Monitorships & Independent Reviews

"They have a fantastic practice in this area."

Chambers UK 2021

The use of monitors in corporate crime enforcement is well established in the US, and in recent years we have started to see their use in the UK, typically following a criminal or regulatory breach.

Simply put, monitors are independent experts who, at a company’s expense, review its culture, systems and processes, recommend improvements and validate their implementation. They are appointed when a company needs to satisfy third parties, usually government authorities, of the manner in which it conducts its business.

Monitors might be appointed:

1. At a prosecutors’ request
Prosecutors who negotiate deferred prosecution agreements – and the judges who review them – will want to be satisfied that a company will emerge reformed from the criminal process, and may require the appointment of a monitor as a term of a deferred prosecution agreement.

2. By a regulator
Regulators may want the benefit of a third-party view on aspects of a company’s business practices. For example, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has the power to obtain an expert opinion on aspects of a regulated firm’s activities if it is concerned or wants further analysis. Such reviews are called ‘skilled person reviews’.

3. During a procurement process
Government officials engaged in procuring goods or services may want to be satisfied that a company bidder is one it can safely and lawfully contract with. The use of a monitor to validate a recent reform and self-cleansing process can help a company overcome the risk of exclusion from a procurement exercise.

Although monitorships are still a rarity here and used on a selective basis, we understand how they work and can help you ensure that, if you need a monitor, it remains focussed, manageable and, as such, useful.  

How we can help

  • We can act as a monitor ourselves to test and report back on controls and compliance functions and to demonstrate a company has learned lessons from its misconduct. We aim to be as unobtrusive as possible and believe it is important to maintain a dialogue with company management to ensure there are no surprises at the end of a monitorship scheme. We can be trusted to act independently, with duties to the court or regulator rather than the monitored client.
  • We also advise clients on appointing a third-party monitor and scoping their work - typically in relation to a criminal or regulatory investigation or where a company is requested to implement a monitorship scheme to oversee and report on its controls and compliance functions.

Our approach

We understand that monitorships are not the answer to every difficult situation a company faces but we believe that, in the right case, they can be very helpful.

Please contact one of our expert lawyers if you have any questions about how monitorships work or think we can assist.

what clients and directories have said

They guide you expertly through the criminal and regulatory landscape in a very effective, practical way."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

Kingsley Napley are collegiate and easy to work with. You know you could give work to any of the partners, it wouldn't matter because you know they would all give good advice." 

Chambers and Partners, 2018

The firm has some very experienced practitioners who will work as part of a team in the biggest cases."

Legal 500 UK 2021

An excellent team of bright and dedicated lawyers."

Chambers UK 2021

There is huge collective experience within the team."

Legal 500 UK 2021

Well-known name in the market, with deep expertise in all aspects of serious corporate crime including regulatory breaches and complex fraud. Adept at handling international corruption, fraudulent trading and false accounting matters. Well versed in bribery and money laundering investigations. Notable experience in advising on internal investigations and compliance, as well as in handling proceedings by government enforcement agencies."

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

One of the premier white collar defence teams in London."

Legal 500 UK 2020


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