Our cross-practice investigations team consists of specialist lawyers from our business crime and regulatory, employment, commercial litigation, civil fraud, data protection and privacy, reputation and crisis management practices. We quickly mobilise bespoke teams to provide seamless support and can tailor an investigation to your specific needs.
The need for an internal investigation could be triggered by any number of events, such as the discovery of a potential regulatory breach, foreshadowed ligation, a report from a whistle-blower, external intervention or even by issues raised in the media. If not handled carefully from the outset, these internal issues may result in criminal, regulatory, or civil proceedings.
The aim of a good internal investigation is to determine the facts, and unearth any wrongdoing, to ensure that the organisation can take prompt and effective remedial action. It will also aim to protect the organisation's reputation and its position in any external proceedings. We support businesses and individuals through the process and manage every stage – from preparing an investigation plan and developing a communications strategy, to dealing with regulators and managing appropriate remediation.
We act for financial institutions, professional service firms, sporting organisations, and hospitality businesses – to name a few – as well as individuals, on internal investigations. Our reputation for thoroughness and discretion means that we are often instructed to investigate allegations of serious misconduct, including #metoo and #ustoo accusations, handling both complainants and accused with sensitivity and objectivity.
Whatever the circumstances, our objectives remain the same: to manage and minimise risk, devise a robust strategy to navigate the investigations process, and to secure the best possible outcome for our clients.