“There But For The Grace of God”: Pitfalls for Those Advising on International and Internal Investigations

Date: Thursday 19 February 2015

Time: 18:15 - 19:15

Location: 54 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS

Speakers: Adrian Waterman QC, Christopher Sallon QC, Neil O'May, Gareth Rees QC and David Kirk

CPD: 1

Fee: Free

Fraud, regulatory and internal investigations are becoming increasingly complex and international in nature, and those subject to them now often find themselves having to mount a defence in two or more jurisdictions. These investigations can pose particular problems for those representing such clients, and care needs to be taking when dealing with several investigating authorities at once. Internal investigations and the appointment of external lawyers are under close scrutiny by the SFO, FCA and DoJ. This seminar seeks to examine some of the pitfalls, and will suggest some answers to the problems which can arise in this fast-moving and complex area of practice.

Chaired by Christopher Sallon QC, the evening will include a talk from Neil O’May who leads the corporate white collar crime department at Norton Rose Fulbright. Neil has very recent experiences of a range of prosecutions and investigations which have thrown up some knotty problems for companies, individuals and law firms alike. He acted in R v Victor Dahdaleh, an SFO prosecution that collapsed at Southwark Crown Court, and this will form a case study for the evening. Our own Adrian Waterman QC will speak on issues of disclosure, and we will have contributions from a distinguished panel including Gareth Rees QC, Executive Counsel at the Financial Reporting Council who will offer a regulator’s perspective, and from David Kirk, formerly Chief Criminal Counsel at the FCA and now Partner at McGuire Woods.

We hope you will be able to join us for drinks and some food after the seminar.

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