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.

"The white-collar crime team benefits from its links to the wider Macfarlanes civil practice, giving them access to criminal and regulatory crossover work for private clients. It’s a small team, but has substantial experience dealing with HNW individuals who are looking for a truly bespoke service."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"Cooperation within the team is good and the lawyers are all hard-working and deliver superb-quality work."

Chambers UK 2022

"Strong cohort of bright young lawyers."

Chambers UK 2022

"Their calm efficiency is a great asset to their clients and other lawyers working with them."

The UK Legal 500 2022