BUSINESS & SPECIALIST CRIME
Serjeants’ Inn has considerable experience in complex criminal work. We are able to field a team of both silks and exceptional juniors which can take on any criminal or regulatory case, up to the most difficult and serious proceedings in the appellate courts.
With experienced practitioners who are on the CPS Grade 4 and SFO “A” lists, we both prosecute and defend. A number of the team are recommended by the leading legal directories for fields including Crime, Fraud, Financial Services and Business and Regulatory Crime.
We specialise in cases involving professionals, high net worth individuals, companies and organisations, and where the charges range from murder, manslaughter (including corporate manslaughter), sexual offences and perjury to health and safety offences, misconduct in public office, fraud and other financial crime. We appear in the leading cases, for example the authorities for the “double jeopardy” rule; the content of a judge’s summing up; and the scope of criminal prosecutions for extradited defendants.
We are routinely instructed at the early stages of a criminal investigation, to advise prior to interview and/or charge, working to avoid a charge in the first place or secure a dismissal. If the matter proceeds, we provide representation and advice on strategy, drawing on substantial experience of appearing in jury trials.
We regularly receive instructions to advise and appear in cases where there are both criminal and related proceedings: our approach is informed by our experience as market-leaders for inquests, professional discipline and regulatory law and civil claims in the healthcare and police sectors.
Our cases are often high-profile, for example the defence of the criminal and disciplinary proceedings relating to John Terry’s alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand and the recent prosecution of a Schroders Investment Management trader for insider dealing. Our barristers frequently appear on national TV news and in other media as commentators in the field.
A number of members of chambers have acted in cases involving doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals, where the charges relate to sexual assaults or allegations of dishonesty.
We have unrivalled experience in cases of gross negligence manslaughter in a medical context, having appeared in dozens of cases in which doctors have faced trial. Members of our Healthcare and Inquests teams regularly advise and act for Hospital Trusts, doctors and other professionals where these issues fall to be considered.
We advise and act for corporate and individual clients and leading enforcement agencies, including the FCA, SFO, HMRC in respect of investigations and proceedings in the UK and overseas. We are experienced in advising and acting for corporate clients, senior directors, solicitors and other high profile individuals, in respect of demanding and sensitive cases including insider dealing, money-laundering, market abuse, fraud, corruption and directors disqualification proceedings.
The leading text on Insider Dealing (Insider Dealing: Law and Practice, OUP 2013) is written by a member of Chambers and we have appeared in some of the biggest insider dealing and investment fraud cases to date. We also have experience advising on parallel proceedings undertaken by the DOJ, SEC, FRB and SRA.
We undertake both regulatory and criminal proceedings both for and against the FCA and are experienced advocates in hearings before the Regulatory Decisions Committee (RDC), Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber), Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, High Court, Crown Court and Courts of Appeal.
We are retained by the DFSA in Dubai to advise on and undertake training on its new enforcement process. We are currently acting for a multi-national corporation, and its high profile UK subsidiary, in a major international criminal investigation by UK regulators: this includes all aspects of pre-charge strategy, including voluntary disclosure of material and formal written representations against charge.
Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is very well known for the work done by its Police team. Individual members of chambers regularly act for police officers facing charges in the criminal courts.
We advise and represent corporate and individual clients who face HSE investigations or prosecution. We have experienced advocates to act in criminal proceedings across the full spectrum of cases brought under the HSWA 1974 and related regulations and legislation, in the Employment Tribunal (e.g. for Prohibition Notices), and also at inquests. We have particular expertise in cases involving care homes, hospitals and other residential settings, and in representing professionals in the Healthcare sector.
We have experienced practitioners who are on the CPS Grade 4 and SFO “A” lists and we have expertise in advising clients seeking to bring a private prosecution.
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