Erin Cowley
Regulatory and Business Crime Partner

Erin is a fraud, regulatory and corporate defence solicitor with over 17 years PQE, representing companies and individuals facing criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Erin supports company officers and businesses with regulatory compliance issues to avoid and/or minimise the impact of investigations and prosecutions. She has acted for individuals and businesses being investigated/ prosecuted by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Information Commissioners Office (ICO), Environment Agency, Trading Standards, National Crime Agency (NCA) and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Erin acts for individuals, business owners, directors, doctors, lawyers and accountants in investigations by regulators and other internal investigations. For example, most recently she has provided advice to the Directors of a large, well established company who are being investigated by the Ministry of Justice and was the lead solicitor representing a business owner who was being prosecuted by the NCA in the largest prosecution of its kind in the UK.

Erin advises clients involved in VAT and tax disputes and most recently represented a client who faced a number of charges and on- going investigations by HMRC into tax fraud, consumer protection matters and licencing which was dealt with prior to any hearing taking place given her tenacity and will to succeed. She has represented business owners in some of the most complex international carousel frauds, detailed proceeds of crime investigations and prosecutions and one of the largest construction frauds in the country. Erin has also defended Directors facing private prosecutions and regularly advises on proceeds of crime matters, cash seizure investigations and enforcement receivership matters in the High Court. She is also extremely experienced in dealing with multi-disciplinary freezing orders subsequent to legal proceedings, appeals against Proceeds of Crime Orders and defending client’s positions where the Prosecution have chosen to re- open the same.

Erin is excellent at case strategy, working to tight deadlines and managing client expectations across the board. She is particularly respected for her excellent communication skills, attention to detail and building trusted advisor relationships with clients.

What others have said about Erin’s work;

"...outstanding in her dealings with clients, going above and beyond the norm and in particular, in her ensuring their understanding of complex legal issues. Her ability to master often extensive and complicated facts is a testament to her organisation and work ethic. Her cases are immaculately prepared and her instructions to Counsel exemplary"

Daniel Jones – Barrister at D.O.J Legal

"Erin is an exceptional solicitor; her case preparation is thorough and diligent and her ability to engage meaningfully with clients alike is second to none. Erin has the rare ability to work with utmost professionalism whilst being approachable and sympathetic at all times"

Gemma Maxwell – Barrister at St Johns Buildings, Manchester

"She quickly assimilates complex issues, seeks pragmatic solutions and provides clear and decisive advice. We continue to recommend her services to those in need of sound, practical advice"

Steve Simmonite – SKS (GB) Limited

"Clients value Erin because of the high standard of care and excellent results she achieves. We have represented high net worth individuals and companies facing regulatory enforcement and criminal prosecution with real success. Those facing investigation call Erin at the earliest stages to obtain expert advice and focussed representation"

Mr Pojur – Barrister at St Johns Buildings

"The professionalism and support Erin has given is exceptional..."

Ms L - Client

"I most highly recommend her to anyone….professional and friendly all at the same time"

Miss C - Client

"Her commitment and drive to put the case together was exemplary. Her communication skills and in fact, her personality, in my opinion, puts her ahead of all other solicitors I have met"

Mr S - Client

“Erin provided expert advice and quickly got to grips with complex issues. I found Erin approachable, professional and excellent at keeping me informed at all times”

Tel: 07395 815313