Independent investigations are often commissioned where a high profile, high risk or complex event has occurred which requires action and scrutiny in response. They are frequently set up in response to internal or external pressure (whether from shareholders, the Board, the media, whistle-blowers, or political pressure). Being involved in an investigation can be a daunting and unfamiliar prospect for an organisation, individual or public body. Our Investigations team is available to support anyone commissioning, running or participating in an investigation, by providing timely advice, support and guidance to you and your organisation when the need arises.
Why choose our Independent Investigations lawyers?
We are uniquely placed to provide strategic, reputational and commercial advice to clients who need to conduct their own investigations. Whether the requirement is for a swift and focused review within finite time and financial constraints, or a wider ranging and thorough review with the benefit of actual and perceived independence from the commissioning organisation, we can guide clients through the necessary steps.
Our top tier practice will advise clients on the conduct of the investigation, as well as any interactions with regulators and other enforcement bodies, to mitigate risk and prevent or minimise the risk of any further legal action. We understand the importance of an individual or business's reputation and can advise on managing and mitigating the potential reputational risk associated with investigations.
We add particular value in ensuring that independent investigations are procedurally robust, that data is processed in line with GDPR requirements, and that participants are treated fairly. We can assist with or lead on report writing, and manage the process by which participants have an opportunity to respond to any criticism in a final report. We continue to support our clients at the conclusion of an investigation in dealing with the outcomes of the investigation and any action required to address the outcomes.
Our experience includes:
- Setting up an independent investigation on behalf of an organisation in line with terms of reference issued by its governing committee.
- Establishing and providing advice to an independent QC-led review in the sports sector.
- Acting for a UK regulator in relation to its response to a QC-led investigation into internal failures to comply with regulatory standards.
- Advised Lord Dyson on the running of his investigation into how BBC Panorama came to interview Diana, Princess of Wales.