The last ten years have seen an increased determination by successive UK governments to clamp down on illegal business practices in the financial and corporate sector. As a means of doing this, there has been a substantial strengthening of the powers held by a range of regulatory bodies charged with making sure that rules are adhered to, and that those who fail to do so are held to account.
If you are subject to an investigation by one of these bodies, the impact on your life and your business can be substantial. The Regulatory and Compliance Solicitors at Wilford Smith, with many years of experience representing clients in relation to such investigations, are able to ruthlessly develop a top-level strategy on your behalf. Call our team today to find out how we can help.
We can offer representation in cases under investigation or prosecution by the following agencies, amongst others:
- The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
- The Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
- Trading Standards
- Health & Safety
- Environmental LawEnvironmental Law
Investigations by the National Crime Agency (NCA)
The NCA has a wide remit, targeting serious and major crimes such as organised crime, exploitative crime, cybercrime and financial crime, as well as issues related to border patrol. In order to investigate and prevent the carrying out of these crimes, the NCA often works with local police forces and other bodies. For those subject to investigation or prosecution by the NCA, it is essential that the legal advice that you receive be of the highest quality. Our solicitors can provide expert legal counsel if you are subject to an investigation relating to serious crime, including business crime, serious fraud and cybercrime.
HMRC’s main objective is to ensure the highest possible levels of compliance with the UK’s laws and tax regulations, both in respect of direct and indirect taxation. In England and Wales, HMRC carries out criminal investigations into tax evasion. It has extensive investigatory powers, being able to carry out both civil and criminal investigations when there are suspicions that tax has been evaded, left unpaid or undeclared, or when there is evidence of tax fraud. Prosecutions have risen significantly in recent years as the UK Government has provided increased funding for HMRC to aid the targeting of tax fraud, with the majority of these prosecutions ending in conviction.
The FCA acts as the main regulator for the financial markets in the UK, with the power to bring criminal proceedings and regulatory enforcement proceedings against individuals and institutions when there is evidence of misconduct in the financial services industry. The FCA’s wide-ranging powers are used to investigate businesses or professional individuals in relation to breaches of financial codes of conduct. Such investigations can be deeply damaging to you and your business, but the Regulatory and Compliance Solicitors at Wilford Smith can provide you with quality legal advice at the outset to help deal with the authorities, and to ensure your reputation and that of your business remain intact.
The SFO is a prosecuting authority with responsibility for investigating and prosecuting fraud cases that are serious or complex in nature, as well as those involving bribery and corruption in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The SFO also has the power to recover property that has been acquired as a result of criminal acts, by carrying out confiscation investigations and requesting confiscation orders when a conviction has been achieved. If you find yourself subject to such accusations it is essential that you equip yourself with the best legal advice available. Our Criminal Defence Team specialise in providing legal representation in respect of all types of financial crime and are dedicated to providing our clients with the best possible defence.
Contact our Regulatory & Compliance Solicitors in Sheffield
The Regulatory and Compliance Solicitors at Wilford Smith take pride in their reputation for unique representation, giving clients a service that is exceptionally strategic and results driven, and are able to attract the highest calibre barristers to provide support when necessary. A prosecution following an investigation by a regulatory body can have serious consequences, resulting in fines, criminal proceedings, confiscation investigations and confiscation orders. In cases involving fraud or tax evasion, prosecutions will be led by lawyers who are specially trained and experienced in dealing with complex financial cases. As such, you need the support of a legal team with the skills, knowledge and determination to conduct the most robust defence on your behalf.