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Corporate Crime and Risk

In today’s business world the ever changing rules and regulations surrounding what a corporate entity can and cannot legally do can confuse even the savviest of business owners.  At Saracens Solicitors, we can advise you through the complexities involved in trying to understand the relevant regulations and how they apply to your enterprise.  We can also guide you through how to minimise the risk of criminal investigations, and what systems need to be put in place to ensure your organisation is complying with legislation such as the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 and the Bribery Act 2010

Criminal Investigations

If your business is facing the prospect of a criminal investigation, our team of commercial litigators can advise you and manage your matter from beginning to end.  We understand that being subject to an official investigation involving corporate crime can be a frightening experience, therefore, we will ensure that you are kept up to date throughout the process, and make ourselves readily available to answer any questions you may have.

International Investigations

Many of our solicitors are multi-lingual, and we have a wealth of expertise in dealing with overseas jurisdictions.  If your business is subject to an international investigation involving fraud, tax evasion, cyber-crime, bribery or corruption, then we can assist you in whatever country the investigation is being held in and guide you through the local laws and customs.

Managing Risk

Our team of commercial lawyers can offer up-to-the- minute guidance on the best due diligence, compliance and anti-fraud strategies available to suit your corporation.  We will take the time to understand your organisation and the risks you face when conducting both domestic and/or international transactions.  This will allow us to work with you to formulate procedures and strategies to protect your company that are tailored to your business and its needs.

Mr A. G.

I instructed Saracens on an urgent sensitive matter. I was quickly advised on the pertinent issues and was given clear guidance on what the most suitable options were.

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Commercial Fraud

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At Saracens, we can provide expert advice and representation to businesses and any corporate officers of a company being prosecuted for fraud by regulatory bodies such as HM Revenue and Customs, the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Services Authority. We have the expertise to assist clients throughout the process of investigation and court proceedings in a cost effective manner. We have experience in a range of areas including fraudulent trading, money laundering, VAT fraud, insurance fraud, director fraud as well as confiscation and restraint orders.

Money Laundering

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Money laundering is the process of expending money through a number of sources in order to conceal its illegitimate origins. Many businesses, such as estate agents or accountants, can inadvertently be used by criminals as a means of money laundering. The Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (as amended) introduced a range of measures that certain businesses must take to avoid their accounts being used for money laundering purposes. Employees and company directors can be held personally liable for offences, which could lead to a business’s assets being frozen. At Saracens, we have the expertise to advise businesses on how to ensure compliance with the regulations and to represent those who are under investigation.

VAT, Tax and Duty Fraud

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HMRC have extensive investigatory and search and seize powers where they suspect VAT, tax or duty fraud has taken place. Prosecutions can lead to prison sentences and confiscation orders. If your business is under investigation for VAT, tax or duty fraud, you must seek legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity.
At Saracens, we have a wealth of experience in advising and representing clients on VAT, tax and duty fraud claims. Our experts will assess your situation and advise you on the best course action to take.

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