Being interviewed is itself a stressful experience, not least because the legal strategy adopted during interview is of critical importance, and can have a profound impact on both the progress and the result of an investigation or subsequent prosecution. Having a calm and experienced legal advisor is therefore critical.
Most interviews by authorities are conducted under the provisions of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984(PACE), Gherson have extensive experience and expertise advising in relation to interviews conducted both under PACE, and also under other compulsory powers in place. In addition, there are occasions where a subject will be invited to attend for a voluntary interview, and we can advise on the merits and procedure for responding to such requests. As with all other matters, Gherson also have particular expertise advising in relation to interviews with an international dimension.
The Team can offer extensive expertise regarding all interviews conducted by investigating agencies and managing interview processes in multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency investigations.
Therefore Gherson can provide a bespoke interview strategy, and have a deep understanding on how the product of any interview will affect the development of a later case. Decisions made at the early stage of an investigation can determine whether person is released without charge, or prosecuted for offences. Where a decision to prosecute is made, then events at the interview stage can shape whether a conviction or acquittal is secured. It is therefore of vital importance to have clear and comprehensive advice from the outset.