“Particularly recommended for its representation of high-profile clients in complex and extremely sensitive criminal proceedings. Extensive experience advising on historic sex crime matters.”
Those subjected to sexual allegations face a difficult and uncertain situation. Few matters require such sensitive and careful handling. Reputational considerations are paramount, as there always remains the potential for media interest. Professionals will often face the added complication of sanctions or suspension from their regulator. Individuals, institutions and organisations require clear advice, and quick and effective action and we are well equipped to handle even the most complex and historic allegations imaginable.
At BCL, our experienced team has acted in some of the most high-profile and serious sexual matters of recent years. We are routinely engaged by public figures, professionals, sportspeople, and those in business and industry. As well as advising those facing sexual allegations, we also offer advice to complainants and witnesses in sexual cases, and we regularly act for companies, institutions and organisations who require advice in relation to employees, requests for records/disclosure of material and wider requests for assistance in connection with police investigations.
For companies, charities and institutions, seeking early legal advice is essential in order to assess the gravity of the situation and how the process is likely to unfold, and to ensure steps are taken to minimise reputational damage. Circumstances in which we often advise include where a director or an employee is making or facing sexual allegations, an institution is facing an inquiry into sexual allegations, particularly those of an historic nature, and where the police have requested the co-operation of an organisation with an ongoing investigation.
For those facing sexual allegations, the importance of early, expert advice cannot be underestimated, particularly when allegations are historic or witnesses can be difficult to engage with or trace. We are proactive in our approach, contacting witnesses and ensuring evidence is preserved before any charges are brought. We work with forensic and medical experts who are the best in their field, in areas including computer and mobile phone forensics, DNA analysis, and toxicology. Where appropriate we can make representations to the police with a view to demonstrating that there is not enough evidence to bring a prosecution. Where matters do proceed to court, we ensure every avenue of defence is explored, priding ourselves on the thoroughness with which we prepare every case.