In today's regulatory and white collar crime landscape, corporate clients regularly encounter serious internal issues which if handled poorly, and not in a sufficiently expeditious manner can frequently result in criminal, regulatory, or civil proceedings. That's where an internal investigation comes in.
An internal investigation helps corporate clients to determine the facts and inform the board to enable it to comply with its regulatory and legal obligations.
While internal investigations can be carried out by management, compliance, or in-house counsel, there are a number of benefits to instructing external counsel. You'll get an independent and objective report, which will involve interviewing individuals to get to the heart of the matter and our work for you will always be covered by privilege (subject to developments in the law).
We can mobilise a bespoke team to conduct an internal investigation, consisting of specialist white collar crime lawyers, employment lawyers, and civil fraud lawyers. The team carries out internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients and has also represented many individuals in internal investigations.
We provide a tailored approach to each internal investigation we conduct and can call on our vast network to instruct the best barristers and forensic service provides such as accountants and IT specialists.
Finally, the issue of self-reporting is always a difficult one and corporations should seek specialist advice from external Counsel on this issue on a case by case basis.
If law enforcement or regulators are already involved, we will liaise with them and conduct any investigation in the appropriate way so that the company ensures the appropriate level of cooperation is given so that the best possible outcome for the company is achieved.
And where needed, our media and crisis management lawyers can also work alongside the investigation lawyers to help safeguard the reputation of the company.