Corporate Criminal Issues

Investigation & prosecution of management, professionals, directors & companies is increasing

Stewar Patterson Criminal Defence BarristerIt is becoming more common these days to prosecute companies, and wherever possible the focus is on individuals in those companies.

This is done in the case of infringement of the regulatory provisions, eg weights and measures and right up to corporate manslaughter. Sometimes the fines inflicted on companies are very severe. There are also offences attaching to the directors of companies, for example under the Companies Act, – fraudulent trading, or unlawful loans to directors.

Suspected of a regulatory or corporate crime?

If you are suspected of being involved in a crime or your company is complicit in one, the police can act very fast. If this is the case, you too will need to act fast! Straight away you need a legal representative on your side who is experienced in corporate crime offences.

When should you get criminal defence help?

Situations can change swiftly and either the well being of your company or your liberty is under threat. The time to act is now. Personally, as a barrister I have great experience in many types of corporate crime cases and this can help you to.

Corporate offences that you need help with:

  • Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
  • Money laundering
  • Professional negligence
  • Corporate manslaughter
  • Regulatory crime

Regulatory non-compliance includes:

  • Health & Safety regulations
  • Employment regulations
  • Enviromental regulations
  • Financial regulations
  • Trading Standards

In addition, there are particular professions which are vulnerable to investigation and accusation. Often you will hear of disciplinary investigations by regulators relating to alleged misconduct against opticians, pharmacists, dentists, doctors, nurses, solicitors, accountants and financial advisers.

Keeping you informed of progress

accused of corporate and regulatory crimeI am someone who has dealt with situations like yours many times and can recommend the best course of action based on my real-world experience and not just legal theory.

Naturally, as part of the process I will take the time to keep you informed and prepare your case thoroughly.

Your whole future can be at stake, so it is essential that you make the decisions that will really serve your best interests. For this you need the best advice and representation right now.

The benefits of talking to a specialist barrister

You will want to know your true legal position as soon as possible.

To do this you will need someone who is familiar with your rights and obligations, who understands confidentiality and disclosure requirements, and who makes it their priority to safeguard you throughout investigation and any possible prosecution.

Taking action now will help relieve some of the worry and uncertainty that can undermine your confidence. Also being properly informed, supported and represented from the earliest possible moment will quite possibly save you time, money and more problems in the future.

Get the right ‘criminal law’ legal advice faster

White collar crime-handcuffsIn the past you would have contacted a solicitor first, they would then refer you on to a specialist barrister. Rather than following this process you can now contact some barristers directly yourself.

This way you will have the help that you need almost immediately. Avoiding unnecessary delays, you will also avoid the extra expense that is incurred when being referred by a solicitor.

You can email or call me for this.

As an experienced barrister of long standing, I have a great deal of knowledge and experience with corporate, regulatory, financial and white collar criminal law cases.

‘Who should’ & ‘How to’ take action

By taking action now the process is easy and fast. Very quickly you will be confident that you are dealing with a specialist. You can make your initial enquiry by phone or email and this is free to do. After that all work is carried out on a fixed fee basis, so you will always know exactly where you stand.

You should make contact straight away if…

  • Police investigations have just begun
  • You have been arrested
  • You are in custody
  • You are unhappy with your current legal representation
  • You have been bailed
  • You have been bailed and are expecting to appear in court
  • Regulatory inspectors are at your premises
  • Regulatory inspectors have made an unfavourable report

Contact Stewart Patterson Barrister


Contact Information

We wholeheartedly welcome you to contact us regarding any legally related issues or concerns. We're easy to talk with and will very quickly steer you in the right direction.

Stewart Patterson
Barrister, Mediator & Arbitrator

Pump Court Chambers,
31 Southgate Street,
SO23 9EB
Tel: 01962 690061
Fax: 0845 259 3240
DX: 2514 Winchester