Internal Investigations

In today's connected society, the risk of sensitive information becoming public and rapidly damaging your company's reputation has never been greater. Whether you operate in a regulated industry or not, any issues that come to your attention must be investigated thoroughly by a credible third party if you are to avoid a situation that could seriously impact your business performance.

With the right partner, an incident can be discreetly investigated and the messaging controlled. If handled correctly, it may never need to be made public. Where reporting to a regulator is necessary, a proactive and well-run investigation can maintain your credibility and minimise any penalty.

Why we are different

Some law firms involve huge teams of people in an investigation that becomes both disruptive and expensive for the client. At Mishcon de Reya, we believe an investigation should be like precision surgery: getting to the heart of the problem with minimum disruption to your business. We work closely with you to define the exact scope of any investigation and then build a bespoke team of specialists to fit. This means you don't have to pay for work that isn’t necessary and keeps disruption to your business to a minimum.

Because we work with both large multi-stakeholder companies and smaller owner/manager operations, we're able to blend our experience of working with big complex systems with the agility and precision expected by smaller organisations.

Our Civil, Criminal and Regulatory practices allow us to partner with you throughout the whole investigation process - from discovery, through to managing any media issues that arise in the aftermath.

We understand how to conduct a thorough investigation whilst maintaining the smooth running of your business.

Services

Our Competition Group works with corporate clients to devise pro-active risk management strategies and compliance procedures, testing their effectiveness through measures such as "mock" dawn raids and business audits. We also advise businesses facing investigations into alleged competition law breaches. We represent businesses and individuals under investigation for alleged cartel conduct including individuals subject to investigation under the criminal cartel offence. Our detailed understanding of the processes, coupled with our knowledge of the enforcement agencies, enables us to advise boards on how best to respond in any given situation.

Our Competition Group works with corporate clients to devise pro-active risk management strategies and compliance procedures, testing their effectiveness through measures such as "mock" dawn raids and business audits. We also advise businesses facing investigations into alleged competition law breaches. Our detailed understanding of the processes, coupled with our knowledge of the enforcement agencies, enables us to advise boards on how best to respond in any given situation.

Our Betting & Gaming Group is one of the UK's leading specialist teams and is renowned for its commercial, legal and regulatory expertise. We have extensive experience of advising on compliance assessments, regulatory investigations and licence reviews undertaken by various regulators, in particular the Gambling Commission of Great Britain and the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.  We regularly assist clients facing compliance assessments and follow-up investigations, including those arising from thematic reviews.  We have been extensively involved in the thematic review conducted by the Gambling Commission of the UK remote gambling sector, focussing on AML and responsible gaming compliance issues.  We have guided a number of clients through the licence review process, including providing strategic advice on regulatory settlements and representing them at hearings before the Regulatory Panel. Our focus is on helping to protect our clients' interests at the same time as ensuring their relationships with regulators are strong and sustainable.  We also provide bespoke training and AML and systems audits to provide assurance to regulators.

For more than twenty years, Adam Epstein, Head of our Contentious Regulatory Group, has advised on some of the country's biggest enforcement cases. He has a thorough and in-depth understanding of the FCA (previously FSA) prosecution process , and has practical experience in front of decision makers. His work often takes place in the pre-investigation and pre-enforcement stages, helping clients deal with possible future regulatory action.

Our Employment Group advises on all aspects of employment law including minimising the risk of successful whistleblowing claims through proper internal policies, procedures and training. The Group has experience of advising on the employment implications of large scale and public employee scandals

We have the largest dedicated group of international injunction specialists in the country and unique relationships with investigators both private and governmental who work with us as a team from day one. If you are a victim of fraud, reacting swiftly and decisively is essential. Decisions made within the first 48 hours of discovery of a fraud will make the difference between success and failure. Freezing assets and seizing evidence is absolutely critical to a successful fraud investigation.

Our Reputation Protection Group has extensive experience in offering on-going reputation management strategies and tactics, taking a holistic approach to problems. The Group can prepare your management team to handle an occurrence and provide them with damage limitation techniques. Managing how any internal problems are reported is critical to protecting your business' reputation. When there is a crisis, our timing and determination ensures maximum damage limitation.

Our Sanctions Group is able to provide advice and guidance to pro-actively respond to any potential breaches of sanctions and export controls. The sanctions and export controls create a number of obligations on certain institutions as well as generally prohibiting any activity caught by the specific sanctions regime. Failure to comply with these obligations and prohibitions are criminal offences. Our group is able to conduct internal investigations to assist you identify those reporting obligations your business may be subject to and, if you have identified a breach of sanctions legislation, to identify the causes of this breach, advise your business on how to minimise the possibility of further occurrences and assist you with any exposure.

Our White Collar Crime & Investigations Group is led by Alison Levitt QC, formerly of the CPS. The White Collar Crime & Investigations Group has first-hand experience of prosecuting businesses that have broken the law. They helped devise the strategies now used by the SFO and others and so are uniquely placed to advise corporates on how investigations should be conducted to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

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