SFDF Event  Free Event

'Investigations' Masterclass


FREE event


Handling investigations is an increasingly common part of an in-house team's role but without the necessary experience and skills to establish, undertake and report the findings of a full investigation, the investigator and their employer can be left open to significant criticism and without any of the benefit or protection that a proper investigation could have provided.

The masterclass is aimed at GCs, In-house Legal Teams, Boards, Operational Directors and Managers (Risk, Legal, Insurance) and in-house investigators. Please note this course is for FDF members only.

Walker Morris' Investigations Masterclass offers a valuable insight into some of the key areas and skills that in-house lawyers and others undertaking investigative roles require to ensure a successful investigation. The Masterclass looks at a number of key areas including:

  • Establishing an investigation – Terms of Reference (and their importance) and the role of the investigator and investigation team
  • Identifying lines of enquiry and how to respond to the investigation as it develops  
  • Obtaining and retaining evidence – the right way
  • Witness interviews and the available techniques for gathering witness evidence
  • Understanding the limitations of witness evidence and reconciling irreconcilable evidence
  • Constructing and completing the investigation report (including investigative bias)
  • Conclusions, Recommendations, Reporting and Legal Privilege issues

The Masterclass uses examples drawn from real regulatory investigations including those concerning health and safety, food safety and financial irregularity issues.

The session is led by Walker Morris Regulatory and Investigations Partner, Stuart Ponting, who has been involved in a significant number of the UK's largest regulatory investigations in the last decade including the horsemeat adulteration scandal and the Didcot Power Station Collapse.

Organiser: Kirsty Ritchie, 0131 222 8040, kirsty.ritchie@fdfscotland.org.uk