Crime: Regulatory and commercial

  • There seems to be no let-up in the sheer volume of existing and new regulations through legislation which govern business, professionals, products and activities and the way they act. If these regulations are breached there can be far reaching implications on the business and those who are deemed to operate and control it. Not only can breaches result in substantial financial penalties being imposed but, in extreme cases, to prison sentences for those held to be liable.

    Our team is highly specialised and has a wealth of experience dealing with a full range of regulatory and commercial crime work assisting both individuals and businesses. We have a proven track record in successful outcomes for serious and high-profile cases.

    We offer expert advice and representation dealing with investigations at the police station, interviews under caution, applications and prosecutions in the Magistrates courts and the Crown Courts. The Head of the team also holds Higher Court Advocacy Rights which enables him to personally represent clients in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal.

    We also have a dedicated 24 hours out of office helpline which means that you can contact us in an emergency and we can arrange representation at the police station when the offices are closed. The number to contact us on is 07528 270 096.

    It is important to contact us in the event of a potential breach, the prospect of an investigation by the police/the relevant regulatory authority, or in anticipation of criminal proceedings. Our services include providing advice with potential defences available together with damage limitation strategies and future safeguarding.

    Contact us to discuss any regulatory and commercial matters affecting your business.

    Although this list is non-exhaustive our main areas of focus are:

  • Health and safety investigations and prosecutions

    Health and safety is a very complicated topic that affects all businesses from sole traders to multi-jurisdictional companies. Our committed team are able to advise you and provide fast expert advice.

    Health and safety law is a constant focus of the Health and Safety Executive and it is regulated and enforced through criminal investigations and proceedings.

    It is important to have robust preventative measures in place as health and safety issues can arise at any time through inspection by the authorities or as a consequence of an accident in the workplace.

    Corporate fraud, bribery and money laundering

    In today’s business world, legal and regulatory requirements are increasing, corporate misconduct laws are more stringent and enforcement agencies are better resourced. The burden and risks for businesses can seem overwhelming and penalties for wrongdoing can be severe.

    Our specialists rapidly respond and help minimise harm to your business and reputation. Our team are very experienced at working with a broad range of ‘white collar’ crimes, such as corporate fraud, mortgage fraud, boiler room fraud, Ponzi fraud, fraudulent trading, fraud by false representation, conspiracy to commit fraud and fraud by abuse of position.

    Corporate manslaughter

    The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 was a landmark in law. For the first-time companies and organisations could be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures, resulting in a gross breach of duty of care. The police will investigate suspected cases of corporate manslaughter/homicide and prosecution decisions will be made by the Crown Prosecution Service.

    We can advise and support you/your business should a case be brought under this Act.

    Cybercrime and breaches of data protection

    Companies who have not managed data, computer and communication systems and networks properly are in breach of their contractual duties, duties of confidentiality and duties of care to third parties. They may face litigation. We advise and represent in litigation, arbitrations and regulatory investigations and enforcement actions.

    Our team will work closely with yours to ensure your business is represented in a robust and professional manner.

    Environmental Agency investigations and prosecutions

    Violations of UK environmental law are matters of criminal liability with weighty financial and reputational implications. When businesses face action from a regulatory body our team is well placed to help.

    We defend clients against regulatory investigations, enforcement, Environment Agency prosecutions and environmental prosecutions by the other environmental regulators.

    With clear, effective advice and a structured approach our clients and their staff feel supported at a difficult and stressful time.

  • Our Specialists

    Our legal teams have a genuine passion for what they do. Their specialist knowledge is an absolute given (you should accept nothing less) and they pride themselves in working alongside clients to help them achieve the results they seek in their professional and personal lives.

    If you have any questions get in touch

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    Matt heads up the Criminal Litigation team and has a strong focus on major crime, including successfully representing one of the defendants in the £53 million Securitas Robbery Trial and successfully representing a suspect in the “Body in the Suitcase Murder”. He is a member of The Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates and is Duty Solicitor qualified.

    Matt is currently instructed by a client suspected of being involved in one of the biggest frauds in the country with the value in the 100’s of millions. The case is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office who investigate and prosecute serious fraud, bribery and corruption cases.

    Matt qualified as a solicitor in 1999  and has an impressive academic career that includes a BSC (Hons) Psychology London University, Common Professional Examination in Law, Post graduate Legal Practice Course at College of Law London, Higher Court Advocate, Duty Solicitor Qualified. Matt initially practised family law prior to specialising in crime/ criminal litigation for the last 18 years.

  • Expertise

    Matthew regularly represents his client in both the Magistrates and Crown Court and has been a crown court advocate since 2005. His range of legal expertise includes dealing with investigations of:

    EXPERTISE

    • Regulatory and commercial crime
    • Drug supply, manufacture and importation
    • Fraud, money laundering, confiscation and restraint
    • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
    • Murder and other homicide matters
    • Sexual offences
    • Robbery, burglary and theft
    • Road traffic offences
    • Criminal Litigation with Focus on Major Crime

     

    What clients say

    "I had no complaints from start to finish with all the staff of the company" "Treated fairly, everything explained clearly."

    Notable cases

    R v B and others –. Multi handed conspiracy to commit fraud I represented a director of a company was said to have conspired with an NHS employee to commit Fraud. Client case dismissed during the trial.

    R v B. International Ponzi fraud. Client was said to have committed a multi-million pound fraud against investors in the UK and the Costa del Sol.

    Other

    Matthew is a keen sportsman actively pursuing cycling, golf, football and basketball. He previously played Rugby at high level and has played in sides representing the country. He is also a devoted Francophile and fits all this in when not spending time with his family.

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    Nina is the Department Manager in the Criminal Litigation team.  Her role also includes assisting the criminal litigation solicitors in the day-to-day preparation of cases.

    Nina has a degree in Business Administration and has been a member of our Criminal Litigation team for over 12 years.

  • What clients say

    "Has been a star over the last 4 years. She has kept it realistic on outcomes and any information I need always got answers for. She has always gone above and beyond to help."

    Other

    Nina enjoys going to the cinema and cooking.