If you find your company is under investigation by a regulatory body or enforcement agency, it is essential that you seek legal advice and representation as soon as possible.

Our team of specialist regulatory defence solicitors here at Draycott Browne pride themselves on providing clear, straightforward advice from the outset, giving you a better chance of a positive outcome. We have a proven track record of successfully defending clients facing all manner of criminal and regulatory investigations and have a wealth of experience in advising businesses on all other regulatory matters.

To gain help from dedicated solicitors and to receive bespoke legal advice, call Draycott Browne today on +44 (0)161 228 2244.


There are a number of enforcement agencies who will investigate a company if they believe they are not complying with regulations or if the company is suspected of criminal activity.

Just some of the agencies we regularly work with are:

  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

The FCA is a financial investigation authority agency that works with the police to eliminate criminal offences such as money-laundering, mis-selling of financial services, market rigging, insider dealing and illegal financial promotions.

  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO)

The SFO is a government agency that works closely with the police to investigate and prosecute activity involving serious or complex fraud and bribery and corruption.

  • Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

HMRC will investigate any company suspected of tax avoidance or evasion.

  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Investigations carried out by the HSE are due to work-related incidents that have resulted in death, physical injury, occupational disease or other dangers.

  • Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is responsible for ensuring that business practices don’t negatively impact on the local environment and will take action if they believe regulations aren’t being followed.

If you are under suspicion for any unlawful activity, the relevant agency will inform you that they are launching an investigation into you and your business. They then have the power to prosecute individuals and businesses that are found guilty of any crime.


You should contact Draycott Browne as soon as possible in any of the following situations:

  • You have been informed you are under investigation.
  • You have been requested to attend an interview.
  • You are facing prosecution.
  • We are however able to help anyone at any stage of investigative proceedings.


Prosecutions carried out through the criminal courts by enforcement agencies or regulatory bodies can result in a range of penalties depending on the nature of the crime. These can be anything from a substantial fine given to a business or individual, to a prison sentence for the worst criminal cases.


Draycott Browne has more than 20 years’ experience in helping clients whose businesses are under investigation and has successfully helped clients avoid criminal convictions.

We understand just how complex these investigations can be and utilise our exceptional technical knowledge in this area to help you find the best possible result.

We can help you with:

  • Responding to dawn raids.
  • Preparing you for an interview.
  • Challenging any orders or search warrants.
  • Applying for bail.
  • Liaising with the relevant authorities.
  • Preparing your defence.
  • Representing you in court.

Our solicitors are experts in advising clients on how to speak to the authorities, which can mean the difference between a successful and unsuccessful outcome.

As well as helping with investigations from the authorities we can also help where allegations of misconduct have been raised internally. We are able to advise on the self-reporting process and thoroughly examine your current business model, to help you navigate current employment laws and regulations, highlight areas of concern and help you to understand exactly what is expected of your company so that you can successfully avoid the risk of accusations and potential prosecution in the future.

Draycott Browne is highly regarded across the legal profession for the in-depth knowledge and vast expertise of its solicitors in dealing with complex company investigations. We understand the stress that being under investigation can place on an individual and their business and strive to minimise both the worry and the disruption caused to your company.

Draycott Browne prides itself on working to the highest legal standards and has a track record of achieving excellent results. We take great pride in our professionalism and our dedication in protecting the rights of our clients and with our significant experience and expertise in this field, you can be confident you have a first-class legal team behind you.


Draycott Browne provides legal services across Manchester and throughout the wider Northwest. With the future of your business at stake, don’t settle for anything less than the best and contact Draycott Browne today on +44 (0)161 228 2244 or by completing our online enquiry form.

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