Commercial Crime

Rowe Bristol Lawyers have experience in representing clients in commercial related criminal matters. Commercial crime that may affect our clients include:

  • alleged offences under the Criminal Code (WA) that affect a client’s business, such as misappropriation of funds, embezzlement, fraud, theft or conversion of assets etc; and
  • alleged offences under regulatory legislation such the Corporations Act, Work or various taxation legislation, which most commonly relate to knowing and deliberate breach of the Act such as knowingly engaging in insolvent trading.

It is important for clients to understand that many civil provisions of commercial legislation have mirroring provisions that constitute criminal offences. It is also possible for civil dispute to escalate to a criminal matter, such as misappropriation of funds when a client believed that there was entitlement to the funds.

In representing clients accused of committing a criminal offence in relation to a commercial matter, Rowe Bristol Lawyers is experienced at (among other things):

  • advising the client as to the legal requirements of the relevant offence;
  • advising the client as to his or her rights against self-incrimination, including instances when those rights are limited by legislation such as in the case of an examination conducted under section 19 of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001; and
  • advising and representing the client with respect to defending against offences alleged against the client.

If you require legal advice in relation to commercial crime, please contact us to arrange a confidential meeting so that we may consider your specific circumstances.

The above information is provided as general information only and should not be relied upon as legal advice. The accuracy of this information may have changed from the date when it was published.