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Complex investigations and privilege? - Brand-damaging allegations


Who should attend

This Complex investigations and privilege training course is aimed at In-house lawyers, HR, communications and compliance professionals. This briefing assumes familiarity with internal employee investigations.


An employee's criminal wrongdoing, or gross misconduct, can often be isolated and contained. But behaviour which contradicts an organisation's brand values may pose an existential threat. How, and when, the company investigates potential misconduct can affect corporate reputation almost as much as the alleged conduct itself.

When the business is at stake, the approach to internal investigation changes. High-skilled, specialist investigators are required. They may want to maximise the use of privilege. They will make deliberate decisions about who they talk to and they will carefully sequence the interviews. Together with a leading QC with specialist experience, this Complex investigations and privilege course covers what senior leaders must do in the event of brand damaging allegations.


09.00 registration and coffee, 09.30 start

Types of investigation

  • internal, external, regulatory and police
  • routine employee investigations
  • complex internal investigations

Where is the investigation heading to?

  • practical/ evidential considerations and timing
  • regulator and / or police involvement
  • criminal and / or Coroners Court a form of public inquiry

Confidentiality and use of privilege

  • due process and confidentiality
  • understanding privilege and maximising its use
  • preventing retaliation

Recognising, and responding to, brand damaging allegations

  • worst fears: what do you do next?
  • which business function is responsible and appointing investigators
  • purpose of the investigation and goals
  • objectivity and impartiality

Rumour, gossip and breaking news

  • internal audiences and media interest
  • what should you say
  • who should say it, when and to whom
  • updates on developments

13.00 close, followed by lunch


Details of the speakers can be found the on above PDF.

Cost: £295

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 10%

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