Meet your 'Business Crime And Regulatory Investigations' specialists
Based in our city centre offices in Coventry, here’s our team to guide you through your legal needs.
Depending upon the complexity we are able to offer fixed fees in some cases. In other cases our solicitors charge the following hourly rate:
- Partner/Member SolicitorHourly rate of £265 + VAT
- Senior Solicitor or Head of Dept: (PQE 8yr+)Hourly rate of £240 + VAT
- Assistant Solicitor/Fee Earner (PQE 3/7yr)Hourly rate of £215 + VAT
- Newly Qualified Fee Earner (PQE 1/3yr)Hourly rate of £185 + VAT
- Paralegals/TraineesHourly rate of £135 + VAT
- Support ParalegalsHourly rate of £115 + VAT