Corporate crime

In response to the ever-increasing criminal liability of both organisations and their key individuals, Hugh James has developed a specialist team to ensure that our clients’ rights and interests are protected.

Our specialist corporate crime team deals with linked disciplinary investigations by professional regulators relating to alleged misconduct against doctors, nurses, opticians, pharmacists, dentists, solicitors, financial advisers and accountants.

We are familiar with the rights and obligations of those under investigation, confidentiality and disclosure requirements, and the range and potential impact of enforcement action. We ensure that individuals are supported in interviews with the police and other agencies such as the FSA or HSE ensuring key evidence is secured.

Our priority is to safeguard our clients throughout the entire process of investigation and prosecution. To do this we have developed a unique First Response service which:

  • provides 24 hour emergency legal advice 365 days a year;
  • ensures immediate deployment of a solicitor to your location;
  • offers a comprehensive service throughout the length of the case; and
  • delivers results.

Areas of corporate crime expertise include:

  • access to samples, medical records, data protection confidentiality and privilege;
  • advice on investigations by various agencies;
  • employment law obligations;
  • liaising with the police, health and safety executive or environment agency;
  • representation at police or regulators’ interviews, including those conducted under caution; and
  • witness support.

We will continue to represent the business throughout the court process providing the most effective representation such as our own in-house advocates which includes a Queen’s Counsel.

We also have strong links with barristers’ chambers enabling us to provide our clients with the very best legal representation at the most competitive rates.


Experience

The Hugh James corporate crime team are acknowledged as leaders in our field and have a broad experience of representing corporate clients in investigations including the following:

• Health and Safety at Work
• Regulatory compliance including the Residential Care Sector, Food Safety and Fire Safety Breaches
• Companies Act Prosecutions
• Investigations by OFT, consumer protection and unfair practices
• Investigation by the Companies Investigation Branch of BERR
• Asset forfeiture and confiscation
• Money Laundering and the Regulated Sector
• Environmental Protection
• Data Protection
• Copyright Protection
• HMRC investigations
• Financial Services Authority (FSA) investigations and enforcement
• Road Traffic Prosecutions relating to the operation of business fleets
• Trading Standards
• Trade Marks Act

Testimonials

Martin Jones has a wide-ranging criminal defence practice, encompassing fraud, animal welfare and environmental matters.
Chambers UK 2014

Martin Jones at Hugh James specialises in white-collar crime matters, fraud and money laundering cases, and regulatory defence. The firm also handles defendant environmental crime and motoring cases, and prosecutes on behalf of VOSA.
The Legal 500 2013

This is one of the largest firms in Wales, and it has developed a noteworthy practice in defending corporate clients facing business crime charges.

Martin Jones has a significant following among the team’s clients, who say they are “impressed” with his work.
Chambers UK 2013



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