Business Intelligence & Investigations Department


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What the team is known for Operating as an internal intelligence and investigations unit within the firm's wider legal departments, the team at Schillings provides pre-existing and external clients with market-leading open source expertise. The firm regularly provides clients with valuable intelligence as evidence in support of legal claims or to inform legal strategies.

"Judging purely on capabilities and having worked with them, I've always been extremely impressed. They're quite specialised," says one market expert, continuing: "They certainly have an impressive team, and not just at the management level. There are smart people working there." A satisfied client says: "Schillings helped put together a strategy for us, particularly on the digital and the cyber side - they were absolutely brilliant."

Notable practitioners

The "very good" Juliet Young is a partner at the firm and holds significant capabilities in open source intelligence techniques. Her practice focuses on both reputational and privacy matters, as well as on cross-border litigation and arbitration proceedings.

"She's interesting and multidisciplinary," says one source. "She has strong credentials in this area, and understands the investigative environment and how it connects with the law. She's very responsive, focused and committed."

Lily Kennett is a former investigative journalist and has recently become a partner at Schillings. Her clients include corporate leaders, government departments and high net worth individuals. Kennett has a proven track record in working on significant arbitration proceedings and in leading open source investigations, and has also been central to the development of the firm's new pro bono offering.

"She's extremely impressive," insists a market insider, "a very, very smart lady." "Lily is a very good investigator," adds another interviewee.