As a senior individual in a corporate organisation, your professional conduct may be under scrutiny. This can take many forms, and you must always treat any invitation to take part in an investigation very seriously. Harvey Knight talks us through the key issues and what you can do to mitigate risk to your career and reputation.
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Corporate environments can be consensual and non-threatening, especially for those who have excelled in them - the senior executives. But no matter how senior you are, sometimes the corporate is not always on your side. In some circumstances, even the CEO is dispensable. Increasingly we're finding that organisations are instructing their own lawyers to investigate their own people, and for those individuals under investigation, it can go very badly wrong indeed. For an individual under investigation, they must face up to potentially losing their job, their good name, their professional status, and even their family lives. It can take literally years to put right all the damage that can be done to them. So an invitation to participate in an investigation should not be taken lightly. You, as the individual concerned, will need assess all the potential risks to you and the outcomes. The most obvious question is what is this investigation all about. Is it about me, or not? And don't expect to get clear answers to your clear questions. You're going to need a second in your corner. Somebody to help you fight, what could be, the fight of your life.
Getting the right advice
Our job is to help you assess all of the potential issues, as and when they arise. To do so effectively and quietly. To help you manage the impacts, and to find you solutions. So when you or your business are on the receiving end of a request to participate in an investigation, we will help you respond in the most strategic way possible. Clients come to us all too often when they're already in a crisis situation. Whilst we can of course help you address the existing crisis, it is more cost effective, and just better, if you come to us as early as you can, and ideally before you have to respond to an investigation request. The sooner you can understand and define the nature and scope of the investigation, at least in so far as it affects you, the better. So if you're invited to participate in an investigation, remember that there are many options and many potential outcomes. Some bad, some good. The most important thing to do is to seek advice as early as possible so you may pursue a strategic approach that works best for you.