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Insider Trading

Insider trading is a potentially serious offence as it is a form of market abuse that can lead you to be investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). If you have been accused of insider training by the FCA, you could potentially be faced with a severe sentence which could lead to a lengthy imprisonment. At Cartwright King we acknowledge that genuine mistakes can occur and that everyone has the right to a fair trial to argue their case. If you are facing an allegation of internal trading, it is in your best interests to get in touch with a solicitor at your earliest convenience and we will deal with your case sensibly and professionally whilst advising you throughout the entire legal process. We are available to represent you anywhere within the country and argue your case for you in court.  

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Our highly skilled Criminal Defence team are here to take the worry off your hands. We can provide an initial telephone consultation to see how we can assist in your case. For more information, please call Richard Cornthwaite on 0203 866 1844 or email

Insider Trading Solicitors

Insider trading is a form of market abuse and is generally seen as the misuse of information while trading investments in markets within the United Kingdom. This crime can include allegations of dealing while being in possession of inside information and encouraging others to deal in similar circumstances. This information must relate to particular securities – usually stocks and shares – and must be specific so that it is not supposed to be made public. Anyone who makes this information public for their own personal gain is breaking confidentiality and is therefore abusing their authority within their respective company. If you have committed this offence or have not withheld certain standards, you can be investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Who is the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)?

The Financial Conduct Authority is an independent, government enforced financial regulatory body in the United Kingdom and was founded in 2013. The FCA’s sole responsibility is to regulate financial firms by providing its services to consumers while ensuring that the overall standards of the UK’s financial markets are maintained. More specifically, the FCA focuses on the conduct of retail and wholesale financial services firms.        

If certain standards are not met then the FCA have the authority to investigate both organisations and individuals. Once the investigation has took place, they have the power to order firms to retract or modify promotions which are deemed to be misleading and ban financial products for up to a year and potentially indefinitely.     

If the FCA finds you guilty of insider trading, you could be faced with a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment. Considerations will be taken including:

•    The circumstances you came into possession of confidential information
•    Whether you consciously caused an offence
•    The level of planning involved
•    Whether you acted alone or within a group
•    Whether your actions were for financial benefit 

How we can help

We acknowledge that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and therefore has a right to a fair trial to argue their case in court. If you have been accused of insider trading, our Criminal Defence Solicitors are available to argue your case and advise you throughout the entire process of the trial. We therefore promise to:

•    Represent you in court
•    Advise you throughout the entire process
•    Take the worry off your hands
•    Argue your case
•    Prepare an appeal if necessary

Given the broad area of law surrounding insider trading, we will ensure to deal with your case by finding all of the facts and circumstances surrounding it. During the entirety of the proceedings, we promise to demonstrate professionalism at all times and apply the best possible defence for you.

Why Choose Us?

At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the stress and worry being accused of insider trading can cause and the potential long term consequences that can affect you and your family. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, explain the likely outcomes and fight on your behalf.

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How to make contact

If you require any legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively you can email the Criminal Defence team on and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Cartwright king are able to assist wherever you are based whether in the Uk or abroad. We also have offices in Birmingham, Bedford, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Northampton, Nottingham and Sheffield.

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