White collar crime, investigations and enforcement

Your relentless approach, tenacity and determination to resolve our difficult situation led to an excellent result for us.

Minoo Dastur, CEO, Nihilent Technologies Limited
Commercial Dispute Resolution

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White collar crime and financial regulation are increasingly complex and far-reaching, affecting all parts of society. Despite evolving enforcement measures, fraud is estimated to cost the UK economy alone as much as £125 billion every year.

Successfully handling investigations and prosecutions requires prompt action together with specialist knowledge and skill across a number of disciplines. At Penningtons Manches, we provide expert, bespoke support for corporate and individual clients, whether they are facing an enquiry or prosecution or seeking redress after a regulatory or criminal incident has impacted either on their business or affected them personally. In addition to swiftly addressing immediate concerns, our eye for detail and analytical thinking enable us to devise highly effective, longer-term strategies to resolve the issues they face.

Our lawyers are experienced in providing advice and representation in relation to the full range of investigations by the Serious Fraud Office, police, Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue & Customs, the Crown Prosecution Service, National Crime Agency and the Department of Business Innovation and Skills. We can also assist where there are cross-border investigations which may involve mutual legal assistance or joint operations.

We are independently recognised for our skill in handling the criminal, commercial and regulatory overlap that these cases often require and will provide preventative advice on financial hygiene and the implementation of policies to address bribery, corruption and money laundering. We are leaders in the field of cyber crime and cyber security; partner Dan Hyde has written the first (and only) comprehensive UK law book on the subject.

Working closely with other members of our commercial dispute resolution and reputation management teams, our lawyers’ priority is to adopt a seamless and comprehensive approach from the outset, ensuring wherever possible that sensitive cases are kept out of the press and any reputational damage is minimised.

We offer expert advice on:

  • cyber crime and cyber security
  • cases involving money laundering, bribery and corruption
  • Financial Conduct Authority investigations and prosecutions
  • Revenue (tax) investigations and prosecutions
  • unannounced dawn raids
  • search, seizure and retention of property
  • mutual legal assistance requests
  • restraint and freezing orders
  • internal investigations
  • financial crime and regulation
  • cartels
  • sanctions

Recent work highlights

Anti-corruption taskforce

Acting for anti-corruption campaigners in relation to international and domestic electoral fraud, bribery, corruption and misconduct in public office.


Global measures against money-laundering

Advising a multi-national, regulated corporate in the financial services sector in relation to cross-border money laundering issues as well as national and international fraud proceedings.


Probe into press payments

Representing journalists investigated during the Operation Elveden enquiry for conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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