Strategic guide: internal investigations in the UK

United Kingdom

Whistleblower series

In recent years there has been a sharp increase in internal investigations in UK businesses. This is in part due to an increased focus on ethics and governance and, within certain sectors, increased regulatory scrutiny and a move towards a speak up, listen up culture.

These workplace investigations are as diverse in their subject matter as they are in their origins. Triggers for an investigation include whistleblower reports, workplace grievances, external complaints or regulatory enforcement action.

It is critical to understand why an investigation is being carried out and to ensure that key decisions such as resourcing, legal privilege and the form of reporting are strategically aligned.

This strategic guide focuses on practical aspects of planning and managing internal investigations. Developed alongside a webinar it contains our expert insights and advice relevant to all internal investigations in the UK workplace, with a focus on the nuances unique to whistleblowing and sexual harassment investigations. Finally, given the current workplace restrictions in the UK, the guide looks at some of the challenges when dealing with investigations in a virtual context.

If you need assistance with any of the issues related to internal investigation and whistleblowing in the UK, please do not hesitate to contact HannahSteven or your regular contact within the CMS Employment Group.

Click here to read the guide.