Internal Investigations

Kingsley Napley is listed in the Global Investigations Review GIR100 2019, the annual guide to the world’s leading cross-border investigations practices.

The internal investigation has become an increasingly common feature of the UK corporate landscape.

Corporate clients require sophisticated and sensitive advice when they encounter internal crises which have the potential to turn in to civil, criminal or regulatory proceedings.

The importance of managing this process at an early stage has never been clearer. This is particularly the case in light of recent judgments  which highlight the challenges  of establishing claims to privilege when conducting an internal investigation and new data protection legislation introducing new rights and obligations for both organisations and individuals.

There may be reputational issues, and it is critical to assess the problems that will arise quickly and strategically so that the company can manage the investigation at the same time as managing its business with as little disruption and inconvenience as possible.

Kingsley Napley has years of experience in internal investigations and is singled out in Global Investigations Review (GIR) for special mention in this category. We are a firm that is renowned in the field of company internal investigations, we have acted for many domestic and international clients, including sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, companies and charities.  We advise on civil, criminal, regulatory and disciplinary, and data protection issues that may arise in the course of an investigation.

Our credentials set us apart from other firms in this area. Respected by law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic, clients come to us for a realistic assessment of how we can help them  manage the investigation and in liaising with our enforcement authorities if necessary.
We will help you evaluate whether a report needs to be made to a regulator or prosecutor and analyse all the attendant consequences that may flow from such a step so that you can manage the process, step by step.  Ultimately, if private prosecution is the correct remedy, we have the team that specialises in this area.

As many of the investigations we undertake are multi-jurisdictional, we are able to team up with international specialists to instruct the best advisors in each country.  Where there are jurisdictional nuances, data protection problems or cultural issues that impede an investigation, we are able to build the best team to assist with the speedy assimilation of the case and advise on the optimal choice of remedy appropriate to the case in hand.

Leading practice in the representation of individuals in regulatory investigations or enforcement actions, drawing upon significant strength in employment, criminal and white-collar law to offer a complete service in the area. Highly experienced in cases involving issues such as insider trading and mis-selling of products. Also assists individuals under investigation for alleged market manipulation and anti-competitive behaviour."

Chambers UK 2020 - A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession

They're one of the firms that is right at the top of the scale. They're very experienced in handling the big cases. They're extremely well resourced and I've never had anything other than a good experience with them."

Chambers UK 2020 - A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession

First-class reputation for representing company directors and other high-profile figures in criminal investigations into bribery and corruption.

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Read Louise Hodges' and Caroline Day's Chapter 'Witness Interviews in Internal Investigations: The UK Perspective'  in GIR's Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigations, Fourth Edition

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