Internal Investigations

Drawing from our expertise in closely related fields, chambers has built an expert team adept at equipping corporates with measures to prevent internal crisis and to assist to resolve issues, when they arise.

Overview

Barristers at QEB Hollis Whiteman have considerable experience of acting on behalf of multi-jurisdictional corporate clients when they encounter internal crises which have the potential to turn into civil, criminal or regulatory proceedings.  Chambers can provide independent expertise; its members have a detailed understanding of the operation and dynamics of internal investigations, having represented both the organisers and subjects of such inquiries.  We have knowledge and experience of dawn raids and are often instructed as independent counsel to review material linked to them.

Our Experience

Compliance

Members of Chambers provide preventative advice, including guidance relating to enforcement action and assistance with compliance issues.  We  advise on setting up new policies and risk assessments of existing policies.  We have provided advice and assistance to the Global Financial Crime division of a leading international financial institution on anti-money-laundering practices. This involved advising on issues such as KYC and due diligence, secrecy jurisdiction complexities, cross-platform banking, bearer shares, corroboration regarding Source of Wealth and Source of Funds and mandatory regulatory requirements surrounding Politically Exposed Persons.

Members can offer on-site advice and assistance on the application of guidance provided by the Financial Conduct Authority both in this jurisdiction and abroad. For example, our barristers have travelled within Europe and to the United States to train individuals on regulatory requirements and ways to ensure adherence to the 2007 Money Laundering Regulations.

Disclosure, LPP and RIPA

We are specialists in the application of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and advise a range of clients on this topic, including companies, professional regulatory bodies and public bodies.

We provide advice and assistance during searches, seizure and production of material and review material as appointed independent counsel in large-scale multi-jurisdictional investigations.

Our junior barristers in particular are specialists in document reviews, advising on issues such as LPP and disclosure whether acting for or against an individual, corporate or prosecution body such as the SFO, FCA or HMRC.  Members of Chambers have lead LPP Review teams.

Chambers also advises financial institutions and others on making protected and authorised disclosures to regulatory bodies.