Investigations held by regulatory bodies and law enforcement agencies into severe fraud and business crime committed by corporates and individuals are on the rise, and dealing with the complexities of these cases requires extensive expertise.
At Sherrards, we represent private and corporate clients across the full spectrum of criminal and regulatory cases, specialising in the navigation of complex fraud and financial crime matters, particularly those with a strong international element.
The business and white collar crime team is led by criminal litigator Simon Morgan, who has over 20 years’ experience and significant expertise in protracted investigations conducted by the Serious Fraud Office, National Crime Agency and the HMRC Revenue & Customs Central Fraud Group. Please see the services highlighted below for more specific details.
Sherrards represents clients in the full spectrum of criminal cases, including all road traffic matters, ranging from minor speeding offences to causing death by dangerous driving, sexual, drug or violent offences. Our clients are predominantly high-net-worth individuals and professionals, perhaps working in regulated sectors where they are particularly vulnerable to consequential loss of employment or the irreparable damage to career, visa applications and reputation following a criminal conviction, however minor the offence is.
Our objective is always to work proactively in the early stages of investigations to avoid charges being brought. This may be achieved either by persuading the Crown Prosecution Service (“CPS”) that the test determining whether a prosecution should be brought has not been met, or by seeking to divert cases away from prosecution to, for instance, an Adult Caution.
We have excellent relationships with specialist professionals providing the full range of investigation services gained from UK policing, which enables us to ensure that a complete and balanced investigation is undertaken so the CPS can weigh all of the relevant evidence when deciding on a charge.