Firm profile submitted by BCL Solicitors LLP
THE FIRM BCL Solicitors LLP is a market leading firm specialising in domestic and international corporate and financial crime, tax investigations and litigation, financial regulatory enforcement, corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences, disciplinary proceedings, serious and general crime, as well as the associated areas of anti-money laundering and anti-corruption compliance and risk management. BCL is renowned for its expertise in representing individuals and corporations affected by criminal or regulatory investigations and prosecutions in the areas described below. Its lawyers are a unique blend of litigators and advocates drawn from specialist criminal law firms and barristers’ chambers, commercial law firms, key positions in the main prosecuting authorities and the Government Legal Service. They provide discreet, effective and expert advice to senior executives, corporations, governments, public bodies, public figures and high profile / high net worth individuals.
TYPES OF WORK UNDERTAKEN
Corporate & Financial Crime (including Fraud, Corruption, Sanctions Offences & Cartels): BCL has one of the largest and most experienced corporate and financial crime teams in the UK and has been instructed in most of the significant cases involving the SFO, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the FCA and the Competitions & Markets Authority (formerly the OFT). Its experience in dealing with investigating authorities also means BCL is often engaged by commercial organisations to conduct internal investigations into suspected corporate and financial crime. Its work is increasingly international, reflecting the globalisation of the investigation and prosecution of corporate and financial crime, and BCL is frequently instructed to project manage multi-jurisdictional criminal and ancillary civil litigation in liaison with local law firms in the jurisdictions concerned. The international nature of BCL’s work also means that it has considerable experience in the associated areas of extradition (often for prominent businesspersons where there is a political aspect to the proceedings), international mutual legal assistance and in challenges to Interpol.
Tax Investigations & Litigation: BCL acts in investigations, prosecutions and civil litigation involving HMRC, regularly working alongside eminent tax and accountancy practices. BCL has substantial expertise in litigating allegations of ineffective tax avoidance and tax evasion, negotiating settlements, and monitoring/ challenging the use by HMRC of its wide-ranging powers.
Financial Regulatory Enforcement: BCL acts in regulatory investigations and proceedings brought by the FCA in the areas of insider dealing, market abuse, market manipulation and generally in relation to individuals’ regulatory approval.
Corporate Manslaughter/Health & Safety/Environment (including Consumer Protection & Trading Standards): BCL acts in investigations, enforcement action and prosecutions involving corporate manslaughter, health and safety/fire safety/environmental breaches and fatal accidents, including providing emergency advice, undertaking internal investigations, providing representation in interview, challenging enforcement notices, advising on orders for the compulsory provision of information and providing representation at coroners’ inquests. BCL has developed considerable recognised expertise in relation to the corporate manslaughter offence.
Money Laundering & Proceeds of Crime: BCL provides representation and advice in relation to money laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) issues, including restraint, freezing, receivership, confiscation, civil recovery and cash seizure/forfeiture.
Compliance & Risk Management: BCL advises corporations, financial institutions, professional service providers and individuals in relation to anti-money laundering and anti-corruption compliance, as well as advising on corporate accountability and risk management relating to the widening range of applicable criminal offences which companies face. It also undertakes internal reviews and investigations into such matters.
Disciplinary Proceedings: BCL acts for individuals facing professional disciplinary action by bodies such as the Bar Council, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the General Medical Council, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, and the British Horseracing Authority.
Serious & General Crime/Motoring: BCL has a long-established reputation as a market leader in the largest and most high-profile serious criminal cases. It offers specialist and discreet advice across the whole spectrum, from homicide to road traffic offences, whether in the police station, the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court. Many of its clients are high-profile individuals in the fields of business, industry, entertainment, sport and the media, where discretion and reputation management are crucial.