What we do

There is growing pressure for businesses to bear the cost of investigating themselves, through what is known as an ‘internal investigation’.

This can help avoid any investigations by external agencies, which can take time and disrupt your business.

Our team are experts in corporate investigations and can help you conduct an internal investigation, or assist you when responding to a regulator or law enforcement agency.

Why chose Irwin Mitchell?

Our expert team help many individuals and firms to conduct an internal investigation of their company, as well as advising on the various response options available to any external regulators and law enforcement agencies. We regularly come into contact with The Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

If consulted early enough, we can also assist with internal audits, training and provide compliance advice to prevent a company becoming the victim of financial crime.

We can help you with:

  • Reporting to prosecutors and regulators
  • A deferred prosecution agreement
  • Responding to compulsory information requests
  • Understanding the conduct of an internal investigation
  • Establishing whether there has been any unlawful conduct
  • Gaining immunity from prosecution (if possible)
  • Undertaking civil action to recover any losses

If you wish to conduct an internal investigation, or need help to avoid an external investigation, you should seek immediate expert legal advice.

Jason Newall Senior Associate Meet Our Team

Recent work

European financial services firm

A European financial services firm: responding to a skilled person investigation appointed by the Financial Conduct Authority

Overseas sales agent

Responding to a UK/US principal’s internal investigation concerning bribery and corruption concerns

Several bankers

Interviewed in internal investigations relating to LIBOR and related benchmark investigations

Testimonials & Feedback

We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.


“An excellent firm. They are very responsive to clients’ needs, very proactive and they add value significantly to the preparation and conduct of the case.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“The team at IM are very hard working. They are always very positive and are a pleasure to work with.”

Legal 500, 2022

"Paul Haycock has vast experience of defending financial crime, fraud and regulatory investigations."

Legal 500, 2016

Awards & Accreditations

We’re proud of the recognition we’ve received for our business legal work. For a list of awards and accreditations, please visit our awards page.

Chambers & Partners 2020 logo

We Work Nationally

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

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Business News

Our lawyers are regularly asked to provide expert insight, advice and analysis for the national media. Take a look at the stories below to see what we’re saying, as well as some of the recent deals we have completed for our clients here in the UK and abroad.