Fraud

Offences of fraud can often be extremely complex. Rustem Guardian have experience in dealing with all types of fraud including Asset Based Layering, MTIC and Boiler Rooms. The team have the ability to consider vast amounts of material and to analyse it, in order to properly challenge the underlying allegation.

We regularly represent corporates, directors and individuals across the world, with particular expertise in Asia. We deal with allegations of bribery and corruption, as well as false accounting and conspiracies to defraud.

Putting in place a legal team that are experienced in financial analysis is vital. Not only do Rustem Guardian have this experience, but we also benefit from a vast network of counsel and experts across the UK and worldwide. This allows to offer an unparalleled service whilst maintaining a client friendly approach, with regular conferences and continued involvement in tactical decisions.

Rustem Guardian have international expertise with fluent speakers in various languages, links with consulates and a Chinese office. This allows us to provide a unique offering from our London headquarters. We also have an extensive network of financial experts, accountants and asset tracers which allow us to properly investigate your case.

Money Laundering

Increasingly, the prosecution is seeking to rely on the circumstances in which money is seized to try and prove money laundering. This shows the importance of ensuring you have a legal team in place who will challenge the evidence and make sure that your explanation is properly put forward.

Rustem Guardian regularly deal with complex cases involving money laundering, including cases of asset-based layering. We are experienced in carrying out complex tracing exercises in order to demonstrate that the origins of funds are legitimate.

It is essential that your legal representation properly understands that there is a difference between dishonesty and taking a commercial advantage. This can only be relied upon to a client’s benefit where the team has sufficient experience but has also has the time to properly understand your case – Rustem Guardian will ensure they have both. This provides you with the best chance of being acquitted and subsequently seeking the return of any seized funds.

Rustem Guardian have international expertise with fluent speakers in various languages, links with consulates and a Chinese office. This allows us to provide a unique offering from our London headquarters. We also have an extensive network of financial experts, accountants and asset tracers which allow us to properly investigate your case.

Money Laundering

HMRC Investigations

We are regularly instructed by individuals and corporates to advise in respect of ongoing investigations by HMRC. This can include where individuals are alleged to have under-declared earnings or have evaded taxes due when importing or exporting goods. It is essential that these investigations are handled carefully at an early stage and the right information is provided to those carrying out the investigation.

Due to our expertise and experience, Rustem Guardian are able to provide ongoing advice throughout the proceedings – from arranging and attending interviews to attempting to resolve matters without criminal proceedings being pursued.

Rustem Guardian benefit from a vast network of industry experts who can be instructed alongside the firm to assist with the investigation. 

Anti-Bribery and Corruption

Due to the breadth of our expertise and international connections, Rustem Guardian are well positioned to assist with any Bribery and Corruption proceedings.

Furthermore, we have been instructed to analyse ABC policies and procedures in order to ensure that measures in place are sufficient to provide any defence to charges pursuant to the Bribery Act 2010. We have also provided assistance with internal investigations and due to the breadth of experience in our team, we can provide a full consideration including internal interviews of staff members and agents.

We are familiar with the relevant AML regulations and legislation in a variety of jurisdictions and how to properly manage the inter-play between these.

Due to the experience of Senior Partner Timur Rustem we are regularly instructed at early stages of investigations with a view to active engagement with investigating authorities. This can ensure that criminal proceedings are not pursued. Measures can include offering Deferred Agreements or the payment of sums to reflect any inaccuracies in previous submissions/returns.

If you have been requested to attend a voluntary or Section 2 interview, arranging representation is vital. We have extensive experience in these areas and can offer advice as to the best approach to take, as well as preparing any written representations that should be provided in advance of any interview.

Health and Safety

Rustem Guardian are often instructed in regulatory matters including breaches of Health and Safety Regulations, Environmental Offences and proceedings relating to injuries and casualties at work. Rustem Guardian are also able to offer ongoing advice to companies as to whether or not their policies and procedures are sufficient to fulfil their legal obligations.

If you have been requested to attend a voluntary interview, either in your role as a director or on  behalf of the company, arranging representation is vital. Senior Partner Timur Rustem has extensive experience in these areas and can offer advice as to the best approach to take, as well as preparing any written representations that should be provided in advance of any interview.

We are also experienced in dealing with inquests and representing both individuals and companies, whether they are categorised as Interested Parties or not.

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