Criminal Law for Business

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Penman Sedgwick LLP’s Business Crime and Regulatory Investigations team is led by Ian Graham.

Penman Sedgwick LLP is an exclusively private criminal defence practice. We have years of experience advising corporates on the whole spectrum of business and financial crime investigations and prosecutions.

The criminal and regulatory regime imposed on UK businesses has changed significantly in recent years. Legislative changes have provided prosecuting authorities with ‘teeth’ to prosecute corporates for criminal misconduct, in order to protect the public and promote ethical practices in business. We will offer you proactive advice so that your business does not unwittingly commit, or become the victim of, regulatory or financial crime.

If your business is under investigation it is essential that early intervention takes place. We will protect your business by constructively engaging with the criminal investigators from the outset of the investigation. We will devise an immediate strategy with you, one that is right for your business going forward.

Whether your business is being investigated for a domestic regulatory breach, or being prosecuted for an international fraud with jurisdictional issues, attention to detail and a clear strategy are key. We have experience dealing with all prosecuting authorities including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO); National Crime Agency (NCA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Investigation and prosecution of a company will often run parallel with proceedings against individuals. If you are an individual that has become embroiled in a criminal, or regulatory investigation, we can help you. We have extensive experience advising company directors; managing partners and other senior executives who require urgent, pragmatic advice, in time sensitive situations.

There are likely to be ancillary issues that you, or your business need to be address while an investigation is ongoing. We will advise you in relation to risk management; reputational issues and dealing with the media where necessary. Our experienced senior lawyers will take a holistic approach to solving your legal issues and will liaise closely with our crisis management team.

Criminal areas we can help with
  • Private Prosecution
  • Crime Prevention
  • Money Laundering
  • Bribery
  • Fraud
  • Trading Standards


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