Risk, Compliance & Investigations
Our Risk, Compliance & Investigations team can advise across a wide range of practice areas. Our expertise is described in detail below and includes:
- Environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters (including health & safety, inquests, environment, food, fire and security; product liability; directors’ duties)
- Matters relating to financial crime (including anti bribery and corruption; fraud; anti money laundering; failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion)
- Financial regulation
- GDPR and data protection
- Competition law
- Internal investigations (relating to the areas above, and in respect of disciplinary, grievances and whistleblowing matters)
- Consumer law and trading standards
- Modern slavery
What makes Temple Bright stand out in these fields is the breadth and depth of our experience. Our team includes lawyers who have worked for regulators, as senior in-house counsel, as prosecutors and as independent investigators. This allows us to approach compliance matters from an array of different perspectives. We can understand both clients’ and regulators’ point of view, because we have been both.
The key elements of any compliance programme are prevention, investigation and remediation. Our experience, and in particular our experience of investigations, has taught us the value in proactively investing in prevention, through embedding the right policies and procedures, training staff and establishing the right culture. We have designed and implemented compliance programmes in an in-house capacity, so we understand the need for a programme that is tailored to your business while also being commercial and practical to embed. We won’t “gild the lily”.
Of course, things can and do go wrong. If they do, we can also help you lead investigations, manage and/or engage regulators and if necessary robustly defend against prosecution or regulatory action. Our all round experience allows us to be effective whether acting proactively or reactively.
Our practice includes advice in the following areas:
Health & safety, inquests, environment, food, fire and security
Our practice in these areas includes:
- Interpreting applicable regulatory legislation (including health & safety, environment, food, fire, security and planning)
- Advising and defending organisations in their dealings with regulatory bodies such as the HSE, the Environment Agency, Environmental Health, the Food Standards Agency and fire authorities
- Inquest representation
- Risk management for directors, senior officers and owners in regulated areas and corporate manslaughter
- Contractor control and risk management
- Environment and health & safety accident/incident investigation
- Regulatory risk and liability management systems such as ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 / ISO 45001
- Mediation of disputes
- Legal aspects of security liability and cyber crime
We bring a wide range of experience and skills to the process of organisational risk management. We also provide training seminars on senior management liability.
Our specialist in these areas is Richard Voke.
Anti bribery and corruption and fraud
We can perform risk assessments and advise on all aspects of an organisation’s procedures to prevent bribery and fraud, including employee training programmes, gifts and hospitality policies, whistleblowing programmes, contractual language, due diligence on potential agents or partners, “tone from the top” and internal audits. We can also help you with internal investigations, engagement with regulators and enforcement authorities and remediation programmes.
Anti money laundering
We advise on all aspects of the UK AML regime, including the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the Terrorism Act 2000 and related regulation and guidance. We can also assist with the drafting and implementation of relevant policy documentation.
Our specialist in this area is David Entwistle.
Failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion
We can assist you in interpreting the corporate offence of failing to prevent the criminal facilitation of tax evasion, and putting in place policies and procedures to manage your risk under it.
Our expertise in the wider Tax practice area is also further described here.
Our specialist in this area is David Entwistle.
We advise on all areas of financial services compliance, including: interpretation of relevant law, regulation and guidance and its organisational implementation; policy production; policy frameworks generally; conduct, integrity and market abuse issues; related investigations, enforcement actions and litigation.
Our expertise in these areas is also further described here.
GDPR and data protection
We can provide advice on all aspects of data protection compliance, including in respect of the GDPR, current guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office and regulations governing e-marketing. Our services include data audit and risk assessment advice, data “health checks” (for example ensuring that you have the right policies and procedures in place as a controller or processor of data), updates to your standard terms and conditions, customer contracts and website notices, advice on intra-group transfers of personal data (including outside the UK/EEA) and providing staff training on an ongoing or ad hoc basis. We also advise on data subject access requests and on all aspects of data breaches.
Our expertise in this area is described here.
Our specialist in this area is James Falle.
We can assist you with all aspects of product liability, including advice on the specific standards your products need to meet, general actions you can take to ensure you remain compliant and what to do if your products develop a fault, or are alleged to be faulty.
We advise on the duties and responsibilities that directors of companies registered in England and Wales owe to their companies. That advice includes guiding directors through their obligations under the Companies Act 2006 so that the decisions that they take on behalf of their company are consistent with those obligations and can insulate them from potential criticism or sanction by shareholders and other third parties. We can act on behalf of directors facing allegations of breach of duties in the civil courts and we have a network of specialist lawyers who are able to advise in relation to any threat of criminal sanction arising out of any breach of duty or law by which directors are bound.
Our specialist in these areas is Tom Read.
Disciplinary, grievances and whistleblowing
We advise on conducting effective investigations, including in respect of disciplinaries, grievances and whistleblowing complaints, while ensuring that there is minimal disruption to clients’ day-to-day business. We can also assist in drafting whistleblowing policies and in putting in place robust and pragmatic processes for businesses to follow when conducting internal investigations.
With our extensive experience of Employment Tribunal litigation, we on able to guide employers on the process and scope that will be expected by Employment Judges. For particularly complex, sensitive and confidential matters we can assist with providing an impartial external investigation and an objective report with recommendations and guidance for decision makers.
Our expertise in these areas and Employment law generally is also further described here.
Consumer law and trading standards
We can advise and represent you at all stages of investigations by local authorities and other regulatory bodies, and in respect of complaints or challenges from consumers and advocacy groups.
We can assist with interpretation of the Modern Slavery Act and the publication of your annual modern slavery statement.
Our specialist in this area is Gabrielle Gray.