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Our expert business crime and regulatory solicitors advise many firms, directors and high level individuals every year on any current or potential investigations being undertaken.

Criminal or regulatory investigations can have a huge impact on you and your company’s reputation, as well as your share price. Global regulators and law enforcement agencies are increasingly aggressive in their approach, with an investigation potentially leading to prosecution and conviction, with huge fines and individuals at the risk of imprisonment.

If you are concerned that your company or yourself may be in trouble, you should seek legal advice and representation immediately to help prevent any investigations, or to gain a successful outcome. 

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Our business crime and regulatory solicitors have years of experience in dealing with these types of cases for many individuals and firms.

We also instruct expert forensic accountants, investigators and technology experts to help support you if required.  If your case was to go to tribunal or Court, we also instruct Counsel to assist with the preparation of the case.

We provide cost effective, tactical and realistic advice to anyone fearing investigation and we are very well-regarded by peers across the UK.


Our expert team of business crime solicitors have recently acted for:

  • An individual being criminally prosecuted by HMRC for conspiracy to cheat in connection with tax relief claimed out of investment schemes.
  • A retail industry company director under Serious Fraud Office criminal prosecution for corruption.
  • A senior manager who was interviewed under compulsion by the Serious Fraud Office in relation to allegations of overseas bribery and corruption by his former employer.
  • Numerous individuals prosecuted by the Financial Conduct Authority for insider dealing, money laundering, breach of the general prohibition and conspiracy to defraud.
  • An overseas sales agent responding to a UK/US principal’s internal investigation concerning bribery and corruption concerns.


Legal 500 Leading Firm 2016"Paul Haycock has vast experience of defending financial crime, fraud and regulatory investigations." - Legal 500, 2016

“An excellent firm. They are very responsive to clients’ needs, very proactive and they add value significantly to the preparation and conduct of the case.” - Chambers & Partners, 2016

Paul Haycock “has particular experience in defending large or complex criminal investigations and prosecutions.” - Legal 500, 2015

"(Irwin Mitchell has an) impressive experience of handling cases involving market abuse and tax fraud. (They are) regularly sought after to defend insider dealing charges brought by the former Financial Services Authority." - Chambers & Partners, 2014

"(Irwin Mitchell are) top of the league for fraud work" and have "built up a strong track-record, advising individuals across a range of high-profile regulatory actions including insider-trading, LIBOR and FOREX." - Legal 500, 2014

Paul Haycock is recommended for his "cool head in difficult situations." - Legal 500, 2014

Criminal & Regulatory Investigations

  • Anti-Bribery & Corruption
    Our bribery lawyers provide expert advice and representation for individuals and corporates, whether they are under investigation or need assistance complying with legislation.
  • Insider Trading & Market Abuse
    We can advise you on how to avoid the risk of a criminal or regulatory investigation and and defend you if an investigation or prosecution is already underway.
  • Internal Investigations
    We are experts in corporate investigations and can help you conduct an internal investigation, or assist you when responding to a regulator or law enforcement agency.
  • Road Transport & Operator Compliance
    Our transport lawyers are committed to providing specialist advice on operator’s licence applications, investigations, prosecutions and traffic commissioner public inquiries.
  • Serious Fraud & Business Crime
    Our expert team of business crime and fraud solicitors help to successfully defend many individuals every year against financial and serious fraud investigations.

For more information on Criminal & Regulatory Investigations

If you are interested in understanding how Irwin Mitchell can help you with your Criminal & Regulatory Investigations work then please contact Paul Haycock (Associate Director) on +44 (0)114 274 4275, or send us an email.

For general enquiries

0370 1500 100

Key Contact

Paul Haycock