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Internal investigations

Strong governance is critical for any organization. Internal investigations are an important part of this, allowing leaders to get a firm grip of any issues. Our experienced lawyers will guide you through and if necessary run the process independently.

Internal investigations may be conducted for a range of different reasons. It may be necessary to undertake urgent enquiries regarding conduct concerns by a business function or an individual, or an investigation may be prompted by matters arising during the course of business-as-usual reviews. You may also wish to proactively review the adequacy of your policies and procedures to identify potential areas of risk.

When should you carry out an internal investigation?

Law enforcement agencies, regulators and other stakeholders expect businesses to demonstrate good corporate governance. In recent years, this expectation has extended beyond addressing financial health, and criminal or regulatory misconduct, to include corporate culture, values and behaviours. 
Whether it is suspected employee fraud, insider trading, bribery, accounting irregularities, sexual misconduct or allegations of bullying or harassment, a failure to adequately address concerns in your business can increase your potential exposure to criminal, regulatory or reputational risk.
 

Our strategic approach to mitigate risk

We are well placed to guide you through your investigation and advise on any necessary remediation steps. Our team have deep experience of conducting internal investigations for both private and public companies, colleges and universities, charities and associations across a wide range of sectors including sport, life sciences, financial services, construction, manufacturing and energy. We have defended corporations and their former and current senior executives against prosecution or enforcement action.

As experienced investigation lawyers, including financial regulators, former prosecutors and criminal barristers, we will work with you to effectively and efficiently manage the risks through targeted investigation and remediation, while navigating through the simultaneous employment, commercial and reputational considerations that may arise.

During an investigation, we can arrange for the collection, retention and review of all data (including digital devices), conduct interviews with witnesses, prepare reports of findings and make recommendations. Where appropriate, our team can also advise on reporting obligations including decisions on whether to self-report and liaise with law enforcement agencies and regulators, including the FCA and the Charity Commission. 

Every situation is different. We adopt a tailored, strategic approach to help you effectively manage and mitigate risk.
 

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Shashi Nathan

Shashi Nathan

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Shashi Nathan

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

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Meriel Schindler

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Carl Newman

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Carl Newman

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Michael Chik

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Michael Chik

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Hugh More

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Hugh More

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Claire Christy

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Claire Christy

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Elaine Aarons

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Elaine Aarons

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Christopher N. LaVigne

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Christopher N. LaVigne

Partner | New York

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