Corporate Crime and Investigations

Our practice is headed by Neill Blundell, a highly experienced fraud and investigations lawyer who is recommended as a leading expert in Chambers UK, the Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and Global Investigations Review.

The group specialises in advising both individuals and corporates on all aspects of criminal and regulatory law but with particular experience on fraud, money laundering, bribery & corruption, cartel offences, facilitation of tax evasion, insider dealing and market abuse. We represent clients in both regulatory investigations and prosecutions instigated by these agencies. We also act in proceedings where an agency is seeking from a client an Unexplained Wealth Order or an Account Freezing Order.

Neill and his team have been instructed by either the corporate or individual in many of the recent high-profile investigations conducted by the City of London Police, Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority and the Competition & Markets Authority. To help mitigate an issue, we have helped clients to self-report wrongdoing to these agencies as well as respond to their requests (both voluntary and compelled). We represent clients at the interview and evidence gathering stages of an investigation.

We also help clients deal with requests made by overseas law enforcement agencies, with extensive experience across Europe but also including the US Department of Justice and the US Securities & Exchange Commission.

Neill’s team has often been instructed by corporates to conduct internal investigations into suspected corporate crime. These issues often surface following internal audits, investigative journalists or a whistle-blower coming forward.

As our work is increasingly international in nature, reflecting the globalisation of the investigation and prosecution of corporate crime, we are often asked by clients to project manage multi-jurisdictional criminal and linked civil litigation in liaison with law firms in other jurisdictions. We also have extensive experience in international mutual legal assistance, challenges to Interpol and extradition.

Our expertise includes helping clients design and roll out anti-bribery and anti-tax evasion compliance programmes. This includes bespoke policies, workshops and training (both face to face and online), risk assessments and undertaking due diligence on agents and third parties. During corporate transactions, we can review a target’s worldwide anti-bribery systems and controls and following an acquisition, help in improving such policies and procedures.

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"I have been impressed with their expertise and ability to see the wood for the trees. They don't overcomplicate matters but simply address the real issues."

Chambers UK 2023

"The team are exceptional for multi jurisdictional corporate investigations, with a host of high profile company clients across numerous sectors of business in the UK and worldwide. Experience of SFO, DOJ and FCA, as well as regulators of the city in the USA and across Europe. They are tough defenders but sensible and approachable."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"The levels of service and responsiveness from Macfarlanes are outstanding."

Chambers UK 2023

"The team is very experienced and responsive, with a good mixture of criminal, regulatory and litigation experience. With Neill Blundell at its head, the team has someone with decades of real, hands on experience of criminal and regulatory investigations."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"Since Macfarlanes enhanced the business crime team, it has sharply enhanced the breadth of its service offering, and with a team that is absolutely at the top of the game — all consistent with the culture, work ethic, and excellence of the firm overall."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"The practice represents both corporates and individuals sourcing their work from corporate and high net worth individuals. They deal with a wide variety of matters and are building a good foundation for a very good department."

The UK Legal 500 2023