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Criminal and Regulatory Investigations; the benefits of early solicitor involvement.

The following are examples of a range of cases recently successfully concluded on behalf of clients, by Bill Wilson (all of which were at the investigation stage) hence the importance of early intervention to avoid the reputational damage of charges being preferred and lengthy and stressful hearing and, of course, significant costs:-

  • Multi-Million Pound Fraud. Bill represented a Director of a Financial House. This matter dated back over several years and involved multiple agency separate investigations all of which were concluded without any adverse action. HMRC initially commenced an investigation in 2014, with the matter then being handed over to the Financial Conduct Authority who in turn following their investigation, referred the matter to the Economic Crime Team of Sussex Police. Notwithstanding all investigations at that point having been concluded with No Further Action, the matter was subsequently the centre of a new separate investigation, this time by the Economic Crime Team, Dorset Police with allegations of Conspiracy to Commit Fraud and Money Laundering. This was an extremely complex matter and involved numerous companies with a matrix of detailed trading models. Issues arose concerning Legal Professional Privilege, Abuse of Process and how arrest warrants had been obtained. This was certainly one of the longest and most heavily investigated matters ever dealt with, but now finally concluded with No Further Action. The client was fortunate in having recall to his Director & Officer (D&O) Insurance Policy.

Client Comments:

"I am deeply grateful for the exceptional support provided by Bill Wilson during one of the most challenging times of my life as a company director. Facing multiple investigations from HMRC, FCA, and the Police was daunting, and I felt lost and overwhelmed. However, Bill’s caring demeanour and genuine concern immediately put me at ease. His legal expertise and unwavering support gave me the confidence to navigate the complexities of the situation with courage. Despite the unfounded claims against my company and myself, Bill stood by my side, ensuring I felt heard and understood throughout the process. I wholeheartedly recommend Bill to anyone facing legal challenges; his compassionate guidance has been invaluable. Thank you, Bill, for being a steadfast advocate and a source of strength during this difficult journey."

  • Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). Represented a retired Metropolitan Police Officer wrongly implicated in the notorious WhatsApp Groups saga. The investigation centred on Gross Misconduct around hearsay comments made by another serving officer. After a lengthy and detailed investigation, which involved an interview under caution, the matter was successfully concluded with no further action, and the reputation of Bill’s client was fully retained and intact.

Client Comments:

"I cannot convey my gratitude enough for your generosity and of course for your support in this unpleasant time. After I spoke to you the first time and you agreed to represent me, I couldn’t describe the relief I felt. It lifted a weight off my shoulders that I didn’t know I was bearing. Your advice and reassurance kept my morale high. Even though I knew that I hadn’t done anything wrong, I was aware that these things can go horribly awry”.