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When something goes wrong at a corporate, a government entity, an international organisation or a non-profit, the first priority is to establish the facts – quickly, independently, and confidentially. A failure to do so is frequently the cause of multiple expensive, time-consuming and embarrassing problems. In contrast, getting this right at an early stage can often nip a problem in the bud – be it a matter of internal misconduct, civil liability, sanctionable practices or potential criminal offences – and offer opportunities for rapid and cost-effective resolution. A well-conducted investigation is the best defence against a continued drain on management time and attention.
Outer Temple’s Business Crime and Regulation team has undertaken investigations into all these kinds of problems for enterprises and organisations of all sizes, both domestic and international. The team’s members have advised banks and financial services firms, multilateral institutions including UN-specialised agencies, charities and public agencies about issues ranging from allegations of fraud and international corruption to questions of discrimination and internal misconduct. Some of the team have served in senior investigative and compliance roles in large corporates, overseeing multi-jurisdiction internal investigations and advising senior management on their legal and regulatory implications. Others have extensive experience with law enforcement and regulators in intelligence, investigation and prosecution.
Internal investigations often cross over into areas of regulatory and criminal liability, and touch on employment and discrimination concerns as well. Because of this, the team’s expertise in dealing with the SFO, CPS, FCA, HMRC and others, as well as the Multilateral Development Banks and International Financial Institutions such as the World Bank Group – and the presence both within the team and within Outer Temple more broadly of experts in employment law and litigation – is critical in ensuring clients receive the best possible advice arising from an investigation.
Our experience also ensures that we can advise and represent those who find themselves the subject of an investigation, helping them present the best case possible and reducing the risk of personal liability.
Our work includes matters relating to:
Members of our Business Crime and Regulation team have been involved in numerous investigations for clients from the UK and elsewhere, including: