The England and Wales chapter, which can be found here* provides a comprehensive overview of the latest developments and procedures in domestic and cross-border civil and criminal investigations. Topics covered by Government Investigations include: relevant enforcement agencies and authorities, the requirements, triggers and procedures of an investigation, whistle-blower and employee protections, document preservation (including data protection, privacy, and legal privilege limitations), notification of investors, concepts of corporate criminal liability, cooperation with enforcement agencies, resolution of investigations, and potential civil and criminal penalties.
BCL Partner, Michael Drury has a diverse practice, ranging from extradition (where he has successfully represented senior Ministers and others in former Soviet Union states, defeating extradition claims and securing the removal of and preventing the issue of Red Notices) to representing individuals in regulatory proceedings brought by the FCA (in LIBOR and other matters); acting in criminal investigations by the SFO (including for corporates and individuals in bribery and corruption cases, and in LIBOR); acting in investigations by the Information Commissioner’s Office (in the spin off from NCA investigations into ‘blagging’); and representing individuals in arenas as wide ranging as the Metropolitan Police investigation into the alleged involvement of British officials in the transfer of individuals to Libya under the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to fraud investigations by a variety of police forces in England and Wales. Michael has published articles about Government investigations in ‘The International Comparative Legal Guide: Corporate Investigations 2017’.
Natasha Sammy is an employed barrister at BCL who specialises in business crime, fraud, bribery and corruption and regulatory matters with particular expertise in investigations and prosecutions by the SFO. Prior to joining BCL, Natasha was a Principal Lawyer at the SFO and had practised as a barrister specialising in criminal defence at the criminal bar. As a result Natasha has a broad spectrum of experience including advising in relation to compelled interviews under section 2 CJA, interviews under caution, search warrants and disclosure related matters. Following successful completion of LLB Law at Nottingham Law School, Natasha was called to the Bar in 2006 and completed her training as a barrister at leading criminal barristers’ chambers in London and Trinidad (West Indies).
*Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through – Government Investigations 2019 (Published: September 2018). For further information please visit www.gettingthedealthrough.com.