Pádraig Mawe, State Solicitor for Limerick City


Stephen Barry

Stephen Barry, Eversheds Sutherland


Kenneth Ruan

Kenneth Ruane, Head of Civil Legal, An Garda Siochana


Kenan Furlong

Kenan Furlong, A&L Goodbody


Dr. Patricia Canning Square

Dr. Patricia Canning


John Khastar

John Khastar, Director, Security Consultant and Trainer


  • The work of the State Solicitor
  • File preparation and submission to the State Solicitor  
  • Challenges faced in regulatory prosecutions

Conflict of Interest in an Investigation:

  • Why conflicts matter
  • How to identify a conflict of interest
  • Safeguards in managing a conflict of interest in an investigation process
  • The impact of a conflict of interest in a personal liability scenario
  • Best practice
  • Overview of regulatory responsibility in relation to the sharing of information when investigating a criminal offence-
  • What checks should be in place- Law Enforcement Directive v GDPR.
  • Sharing between government agencies- Data Sharing and Governance Act 2019.
  • Implications of CRH Judgement for investigations by regulatory bodies regarding Privacy, Privilege and Proportionality.
  • Challenges

White Collar Crime Enforcement – A Changing Landscape

The challenges of investigating and prosecuting white-collar crime are many and complex. Certain aspects of Ireland's law enforcement framework are undergoing reform to better enable the State agencies tasked with enforcement to fulfil their mandates in the fight against financial crime. This is a current focus area for the Government, with new legislation on the statute books to streamline the criminal justice process and a number of practical changes coming down the tracks to strengthen the arsenal of State law enforcement agencies.

This webinar will explore issues including:

  • The new Criminal Procedure Act 2021: the scope and impact of the Act's important changes to the trial process;
  • The Hamilton Review Group's recommendations for legislative, structural and infrastructural reform – what's coming down the tracks and when;
  • Other legislative changes in the pipeline.

Conducting an investigative interview is a complex procedure. For the process to be effective, police interviewers must balance creating rapport with eliciting and writing down (either contemporaneously, or from handwritten notes) relevant and valid information. In accordance with PEACE guidelines, the resulting written statement must reflect as much as possible the interviewee’s own words. However, what is produced in the written text is rarely, if ever, a verbatim reproduction of the interviewee’s talk.

In this talk, I highlight some of the problems that arise in the transposition from talk to text in the investigative interview. These problems are linguistic in nature, but can have serious repercussions for the pursuit of justice.  I present examples of linguistic choices made by police officers in written statements taken after the Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster showing how patterns of negation indicate the presence of the interviewer’s voice. The examples also show how officers consistently fixate on key themes that present participants in a negative light. It raises questions about who controls the themes raised in the statements and whether this control is legitimate. I also present linguistic examples of reports from officers writing up crimes of domestic violence to examine whether linguistic patterns depicting agency reflect implicit attitudinal biases. It is important to note that individual linguistic choices in themselves do not constitute an ideology or biased worldview; however, patterns of linguistic behaviour can point to underlying attitudes about victims, suspects, communities, or even types of crimes.

  • What is conflict?
  • The risk to workers and current trends particularly in the regulatory arena
  • Why de-escalation is so important
  • The BISM (Behavioural Influence Stairway Model) -why it was developed, what it is and how it reduces potential conflict
  • An opportunity for questions in relation to conflict situations
Booking option
Webinar €195

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