We advise on a wide range of matters including preparing statements, attending interviews, interviews under caution, disclosure, searches of premises, seizure, restraint and property freezing orders.
It is imperative that if you are to be interviewed that you are represented by an experienced team who can provide you with clear advice and ensure you are properly prepared for interview. We will seek disclosure and will deal with matters that are likely to arise at the interview, advising you whether it is appropriate to answer questions, submit a prepared statement, or exercise your right to silence.
As well as interviews carried out in relation to individuals as suspects in a case, there is also the power of the Serious Fraud Office under s2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987 and the Financial Conduct Authority under s171 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to compel individuals and companies to answer questions, provide information or produce documents for the purpose of an investigation into suspected fraud or regulatory breaches. Sometimes these prosecuting authorities require immediate compliance. Our team has assisted on many cases where these notices have been issued, working with our clients to ensure that they understand the ramifications of the process, that they provide what is required, and that they are fully prepared for interview involving either the Serious Fraud Office or the Financial Conduct Authority.
s235 and s236 of the Insolvency Act 1986 also provide that an office holder of a company can require its former officers and employees to attend to answer compulsory questions in relation to the company’s affairs and require them to deliver up any company documents or property in their possession. Bivonas have regularly advised clients on their rights in relation to such applications.