Criminal Investigations and Proceedings


Nockolds' specialist Criminal Solicitors have expertise in handling business and white collar crime cases. Our aim is to protect your reputation and to reduce the risk of a significant penalty being imposed. 

‘White-collar crime’ is a term that is applied to a variety of allegations and is also known as Business or Corporate crime. It is generally committed by professionals for financial gain and includes company directors, local government officials, bank employees and involves a wide range of offences, including:

  • Bribery and corruption
  • Business crime
  • Cartel and illegal price fixing
  • Commercial fraud
  • Fraudulent trading and cyber crime
  • Insider dealing and market abuse
  • Money laundering
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Tax evasion

Cases of business and financial crime are often complex. If you are facing such allegations, our specialist Solicitors have extensive experience of advising businesses and executives in responding to investigations by domestic and international law enforcement agencies. The firm has close associations with forensic accountants and financial investigators who are able to act as expert witnesses in relation to financial allegations. The introduction of Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) means that directors and officers must consider independent expert advice at an early stage. 

We are able to offer assistance to individuals and corporate clients in respect of investigations and prosecutions conducted by the: 

  • Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
  • Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)
  • European Enforcement Agencies
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
  • The Information Commissioner's Office
  • Trading Standards
  • US Department of Justice (DOJ)

We are also able to assist those who are the subject of an internal investigation by their employers. In such situations it is essential to seek legal help as quickly as possible to limit the damage to you and/or your organisation’s reputation and financial circumstances. We will advise you of your rights and can assist with an appropriate media strategy where required.

If you suspect that you or your business is under investigation for a business crime please contact a solicitor today, you will require legal advice from the outset. 

For more information on criminal law and how we can help you, please contact our Motoring, Crime and Regulatory Team on 01279 755777 or get in touch with Dan Hart, Solicitor Advocate in our Motoring, Crime and Regulatory Team.

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