Slater & Gordon launches specialist crime teams

Slater & Gordon has broken its business crime and regulation (BCR) practice in two, with one half to focus on fraud, corruption and bribery cases and the other on regulatory investigations.

The firm said it decided to create the two specialist teams in response to the “increasingly complex landscape” facing the business world and in recognition of the “need for a multidisciplinary approach to assist businesses and professionals who come under the scrutiny of their regulators.”

Slater & Gordon partner Jeremy Summers, who focuses particularly on bribery issues, will head the business crime team, while regulatory investigation specialist Craig McAdam will head up the new disciplinary and regulatory defence practice. Both are longstanding partners of the firm.

Summers said the decision was prompted by a changing market and would help the firm to work both for businesses targeted by criminal and enforcement legislation as well as growing its services to individual clients.

It is not yet clear if the firm has made any lateral hires for the new teams. McAdam said the new structure provided a mix of expertise to reflect the “multi-faceted” nature of the regulatory issues faced by businesses.

Slater & Gordon legacy firm Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) was acquired by the listed Australian outfit last year (30 January 2012), with the firm subsequently dropped the RJW brand from its name.