When a business discovers that criminal activity may have taken place within its organisation it is often faced with a number of difficult questions as to what action should be taken. For instance, is the business under a legal obligation to report the offence to regulators and/or the authorities? What action should be taken against those suspected of being involved in the offence?
Failing to make key decisions at an early stage can have serious reputational and financial consequences. It is vital that the business acts swiftly to establish clear and reliable facts before deciding what actions to take.
Our experienced criminal and regulatory solicitors can assist by discreetly undertaking internal investigations of a wide range of suspected financial and business crimes such as:
- Bribery and corruption
- Insider dealing
- Money laundering
- Regulatory breaches.
We are able to interview potential witnesses, scrutinise documentary evidence and to instruct forensic experts where appropriate. Our objective is to minimise the disruption to your business whilst establishing the facts.
Instructing external solicitors will attract legal privilege which will ensure communications between you and your legal team is confidential.
On completion of any investigation we can provide practical advice on what steps should be taken. This includes reporting any offences to the authorities, self- reporting to a regulator or instigating a civil action and/or private prosecution.
For more information on internal investigations 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.