Do you have a spare 40 hours? If you’ve ever been involved in conducting detailed workplace investigations, you know only too well how gruelling they can be.
You don’t always have the time, resources, skills or wish to conduct detailed investigations into disciplinary and grievance matters. And sometimes you actively need to bring in external support. This is where we can help.
For disciplinary and grievance matters we offer an investigation and report service of a very high standard, put together jointly by our specialist lawyers and HR consultants.
A investigatory report from us gives you:
- expert assessment of the issues and of your likely legal and reputational risks at the outset
- recommendations on how to conduct the investigation stage
- agreement with you on the scope and terms of reference of the investigation
- identification of the witnesses and key documents involved
- an objective, fair and thorough investigation process, working in accordance with your internal policies and best practice
- a high quality, impartial and analytical report, on which you can rely with confidence.
- the benefit of both legal and HR specialist input
- a high standard of quality and attention to detail
- careful, impartial analysis and evaluation of the evidence
- logical, reasoned conclusions – using approaches that Employment Tribunals expect
- a clear summary of the evidence and findings, in addition to realistic recommendations
Your commission of an independent report by our experts will provide you not only with a high quality first stage to the disciplinary or grievance process. More importantly, it will also usually significantly improve your organisation’s legal position if the case later ends up in an Employment Tribunal claim.
Cost effective and impartial
External investigations make a lot of sense, for a variety of important reasons.
First of all, it’s not unusual for a workplace investigation to take over 40 hours to complete. That’s a lot of time for your HR team and line managers to commit, taking you all away from your main responsibilities. Yet it’s got to be done, and done well. Let us take the strain for you, allowing you to focus on what you’re best at.
Perhaps more importantly, external investigations also provide a far more impartial view. This can often prove very useful for reputation management, legal risk management and in order to maintain good employee relations. It’s so easy for an employee to complain that an internal investigation by a manager will reach a foregone conclusion.
Sometimes an external investigation sends an important message.
Why use Menzies Law for your investigation?
Being a specialist employment law firm, we’ve dealt with many investigations into complex allegations of misconduct, discrimination, harassment and bullying. They often involve conflicting evidence that needs to be carefully weighed up.
We also know how Employment Tribunals tend to view investigations and investigatory processes. We understand, at an expert level, the sort of detail you will be expected to have gone into. The sort of probing questions you ought to have asked. And how to deal with tricky situations, such as where witnesses demand anonymity before they are prepared to speak up.
Is there is a risk that the case could one day end up in the Employment Tribunals? If it seems likely, getting Menzies Law to carry out the investigatory stage is a very effective way to significantly increase your chances of successfully defending yourselves again any claim. That’s because our specialist barrister or solicitor working on your investigation team will also have decades of experience as a Tribunal advocate. You won’t find that critical level of expertise with any other HR consultant or investigator, no matter now good they may be.
Our multi-disciplinary blend
Workplace investigations are an excellent example of how well our multi-disciplinary team of specialist employment lawyers and HR specialists can add great value. Our different experts work together, each bringing their own experiences of what works best and how to carefully manage your legal and reputational risks.
It’s an expert blend. As a result, you can be confident that you won’t find a more capable and expert team of investigators in the South West and Wales.