Richard Reichman and Tom McNeill to deliver Lexology Webinar on Defending regulatory investigations and prosecutions

Richard Reichman and Tom McNeill to deliver Lexology Webinar on Defending regulatory investigations and prosecutions

BCL’s Richard Reichman and Tom McNeill with 2 Bedford Row’s Barristers Eleanor Sanderson and Shauna Ritchie will be delivering a webinar in partnership with Lexology, 10th November, 05:00 – 06:00 PM BST, titled ”Defending regulatory investigations and prosecutions.”

Register for this webinar here through the Lexology website.

Here’s a brief description of the webinar’s topic:

Corporate criminal liability has been transformed in the past 15 years, partly to address the increased public demand for accountability for safety and ESG failings. In addition to the corporate manslaughter offence, traditional regulatory offences such as health and safety, fire safety, environmental and consumer protection offences are treated increasingly seriously, with fines rising dramatically, as well as the threat of imprisonment for company officers. The Grenfell tragedy has seen a radical shift in fire safety enforcement while the Environment Agency’s wide ranging investigations of water and sewerage companies, which have already seen one £90m fine, recently led the Environment Agency to call for fines to increase further and prison sentences for Chief Executives and Board members in the most serious pollution cases. Greenwashing is also firmly on regulators’ radars and future enforcement action inevitable.

To circumvent perceived difficulties caused by the ‘identification doctrine’, the ‘regulatory’ approach has been extended to economic crimes and further extensions are expected in the future, leading to increased regulatory risk for businesses. This is part of a general trend where corporates are now expected not only to do no wrong but to prevent others from doing wrong or face criminal sanction.

During this webinar, we will discuss certain key aspects of these developments, including:

  • The changing regulatory landscape
  • Developments in corporate criminal liability (including the Law Commission’s recent options paper)
  • Particular risk areas for corporates
  • Defending regulatory investigations and prosecutions
  • Penalties for regulatory offences

 

Richard Reichman is a partner specialising in corporate crime and regulatory investigations (including ESG compliance).  He is ranked for his expertise in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. He has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in relation to the most serious, complex and high-profile contentious matters. He provides proactive advice regarding crisis management, large internal and external investigations, regulators’ powers, corporate co-operation, interviews under caution, prosecutions and associated proceedings such as inquests. He advises regarding a broad range of offences, such as corporate manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter, health and safety, food safety and hygiene, environmental (he advised in relation to the largest ever investigation by the Environment Agency), fire safety and consumer protection. He is frequently instructed in cases which require expertise in overlapping areas of business crime and regulation, for example joint police and Health and Safety Executive investigations and allegations of regulatory breaches combined with financial crime such as food and environmental fraud.

Tom McNeill is a senior associate specialising in corporate, regulatory, and financial crime. His expertise includes corporate and director liability, corporate manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter, health and safety, environmental protection, and fire safety. Tom represents companies and individuals in relation to serious and complex regulatory investigations and prosecutions including by the police, CPS, HSE, ORR, Environment Agency, fire authorities and local authorities. Tom is ranked in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500.

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