Anti-Bribery, Money-Laundering and Corruption

Acts, laws and regulations governing anti-bribery, anti-money-laundering and corruption are both national and international in nature, with variations by country.

This makes for complexity with regulatory authorities and professional bodies also connected to global enforcement networks. Through our network of legal specialists worldwide, Sinels helps individuals and corporate clients with compliance issues in one or more jurisdictions.

Financial Services Regulators

Sinels has acted for individuals and companies facing regulatory hostility both in Jersey and abroad. We have also galvanised both law enforcement and regulators into action. Clients with claims against a financial services institution such as a bank or insurance company would hope that regulatory governance and oversight may be sufficient to achieve a satisfactory end to longstanding issues, where in reality it is often only with the pressure of enough people having the same complaint that prosecution of the institution committing a high-level misconduct will follow. We have had some success in causing both law enforcement and regulatory bodies to take interest in appropriate cases and, in some cases, achieved newsworthy results.

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Dispute Resolution Services

Fraud Claims

Fraud has many faces and its effects can be terminal for both individuals and small to medium sized businesses. Fraud ranges from: dishonestly obtaining goods or credit, to institutionalised racketeering involving teams of people who operate at a high level of sophistication and dishonest conduct by institutions freely given clients trust. Sinels have a developed a deep understanding of fraud and fraudsters. We have a track record of obtaining restitution for victims.

Financial Mis-selling Claims

Institutions can be very good at mis-selling because there remains a common misconception that big businesses are run by the great and the good and are almost by definition reputable. We are past masters at analysing financial transactions and working out how the value was extracted by the vendor.

Civil and Commercial Litigation

In every relationship, as people and companies are going about their lives and businesses, and in particular those in which commercial transactions are made there is the risk of disagreement and breakdown. This is why it is vital to have processes in place that help to mitigate risk, preempt any potentially contentious issues that may arise and solve them if they do.

Injunctions

Injunctions can be very useful legal instruments for preventing ongoing harm while further legal remedies are sought. The Courts have, for many years, granted this type of relief in relation to fraudsters. Sinels have expertise and knowledge in obtaining injunctions and frequently advise on the options open to clients regarding protection of their rights.

Construction Disputes

We have many years experience in dealing with builders, architects, engineers and building owners.

Professional Negligence

Professional liability claims within the financial services and banking sectors, construction industry, legal accountancy and tax advisory and other sectors can run into millions of pounds.

Debt and Asset Recovery

Sinels specialises in high-value debt recovery. Further, Sinels has additional resources and experience in such matters by virtue of its close connection with a high-value debt collection agency, Restitution [LINK], and intelligence agency Sintel Global [LINK] which has helped numerous individuals, institutions, companies and governments respond promptly to enforcing cross-border debt and asset recovery and solving complex projects and legal disputes.

Contractual Disputes

Contract law provides a framework for voluntary agreements between two or more responsible individuals or entities. They are the foundation of commerce and activities of all kinds. Contracts are legally binding and may be enforced in court in the event of breach. Sinels advise clients on disputes involving breaches of contract and how they may be resolved or enforced through negotiation, mediation or litigation.

Employment Disputes

Employer and employee disputes are on the rise. Sinels has handled some of the most complex of these because we are truly independent, we have done it many times before. We have routinely acted for employees in some of the Island's highest value, hardest fought and most contentious cases including Amar Alwitry.

Insolvency

In the traditional sense, insolvency covers all the common forms of rescue, re-organisation, liquidation and debt relief processes available for natural persons or corporate entities. Sinels offer a straightforward approach to matters of insolvency, assisting clients with both local, foreign cross-border insolvency issues with practical expediency.

Trust Litigation

We have been successfully suing trustees for beneficiaries and settlors for decades. We have obtained numerous multi-million pound settlements.

Regulatory / Professional Body Issues

The public authorities and agencies that hold sway over many areas of industry and society these days update regulations at a pace that makes it a real challenge for all who are responsible for compliance. Sinels advises on regulatory changes, common regulatory issues, process, director’s duties and liabilities, and compliance within specific industries, to give our clients the upper-hand. We have acted for many accused of misconduct.