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Our specialist teams advise on compliance, investigations and claims, from the development and improvement of compliance controls and systems, including embedding those procedures into the corporate culture, through to investigating issues when they go wrong and defending clients before regulators, prosecutors and in civil proceedings arising from the same issues.”

Our team spans a number of key practice areas, including financial crime, employment, financial services enforcement, competition, data protection, health and safety, environment, sanctions and professional and clinical risks. Through CMS' extensive global network, we can also provide you with seamless advice on cross-border issues.

You can find out about how CMS can help you by visiting the pages below:

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High­lights of our Ex­per­i­ence in Risk & In­vest­ig­a­tions in the UK
A multi-na­tion­al and rap­idly grow­ing tech­no­logy com­pany on es­tab­lish­ing in­tern­al guidelines and con­trols to en­sure that they did not breach sanc­tions and money-laun­der­ing rules.Co­ordin­at­ing a re­view...
Risk & In­vest­ig­a­tions Ser­vice
Fraud, cor­rup­tion, tax eva­sion and money laun­der­ing are is­sues high on the pub­lic, polit­ic­al and en­force­ment agen­das around the world. Reg­u­lat­ory and trade bod­ies’ more strin­gent re­stric­tions and trans­par­ency...


Quince­care and turn­ing a blind eye –  high hurdles to over­come
The Court of Ap­peal has handed down a judg­ment al­low­ing a Bank’s re­quest to strike out the ma­jor­ity of a claim brought against it in re­la­tion to al­leged breach of the Quince­care duty and provid­ing fur­ther...
Crypto­cur­rency fraud – Eng­lish Court to the res­cue 
In an­oth­er help­ful de­cision, the Eng­lish Com­mer­cial Court has gran­ted freez­ing and dis­clos­ure or­ders in re­la­tion to a sig­ni­fic­ant al­leged fraud af­fect­ing crypto­cur­rency hold­ers. In do­ing so, the court...
Scot­tish time bar: Scot­tish ap­peal court re-af­firms the “harsh” rule
There has been an im­port­ant de­cision on time bar from the In­ner House, the Scot­tish ap­peal court, which re­solves con­flict­ing lines of au­thor­it­ies on what a claimant needs to be aware of to start the time...
Cryptoassets and fraud – rem­ed­ies avail­able from Eng­lish courts
In ION Sci­ence Ltd v Per­sons Un­known and oth­ers[1], the Eng­lish Com­mer­cial Court ad­ded to a string of re­cent judg­ments which of­fer ef­fect­ive rem­ed­ies for deal­ing with frauds and thefts re­lated to cryptoassets...
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
Man­aging in­vest­ig­a­tions: plan­ning pres­sures and pit­falls video series
With more in­tern­al re­port­ing of con­cerns with­in busi­nesses thanks to im­proved train­ing and con­trols, and with com­plex reg­u­lat­ory, crim­in­al and HR in­vest­ig­a­tions be­com­ing more com­mon­place, cor­por­ates need...
Ex­clu­sion of li­ab­il­ity – a warn­ing for dis­closed prin­cipals
The Court of Ap­peal has con­sidered wheth­er a non-party might be li­able un­der a sale and pur­chase agree­ment for claims for breach of war­ranties.  The case of Bell v Ivy Tech­no­logy Ltd [2020] EW­CA Civ...
Em­ploy­ment Risk and In­vest­ig­a­tions Team Our Risk and In­vest­ig­a­tions team works to safe­guard your busi­ness and en­sure that your or­gan­isa­tion can read­ily demon­strate a con­sist­ent and de­fens­ible com­pli­ance...
The SFO se­cures ap­prov­al of its ninth DPA with Air­line Ser­vices Lim­ited
In­tro­duc­tion On 30 Oc­to­ber 2020, the South­wark Crown Court (Mrs Justice May) ap­proved a de­ferred pro­sec­u­tion agree­ment (“DPA”) between Air­line Ser­vices Lim­ited (“ASL”) and the Ser­i­ous Fraud Of­fice...
SFO pub­lishes guid­ance on de­ferred pro­sec­u­tion agree­ments
In­tro­duc­tion On 23 Oc­to­ber 2020, the Ser­i­ous Fraud Of­fice (“SFO”) pub­lished in­tern­al guid­ance (the “Guid­ance”) on its ap­proach to de­ferred pro­sec­u­tion agree­ments (“DPAs”). Back­ground DPAs...
Fin­ance Dis­putes: latest de­vel­op­ments and up­com­ing is­sues
Our Fin­ance Dis­putes pan­el­lists will look at three key risk areas in re­la­tion to the world of fin­ance. This ses­sion is suit­able for all at­tendees wheth­er you work in the fin­an­cial ser­vices sec­tor or not:Cryptoassets:...
Priv­ilege: What you need to know
The last couple of years have seen some im­port­ant de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish case law in the area of leg­al pro­fes­sion­al priv­ilege, from the Court of Ap­peal over­turn­ing a re­strict­ive in­ter­pret­a­tion of lit­ig­a­tion...