Managing reputations
Managing reputations

The following Corporate Crime guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Managing reputations
  • Identifying suspects of crime
  • Official release of the identity of a person under investigation
  • Reporting pre and post charge

Identifying suspects of crime

A priority for corporate and high profile clients is that their reputation remains untarnished should they be investigated for a criminal offence. There are steps that lawyers should take to ensure that this risk is minimised as far as possible.

If the client is a corporate body which has been subject to a dawn raid, the directors should ensure that staff have been advised not to tell anyone that the search is taking place and not to discuss it or to send any emails about it after the event.

Where a corporate body or an individual is notified by the police or the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) that they are required for interview, it is important that their solicitor writes to the investigator to agree a date and time at which their client will attend. It may be advisable to request that as there is no reason for the client to be arrested given that they are proactively co-operating with the investigation, perhaps the interview could take place at the solicitor's offices to maximise privacy. Regardless of where the interview is due to take place it is important that the solicitor writes to the investigator to confirm that the client will not be arrested.

See Practice Note: Is an arrest necessary? and Letter to officer in the

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