Public inquiries investigate matters of public interest and therefore, by their nature, draw national attention. The upcoming Covid-19 Inquiry is likely to involve a multitude of public and private sector organisations whose actions, or inactions, will be heavily scrutinised. They will be expected to demonstrate what they have already learned from the pandemic. Public sentiment is increasingly hostile towards organisations adopting a "defend and deny" approach and there is an expectation that they will act with candour and not seek to "defend the indefensible" when engaging with a public inquiry.
DWF team are specialists in advising on all facets of public inquiries, including the evolving duty of candour and how organisations can best demonstrate commitment to assisting and learning from them.
In this session we will be joined by Mr. Paul Greaney QC from New Park Court and Katherine Blackwell QC from Lincoln House Chambers. We will unveil the aspects of:
- How an inquiry is established and how the terms of reference are set;
- Who is likely to be involved and how potential Core Participants should prepare themselves;
- Document retention, disclosure obligations and witness support; and
- How to demonstrate candour and commit to transparency before and during an inquiry.
Wednesday 19 January, 2022 14:45 - 15:45 GMT
- Steffan Groch, Head of Regulatory, Compliance and Investigations - DWF
- Simon Naylor, Associate - DWF
- Paul Greaney, QC - New Park Court
- Katherine Blackwell, QC - Lincoln House Chambers