FAQsProelium Law | The UK’s foremost legal authority on high-risk jurisdictions and specialist risk services
Please find below some commonly asked questions or persistent issues. As ever, if you cannot find the answer to the information you seek here do get in touch.
Law firms are too expensive
We haven’t had a need for ‘legals’ in the past
It’s all a bit overwhelming/I find legal stuff complex and therefore I put off even dealing with it
The legal industry has a reputation for being greedy/ The thing with solicitors is that you don’t often feel like you get value for money
You haven’t got the knowledge to cover everything we need
I would like to set up a branch of my business in a country/region that has recently been affected by war/terrorism. Is it best to take local advice and if I do, how do I know the people I am dealing with are legitimate?
Some important matters to be aware of when thinking of setting up a business abroad:
Falling foul of sanctioned organisations or individuals or restrictions imposed on the staff who work for you as a result of sanctions;
Understand how to approach the issue of due diligence in a foreign country;
Failing to have the correct insurance in place;
Contributing inadvertently to money-laundering or the financing of terrorism;
Your assets being seized due to your business being an unlawful corporate structure;
Understanding what is the best corporate structure to have in place;
Local employment requirements;
Deciding if you should set up a branch, representative office or a head office.
Our firm has lost a shipment of goods from the Far East/Europe/US. Communications with the shipping firm are poor and my insurance company is understandably unhappy. What can you do to help?
One of our employees, working in our overseas office, has gone missing. We have reported it to the local police but his/her family are understandably very concerned and I’d like to do more to help. What can I do?
Extra-territorial reach of the UK Terrorism Act 2000 or the US Patriot Act;
Inadvertently funding terrorism;
Making sure you understand insurance policy requirements;
Conducting hostage release action unilaterally that compromises undeclared, official efforts.
I have some ‘low-light’ equipment for sale, I want to sell it to use for night-fishing and I’m looking for an overseas export partner. I’ve heard there could be problems with this? Can you explain?
I am facing a ‘sensitive’ issue at home/work/abroad and need surveillance to gather more evidence. I’ve no idea where to start. Who should I approach?
You should be aware of:
‘Cowboy’ investigators in the market place;
Carrying out surveillance in countries where it is strictly forbidden;
Unregulated activities that are illegal;
Poor professionalism that could prove costly and ultimately make the situation far worse.
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