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Regulatory prosecutions

At Libra Solicitors we provide expert legal advice and representation to businesses and individuals in respect of regulatory prosecutions. For clear, practical advice you can trust, call us today on 01223 632420 and arrange an appointment

All businesses in the UK have aspects of their operations governed by rules and directives which are made and maintained by regulatory authorities. For a business to remain compliant with the requisite regulatory standards, the individuals tasked with maintaining standards need to be diligent and organised. Even in situations where a healthy corporate compliance programme is in place, there remains the possibility that mistakes will be made and that breaches may occur.

When it becomes apparent that a regulatory breach may have occurred, and where investigation of the incident and criminal prosecution by the relevant authority are both possibilities, the organisation and individuals involved should think carefully about the next steps to be taken. In these circumstances, we suggest it would be advisable to seek specialist legal advice. For a confidential discussion about the issues that may be concerning you, call us today on 01223 632420 and make an appointment.

Regulatory investigations

If a regulatory breach has occurred during the operation of your business, we understand that you will be worried about the potential consequences for both you and your organisation. Our expertise could help you to act quickly and decisively, both to limit reputational damage and to reduce the financial impact that an investigation or prosecution could cause.

The context in which the alleged breach has occurred may have an influence on the best strategy to be employed in your case. For instance, when an organisation has a healthy corporate compliance regime and an internal investigation has brought a breach to the management’s attention, the best course of action may be to self-report the incident and to initiate dialogue with the authority as soon as possible.

If instructed by you, we will initiate dialogue with the investigating authority on your behalf, and make representations to them in respect of your matter. It may be that the authority subsequently decides that no further action is necessary, particularly if every effort to prevent future breaches has been made.

Interviews under caution

You may be asked to attend an interview under caution, or if your business is an incorporated body, it may be asked to nominate an officer to represent the firm in the interview. If you know that you are going to attend an interview under caution, or speak to the investigating body in any capacity, we strongly suggest that you take legal advice beforehand.

At Libra Solicitors, we can provide you with expert advice and representation throughout the interview process, and we will use our expertise to help ensure that any interview is carried out in accordance with all the rights and protections afforded to you under the rules and codes governing PACE interviews.

Going to court

Should your matter proceed to court, you can be sure that regardless of whether you plead guilty or not guilty, a solicitor-advocate, barrister, or QC will lead your case so you know the advice and representation you receive is of the highest quality. In some circumstances, it may be appropriate to make representations to the prosecuting authority in respect of your matter. For example, to ask them to review the prosecution

We will meticulously prepare your case and thoroughly investigate the prosecution case, examining every aspect of the evidence we receive. If there are defences available to the allegations you face, we will advise you accordingly.

We will also advise you if we think forensic experts or specialist industry specific investigators could assist you. If such expertise are needed, we will work closely with a leading consultant firm such as Emmerson Associates, to ensure that the right expertise is supporting your case.

For a confidential discussion about the issues that may be concerning you, call us now on 01223 632420 and arrange an appointment.

Defending regulatory prosecutions

Should your matter proceed to court, a solicitor-advocate, barrister or QC will lead your case so you know the advice and representation you receive is of the highest quality.

We will meticulously prepare your case and thoroughly investigate the prosecution case, examining every aspect of the evidence we receive. If there are defences available to the allegations you face, we will tell you and advise you accordingly.

We will also examine whether the investigating authority has acted within its powers and we will tell you if we think forensic experts or specialist industry specific investigators could assist you. Should you decide such experts are needed, we will work closely with a leading consultant firm such as Emmerson Associates to ensure that the right expertise is acquired.

Protecting reputations

We understand the impact being accused of an offence of this nature can have on you and your business. We can provide guidance and support in respect of dealing with the media, and help you to act decisively to limit any reputational damage. We will always maintain your confidentiality, and we will make every effort to limit media intrusion into your case. For a confidential discussion in respect of the issues that may be concerning you, call us today on 01223 632420 and arrange an appointment.

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