We work closely with our clients in order to ensure that our investigations are approached in a proportionate and considered manner, taking into account all relevant considerations including the credibility of allegations made, reputational and commercial risk, obligations to the market, and time imperatives.
Where appropriate we also utilise the latest technology in our investigations including the remote collection of data, the use of Technology-Assisted Review (“TAR”) and predictive coding, virtual interview bundles, and secure file-sharing, in addition to conducting remote interviews.
As a result, from the very onset of the COVID-19 lockdown, we have been in a position to move seamlessly to provide clients with continuity in relation to their ongoing investigations, and to launch new investigations.
Whilst many of the steps involved in investigations are easily taken, they cannot be taken without careful risk assessment and planning. As data crosses borders, and is recorded in different jurisdictions, at different times, in different ways, companies need to ensure that they stay on the right side of the law in every country involved, and that they preserve legal professional privilege. We have deep experience in working closely with our clients to provide bespoke, pragmatic, and sophisticated advice – avoiding the legal and strategic pitfalls that exist.
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
Genuine Expertise: We have been, and continue to be, involved in many of the most significant and high profile international white-collar crime and regulatory investigations of the last decade. We have acted for, and currently act for, governments, listed multinationals, top-tier banks, and C-suite executives.
Vertically Integrated: We provide everything from initial due diligence and compliance advice through to acting as trial counsel for companies and executives facing prosecution.
Bespoke: We build the right team to suit the specific needs of our clients on a case-by-case basis.
International: We work where our clients work and have real, on-the ground experience in over 20 jurisdictions across the globe, including conducting long-running projects with teams based within our clients’ offices, and have conducted effective, technology driven remote investigations in relation to dozens of others.
Conflict-free: The exclusive and specialised nature of our practice means we are generally conflict-free.
Flexible Fee Structures: Our years of experience operating on fixed fee and flexible pricing models means that our clients benefit from transparency, certainty and the ability to budget regardless of the complexity or size of the matter.
We pride ourselves on being able to deliver flexible, tailored pricing models to suit our clients’ businesses. Some clients prefer hourly rates, but much of our work is also undertaken on a fixed fee basis, so that our clients can benefit from transparency, certainty, and the ability to budget, regardless of the complexity or size of the instruction.
None of our lawyers have billable hour targets because we don’t believe that this delivers the best efficiencies, service, or value for our clients. We believe that the most important thing we can deliver to our clients is the quality of our advice and not just the number of hours that our lawyers work.
We are based on London but we operate across the Globe. We work wherever our clients need us to work and have significant experience of overseas investigations and litigation. Almost all of our work involves international elements. More details of our international work can be found here.
Our origins are at the English Bar, having been founded by two barristers (David Williams QC and Ivan Pearce) and the ‘Chambers’ in our full name is a nod to this history (which you can read more about here). Whilst we continue to employ a number of barristers, we are not a Chambers or ’Set’; instead we are regulated by the SRA and now employ solicitors, investigators, compliance experts, and other professionals, alongside our barristers. This means that we are perfectly positioned to assist our clients with every aspect of their compliance, investigations, defence, and disputes needs. Most people now know us simply as Fulcrum.
Fulcrum Diligence is our sister company who specialise in delivering due diligence reports and training, and advice on Counter-Party (or Third-Party) due diligence systems and controls.
The two companies often work together on a variety of matters including internal investigations and compliance.
You can learn more about our due diligence offering and Fulcrum Diligence here.
The practice areas and sectors listed on our website are illustrative of the type of work we do, and the sectors we operate in, but they are not exclusive.
If you are seeking assistance in relation to compliance, investigations, white-collar or regulatory criminal defence, or disputes, it is likely that we will be able to help.
Please do contact us.
Yes. Most of our work is for international clients or clients with a significant presence overseas.
The nature of modern commerce means that transactions often cross borders and involve multiple jurisdictions. The first, important step, is to understand which jurisdictions’ laws and regulations are applicable. We can advise on that.
Criminal law is becoming increasingly extra-territorial in its reach and you might fall within its jurisdiction in circumstances that may surprise you. The jurisdictional reach of the bribery offences under the UK Bribery Act, for example, extends to offences that are committed or partly committed in the United Kingdom and offences committed abroad by persons with a close connection to the United Kingdom.
We also work closely with carefully selected partners across the Globe whom we can call upon at a moment’s notice to advise on matters of foreign law and procedure.
Yes. As well as acting for corporates, we frequently represent and advise individuals who find themselves subject to document requests, questions, or interviews by regulators, prosecutors, or other government agencies. In recent years we have represented senior executives in some of the most high profile SFO investigations, including Rolls Royce and Rio Tinto.