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Integrity + (Governance, Investigations and Solutions)

Corporate Social Responsibility, Investigations and Audits

Our clients think our diversity of experience and expertise in many areas of law make our integrity, governance and investigations offering unique at the Bar.

Governance, Investigations and Solutions

Members of our team offer swift, proactive governance advice and carry out investigations, particularly at Board level in large organisations.

Members carry out a wide range of tasks connected with investigations of the actions of companies and/or their employees, and can audit company policies. They can assist in ensuring structural measures are in place to prevent corruption and bribery, or deal with whistleblowing issues and complaints. They can act as monitors for the purposes of Deferred Prosecution Agreements [DPA’s]. They have, for example, acted as Chairman of the Review Committee and Mediation Scheme for the UK Post Office; have reviewed the Government’s anti-terror legislation at the request of the Home Secretary; and have audited the policies of the Internet Watch Foundation. Members of our team have deep knowledge of and experience in risk and crisis management, and advise on appropriate corporate governance structures.

Situations members of the team typically advise on include:

  • Conduct issues – unethical behaviour, inter-personal disputes, and the conduct of previous internal inquiries
  • Allegations of criminal behaviour, fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering
  • Asset issues, including asset freezing, seizure and tracing
  • Reputation management, including social media issues
  • Damage limitation and crisis management
  • Dealing and navigating regulatory rules, and liaising with regulatory bodies
  • Incidents of data loss, cybercrime and data protection
  • Competition-related investigations, including dawn raids
  • Tax evasion
  • Internal and external dispute resolution within organisations, including arbitration, litigation and ad hoc disciplinary tribunals

Our team includes the following expert members:

Corporate Social Responsibility

Building upon our experience and global reputation in the application of human rights law, we provide specialist Corporate Social Responsibility [CSR] consultancy services for corporations concerning their obligations to the people around them, now governed by the influential UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and expressed through an increasing number of international agreements and national laws. Our expertise extends to domestic legislation dealing with similar themes, including the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Our services include the assessment and audit of our clients’ CSR policies, drafting new policies and carrying out field work.

Human rights expertise

Members have experience of representing groups against large companies and corporations for breaches of human rights obligations. They have a unique insight into the purpose and application of human rights legislation. As a consequence of their wealth of experience in human rights and public law, our members are able to advise and provide consultancy services to companies to ensure they comply with relevant human rights obligations and legislation.

Academic excellence

Our CSR work is informed by leading academics in the application of human rights obligations to businesses. One of our members has been a special adviser on CSR to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; another has carried out detailed work for corporations operating in hostile environments, and written extensively on the subject of business and human rights.

MEET OUR MEMBERS:

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Alex Bailin QC
Called: 1995 Silk: 2010
Sir Nicholas Blake
Called: 1974 Silk: 1994
Associate
Lord (Daniel) Brennan QC
Called: 1967 Silk: 1985
Associate
Christopher Brown
Called: 2002 Called: 2018 (Ireland)
Michelle Butler
Called: 2007 Solicitor: 2002
Prof. Christine Chinkin
Called: 2003
Academic
Kate Cook
Called: 1990
Edward Craven
Called: 2007
Prof. Zachary Douglas QC
Called: 2006 Silk: 2015
Academic
Catrin Evans QC
Called: 1994 Silk: 2016
Emma Foubister
Called: 2016
Danny Friedman QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2013 Called: 2001 (Northern Ireland)
Prof. Conor Gearty
Called: 1995
Academic
Jonathan Glasson QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2013
Mark Greaves
Called: 2016
Sarah Hannett
Called: 2003
Richard Hermer QC
Called: 1993 Silk 2009
Sir Anthony Hooper
Called: 1965 Silk: 1987
Associate
Phillippa Kaufmann QC
Called: 1991 Silk: 2011
James Laddie QC
Called: 1995 Silk: 2012
Helen Law
Called: 2005
Lord Ken Macdonald QC
Called: 1978 Silk: 1997
Associate
Alison Macdonald QC
Called: 2000 Silk: 2017
Karon Monaghan QC
Called: 1989 Silk: 2008
Clare Montgomery QC
Called: 1980 Silk: 1996 Called: 2001 (Northern Ireland)
Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh
Called: 2005 (England and Wales); 2013 (Northern Ireland); 2017 (Ireland)
Raj Parker
Called: 1983 Solicitor: 1988 Solicitor Advocate: 1994
Associate
Matthew Ryder QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2010
Associate
Jessica Simor QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2013
Andrew Smith
Called: 2008
Hugh Southey QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2010 Called: 2010 (Northern Ireland)
Dan Squires QC
Called: 1998 Silk: 2016
Rhodri Thompson QC
Called: 1989 Silk: 2002
Guy Vassall-Adams QC
Called: 2000 Silk: 2016
Angeline Welsh
Called: 2015; 2015 (Belize) Solicitor: 2003 Solicitor Advocate: 2008
Aidan Wills
Called: 2015
David Wolfe QC
Barrister since: 1992