Internal and regulatory investigations have significant potential implications for your business and its reputation.



At Travers Smith, we can guide you through any investigation, however contentious or sensitive. We offer multi-disciplinary teams tailored to your circumstances and needs.

Our lawyers are market-leading experts in regulatory and internal investigations, enforcement actions and disciplinary proceedings across a range of sectors. We know how to engage with regulators across the spectrum to achieve the best outcome for you. Our lawyers have a keen and nuanced understanding of the way regulators think as many have previous experience working for regulators and within regulated institutions. 

Very often an investigation will include an employment angle. These complex and highly sensitive investigations occur in response to trigger events such as an employee blowing the whistle or making formal complaints of bullying or harassment, or when a client wants to take pre-emptive steps to manage a perceived potential risk.

We are not cookie-cutter in our thinking.  We assemble teams of lawyers tailored to the specific needs of your investigation, depending on the circumstances you are dealing with.  Partners across our Risk & Operational Regulatory, Competition, Financial Services and Markets, Tax, Employment and Dispute Resolution teams regularly work together to handle the investigations on which we are instructed.

We work with the best overseas disputes practices to ensure that support of the highest calibre is available to you globally, should the situation demand it.  No matter what area or jurisdiction your investigation is in, we can service your needs. 

In addition to our extensive experience handling internal investigations, our experience dealing with regulators includes investigations by:

  • Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the European Commission
  • The Environment Agency
  • European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
  • The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
  • UK Visas and Immigration
  • US Department of Justice
  • The Pensions Regulator

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