FINANCE REGULATOR BRINGS ADDITIONAL WEIGHT TO DWF
11 Oct, 2012
National business law firm, DWF, has recruited a former finance regulator, Joanne Hall, as a litigation and regulatory partner.
Joanne specialises in the conduct of corporate investigations, and defence of criminal or regulatory investigations and prosecutions, in cases of fraud, financial crime and financial services regulation.
Joining from Gordons LLP, Joanne has undertaken both defendant and prosecution work in her role as a criminal barrister, and has been part of bespoke investigation teams for both the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
Joanne brings with her a wealth of regulatory experience and already has a number of impressive achievements under her belt. These include: the first acquittal of a senior executive in an FSA prosecution for insider dealing, and the successful defence of an owner of a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) for 45 criminal offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Steffan Groch, head of markets and a partner in the litigation and regulatory team at DWF, said: “We represent clients in a number of sectors, from transport to trading competition, and pride ourselves on providing tailored, commercial advice and a wide range of services, including crisis response and organisational risk analysis. We are always on the lookout for people who will be able to add a new element to our team and Joanne brings with her a new perspective and fresh insight, which will no doubt be extremely beneficial to us.”
Joanne added: “The regulatory team at DWF has a fantastic reputation and I’m keen to get started. My varied experience has helped me to develop a range of transferable skills applicable to a wide range of areas, from bribery and corruption to regulatory ‘dawn raids’ and interviews under caution, and I hope these will provide added benefits for clients. DWF has ambitious plans for the future, which provides the perfect platform for further developing the regulatory and contentious financial services on offer.”