Our experience in managing investigations, handling cautioned interviews and defending prosecutions enables us to work with most regulators including:

  • HSE
  • Environment Agency
  • Police — financial crime units and SOCA
  • Information Commissioner
  • (GLA) Gangmasters Licence Authority
  • Local Authority — Trading Standards and Environmental Health Officers
  • BIS — Companies House and DTI prosecutions
  • CMA / FCA – Competition and Markets Authority/Financial Conduct Authority
  • DVSA – Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
  • FSA – Food Standards Agency

How we do it

  • Proactive and strategic risk planning
  • National coverage – no matter where you are, we can provide emergency assistance
  • Rapid response practical support and guidance in the event of an issue arising with any regulator — we can help you deal with the authorities and their search or interview process for example: a serious or fatal accident on site and/or a dawn raid by police/SOCA/OFT/GLA and/or an environmental incident such as accidentally polluting the local river and/or one of the management team is arrested and needs urgent help
  • We can help you take simple measures so that incident investigation reports can be privileged and confidential
  • Advice in connection with requests for interviews under caution, and if appropriate, representation and support in such interviews for businesses and senior office holders
  • Representation of the highest calibre in prosecutions from any regulator

Recent Experience – a snapshot of what we do

  • Acting for a director in relation to an incident at a construction site where a member of the public received fatal crush injuries walking past the site. We were successful in avoiding any further investigation in respect of gross negligence manslaughter against the director.
  • Representing a bank employee in a SOCA investigation when he was accused of fraud. Our intervention saved significant time and cost for the individual, the bank and its insurer.
  • Acting for a business and 2 of its senior managers accused of fraud and breaching consumer protection legislation, including advising in connection with a dawn raid on numerous business premises. We were successful in avoiding any prosecution against the senior managers and significantly reduced the impact of the prosecution against the business.
  • Representing a national housebuilder under its EL/PL policy in multiple investigations into extended gas flue installations across a number of sites flowing allegations of carbon monoxide poisoning to members of the public.
  • Advising a manufacturer under an insurance policy in the joint police and HSE investigation following a fatal accident to a roofing contractor during maintenance works to its warehouse roof; we were successful in avoiding a corporate manslaughter prosecution.