As investigations lawyers we treat every case as a piece of precision surgery, combining the skill and experience of our criminal and civil lawyers with the latest technology for minimum disruption. We are ready to help companies that have uncovered issues with potentially criminal, regulatory or civil repercussions such as suspected bribery, fraud, cartel activity, sanctions and/or money laundering breaches, or market manipulation.
Where necessary, we draw on other specialists within the firm, from practices including employment, data protection and reputation management. Our use of technology, including AI tools and our in-house eDiscovery product, MDR Discover, means we can investigate issues quickly and in a way that is cost-effective, with minimum disruption to our clients' businesses. In addition, analysts from MDR Cyber, our cyber consultancy and intelligence business, can work alongside our lawyers from day one of an investigation if required.
Given our experience of regulators and prosecuting bodies, we can also advise on whether a report to the relevant authorities is required. Where this might lead to an external investigation, we will work with clients to reach the right resolution. Our criminal defence lawyers have advised on every type of criminal resolution, including decisions of no further action, concluded deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs), civil recovery orders and acquittals following a contested trial.
For multi-jurisdictional investigations, the International Fraud Group, comprising firms across 30 jurisdictions, is able to offer investigatory services with a unified global approach.
Independent reviews and monitoring
More and more companies appoint independent law firms to carry out compliance reviews, either proactively or as part of a regulatory or prosecutorial settlement. Since the introduction of DPAs in the UK, the Court can appoint a monitor to oversee and report on a company's programme of remediation. We are well-versed in implementing monitoring programmes and compliance reviews for corporate clients, reviewing existing internal controls, and reporting back to the company and regulator.