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11KBW & CM Murray LLP Investigations Virtual Conference, 14 – 27 September and 4 October, 2021

We are very pleased to invite you to the Investigations Virtual Conference, from Tuesday, 14 September – Monday, 27 September and on Monday, 4 October 2021, co-organised by 11KBW and CM Murray LLP.

The programme brings together leading experts from the UK, US and Europe to discuss key issues in planning, conducting and managing investigations in their jurisdictions.

Please join us for this conference of knowledge sharing and networking in this crucial area for multinational businesses, senior executives and partners. The conference is aimed at HR professionals, in-house counsel, private practice lawyers, and other professional advisers in this area. Please see below for registration and a summary of current speakers and panel topics.

1. Keynote Session: The Rationale and Architecture of Investigations

The Investigations Virtual Conference opened with a talk by Dame Laura Cox, a highly experienced investigator who was responsible for the investigation into sexual harassment in the House of Commons. She explored the purpose of investigations and her experience as an investigator. This was followed by a panel discussion between Dame Laura, David Smellie and Beth Hale, who considered common questions about investigations, including whether independence is necessary, what can go wrong, and whether investigations can ever achieve culture change.

Date: Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Time: 10.00 am – 11.30 am BST
Followed by 15 minutes Q&A

Watch the session here

Panellists:

Elizabeth Prochaska, 11KBW (Chair)
Dame Laura Cox, Cloisters (Keynote Speaker)
Beth Hale, CM Murray LLP
David Smellie, Farrer & Co

2. International Perspectives on Investigations

In this session, the panel explored some commonly-occurring issues arising in investigations from the perspective of the US, France, Sweden and the UK; from the very different approaches taken as regards legal privilege and document production, to innovations in whistleblowing laws, the role of works councils and collective bargaining. We look at the Cuomo investigation and the rise of social media disclosures, and trends such as challenges to cultural competency and attempts to use individual grievances to enlarge the scope of workplace investigations.

Date: Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Time: 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm BST / 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm CEST / 9.30 am – 10.30 am EDT
Followed by 15 minutes Q&A

Watch the session here

Panellists:

Merrill April, CM Murray LLP (UK) (Chair)
Elizabeth Gramigna, Tribu Partners (US)
Mathilde Houet-Weil, Weil et Associés (France)
Carl-Fredrik Hedenström, Morris Law (Sweden)

3. Making Effective Recommendations following an Investigation

This session explored how recommendations fit in throughout the investigations process as a whole from start to finish. This includes the practicalities and key issues investigators need to be thinking about, and how to put their findings into practice and effectively drive cultural change within an organisation. It featured broader insights from Marcus Shepheard (Institute of Government) and Julie Dugdale (Barnardo’s), covering a wide range of enquiries, reviews and investigative processes which they have been involved in as part of their work.

Date: Thursday, 16 September 2021
Time: 10.00 am – 11.00 am BST
Followed by 15 minutes Q&A

Watch the session here

Panellists:

Beth Hale, CM Murray LLP (Chair)
Marcus Shepheard, Institute of Government
Julie Dugdale, Barnardo’s

4. Being the Subject of an Investigation

This session focused on the issues that arise for people who are the subject of investigations, including legal, media and PR strategies, and the psychological impact of investigations as well as how to manage an investigation and provide support to its participants.

Date: Friday, 17 September 2021
Time: 10.00 am – 11.00 am BST
Followed by 15 minutes Q&A

Watch the session here:

Panellists:

Elizabeth Prochaska, 11KBW (Chair)
Merrill April, CM Murray LLP
Gus Sellitto, Byfield Consultancy
Dr Filippo Passetti, Cognacity

5. Understanding Privilege in the Context of Investigations

In this session, Wonu Sanda, Senior Associate at CM Murray LLP and Patrick Halliday, barrister at 11KBW, will discuss some of the key and knotty legal and practical issues that arise in relation to understanding privilege in the context of investigations, including: what legal professional privilege is and how it might arise in the context of internal investigations, why it is important, understanding its scope and limits in investigations, myth busting some common misconceptions, and practical tips on preserving privilege.

Date: Monday, 20 September 2021
Time: 10.00 am – 11.00 am BST
Followed by 15 minutes Q&A

Panellists:

Wonu Sanda, CM Murray LLP (Chair)
Patrick Halliday, 11KBW

6. Overlapping Regulatory and Criminal Proceedings in Investigations

Date: Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Time: 10.00 am – 11.00 am BST
Followed by 15 minutes Q&A

Panellists:

Clare Murray, CM Murray LLP (Chair)
Tom Ogg, 11 KBW
Nick Vamos, Peters & Peters
David Fisher, CM Murray LLP

7. Communicating with Participants during Investigations

In this session, Kathleen Heycock, Partner at Farrer & Co, and Robert Lewis, Managing Associate at Mishcon de Reya, will provide their tips, best practice and pitfalls to avoid in communicating with participants through the journey of an investigation. The discussion will cover communications with complainants, subjects of investigations and witnesses, dealing with issues such as requests for anonymity, confidentiality, the avoidance of perceptions of bias and wellbeing.

Date: Thursday, 23 September 2021
Time: 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm BST
Followed by 15 minutes Q&A

Panellists:

Aileen McColgan, 11 KBW (Chair)
Kathleen Heycock, Farrer & Co
Rob Lewis, Mishcon de Reya

8. What does a good Investigation look like?

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Date: Monday, 27 September 2021
Time: 10.00 am – 11.30 am BST
Followed by 15 minutes Q&A

Panellists:

Emma Bartlett, CM Murray LLP (Chair)
Clive Sheldon QC, 11 KBW

9. Closing Session: Managing Data Protection and Disclosure Issues in Investigations

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Date: Monday, 4 October 2021
Time: 10.00 am – 11.00 am BST
Followed by 15 minutes Q&A

Panellists:

Jonathan Kirsop, Pinsent Masons LLP (Chair)
Laura Gillespie, Pinsent Masons LLP
Julian Blake, 11KBW 
Jen Coyne, 11KBW 

Recordings of each panel session will be made available to attendees after the conference. We do hope you can join us and we look forward to welcoming you to this unique event!

For general queries regarding the programme or event, please contact Daniella Brann.

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