Business Crime & Regulatory
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With the legal and regulatory aspects of business becoming increasingly complex, there is a grey area appearing, where civil fraud, regulatory obligations and criminal investigation overlap.
Examples of Business Crime & Regulatory include:
- Bribery and corruption
- Tax evasion
- Cartels and competition
- Sanctions-related issues
- Market misconduct
- Directors’ disqualification
- Breaches of sanctions
- False accounting and fraud
- Money laundering
- Insider dealing
- Data protection breaches
- Health and Safety Prosecutions
- Environmental Prosecutions
- Food Standards Prosecutions
If you are facing questioning by the police, you should call us immediately on: 0333 009 6275.
Ashmans Solicitors offer a definitive approach to our clients, who may find themselves being investigated for one or more of the crimes which fall under the banner of: Business Crime & Regulatory.
We recognise that allegations of wrong-doing cause stress not only to the individual concerned, but to their families as well. We act quickly to help mitigate the situation and build the best possible defence. We pride ourselves on being able to bring matters to a swift conclusion, often without ever having to go to court. Should a trial be unavoidable, you will find the style of Ashmans Solicitors to be direct, focused and determined – as we believe in defiantly defending our clients’ interests.
We act for clients facing investigation by regulators and law enforcement agencies in the UK: Serious Fraud Office, City of London Police Fraud Team, Crown Prosecution Service, Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Competition and Markets Authority – amongst others.
Ashmans Solicitors has considerable experience in multi-jurisdictional fraud, frequently working with overseas advisors. Our lawyers have been involved in high profile Business Crime & Regulatory cases.
Corporate entities and individuals need to be aware of the Criminal Finances Act 2017. Its various provisions include the new civil sanction of Unexplained Wealth Orders, wider powers for the police to seize cash and other property alleged to be the proceeds of crime, and the broadening of the UK’s anti-money laundering regime.
In all of these cases, charges may not be brought for months or even years; this lengthy wait can have a devastating effect on you, your family – and your business. Ashmans Solicitors take a hands-on, proactive stance; we never wait for the Prosecution to build their case first, we will build our own case, fastidiously, tirelessly and precisely.
Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us; we know that rumours can damage business and personal reputations, sometimes leading to catastrophic consequences. That is why we keep to a strict confidentiality code at all times.
We advise corporate clients in relation to criminal investigations into corporate wrongdoing including: Corporate Manslaughter, Failure to Prevent Bribery (contrary to section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010), and the offence of Corporate Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion (contrary to the Criminal Finances Act 2017).
Our work also covers advice and representation in the course of inquiries, which are sometimes run alongside criminal investigations.