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Our expert team of business crime and fraud solicitors help to successfully defend many individuals every year against financial and serious fraud investigations.

We help to successfully defend many individuals every year against financial investigators such as:

  • The Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
  • Regional police fraud squads
  • The City of London Police
  • Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
  • Competition & Markets Authority (CMA)

The investigation process can be distressing, with investigatory bodies able to access your confidential material and law enforcement officers searching your business premises, seizing material and freezing assets.

Not only are you at risk of your company share prices falling and assets being frozen, but being the subject of a serious fraud or business crime offence can also harm your reputation when doing business nationally and internationally. This is because investigators will share information with overseas law enforcement agencies, such as The Securities and Exchange Commission, The Department of Justice and European regulators. You could also be left with hefty fines, public censure or even imprisonment.

Contact our expert business crime solicitors if you or your company is under investigation for serious fraud offences.


We can advise you how to avoid the risk of a criminal financial investigation, or if one has already started, we can guide you and defend your interests should a prosecution or disciplinary proceedings be instigated.

We are well-known for being tactically astute and are one of the best known criminal and regulatory teams in the UK. We regularly advise in financial crime and financial services investigations, as well as internal and corporate investigations into financial crime offences.


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 are) top of the league for fraud work." - Legal 500, 2014.

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

"(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.

For more information on Serious Fraud & Business Crime

If you are interested in understanding how Irwin Mitchell can help you with your Serious Fraud & Business Crime 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