Our Regulatory Law Solicitors can guide you through the draconian complexities of a company investigation by the Companies Investigation Branch of the Department of Business (DBERR).
The remit of the Companies Investigation Branch is quite clear, it will investigate a company if the following criteria are met:
• There has been a complaint of corporate abuse, serious misconduct, fraud or general sharp practices
• The target is a limited company or limited liability partnership (LLP)
• The target has a business address or addresses in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland; and
• The business is actively trading, or has ceased trading without going into formal insolvency proceedings.
Investigations by the Companies Investigation Branch.
For anyone under investigation by the Companies Investigation Branch, an interview situation can be difficult. The interview is not governed by PACE, as this is not a criminal matter. However, failure to co-operate could result in contempt of Court proceedings being brought. There are no safeguards allowing co-operation to be declined for fear of self-incrimination; again, failure to co-operate could lead to contempt proceedings and the company being wound up. However there are safeguards in this complex area and expert legal advice is a must.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer a free initial consultation & can provide immediate legal representation anywhere in the UK.
Call our Company Investigations Solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 or contact us online.
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