In the first article in this GIR half-year update to The Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigations, I consider:
- How different enforcement authorities have responded to the COVID-19 crisis
- The new guidance that has been issued during lockdown and what we might expect to see in terms of investigations in the near future
- What COVID-19's legacy is likely to be.
In addition to causing huge disruption, the crisis has tested authorities’ abilities to progress ongoing investigations and proceedings, to adapt ways of working and to shift their focus to address new priorities. Some have done so nimbly and effectively. For others, the crisis has highlighted pre-existing inefficiencies. This article rounds up the approaches UK enforcement authorities have taken to date and looks at what corporates and individuals who are already, or may become, the subjects of investigations may expect in the near future.