Regulatory Investigations & Enforcement | Irwin Mitchell

In the UK there are several governmental departments and independent agencies that have powers to investigate and prosecute people or businesses for breaking the law or breaching regulations.

For example, HM Revenue and Customs have the power to investigate tax evasion; the Environment Agency has the power to investigate breaches of environmental law; and the Financial Conduct Authority can investigate breaches of codes of conduct by businesses or professionals that provide financial services.

These investigations can lead to punishments by the relevant regulator or they can lead to criminal proceedings in court. Either can have a devastating and long-lasting impact on your business and on your private life.

Regulators have many powers they can use when investigating regulatory offences or related crimes. They can:

  • Interview you under caution
  • Force you to hand over documents or information
  • Search your offices or home
  • Seize and search your computer or other electronic devices
  • Freeze your company or personal assets
  • Charge you with a criminal offence
  • Prosecute you through the Magistrates’ or Crown Courts

How Irwin Mitchell Can Help You With Regulatory Investigation & Enforcement

If you are being investigated for regulatory offences, it is vital that you receive expert legal advice during the investigation and any prosecution that might follow.

We are one of only a handful of firms that offer the specialist legal advice, support and representation that you will need if you are facing regulatory investigations and court proceedings. We have a team of dedicated and experienced solicitors who have the necessary expertise to guide you through your case and minimise disruption and damage caused by a regulatory investigation. They can also help protect you against unwanted media attention.

We have extensive experience in dealing with all regulators including:

  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
  • Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
  • H M Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Competition Commission
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
  • Health and Safety Executive (HCE)
  • Environment Agency (EA)
  • Professional disciplinary bodies

We will defend your position and do everything we can to protect your business and private life from suffering harm as a result of an investigation. We will also try to prevent your investigation from leading to court proceedings, and we can represent you in court if necessary.

We give clear advice in plain English, and we are available to be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week because we know that regulatory investigations can start without warning and searches can often be carried out in the early hours of the morning.

Contact Us Today for an Initial Discussion with No Obligation

If you are facing an investigation, think that you might soon be investigated, or if you are to be prosecuted for a regulatory offence, call our team as soon as possible. For an initial discussion, with no obligation, call Sarah Wallace on 020 7421 3876 or 07808 899657, or Paul Haycock on 0114 274 4275. Alternatively, send us an online enquiry.

Regulatory Investigations & Enforcement

  • Civil Asset Recovery Proceedings
    Our specialist civil asset recovery team has worked on some of the most high-profile fraud cases such as those involving Enron and the Versailles Group.
  • Environmental Law
    If you are being investigated for a breach of environmental legislation, we have the expertise and knowledge to help you defend yourself and your business.
  • Financial Conduct Authority Investigations & Enforcement
    Our experienced and specialist lawyers can represent you in relation to alleged FCA breaches, whether criminal, civil or regulatory, and advise you regarding the limits of the FCA’s powers.
  • Health & Safety
    If you're being investigated for a breach of health and safety legislation, it can be a distressing and disruptive experience. We can help you through the process, providing expert advice and guidance.
  • Internal Investigations & Whistleblowers
    Whether you are subject to an internal investigation, are conducting such procedures or are yourself considering whistleblowing, Irwin Mitchell can advise you.
  • International Regulatory Investigations & Enforcement
    We are regularly instructed in connection with significant criminal frauds. We have extensive familiarity with the investigation methods of both national and international regulators.
  • Professional Disciplinary Investigations & Tribunals
    If you think you may be about to be investigated, or if an investigation is already under way, we can help. We can provide specialist advice and representation from lawyers who are highly experienced in disciplinary investigations and tribunal hearings.
  • RESA Regulatory Enforcement & Sanctions Act
    The impact of new regulatory penalties can be significant for a business, and can involve significant clean-up costs or the cost of increased safety measures. We can help you reach a satisfactory conclusion for you and the Regulator.
  • Tax Investigations
    Our team of highly skilled lawyers has defended many clients implicated or prosecuted by HM Revenue & Customs, including high-profile multimillion-pound prosecutions for tax and customs & excise evasion and VAT frauds.
  • Trading Standards Investigations
    We offer extensive specialist expertise in both compliance with trading standards and representing clients who face trading standards investigations.