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Workplace Investigations

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 specialist team offers organisations the opportunity to use 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. This is 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; and
  • increased risk of public and media scrutiny, particularly “trial by social media”.

The 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.

How we can help

Expert Support at all Stages

We will conduct the investigation process from start to finish, interviewing witnesses, producing minutes, writing our report and making recommendations. If requested, we can also take on a more administrative role in facilitating the process. We can be flexible and can conduct meetings remotely where this is appropriate.

Template Documents

We can provide template documents for use throughout the process or work to the templates that you provide.

Legal Advice

If you do not require an external investigator, our expert team can provide you with advice and assistance on conducting an investigation process internally, ensuring compliance in a commercially driven way.

Expert Witness

Where organisations are conducting internal investigations, we can provide expert evidence or opinions on complex legal issues to be used as part of the process.

We will conduct the investigation process from start to finish, interviewing witnesses, producing minutes, writing our report and making recommendations. If requested, we can also take on a more administrative role in facilitating the process. We can be flexible and can conduct meetings remotely where this is appropriate.

We can provide template documents for use throughout the process or work to the templates that you provide.

If you do not require an external investigator, our expert team can provide you with advice and assistance on conducting an investigation process internally, ensuring compliance in a commercially driven way.

Where organisations are conducting internal investigations, we can provide expert evidence or opinions on complex legal issues to be used as part of the process.

Testimonials
Testimonials

“Greenwoods came on board at short notice to support with a complicated issue involving an internal investigation, external investigation and a statutory regulator. They were swift in the analysis of the key issues, how to deal with them pragmatically and how to mitigate the associated risk. ”

(Employment Corporate Client in The Legal 500)

“Greenwoods is the best partner working with our function.”

(Employment Corporate Client in The Legal 500)

“The employment team at Greenwoods GRM is exceptional – providing great events with up to the minute legal changes and guidance.”

(Employment Corporate Client)

“The employment team at Greenwoods GRM is exceptional – providing great events with up to the minute legal changes and guidance.”

 

(Employment Corporate Client)

“Greenwoods works hard at developing close relationships with the sector and provide really helpful training and networking events. The depth of their understanding of the nature of clients’ organisations increases the value of the advice they give.”

(Employment Corporate Client in The Legal 500)

“The Greenwoods teams that we have worked with have taken the time to understand not only the organisation’s position but the very minute detail of each case they have supported us with. Without fail they have always provided well researched practical prompted advice. They have always been friendly, supportive and understanding, nothing is too onerous.”

(Employment Corporate Client in The Legal 500)




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