There is an increasing trend for regulators of financial markets, such as the FCA in the UK, to bring criminal prosecutions, in addition to exercising their powers in relation to civil enforcement of market-related activity.
Often overseas regulators are also involved. In some cases, the FCA will approach a person to explain that they are under investigation and to invite them to attend an interview on a voluntary basis. On other occasions, the FCA consider it necessary to work with the police to help with securing and searching premises in ‘dawn raids’ and arresting and detaining suspects.
We regularly provide immediate advice to individuals who are invited for interview and also for those suddenly detained and arrested.
We can advise about what, if anything, to say in interviews at the time of arrest and later in the investigation and we guide our clients through what can often be a frightening and confusing process. Where it is not possible to prevent subsequent criminal charges, we are experienced in defending our clients in subsequent Crown Court proceedings.
The team has excellent client and litigation skills and prepares cases thoroughly.Legal 500
These investigations can often be highly technical and long-running. We are experienced in handling such cases. We always defend our clients’ interests robustly, scrutinising the evidence, and challenging the prosecution case at each stage.
We successfully defended an individual in a high-profile prosecution brought by the then FSA for insider trading, and have advised others in similar sensitive investigations.
Fraud and White Collar Crime
Serious Fraud Office
Bribery and Corruption
Investigative Interview under Caution
Dawn Raids (Emergency Service)
Companies Act Offences
Insider Dealing and Market Abuse
Bounce Back Loan Fraud