Challenging a decision to investigate or prosecute via judicial review is difficult and only open to challenge on specific narrow grounds. Applications relating to individual steps within investigations, such as search warrants, where an investigating authority is obliged to satisfy a statutory test in order to exercise a power, have often been more successful but still present complexities which require specialised expert advice.
Fulcrum are one of only a handful of firms whose judicial review team specialises in challenges in the context of investigations and prosecutions. Our team has experience of judicial review both in the context of challenges to decisions to investigate or prosecute as well as individual steps within investigations and also regularly advises on the tactical merits of such applications.
In recent years, we have represented clients in judicial review applications before Caribbean courts, again in the context of criminal and regulatory investigations.
Fulcrum Chambers is one of very few firms who have a real expertise in corporate white-collar defence and compliance processes. This comprehensive expertise allows them to provide a pragmatic, tailored advice to companies on compliance processes, as they are able to draw from their expertise in criminal defence.
Senior Regional Compliance Officer – Multinational Infrastructure Company
I felt they had a good relationship with the SFO and that there was considerable mutual respect between them.
Senior Executive – Multinational Engineering Company
More than two years on, people still talk about this gripping presentation and I am hugely grateful for the imaginative delivery which ensured the enduring embedding of our key compliance messages in the minds of our senior leadership team.
Chief of Staff, Multinational Aerospace Company
They got up to speed very quickly and were always very quick to respond…they listened to what I was saying and always acted in my best interests.
Head of International Group Function – Multinational Engineering Company
They supported and advised us implementing our legal strategy, relying on their thorough knowledge and deep experience in dealing with the SFO. They were always a source for new ideas and proposals when the situation so warranted and always provided effective advice and counsel.
Chief Compliance Officer – Multinational Transport Company
Aug 26 2018
The Code for Crown Prosecutors (“Code”) sets out the general principles crown prosecutors should follow when deciding whether to prosecute a case. The Code, issued by the Director for Public…
Apr 17 2017
On March 29, two senior UK judges dismissed an attempt by Unaoil to challenge an SFO investigation into allegations that the company paid bribes around the world. It is the latest in a fast-growing…
Feb 5 2016
On the 27th of January 2016, the High Court ruled in favour of the SFO over the way it handles the identification of digital material which is potentially subject to Legal Professional…