Red Lion Chambers specialises in fraud, financial crime and multi-handed conspiracies, at home and internationally. With our expertise in bribery and corruption cases, we can provide strategic and tactical support from advice and pre-trial stages through to confiscation and appeal.
We are often brought in to assist and advise at the internal investigation stage of a potential corporate corruption case. As we have also defended and prosecuted in a number of high-profile and complex cases, we can offer clients a balanced and enhanced perspective on bribery and corruption issues and outcomes. We work in partnership with our clients, providing them with expert advice and solutions regarding all aspects of the Bribery Act.
Although corruption cases may be local, we work with and understand different commercial and financial markets as well as national and global investigations. We are used to dealing with extensive data-heavy evidence, international financial structures, accountancy, financial and computer experts, and appreciate the need to pay careful attention to detail. Our cases often include complex legal issues, such as legal professional privilege, search warrants, production orders, difficult disclosure matters, public interest immunity (PII), confiscation, restraint, and cross-jurisdictional issues.
We are well-accustomed to handling and reviewing digital material and the electronic presentation of evidence (EPE).
The Bribery Act 2010
The UK Bribery Act has had a major impact on corporations and commercial organisations, extending corporate liability to “failure to prevent” bribery offences committed by employees or related persons under section 7.
With our experience in corruption and bribery cases, members advise businesses on the efficacy of anti-corruption policies in accordance with government policy and the potential risks posed by ‘red flag’ incidents. We are familiar with the difficulties encountered by cross-jurisdictional issues conserving, for example, legal professional privilege, and the problems of competing international investigative bodies.
We are monitoring the deployment of criminal financial offences, which further extend corporate criminal liability for failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion, for the acts committed by employees or related persons.
Deferred Prosecution Agreements
The Crime and Courts Act 2013 came into force in April 2013. The Act introduced Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs), which allow corporate organisations to resolve allegations of criminal activity without being prosecuted.
Our team is well-versed in DPA’s and have an expert understanding of the complexities and implications involved, and we were involved in the first UK DPA.