The Legal Risk Map®

A sector leading offering from Proelium Law LLP

  • Are you thinking about sending or do you already have staff or projects in high risk or complex environments?
  • Does your organisation have the correct legal infrastructure for success?
  • Have you assessed your legal risk as part of your overall risk assessment – do you know what legal risk you might be carrying?

The Proelium Law LLP Legal Risk Map® is free, bespoke to each client and is confidential.  If you want to understand more, you can click on the link at the bottom of this page and fill in the questionnaire. We will then send you the results. We also realise you may just want to see what it’s all about so you can click here and download the questionnaire to read at your leisure. The Legal Risk Map® process looks at your structures and activities from a legal risk perspective, helping you to understand and mitigate any vulnerabilities you may have in this area. For an example of the results we send click here.

Legal Risk Map®

What is it?

Our legal risk mapping is a basic review of your organisation’s legal health. It looks at how well your legal structure covers you and should be considered a central part of your risk analysis and risk management. The legal risk map considers the following themes:

Theme 1 – Corporate structures and responsibilities, including memorandum of association, articles of association and shareholders agreements or if your organisation is a registered charity or other form of NGO.

Theme 2 – Policies, including (for instance): day-to-day functioning of your company; anti-money laundering; anti bribery and corruption; third party suppliers.

Theme 3 – Commercial contracts – with third party suppliers and clients.

Theme 4 – Succession planning.

Theme 5 – Staff/consultant contracts, their rights to work and visas.

Theme 6 – Host nation and local laws for overseas projects, extra-territorial laws and sanctions, immigration and tax and work permits.

Theme 7 – Duty of care. Essential to limit your exposure to negligence claims.

Theme 8 – Insurance and whether it is adequate or not.

Theme 9 – Accreditations, whether you would be ready and their usefulness.

Theme 10 – Use of weapons and armoured vehicles, dual-use goods (if applicable) and private security companies.

Theme 11 – Data protection, to conform to the Data Protection Act and the forthcoming GDPR.

What problems does this address?

Most companies (rightly) focus on operational delivery. The danger of focusing on the task too much, without taking care of the supporting processes, is that:

Hard-earned profits can disappear

The company can become open to litigation

Staff fail to understand the company processes

Reputations can be irretrievably damaged.

As ever, there needs to be balance across a company’s activities to get the ‘tail to teeth’ ratio just right.

We have found that among other ‘tail’ activities, such as logistics or HR, the legal aspects tend to be overlooked. This can be because legal language can be impenetrable, there is a fear of cost and there is a perception that ‘legals’ are not required – ‘if we don’t mess up, we don’t need legals’.

Each of these views can be valid, but the ‘do nothing’ option comes with risk.

We have designed the legal risk mapping service to remove the guesswork from this part of your operations.

As ever with risk, once it has been identified it can then be mitigated or accepted for what it is; the crucial first stage, though, is to identify the risk and that’s what our legal risk mapping process does.

How do we do it?

We will ask you about your business, about your services and about any goods that you supply. Once we have reviewed everything, we will provide you with a legal risk map, showing where you are in relatively good shape and where we believe you may be carrying risk. We also provide a prioritised work plan to mitigate any risks we have identified.

How long does it take and how much does it cost?

The time and cost of the legal risk map depends on how deep you want us to go. Our free legal risk map takes an hour of your time (and about a day of ours) and provides an overview of your situation. You may decide that you want a fully detailed map or that you want us to focus on certain areas; in either of those cases, once we understand a little about you we will charge a set flat fee.

Do I have to take the advice? What if we don’t agree with you?

Of course you don’t have to act on our advice. We would say, though, be wary of cherry-picking the parts you like and ignoring the ones you don’t (or seem to be ‘too hard to do’) as you could create more problems than solutions. We will distinguish where we are pointing out a statutory requirement from where we suggest good practice.

If you find something that is wrong, would you tell anyone else?

No. Whilst at the initial stage we are not providing legal advice, it is an assessment of your current situation and we will treat all of our correspondence as confidential. We would never divulge details of our correspondence to a third party. If, following the initial stage, you ask us to deal with the areas highlighted you may be entitled to legal professional privilege.

If you find a lot of actions, do we have to use you to sort them?

You don’t have to use us as there is absolutely no obligation attached to the risk map. We do, though, believe we are best placed to help companies in our areas of specialisation. Another law firm is unlikely to just take our views without checking themselves, which means more time and expenditure for you.

I am wary of exposing my business to another company, even if it is a law firm.

This is quite understandable but rest assured the purpose is not to cause embarrassment, it’s to make sure you are set up (legally) for success. There are an army of law and regulatory requirements that even the best structured companies don’t know about or just don’t do very well. You are rightly focused on the delivery of your goods or services, let us focus on your legal infrastructure. Also rest assured that we immediately delete your information if you do not wish to give us instructions afterwards.

What should I do now?

You can simply go ahead and start the questionnaire by scrolling down and pressing START, or to discuss the legal risk map service, and how it can put your company onto firm legal foundations for continued success, please contact us:

by phone on +44 2038 757 422

or by email to ‘’

Get in touch and we will guide you through the process – it won’t talk more than an hour. We’ll get a slot in the diary for a conversation, following which we will send you your legal risk map.

‘Proelium Law LLP is a top law firm that well understands all the legal aspects of hostile and complex environments. We are confident this will be time well spent.’

Contact us to learn more about Proelium Law’s services 

Practice Areas - further information

General UK Focus

Whilst we have a clear international focus for our clients, our UK-facing work is equally important. Across security, defence, international development and insurance sectors, the UK remains a major supplier of goods and services.



High Risk Jurisdictions

We view our overseas markets as being either High-Risk Jurisdictions, or Complex Environments.  We classify high-risk jurisdictions as those that have ongoing conflict (which could be full scale internal or external armed conflict), a significant insurgency or terrorist campaign, or countries around which piracy is prevalent.


Complex Environments

We view our overseas markets as being either High-Risk Jurisdictions, or Complex Environments.  We classify complex environments as those possessing characteristics such as:

  • Medium to high levels of political violence or a significant risk of it occurring
  • Financial complexity such as being listed as one of the top corrupt counties on the Transparency International website
  • Recent history of human rights abuses
  • There are post conflict reconstruction efforts in place in order to stabilise the country
  • Significant cultural complexities that make business difficult


Non-Legal Advisory Services

We provide commercial services which are complementary to our legal practice, and that come from many decades of sensitive, specialist experience in international investigations and discreet governmental work.


Proelium Law LLP

Proelium Law LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England and Wales No.OC411568.

Proelium Law LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority No. 629608 (

VAT Registration No. 242 4002 59.


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