In this article, Litigation partner Polly Sprenger explores the "jungle," or in some cases the "minefield," that the recommended best practices for conducting an internal investigation have become for UK attorneys. How can a general counsel or corporate board discern when and how an investigation should commence? When should external counsel be used? How can legal professional privilege be retained (if appropriate)? And what proportionality controls can be exercised so that legal costs do not spiral out of control? This article sheds light on the answers to these questions, as well as why internal legal and compliance teams need to use a consistent approach to their investigations from the outset. It also examines topics such as:
- understanding the new methodologies;
- equipping companies through documentation; and
- recognizing the importance of the scoping document.
Read "Navigating the Jungle of Internal Investigations" in its entirety.