Business Crime and Regulation
The area of Business Crime and Regulation has grown exponentially over the last 10 years.
The introduction of wide reaching legislation in the UK (including, the Enterprise Act 2002, Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, Serious Organised Crime Act 2005, Fraud Act 2006, Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and the Bribery Act 2010) as well as the increasingly global and aggressive approach taken by the regulatory authorities both in the UK and abroad, highlight the need for businesses, their officers and employees to be able to navigate their way through the regulatory minefield facing them in their day-to-day operations.
The regulatory risks faced by businesses in all industries are significant and cannot be ignored. We believe that these risks will only increase in the years to come given an increasing emphasis on corporate responsibility and the appetite of and far reaching powers granted to the regulatory authorities and law enforcement agencies across the globe in response to the series of high profile scandals that have emerged both inside and outside the financial sector in recent times.
Fox Williams advises businesses and individuals on the full spectrum of the regulatory risk cycle: developing regulatory compliance programmes, training, risk assessments, dawn raids, crisis management, media relations, employment law and confidentiality issues, market announcements, notifications to regulators and law enforcement agencies, internal investigations and representation during criminal and/or regulatory investigations as well as any related litigation. Under the UK Bribery Act, where a rogue employee has taken actions outside the scope of their employment a corporate body may be protected provided they have adequate procedures in place. We have experience of risk assessing businesses and in advising on what constitutes adequate procedures across a range of business and could help protect you and your business from being penalised.
Our team of highly regarded partners and associates from across the practice groups, has been advising clients on all aspects of regulatory compliance and crime for well over 20 years and have worked on some of the most complex and high profile regulatory investigations, inquiries and prosecutions ever brought. We work closely with specialists from other areas of discipline (such as auditors, accountants and investigators) to ensure that we are able to respond to your needs with a seamless and effective service. Our team includes the former Anti-Bribery & Corruption Officer of a major financial institution.
'Peter Wright is "one of the leading experts in financial services law.
(Legal 500, 2015)
James Carlton is also recommended as a result of his ‘excellent judgement and reassuring manner'.
(Legal 500, 2014)
‘A “growing presence in the market”, Fox Williams LLP’s practice has made significant strides since its establishment in 2011.’
(Legal 500, 2013)
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