Investigations

White Collar Crime & Investigations

Our White Collar Crime & Investigations Group offers a comprehensive but deliberately streamlined approach for clients. The benefit: all aspects of a case – civil, regulatory and criminal – are handled and resolved by a single team. In high pressure situations, whether you are the accused or the victim, a single point of contact and action is an instant and re-assuring counterweight.

We quickly make your problem our own. We are adept at bringing matters to a swift conclusion often without ever having to go to court. If a trial is unavoidable, our style is direct and robust. We believe in fiercely defending our clients' interests. 

We act for clients facing investigation by regulators and law enforcement agencies in the UK, Europe and US and have considerable experience in multi-jurisdictional fraud and corruption investigations, frequently working with overseas advisors.

Corporate entities and individuals need to be aware of the Criminal Finances Act 2017. Its various provisions include the new civil sanction of Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs), wider powers for the police to seize cash and other property alleged to be the proceeds of crime, and the broadening of the UK's anti-money laundering regime. 

We advise corporate clients in relation to criminal investigations into corporate wrongdoing including: Corporate Manslaughter, Failure to Prevent Bribery and the offence of Corporate Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion.  Our extensive involvement in SFO cases means we are well-placed to advise on internal investigations, corporate self-reports and DPAs. Our work also covers advice and representation in the course of inquiries which are very often run in parallel to criminal investigations and, in some cases, inquests.

Some law firms involve huge teams of people in an investigation that becomes both disruptive and expensive for the client. At Mishcon de Reya, we believe an investigation should be like precision surgery: getting to the heart of the problem with minimum disruption to your business. We work closely with you to define the exact scope of any investigation and then build a team of specialists to fit. This means you don't pay for work that isn’t necessary and keep disruption to your business to a minimum. Read more.

Dealing with the financial regulators requires a different approach to that applied to general litigation. It requires sensitivity to a delicate environment, where different considerations are at play. Our detailed dealings over the years with the investigators and the decision-making bodies mean we are able to understand their thinking, objectives and points of sensitivity. We frame our cases and our approach accordingly. Read more.

Our team of extradition experts specialises in dealing with the risks facing high net worth individuals who can be faced with politically motivated extradition requests  or wider campaigns of persecution. Such campaigns can often also involve attempts to engender psychological, financial or reputational pressure on requested persons and their families. Read more.

Our Fraud Defence team comprises defence strategists who use experience gained from working for claimants to anticipate and undermine the potential points of attack that the defendant may face. The team has vast experience in working for clients who face the parallel attack of a civil claim and criminal regulatory investigation both in Britain and abroad. Read more.

In recent years the tax authorities have become far more aggressive in collecting tax that they believe is payable. However, this aggressive approach is often unwarranted and our specialist team have been able to persuade HMRC of the correct treatment at an early stage. We know that most clients would far rather settle without recourse to the courts and that is always our first step, but when this does not succeed, we litigate on behalf of our clients. We have experience of taking matters through all of the Courts including and up to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Read more.

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