Expert legal advice in your corner

When your business is facing an investigation or prosecution, your livelihood, and in some cases, freedom, could be on the line. Ensuring you have a legal team of experts in business defence in your corner is key. 

Combining experience in both commercial and criminal law, Smith Partnership offers the expertise you need. Get in touch to find out how we can help you.

Robust advice and representation

Having helped many businesses and professionals through those trying times, we have the specialist skills and knowledge to do the same for you. We offer robust advice and representation in areas including:

  • Fraud 
  • Prosecution of a director 
  • Breach of director’s duties 
  • HM Revenue and Customs 
  • Trading Standards 
  • Corporate manslaughter 
  • Inquests and public enquiries 
  • Fire safety and health & safety 
  • Food and product defects 
  • Local authority investigations and prosecutions

We believe that no matter the circumstances, everyone has the right to expert legal advice. Whatever the issues you or your business are facing, our dedicated business defence solicitors take the time to understand your individual situation and tailor a strategic and proactive approach to help you reach the best possible outcome. 

Here when you need us most

Providing you with dedicated legal support at every stage of your case, you can rest assured that your business’s best interests are in safe hands at all times. Right from initial instructions, all the way through to completion, you’ll receive fearless advice and representation.

A member of our team will be on hand during any investigation at your business premises as well as to assist and advise during any formal interviews at the police station, or elsewhere. If necessary for the case, our specialist team of advocates can represent you during any court proceedings.

Don’t just take our word for it...

Our business defence services have been recognised by the Legal 500, which states:

(...) 'nothing short of excellent and brilliant at delivering a great quality service’. Its recent caseload includes a wide variety of work including corruption, conspiracy to commit fraud, VAT fraud and benefits fraud. As the team is part of a full-service firm, it is able to leverage the firm’s expertise in other departments such as property, corporate and commercial or employment in order to advise on issues arising as a consequence of facing a fraud case. ‘Straight-talking’ practice head Kevin McGrath ‘has a calm, methodical and reassuring approach’ and is especially noted for ‘his ability to understand complex tax issues’. (...)

Legal 500
Why choose Smith Partnership?

Whether a case relates to tax evasion, false accounting, health & safety practices or anything else, our team approaches every matter with the same level of dedication and commitment to providing an excellent service to reach the best possible outcome.

Combining our unrivalled expertise of criminal law with many years of experience in all manner of corporate and commercial law, we provide holistic advice and solutions. Not only do we advise you on your stance, but also on any impact or risks that action could have on the business as a whole.

Smith Partnership’s services are built on being straightforward and practical. This means that our advice to you will always be easy to understand and free of any legal jargon, which we know is valued by our clients, particularly in matters which could have significant implications.

From our offices in Leicester, Derby, Burton Upon Trent, Swadlincote and Stoke on Trent, our team ensures that your business has access to approachable and responsive expert legal advice and support whenever and wherever it is needed.

Contact our team today

To find out how our expert team of solicitors can help you, contact us today on 0330 123 1229, send us an email via or complete our contact form.


You are obliged by law to cooperate with HSE inspectors during an investigation, including providing any information they may reasonably require and attending any necessary meetings.

If the interview is to be conducted under caution and in accordance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act the answer is yes. This type of interview can only take place if you are suspected of criminal conduct and could result in a prosecution.