The main investigating authorities have massive resources and astonishing power to enter, bug and search every aspect of a business. Their powers to freeze and seize assets are extensive. The investigation will also cast a shadow across the lives of senior staff, threatening directors with personal liability. The ongoing reputational damage to the “suspect” can be considerable.
Because a criminal investigation can have a major impact on a business it is important to bring in legal help as quickly as possible. The business crime team at Hickman & Rose have wide experience in advising commercial clients on how to respond effectively to a criminal investigation. Our advice ranges from discouraging prosecution to designing a media strategy that limits reputational damage. We can offer a service that is quick, responsive and accurate at any stage of an investigation.