Corporate investigations

Corporate investigations guidance:

BREXIT: The law and practice referred to in this Practice Note may be impacted by Brexit. For further information on the potential impact, see: The effect of Brexit on UK...

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Environmental incidents often happen without warning and with significant consequences. It can be easy in those circumstances to fail to maintain a clear head about...

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Co-operation by a corporate entity is key to obtaining a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) as both the judgments approving DPAs entered into to date and speeches given...

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This Practice Note provides a quick reference guide to the bodies that have the power to raid organisations, their authority for doing so and the scope of their powers....

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What is the CMA? From 1 April 2014, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) took over many of the functions of the Competition Commission and the Office of Fair...

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What is the FCA? The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulates financial services firms operating in the UK and providing services to consumers. It also maintains the...

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What is the HSE? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the national regulator for work-related health and safety in Great Britain. Its mission is to prevent death,...

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What type of police could I encounter? The police broadly investigate most offences in the UK. The police force in the UK has different divisions depending on geography...

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What is the SFO? The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigates serious or complex frauds and corruption that often involve an international element or are otherwise likely...

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Financial Conduct Authority interviews The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) can conduct interviews in a variety of formats. The type of interview to be conducted is a...

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Search and seizure—the law The FCA has the power under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA 2000), s 176 to apply to a magistrate for a warrant to enter...

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Click here to download the latest Government Investigations 2020 report, published by Getting the Deal Through. Jurisdictions covered The following jurisdictions are...

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In the immediate aftermath of an incident, it is of paramount consideration to have an incident management team appointed and deployed. See Practice Notes Health and...

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HMRC can investigate suspected tax-related criminal offences in England and Wales using the powers, and subject to the safeguards, in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act...

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On 1 January 2017, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Criminal Enforcement Team transferred to the Insolvency Service. The Insolvency...

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Preliminary steps Before any action is taken it is important to consider: • the event which has created the suspicion of fraud in the company • the financial impact this...

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The following questions and issues should be at the forefront of a lawyer’s mind when advising in relation to an internal investigation on suspicion of bribery. This...

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This Practice Note considers legal professional privilege (LPP), which is made up of legal advice privilege and litigation privilege. It considers the various criteria...

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The aim of this Practice Note is to provide some guidance on the principles of legal professional privilege (LPP) as they apply in criminal investigations and...

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The aim of this Practice Note is to provide some guidance about how best to ensure that legal professional privilege (LPP) is maintained for the client during the various...

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Who is the investigator? Collecting, preserving and examining evidence is central to any investigation, whether an internal company investigation, an internal...

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This Practice Note deals with the compulsory power to provide documents under section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987 (CJA 1987) (section 2 notices). For a separate...

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Lawful authority to seize and retain property (subject to legal professional privilege) following a search of premises can be achieved in four different ways: • under a...

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Self-reporting is the process by which a business can report to law enforcement agencies upon its discovery of financial or other wrongdoing within the business, with a...

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What are the powers under section 3 CJA 1987? Any member of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) designated by the director for this purpose may disclose any information...

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The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) received Royal Assent on 29 November 2016 and overhauled the legal framework governing the use of covert surveillance by...

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