The need for businesses and other organisations to commission independent investigations can arise in a wide variety of ways, including the receipt of whistleblowing disclosures or serious grievances from staff, complaints raised by external parties, or the holding of concerns as to professional conduct and/or competence, including compliance with legal or professional regulatory obligations.

Instructing one of our team of specialist barristers to conduct an independent investigation carries a range of advantages. In every case, you can expect a rigorous and thorough investigation process, a high quality, fully reasoned investigation report, impartial, evidence-led outcomes and, where requested, pragmatic and forward-looking recommendations. In addition, our involvement removes pressure on internal resources, reduces the risk of damage to internal relationships and minimises the risk of other adverse consequences, including litigation. We are always sensitive to the particular needs of our clients, whilst recognising the need for independence and impartiality at all times.

Our barristers have a wide range of experience of conducting investigations in various sectors, including healthcare, education, legal and finance, in both the public and private sectors. We are frequently engaged by clients in regulated professions and/or where the concerns relate to those engaged at the most senior levels. It is not unusual for our investigations to coincide with proceedings before a professional regulator.

We have significant experience leading investigations and delivering reviews in the sports sector. We have led high profile independent inquiries for national sports governing bodies.

Recent investigations conducted by our team include:

Employment, healthcare, finance and education

  • the practices of consultant surgeons and other senior healthcare professionals, relating to both patient safety (eg treatment decisions and surgical competence) and the treatment of other clinicians and support staff
  • alleged fraud and falsification of documents in the Education sector
  • complaints of institutional racism within a Multi-Academy Trust, including the racial profiling of black students
  • allegations of racism against multiple members of a clinical team in an NHS Hospital
  • alleged breaches of the FCA regulatory framework by a regulated finance professional
  • alleged failures of directors to declare conflicts of interest and/or to comply with establish procurement procedures when awarding contracts to third parties
  • alleged historic and continuing sexual harassment of females by a male colleague


  • independent review of the British Horseracing Authority following the Jim Best case (The Quinlan Review)
  • independent review into events at the Wrexham Tennis Centre on behalf of the LTA, regarding sexual offences
  • independent review on behalf of UK Athletics to evaluate its safeguarding policies and procedures
  • managing the current British Gymnastics Independent Complainants Process



Would you like to learn more?

For further information and enquiries please contact our clerks, who are happy to help answer your questions.

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Investigations Barristers

Christopher Quinlan KC

Christopher Quinlan KC

Call 1992 | Silk 2011

Debbie Grennan

Call 1997

Fergus Currie

Call 1997

Douglas Leach

Call 2003

Allan Roberts

Call 2004

Kerry Gardiner

Call 2006

Investigations Clerks

Lucy Northeast

Practice Director - Crime & Sports

Caroline Evans

Senior Practice Manager - Civil

Rob McDonald

Practice Manager - Employment, Costs & Litigation Funding

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