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With our commitment to impartiality and objectivity, we excel in serving as independent investigators. Whether it is allegations of misconduct, discrimination, or harassment, we conduct thorough and meticulous investigations, delivering actionable insights and recommendations.

Recent and ongoing independent investigations include:

  • Investigation for a London legal practice where senior managers of a small team were alleged to have bullied and harassed junior, vulnerable team members. The matter required a thorough but swift investigation the affected team’s integral nature to the day to day operations and success of the practice. Our report included extensive recommendations with a view to holding the team together without undermining the seriousness of the findings and correcting behaviour going forwards.  
  • Conducting a cultural investigation for a large city law firm where serious allegations of unconscious bias, race and gender discrimination had been made. In addition to fact finding following review of relevant documents and interviewing multiple witnesses at different sites, a detailed report with extensive recommendations was the output.
  • Emma Bartlett is appointed to the Dignity at Work panel for an international bank, has been Panel Chair for two recent investigations which both involved allegations of psychological harassment and bullying over a sustained period of time. The panel meet in Luxembourg and interviews are held (in person and via video call) with all three panel members who comprise international employment lawyers, former personnel/judiciary of the European Court and psychologists. Issues from recent hearings included having to deal with a rehearing of a different panel’s investigation following a referral from the European Court, dealing with witness evidence in the outcome report for witnesses providing evidence anonymously as the fear of relation was significant, as well as a victim and witness suffering from serious mental distress following the bullying.

For more information or to discuss senior executive investigations, please contact Partner Emma Bartlett, Senior Partner Sarah Chilton or Partner and General Counsel Beth Hale.