In an increasingly complex legal and regulatory landscape, dealing with the intricacies of workplace and regulatory investigations can be fraught with difficulties. Often conducted under intense scrutiny, allegations need to be carefully and appropriately investigated.
Our Investigations and Regulatory team are highly experienced at conducting investigations, UK or internationally, in a way which ensures that the facts are uncovered and all parties are treated fairly. This helps our clients to ensure that appropriate action can be taken and all risks to the business are identified.
Our team of specialist investigators routinely conduct the full spectrum of workplace investigations, from bullying, misconduct, #metoo or safeguarding, to dishonesty, expenses, financial fraud or data breaches. We are also highly experienced in dealing with regulatory investigations, including those involving advertising, health & safety, consumer, retail, sports and media issues.
Our lawyers have conducted some of the most sensitive, high profile and complex investigations, across a range of sectors; from professional and financial services to media and sport. These investigations can be undertaken on an open or a legally privileged basis.
We conduct investigations without fear or favour, building trust with all parties and delicately managing the human elements at play. Uniquely, our team consists of expert lawyers, HR professionals and trained mental health first aiders working seamlessly together to manage all aspects of the investigation and to ensure a proportionate response. We are also able to use experienced HR consultants to act as an extension of your team, managing issues of capacity and keeping costs down and, in circumstances where your own HR Director is too close to the allegations, we can leverage our in-house HR Director to work with you.
Our work includes interviewing witnesses, locating and collating documents and other evidence, working with forensic experts, and preparing written statements. We then prepare detailed investigation reports, which enable your business to determine the way forward with confidence that you have a full grasp of the facts.
We routinely investigate allegations raised against regulated employers and help the business to manage its relationship with the regulator. We ensure that the company’s response to any allegations raised meets the expectations and requirements of its regulators.
We are experienced at dealing with investigations threatened or brought by regulators such as: the Advertising Standards Authority; the Independent Press Standards Organisation; the Information Commissioners Office and many more. We can also assist with any related reputational management issues.
As many businesses look to manage a safe return to the workplace arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, compliance with government, health and safety laws and regulations and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance is more vital then ever. Failure to do so can expose businesses to negligence claim, regulator investigation or criminal prosecution. We can assist with HSE enquiries, investigations and defending prosecutions when facing a health & safety breach.
Our team includes an experienced in-house criminal practitioner who works alongside lawyers specialising in dispute resolution, advertising, competition, data, media, sports, employment, and partnership law as part of a co-ordinated Investigations and Regulatory team.
Audits and Training
Our team works closely with clients to protect against future allegations. We provide tailored audits (including diversity and inclusion audits and workplace data privacy audits) and a full suite of bespoke training for HR, in-house lawyers, managers and others, provided by our specialist training team. We also offer ‘mock dawn raids’ to ensure clients have a coordinated and rehearsed response plan in place.
Visit our Investigations blog to read our thoughts and comments on topical and current news.
Toxic workplaces hit the headlines: a warning to employers to take steps to prevent and tackle workplace misconduct27 April 2023
Organisational culture continues to experience considerable scrutiny following the findings of bullying by Dominic Raab and the recent allegations of misconduct and sexual harassment at the CBI. Although Raab was critical of where the Tolley Report set the bar in making these adverse findings, his response is at odds with evolving standards of workplace behaviour. What are these standards, and what can employers do to avoid a toxic culture?
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 Lawyer10 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 Journal15 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 hire12 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.