Business crime solicitors

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Our business crime solicitors are experienced
in high-profile cases
for both businesses and individuals.

We understand that every business is unique and may need tailored legal advice to suit specific circumstances, especially in today’s highly regulated business environment.

Major corporations and business leaders inevitably encounter legal and regulatory challenges, so navigating what can be complicated cases requires a dedicated team of advisors who stand with you every step of the way.  

At Primas Law, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality strategic legal advice when it matters most.

Expert business crime solicitors you can trust.

Our team of experts are regularly instructed in complex and high-profile cases. Adept at handling intricate criminal investigations, prosecutions, and litigation, we bring more than 20 years expertise in business and financial crime, representing both companies and high-net-worth individuals.

We can provide expert legal advice and guidance on how businesses can prevent and protect themselves in a constantly evolving regulatory and compliance framework. Our portfolio includes matters related to fraud, bribery, and corruption, proceeds of crime, sanctions, financial services-related investigations, and alleged regulatory breaches. 

Should your business face a criminal or regulatory investigation then our experienced team are on hand to respond quickly to dawn raids, interviews under caution or requests for information.

Key business crime and white collar crime services. 

Our proactive Business Crime Regulation and Compliance team specialise in legal matters including:

  • Directors and Shareholder defence: Expert legal defence in cases involving directors and shareholders.
  • Professional disciplinary investigations: Representing professionals in disciplinary investigations.
  • Money laundering: Advice and guidance on Anti-Money Laundering issues and the Proceeds of Crime Act, including Suspicious Activity Reports (SARS) and self-reporting.
  • Tax evasion: Guidance, prevention strategies and defences concerning tax evasion, including the failure to prevent offences; 
  • COP 8 and COP 9 Investigations: Our dedicated team have experience in assisting with both COP 8 and COP 9 HMRC investigations.
  • Bribery and corruption: Advising on, and defending against, allegations of bribery and corruption.
  • Fraud: Comprehensive legal support in fraud investigations and prosecutions.
  • Modern slavery: Assisting businesses in complying with modern slavery regulations.
  • Compliance: Arming businesses with the information needed to ensure they remain compliant.
  • Anti-money laundering regulations: Advising businesses on their responsibilities under anti-money laundering laws.
  • Sanctions: Navigating the complexities of international sanctions.
  • Export and Trade related issues: Advice relating to export licences and associated restricted goods.
  • Health and safety: Advice relating to health and safety regulations and related investigations including corporate manslaughter.
  • Environment Agency guidance: Assisting with regulatory cases related to the Environment Agency.
  • Internal Investigations: A business may require an internal investigation to be conducted for a number of reasons including a whistle-blower report, Data Protection request, contact from law or a regulatory body and more. We have extensive expertise in conducting such investigations – advising clients on understanding the issues raised and how to respond accordingly.
  • Crisis management: Often an unexpected issue such as a law enforcement investigation can give rise to reputational and supply chain issues. Our team are able to help navigate these issues with you.

As part of our comprehensive service, we also offer advice on the implementation of policies, procedures, and training on compliance related issues.

At Primas Law, we are committed to offering the best possible service to our clients. Whether you are facing a regulatory investigation or need strategic advice to stay compliant, our Business Regulation and Compliance team is here to support you. 

If you require expert legal advice on prevention or protection involving regulatory and compliance frameworks or any of the matters listed above, get in touch with our Partner and Head of Business Crime and Regulation, John Hartley via john.hartley@primaslaw.co.uk

Business Crime Regulation and Compliance FAQs

Financial crime refers to illegal activities involving the illicit generation, transfer, or use of money. These crimes can be committed by individuals or businesses and often involve complex schemes to conceal the illegal nature of the activities. It may also include omissions by businesses when there is a regulatory framework to adopt – such as failing to conduct proper Anti-Money Laundering (AML) checks, not having appropriate policies in place, or not having the correct regulatory permit for the activity the business is conducting. Often directors will share liability personally for such failings.  

Financial crimes encompass a broad range of activities, including: 

  • Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Bribery and corruption
  • Embezzlement
  • Tax evasion
  • Sanctions violations
  • Insider trading
  • Counterfeiting and forgery
  • Cybercrime

Financial crimes are taken seriously due to their potential to cause significant harm to individuals, businesses, and the economy. Regulatory authorities and law enforcement agencies worldwide actively investigate and prosecute these crimes to maintain the integrity of financial systems and protect public trust.

If you have been accused of a financial crime, the consequences can be severe. In such a situation, it is crucial to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Modern slavery is defined by Anti-Slavery International as when an individual is exploited by others for personal or commercial gain which results in a loss of their freedom, whether through trickery, coercion, or force. This exploitation includes, but is not limited to, forced labour, human trafficking, and debt bondage, and applies to any supply chain that a company owns or requires services from. 

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 exists to give UK law enforcement the necessary tools to combat modern slavery effectively. Furthermore, the Act strengthens support and protection measures for victims. 

Many UK businesses are required by law to publish a ‘slavery and human trafficking statement’, setting out the steps that they have taken to ensure slavery and human trafficking are not present in their business or anywhere in their supply chains. 

If your business requires support with a slavery and human trafficking statement, contact our Business Crime and Regulatory team.

Tax evasion means the illegal non-payment or underpayment of taxes, often by deliberately misrepresenting or concealing income. The Criminal Finances Act 2017 created the corporate offence where a business may be liable for “failing to prevent” tax evasion. We can offer your business the relevant advice on the implementation of polices and training to mitigate any such offence from being committed.

Bribery refers to offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting something of value as a means to influence the actions of an official or other person in a position of authority. This includes practices like kickbacks and pay-to-play schemes. As with tax evasion, a business can also be guilty when it fails to prevent an act of bribery from occurring.

Money laundering is the process of concealing the origins of money obtained through illegal activities, typically by means of transfers involving foreign banks or legitimate businesses. If your business is regulated for anti-money laundering purposes then the rules are very strict as to what policies, procedures and training you must have in place. Failing to adhere to these regulations may carry severe penalties.

Common triggers for HMRC compliance checks often arise when figures submitted on a return appear incorrect. For instance, if a small company suddenly makes a large VAT claim or if a business with a substantial turnover declares a very small amount of tax, these discrepancies are likely to raise red flags with HMRC.

 

Investigations may also be triggered by a whistleblower or the sharing of information between law enforcement following a Suspicious Activity Report. 

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