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Sports Q&A: Conducting misconduct investigations12 April 2022
In an increasingly complex legal and regulatory landscape, dealing with the intricacies of investigations can be fraught with difficulties, especially in a sports context. Often conducted under intense scrutiny, from the media and stakeholders, allegations need to be carefully and appropriately investigated to maintain your reputation and mitigate legal risk. In this Q&A we consider some of the key questions when conducting a investigation into your staff, coaches, officials or members.
A very costly “Boys Night Out”- Atrium fined over £1 million due to non-financial misconduct30 March 2022
The insurance market, Lloyd's of London has issued its largest ever fine - and its first ever for non-financial misconduct – against a firm that was found to have tolerated bullying and sexist behaviour on an annual "Boys Night Out".
Key lessons from Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s botched racism review: Karen Baxter comments for International Employment Lawyer
Press10 November 2021
Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s investigation into allegations of racism has made headlines for all the wrong reasons following the leaking of an independent report to the press earlier this month.
New duties to prevent sexual harassment – but not yet29 July 2021
The government has committed to introducing a new proactive duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment, alongside considering new laws which would make employers liable if third parties harass their employees and possibly extending the time limit in which to bring discrimination claims. It is likely to be some time, however, before any changes are put into effect.
Lewis Silkin — Wendy Saunders. Timothy Leeson and Michael Anderson comment for New Law Journal
Press15 April 2021
Lewis Silkin has announced the hire of Wendy Saunders—a financial services, markets law and regulation expert—as a legal director. Her addition to the team further bolsters the firm’s financial services offering, as well as provides additional expertise for the technology & communications sector.
Lewis Silkin strengthens financial services offering with specialist hire
Press Release12 April 2021
Lewis Silkin LLP today announces the hire of Wendy Saunders – a financial services, markets law and regulation expert – as a Legal Director. Her addition to the team further bolsters the firm’s financial services offering, as well as provides additional expertise for the technology & communications sector.
『個別に調査を行うつもりです。』との王室の声明23 March 2021
サセックス公爵夫人に対するいじめの申し立てのタイミングについて、どのように考えても、「調査を行います。」というバッキンガム宮殿の反応は、ここ数か月および数年に渡る他の多くの著名企業や機関の反応と似ている。この記事では、職場での申し立てに対する調査を行う際に組織がナビゲートする必要のある多くの重要で複雑な問題（懲戒および不平の問題を含む）について検討する。Whatever you might think about the timing of bullying allegations against the Duchess of Sussex, the response of Buckingham Palace is similar to that of many other high-profile companies and institutions over recent months and years: “an investigation will take place”. In this article, we consider the many important and complex issues organisations need to navigate when conducting investigations into allegations in the workplace (including disciplinary and grievance matters).
“One shall be conducting an independent investigation”05 March 2021
Whatever you might have to say about the timing of fresh bullying allegations being made against the Duchess of Sussex, the response of Buckingham Palace echoes that of many other high-profile companies and institutions over recent months and years: an investigation will take place. In this article, we consider the many important and complex issues organisations need to navigate when conducting investigations into allegations in the workplace.
Greg Clarke’s outdated comments contrast with positive steps in FA’s New Diversity Code17 November 2020
You won’t have missed the news last week that Greg Clarke has resigned from his dual-roles as FA Chairman and FIFA Vice-President, following his use of “unacceptable language” when speaking in front of Parliament.
Lewis Silkin wins Real Estate Team of the Year Award 2020
Press Release06 November 2020
Lewis Silkin has won the accolade of Real Estate Team of the Year award at The Lawyer Awards 2020 for their work on Earl’s Court Regeneration.
Handling allegations of criminal conduct: what should an employer do?11 August 2020
Recent events in the Conservative party have focussed attention on the question of what an employer (or indeed a political party) should do if one of its people is accused of committing a crime. A Tory MP has been accused of rape, but at the time of writing has not been charged. It transpires that the Chief Whip had been aware for some weeks of allegations of ‘abusive behaviour and threats’ made against the anonymous MP by a parliamentary aide. Despite this, no investigation took place.
Inbrief10 August 2020
We set out the key considerations for organisations faced with grievances or allegations of wrongdoing which may require formal investigation.
Race discrimination complaints in the workplace and how to address them11 June 2020
With Black Lives Matter protests taking place across the UK and around the world, many businesses have been publicly stating their commitment to equality and the BLM movement. But what happens when the experience of current or former BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) employees is alleged not to live up to that standard?
Conducting workplace investigations remotely01 May 2020
As we are all in midst of this Covid-19 world, we are clearly some way away from ‘business as usual’. The vast majority of employers are grappling with new ways of working, with many of their employees working from home or in other unusual ways. But it is clear that ‘business as usual’ issues can and do still arise. So, what should an employer do if it becomes aware of an allegation of misconduct or wrongdoing? In this article, we look at whether a remote investigation is the right step to take, and what to bear in mind if you conclude it is.