On-demand: The Regulatory Investigations Conference 2021

Monday 29th November 2021

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Are you involved in regulatory investigations? La Touche Training has considerable experience in training regulators, solicitors and other professionals in this area via online conferences and virtual training programmes.

The Annual Regulatory Investigations Conference 2021, organised by La Touche Training, took place virtually on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th November.

This was the sixth year of the conference and for the second time it took place online. This enabled delegates to attend from all over the country. The conference proved a real success and over 150 regulators, investigators and lawyers attended via video conferencing. Each year the conference addresses subjects of interest to regulators and those involved in the field of regulation in what is a developing subject.

This year the speakers’ line up included:

The subjects addressed at this year’s conference were varied and demonstrated the complexities faced by those who regulate or who advise them.

Event attendees greatly benefited from the speakers’ insights on topics such as:

  • The role of the State Solicitor
  • Data Protection and the Law Enforcement Directive
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Changes in pre-trial management
  • Interviewing of witnesses
  • Dealing with difficult and challenging situations in investigative work

If you have missed the conference this year, here are some key learning points we would like to share with you:

  • The importance of a thorough presentation of a comprehensive file to the State Solicitor. Padraig Mawe explained the relationship between the State Solicitor and the Office of the DPP.
  • Stephen Barry gave clear advice on the subject of conflict of interest and said that regulators must always be conscious of conflict of interest when commencing an investigation.
  • The way in which witnesses are interviewed can affect the reliability of the statement. Patricia Canning gave insights into her research of the interviews taken after the Hillsborough disaster to show how easy it is for interviewers to influence an interviewee. She further discussed the damage which might be caused in a situation where evidence form a witness had not been taken fairly by using examples from cases of domestic violence.
  • Kenan Furlong gave insights into the Criminal Procedure Act 2021 which was recently passed into law. The Act makes a number of significant changes to criminal procedure including the introduction of preliminary trial hearings and the wider provision of documentation to juries to assist them with their deliberations.
  • Kenneth Ruane discussed the relationship between GDPR and the Law Enforcement Directive and the importance of correct procedures when dealing with requests.
  • Challenging behaviour and how to deal with it was John Khastar’s subject. There is no doubt that for some regulators this is a constant concern, leading on occasion to physical threat.

>> The conference is available to watch on-demand here. Access to it today.

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