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Independent Investigations

Investigations are rarely one-dimensional which is why our multi-disciplinary and highly experienced Investigations team is well placed to provide our clients with the reassurance of knowing that they will have all angles covered from the outset.

Our unrivalled experience of complex public inquiries and inquests means that we are uniquely placed to provide strategic, reputational and commercial advice to clients commissioning or responding to an investigation.

Our experienced team has extensive knowledge across key industries and multiple jurisdictions and can tailor individual teams with the right expertise to the needs of our clients.

We pride ourselves on building strong working relationships and multi-disciplinary teams. We are known for being approachable and providing a "human touch" when working with clients on projects that are often subject to intense pressure and scrutiny.  

Project planning and management is integral to our approach to investigations.  This means that we deliver effective investigations on time, providing flexible resource depending on the requirements of the project. 

Our team understands the wider context in which many investigations take place and is experienced in identifying and advising on the key tactical issues that need to be addressed.

We work together with experts across Fieldfisher to advise on associated issues such as responding to subject access requests or dealing with privacy and personal data issues. 

We make use of technology to ensure that we are able to carry out effective investigations and provide cost management and transparency. 

Where additional resourcing is required, the team can utilise Fieldfisher's Condor Alternative Legal Solutions platform to rapidly scale-up capacity.

We are consistently recognised for our expertise, strategic insights and collaborative approach. We understand that investigations can be disruptive and the importance of being accessible and responsive. 

We support clients by providing strategic direction and pragmatic advice, identifying key risks and pressure points to enable business to continue alongside the investigation. We ensure that interactions with staff or other individuals involved in the investigation are handled with care and sensitivity.  

We bring our extensive public inquiry and inquests experience to our independent investigations work. We are Band 1 ranked in Chambers and Partners 2024 (Public Inquiries) and Tier 1 ranked in Legal 500 2024 (Administrative and Public Law). Our clients have said:

Oliver [Carlyon] is a true team player who gets the very best out of everyone in his team. He manages to combine firmness and ability with a real human touch. He has incredible tactical nous, can spot the points that are really going to be key to the inquiry and he is a dream to work with too.

Public Inquiries


Martin [Smith] is the most calm and collected man when dealing with unbelievably large inquiries. He has ability to be the voice of reason when required, is unscrupulously fair and is a delight to work with […] Martin is all over the detail, but has a strategic point of view, which is exactly what you need. He understands how things will play out and he gets the politics. He is brilliant.

Public Inquiries


Tim Suter is an excellent team player and is a leading light.

Public Inquiries


Matthew Lohn is one of the most strategically minded lawyers I have come across, he is very openly focused on the reputation and the needs of the clients and so he protects and advises them.

Administrative & Public Law