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Chambers & Partners

Investigations

Whether the need for an investigation has been prompted by an internal grievance, whistleblower, external complaint or by a desire to review internal processes or culture, our team of independent investigators at Old Square Chambers are experts in their field, and well placed to help your organisation navigate through what can otherwise be a complex and time consuming process.  Instructing us to conduct an independent investigation can reduce the strain on internal resources, assure a rigorous and impartial outcome and reduce the risks of litigation or other adverse outcomes.

We have extensive experience of conducting investigations in a wide range of sectors, including Finance, Law Firms, Education, Healthcare, Charities, Public Sector, Sports, the Arts, and other areas in both the public and private sector. We are used to addressing both current and historic allegations, as well as those arising out of movements such as #metoo and Black Lives Matter.

Our team is comprised of barristers established in the employment law field, with a range of seniority from QCs and Employment Judges to those at the more junior end. We work independently or sometimes in teams with each other, solicitors or experts in other fields. We are able to tailor our service to meet the needs of your organisation; we are used to conducting large scale investigations, often in the public eye or involving senior individuals, but can also offer junior barristers to conduct investigations which are less complex or smaller scale.

We are able to provide a full suite of services, including: drafting terms of reference, interviewing witnesses and report writing as well as addressing important matters that often arise in the course of investigations such as privilege, confidentiality, data protection, regulatory issues and safeguarding. If requested, we provide recommendations and learning points for your organisation arising out of our findings.  We are also able to provide post-investigation training for individuals or teams and workplace mediation where relationships have soured or broken down. As well as being legal and technical experts, we also pride ourselves on being approachable and emotionally intelligent.

We are set up to conduct investigations safely both in person, whether at your organisation or in our conference rooms in Chambers, and remotely.

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    Examples of investigations conducted by our team

    Education sector

    Creative arts

    Private sector

    Legal

    Financial sector

    Healthcare sector

    Public sector

    Charities

    Politics

    Trade Unions

    Professional Services

    Sports

    Key contacts

    William Meade

    Senior Clerk
    William Meade 020 7269 0360 Email

    Graham Smith

    Deputy Senior Clerk
    Graham Smith 020 7269 0357 Email
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    William Meade (Senior Clerk)

    07970 649 755

    or

    Graham Smith (Deputy Senior Clerk)

    07795 023 532