Headed by fraud specialist Jeremy Asher, our team has gained an increasingly high profile and reputation in the area of fraud and white collar crime, being ranked Tier 1 by Legal 500 for the past 3 years. We support company directors and businesses facing investigation and prosecution by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), National Crime Agency (NCA), Police, CPS, BIS and HMRC among others and frequently advise on complex and high value cases.
Experience tells us that speed is of the essence when businesses learn of threats that could lead to investigations; the faster you act the more likely you will receive a favourable outcome. We can therefore conduct internal investigations as well as advice at interview under caution.
We also provide diligence training to directors to prevent them from inadvertently breaking the law or becoming victims themselves.
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Businesses can be made criminally liable if their 'associates' criminally facilitate tax evasion in the UK (the first offence) or overseas (the second offence). The offences are strict liability offences but there is a defence if the business can show it had reasonable prevention procedures in place.
Directors' Disqualification - A Growing Threat
Directors' disqualification is nothing new - the current legislation (the Company Directors Disqualification Act) dates back to 1986. However, there are an ever increasing number of corporate offences that can rest with a director personally, which in turn raises the spectre of being disqualified.
Ancillary Offences: Former Sweett Group Managing Director Jailed for Destruction of Evidence
Richard Kingston (a former Managing Director of Sweett Group plc, a construction and professional services company) has been jailed having been found guilty of destroying evidence relating to an ongoing Serious Fraud Office (SFO) bribery and corruption investigation.
- Bribery & corruption
- Money Laundering
- HMRC fraud
- Company Director offences
- Trade Marks
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