Regulation is constantly evolving. The financial services regime is complex and its rules are copious.
This environment, alongside the competitive nature of the globalised economy, makes it a challenging world for business. Failure to meet the exacting standards of regulation can have serious consequences - civil action, regulatory investigation and enforcement leading to loss of livelihood and reputation, unwanted publicity and possibly criminal prosecution.
Stephenson Harwood has one of the leading and most experienced regulatory practices in the City of London. We are well-rounded, having won awards both for Litigation and regulatory team of the year - British Legal Awards 2012, UK litigation team of the year - The Lawyer Awards 2012 and Best UK regulatory firm of the year - Thomson Reuters Accelus Awards 2012.
Our non-contentious lawyers are experts in guiding our clients through the complex maze of financial services and business regulation. The team bring clients a valuable combination of legal, commercial and regulatory experience. Clients include asset managers, corporate finance houses, professional service firms, banks, brokers, and regulated entities of all types based in the UK and internationally.
Complimenting these skills, our contentious lawyers have acted in most of the high-profile regulatory issues in recent times. They bring extensive experience in identifying risk, advising on steps to counter risk, handling regulatory disputes and piloting companies and individuals through regulatory and criminal investigations and proceedings.