Given the importance of good corporate governance and corporate responsibility, we understand that internal investigations should be managed swiftly and discreetly.
Our aim is to ensure that businesses quickly identify and resolve any misconduct identified so as to minimise the risk of the commencement of lengthy regulatory or criminal investigations, as well as ‘trial by media’. We also support our clients commence, or defend, any related civil action that may flow from the misconduct identified.
We work with our clients to assemble a bespoke team of leading practitioners that will respond effectively to your issue. Members of our team will work together with our regulatory, civil fraud, employment, corporate, commercial, data protection and cyber security lawyers, as appropriate, to ensure that you have all the experts you need by your side. We also provide support to firms following the conclusion of an internal investigation. In collaboration with your in-house legal and compliance teams, as well as relevant regulatory authorities and/or other stakeholders, we will identify lesson learned and support you to implement operational and governance frameworks to minimise the risk of further wrongdoing. As well as managing the whole investigation and remediation process for our clients, we can also act as independent investigators should you and your current legal advisors require an independent third party to conduct a fact-finding investigation, which can then form part of a wider response to allegations raised.
Our team also regularly represents senior individuals who are either the subject of an internal investigation or who are called to assist as a potential witness. Assisting and cooperating with internal investigations is fraught with difficulties for employees and may lead to increasing the legal and regulatory risks faced by the individual. With our experience of acting for corporates, we support senior individuals in these difficult circumstances and advise on how achieve the fine balance of cooperating with your current or former employer or firm and protecting your own position and reputation.