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When in-house workplace investigations are not the answer, we can help.

Organisations are increasingly outsourcing workplace HR investigations to external and impartial investigators to ensure processes are impartial and robust.

It is a trend that is only likely to increase particularly with the new duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment at work, which the government has committed to introduce.

Our new specialist team offers organisations the opportunity to use our legal experts to undertake workplace investigations, enabling them to demonstrate impartiality at an early stage and that the matter under investigation is being taken extremely seriously.

It is a welcome development, given it is becoming increasingly challenging in some circumstances for organisations to carry out investigations themselves as a result of the:

  • greater awareness of and increased focus on discrimination issues through, for example, #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements
  • complexity of legal issues involved
  • amount of skilled resource required to deliver the investigation efficiently
  • increased risk of public and media scrutiny, particularly “trial by social media”

Our team’s experts have the legal knowledge, skills, and expertise to investigate on an organisation’s behalf and take a flexible, collaborative, and, importantly, practical approach. There is no risk of the process becoming too ‘legal’, and organisations outsourcing investigations benefit from essential resource not being over-stretched. Investigations can become all-encompassing.

Sophie Askew, Senior Associate, is an experienced employment lawyer recognised by the Legal 500 as a “Rising Star”.  Sophie is the driving force behind the Workplace Investigations team.  She could see clients increasingly grappling with the complex issues involved in delivering robust and impartial investigations and wanted to help. “Given the sensitivity of issues under investigation and the complexity and the time scales involved, I could see many organisations needed support. Outsourcing investigations to our new Workplace Investigations team offers a practical and cost-effective solution, we have a range of fee options, including fixed fees.”

Find out more about the service here or call  +44 (0)20 3691 2078 to talk through the best strategy for investigations your organisation needs to deliver.

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