Internal and external investigations:
Handling complex internal and external investigations for employers and those under investigation
We are an experienced, versatile and cost-effective team, with lawyers who have worked in private practice, in-house with financial institutions and with government and regulatory authorities.
We advise corporates or individuals involved in internal investigations, from advising corporates on how to conduct internal investigations and conducting internal investigations on their behalf, to advising individuals who may be the subject of such an investigation, or simply ‘invited’ to an internal interview as part of the investigation.
Whether regulated or not, businesses in any industry are under pressure and expected to launch speedy and independent investigations into operational failings, regulatory misconduct and financial crime, as well as employee conduct, culture and behaviour – from top to bottom.
Investigations are often triggered by a whistleblowing or speak up report.
There has been a shift in societal attitudes, and it is common for investigations to be initiated in respect of employee and senior executive conduct concerns such as bullying, harassment, #metoo, discrimination and cultural concerns.
Companies and their leaders are answerable and accountable to regulators, where applicable, as well as the public and their clients and/or consumers/customers.
When an internal problem is brewing, a company’s immediate response to the crisis will be scrutinised, as well as the individual subject to the investigation.
Our collective experience from our criminal, regulatory and employment lawyers provide our clients with the best strategic and practical advice on how best to deal with an internal investigation and the ramifications.
The Regulatory Team
We can discuss the funding options, the proposed scope of work and budget with you. Depending on the situation, you should check whether you have any legal expenses insurance (for example under professional indemnity, Directors’ & Officers’ or household insurance policies) or consider whether a third party, such as an employer, will contribute to your legal fees (eg under an indemnity).