Caroline Black is a criminal defence and investigations lawyer focused on cross border regulatory or internal investigations. She advises organizations, boards and audit committees on conducting investigations and interacting with relevant national authorities, including the UK Serious Fraud Office, H.M. Revenue & Customs and the police (and their overseas equivalents). Ms. Black focuses her practice on the investigation and defence of business crimes, particularly matters involving corruption, money laundering, fraud and tax concerns. She has practical experience of advising clients on how to manage raids on corporate and personal premises and how to respond to and defend criminal or regulatory prosecution (including during interviews under caution and subsequent proceedings).
Ms. Black uses her experience of investigating and defending organizations to maintain an active compliance and advisory practice. She assists national and international organizations to recognize corruption and financial crime risks within their businesses, and to design and implement effective compliance measures.
She provides interactive and enjoyable client training on the UK Bribery Act 2010 ('the Act'), dealing with regulatory raids and on conducting investigations. She is also a frequent presenter of Dechert's innovative corporate training film: A Price Worth Paying?, and helped create Dechert's online employee tool Dechert Comprehend.
Ms. Black is recognized as a 'Rising Star' in this year's London Superlawyer's publication and has received awards for training and management. She was also included in the 2015 edition of Global Investigations Review's 'Women in Investigations' profile that highlights 100 remarkable women from around the world for their accomplishments in this area of law.
This Practice Note provides guidance on creating an internal investigation framework. An internal investigation is a legal process to review and identify facts relating to a specific allegation, concern or misconduct and remediate potential irregularities.
This Practice Note provides practical guidance on conducting an internal investigation. An internal investigation is a legal process to review and identify facts relating to a specific allegation, concern or misconduct and remediate potential irregularities.
This Practice Note provides high-level guidance on reporting, communications and reputation management during an internal investigation.
This Precedent Data retention notice has been written in partnership with Caroline Black and Noel Power of Dechert LLP. It can be sent to an organisation's IT department at the same time as a formal document retention notice is sent to relevant staff. It is intended to ensure that data relevant to an internal investigation is not routinely deleted in accordance with the organisation's usual Records Management or data retention policies. There is a separate precedent document retention notice.
This Precedent Internal investigations and fraud investigation policy has been written in partnership with Caroline Black and Noel Power of Dechert LLP. It provides a framework for receiving and investigating reports of suspected misconduct, particularly in relation to financial crime. Specific mention is made of fraud, bribery and facilitation of tax evasion although the policy applies to all types of financial crime. It is intended to dovetail with your whistleblowing policy and process.
This Precedent Internal investigation interview invitation letter has been written in partnership with Caroline Black and Noel Power of Dechert LLP. It can be used to invite a member of staff to attend an interview. It provides detailed warnings in relation to confidentiality and privilege and makes it clear on whose behalf any attending or interviewing lawyer is acting, sometimes known as an Upjohn Warning, from the US case of Upjohn Co. v United States.. There is a separate Precedent for an interview warning
This Precedent Internal investigations—sample interview warning has been written in partnership with Caroline Black and Noel Power of Dechert LLP and is intended for use in regulator-facing internal investigations. If a regulator or criminal agency is involved, the process for interviewing may need to first be agreed between the parties prior to proceeding.
This Precedent Internal investigations—sample privilege log has been written in partnership with Caroline Black and Noel Power of Dechert LLP. It can be used when an organisation conducts an internal investigation. It will allow you to identify and list documents that are subject to legal professional privilege, record whether they have been redacted or withheld entirely, and the reason why. It can also be used when an organisation is subject to an external investigation.
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