Businesses today are faced with an unprecedented level of regulatory scrutiny. As a result, when there are signs or suspicions of misconduct, companies must be prepared to conduct efficient internal investigations in order to ascertain the facts and assess risk. If mishandled, investigations can cause significant liabilities and reputational harm.
We regularly act as the first port of call to businesses that have uncovered allegations of internal misconduct. Our clients include FTSE 100, FTSE 250, Fortune 500 and other multinational corporations.
We structure multi-disciplinary teams, comprising lawyers from one or more specialist areas, to tackle all relevant angles in what is often a complex set of circumstances. Our experts include former in-house lawyers, ex-HMRC inspectors, Queen’s Counsel, reputational advisors and specialists in digital forensics, providing clients with a multi-dimensional perspective to the challenges they face. With extensive experience conducting investigations in respect of employee and director misconduct, allegations of bribery and corruption, taxation issues, market manipulation, insider trading, and sanctions breaches, Stewarts is well placed to assist clients.
From the outset, we design and implement a comprehensive strategy to establish the facts and enable companies to craft an appropriate response. We identify the issues that demand immediate attention and help clients respond. We are well-versed in swiftly implementing appropriate structural safeguards to ensure the confidentiality and smooth progression of the investigation. This is critical in mitigating risk and setting the tone for a credible and effective inquiry.
At the end of each investigation, we provide our conclusions and advice on reporting obligations to the relevant authorities. We assist in identifying remedial action to prevent a recurrence of the misconduct and mitigate the risk of additional enforcement action.
Where an external investigation cannot be avoided, we guide our clients through the process and work to reach an effective resolution. We draw on our substantial experience with regulators from multiple jurisdictions to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
When necessary, we can also assist clients with reputation management. Our media lawyers and affiliated PR consultants are well-versed in designing clear, tailored, and strategic communications plans for companies dealing with a crisis.
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Meet our Investigations team
We have a multi-disciplinary team, comprising lawyers from one or more specialist areas. This team is able to tackle all relevant angles in what is often a complex set of circumstances.
Our team comprises some of the UK’s leading litigation lawyers.