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Serious Fraud & HMRC Investigations

Compliance & Regulatory

What is involved?

Our Civil Regulatory Defence team emphasises early co-operation with regulators. We take maximum advantage of the statutory provisions for internal departmental reconsideration and review, before things escalate to formal litigation. We are highly aware of the impact a regulatory investigation can have on the reputation of your business. To combat this, we have lengthy experience of formulating media strategies.

Freeths have an intimate understanding of the structure of regulatory bodies such as HMRC, the FCA and Border Force. This means our commercially-minded lawyers are able to exert maximum pressure on the relevant department, helping to resolve the matter before formal litigation becomes inevitable.

We are experienced in dealing with applications by the prosecuting authorities under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and securing variations of the orders to allow necessary expenditure.

Why choose Freeths?

  • A bespoke document management system to help deal with the substantial volume of documents
  • We provide 24 hour “Dawn Raid” representation throughout the UK – we’re here when you need us
  • Our team have a highly disciplined approach to costs control, particularly with very high cost cases
  • As “business people first, lawyers second” we will see the situation from your point of view

Our dedicated criminal financial investigations team has substantial experience in defending prosecutions by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), FCA and HMRC. We have one of the best records in corporate criminal defence in the country having secured dismissals for our clients in three of the biggest Serious Fraud Office prosecutions of recent times. You can rely on us to protect your interests.

Call our Compliance & Regulatory team to discuss how we could help you.

We are aware that cases of this type are often the first time that a business has been involved in a criminal investigation that threatens not only the business but also their reputation, livelihood and liberty. Accordingly, we make ourselves available to the business at all times.

Our focus in prevention as much as cure and to that extent we provide regular seminars for clients in compliance with the Bribery Act, HMRC’s Authorised Economic Operator accreditation and Registered Wholesaler scheme.

Key contacts

Simon Ellis

Simon Ellis

0345 128 7983

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Meet the team

Serious Fraud & HMRC Investigations Lawyers

Simon Ellis

Simon Ellis

0345 128 7983

Daniel McNally - Compliance and Regulatory Lawyer

Daniel McNally
Managing Associate

0345 030 5728

Amy Platt

0345 166 6267


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(The Legal 500)

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Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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