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Governance, Investigations and Solutions – Matrix Integrity +

Contact: jasonhousden@matrixlaw.co.uk

Our clients think our diversity of experience and expertise in many areas of law make our integrity, governance and investigations offering unique at the Bar.

Governance, Investigations and Solutions

Members of our team offer swift, proactive governance advice and carry out investigations, particularly at Board level in large organisations.

Members carry out a wide range of tasks connected with investigations of the actions of companies and/or their employees, and can audit company policies. They can assist in ensuring structural measures are in place to prevent corruption and bribery, or deal with whistleblowing issues and complaints. They can act as monitors for the purposes of Deferred Prosecution Agreements [DPA’s]. They have, for example, acted as Chairman of the Review Committee and Mediation Scheme for the UK Post Office; have reviewed the Government’s anti-terror legislation at the request of the Home Secretary; and have audited the policies of the Internet Watch Foundation. Members of our team have deep knowledge of and experience in risk and crisis management, and advise on appropriate corporate governance structures.

 

Situations members of the team typically advise on include:

  • Conduct issues – unethical behaviour, inter-personal disputes, and the conduct of previous internal inquiries
  • Allegations of criminal behaviour, fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering
  • Asset issues, including asset freezing, seizure and tracing
  • Reputation management, including social media issues
  • Damage limitation and crisis management
  • Dealing and navigating regulatory rules, and liaising with regulatory bodies
  • Incidents of data loss, cybercrime and data protection
  • Competition-related investigations, including dawn raids
  • Tax evasion
  • Internal and external dispute resolution within organisations, including arbitration, litigation and ad hoc disciplinary tribunals

 

Our team includes the following expert members:

Corporate Social Responsibility

Building upon our experience and global reputation in the application of human rights law, we provide specialist Corporate Social Responsibility [CSR] consultancy services for corporations concerning their obligations to the people around them, now governed by the influential UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and expressed through an increasing number of international agreements and national laws. Our expertise extends to domestic legislation dealing with similar themes, including the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Our services include the assessment and audit of our clients’ CSR policies, drafting new policies and carrying out field work.

Human rights expertise

Members have experience of representing groups against large companies and corporations for breaches of human rights obligations. They have a unique insight into the purpose and application of human rights legislation. As a consequence of their wealth of experience in human rights and public law, our members are able to advise and provide consultancy services to companies to ensure they comply with relevant human rights obligations and legislation.

Academic excellence

Our CSR work is informed by leading academics in the application of human rights obligations to businesses. One of our members has been a special adviser on CSR to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; another has carried out detailed work for corporations operating in hostile environments, and written extensively on the subject of business and human rights.

Interview

You can see Professor Gearty discussing the role of academic members at our organisation in his Matrix International interview.

Our lawyers in this area

  • Alex Bailin QC Alex Bailin QC
    Called: 1995 Silk: 2010 CV
  • Michelle Butler Michelle Butler
    Called: 2007
  • Professor Christine Chinkin Prof Christine Chinkin
    Called: 2003
  • Prof Andrew Clapham Prof Andrew Clapham
    Called: 1985 CV
  • Raj Desai Raj Desai
    Called: 2010
  • Professor Zachary Douglas Prof Zachary Douglas QC
    Called: 2006 Silk: 2015
  • Friedman_D_2017 Danny Friedman QC
    Called: 1996 Silk: 2013
  • Professor Conor Gearty Prof Conor Gearty
    Called: 1995 CV
  • Sarah Hannett Sarah Hannett
    Called: 2003
  • Richard Hermer QC Richard Hermer QC
    Called: 1993 Silk: 2009
  • Sir Anthony Hooper Sir Anthony Hooper
    Called: 1965
  • Anthony Hudson QC
    Called: 1996 Silk: 2015
  • Sir Paul Jenkins QC (Hon) Sir Paul Jenkins QC (Hon)
    Call: 1977 Silk (Hon): 2009 CV
  • Phillippa Kaufmann QC Phillippa Kaufmann QC
    Called: 1991 Silk: 2011
  • Lord Ken Macdonald QC Lord Ken Macdonald QC
    Called: 1978 Silk: 1997
  • Eleni Mitrophanous Eleni Mitrophanous
    Called: 1999
  • Claire Montgomery QC Clare Montgomery QC
    Called: 1980 Silk: 1996 CV
  • Professor Gillian Morris Prof Gillian Morris
    Called: 1997 CV
  • Helen Mountfield QC Helen Mountfield QC
    Called: 1991 Silk: 2010 CV
  • Blinne Ni Ghralaigh Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh
    Called: 2005 (England & Wales) 2013 (Belfast) 2017 (Ireland) CV
  • Raj Parker
    Called: 1983 CV
  • Jessica Simor QC Jessica Simor QC
    Called: 1992 Silk: 2013 CV
  • Hugh Southey QC Hugh Southey QC
    Called: 1996 Silk: 2010 CV
  • Hugh Tomlinson QC Hugh Tomlinson QC
    Called: 1983 Silk: 2002
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