Our team of calm and experiences advisors have extensive experience advising in relation to interviews conducted both under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and compulsion.
Our team of defence lawyers is headed by Thomas Cattee who himself once sat on the other side of the table as Lead Investigative Lawyer for the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). With this in mind, we have been involved in thousands of interviews in relation to a whole spectrum of criminal activities under PACE and compulsion on both sides and are well positioned to offer our clients the very best strategic advice.
Our team offers extensive advice regarding all aspects of interviews conducted by investigating, prosecuting and regulating agencies, including those conducted voluntarily. We regularly manage interview processes in multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency investigations and provide a bespoke interview strategy, built upon a deep understanding on how the product of any interview will affect the development and potential outcome of a client’s case.
How are interviews conducted?
Most interviews by the authorities are conducted under caution via the provisions of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE).
However, interviews may also be conducted under other compulsory powers in place and available to various prosecuting and regulatory agencies. And, in certain circumstances, interviews may be conducted with the assistance of an overseas prosecuting agency.
Furthermore, there are occasions where a subject will be invited to attend for a voluntary interview.
Whether under caution, or voluntary, it would be wise to seek counsel at an early stage. Decisions made here can determine whether a person is released without charge, or prosecuted for offences. Where a decision to prosecute is made, events at the interview stage can shape whether the case ends with a conviction or an acquittal.
If you have been invited to partake in an interview under caution or voluntarily, or for more information about us and our Criminal Litigation, Investigations and Regulatory services, please contact a member of the team who will be able to assist.