In business life, often all that separates “business as usual” from criminal misbehaviour is a narrow line, which moves over time. What used to be generally acceptable some years ago may be prosecuted today. A hitherto trivial offence is now frowned upon. In a connected world, prosecutors act effectively across borders through international mutual assistance.
Many laws relevant to business contain criminal provisions, such as in the areas of financial market regulation, product safety, export control and sanctions, customs and taxes. Managers are increasingly taking measures to protect themselves from being held criminally liable for their staff’s criminal conduct under “respondeat superior” rules. The need for businesses to ensure competent representation in criminal proceedings has grown since the introduction of corporate criminal culpability. Criminal law has become a critical field for enterprises and their management.
Since commencing practising as a lawyer in 1996, I have acted both as advisor and litigator in those areas of criminal law which are relevant to business people. In product safety, tax or customs criminal cases or matters in other areas of administrative criminal law I work closely with experienced experts in administrative law. For more details, see my resume.