Why choose our Investigations lawyers?
Cross-practice: We recognise that
investigations are rarely one-dimensional. The Global Investigations group
comprises leaders from our Commercial Crime, Regulatory, Civil Fraud,
Employment, Health & Safety, Inquest & Public Inquiry, and Data Privacy
teams. This gives our clients the reassurance of knowing they have all angles
covered from the outset of any given situation.
Track record: The team is experienced
in international investigations and enforcement actions. We have acted for start-ups through to
household name multinationals (FTSE100, Fortune 500 and CAC40). We have built
trusted relationships with regulators and prosecuting bodies both in the UK and
overseas. With the benefit of our experience and relationships, we are able to
devise and execute sophisticated resolution strategies.
Multi-disciplinary: Our team comprises
barristers and solicitors. Our barristers have experience in both the civil and
criminal court systems. Members of the team have joined the firm from US and
large international law firms, the Big Four accounting firms, specialist
white-collar boutique firms, and leading sets of chambers. Some have
significant in-house experience whether as prosecutors, senior legal positions
in international banks, or as investigations leads in listed multinational
companies. This diversity of experience, skill-set, and thinking translates
directly into better outcomes for our clients.
International: Our team has ‘on-the-ground’
experience conducting investigations in Europe, CIS, the Middle East, Asia
Africa and the Americas. Our in-house language capabilities mean we can conduct
interviews in local languages when the needs of the investigation require it.
Technology enabled: Our cutting-edge technology helps us achieve effective and efficient
solutions for our clients. We have experience navigating the risks associated
with conducting the most sensitive cross-border investigations without the need
to travel, and have leveraged technology-assisted review and analytics systems
to achieve time and cost savings for our clients without compromising the
quality and effectiveness of outcomes.
Work and expertise
We act for clients across multiple sectors including energy and extractives, financial services, technology, life sciences, fast-moving consumer goods, engineering and transport, logistics, telecoms, healthcare and sport.
Our work covers allegations and concerns relating to: antitrust, bribery & corruption, money laundering, tax
evasion, fraud, theft, sanctions, discrimination & harassment, and data breaches.
- Acting for Alstom in the largest contested corporate corruption case in UK history
- Acting for senior individuals as part of the Rolls-Royce
- Acting for a senior individual as part of the Rio
Tinto corruption investigation
- Acting for Wirecard AG as part of the
well-publicised cross-border investigation across nine jurisdictions in
relation to allegations of fraud and money laundering.
an independent investigation on behalf of a large international
intergovernmental organisation on alleged systemic malpractice in handling
an independent investigation on behalf of an English university into
whistleblowing allegations relating to cyber security
for an international financial institution in connection with the internal
cross-border investigation of sexual harassment allegations against a senior
- Acting for two leading global
investment banks on the credit default swaps, foreign exchange rates
manipulation and loan syndication antitrust investigations in the EU, US and
- Acting for a major Asian airline in the air cargo cartel antitrust investigation and an auto-part manufacturer on the auto-parts antitrust investigation in the EU and US.
as solicitors to public inquiries including the Independent Inquiry into Child
Sexual Abuse; the Manchester Arena Inquiry; the Dawn Sturgess (Salisbury Novichok
poisoning) Inquiry; the UK Covid-19 Inquiry; the Inquiry into the death of
core participants and others involved in public inquiries including the
Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the Infected Blood Inquiry
as Solicitors to the inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales
and Dodi Fayed; the 7/7 London Bombings; the Hillsborough Inquests and the
deaths of the four men murdered by Stephen Port
- Assisting Lord Dyson in connection with his investigation into the circumstances around the Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.
Related experience and expertise
Risk advisory & compliance: Our unique experience in high-profile regulatory enforcement actions and sensitive cross-border internal investigations has allowed us to provide extraordinary perspective for our clients in relation to risk advisory, corporate compliance and ESG including through the implementation and evolution of corporate compliance programmes.
We have assisted a number of companies to successfully navigate and satisfy the terms of settlement agreements entered into with regulators including the US Department of Justice.
Training: We have provided training and advice to clients in
relation to dawn raids, conducting interviews, creating investigation plans, whistleblowing,
making use of technology in remote investigations, managing data in cross-border
investigations, and due diligence.