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White Collar Crime

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NEIL DONOVAN

Neil is a Senior Associate in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Global Investigations and Corporate Crime practice. Neil’s expertise include global criminal and regulatory investigations, international financial services litigation, and financial sanctions. He acts for financial institutions and corporates across a range of sectors (including energy and natural resources, transportation, manufacturing, and telecommunications). Neil is particularly interested and experienced in white-collar defence and corporate crime matters. He has acted for clients on multi-jurisdictional investigations related to allegations of bribery and corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, and accounting fraud. He also regularly advises and presents to clients on issues relating to financial sanctions and financial crime compliance programmes. Neil has completed secondments to the UK Serious Fraud Office, Freshfields' office in New York, a major UK retail bank and a global investment bank based in London.

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JOANNA DIMMOCK

Partner, White & Case

White Collar Crime / Investigations, Oil & Gas

Joanna Dimmock is a partner in the White Collar team in London with broad experience across a wide range of white-collar related areas. Many of her cases have an international dimension and she has particular experience of multi-jurisdictional investigations in both the UK and abroad (SFO, SOCA, Arab Republic of Egypt, DOJ, Canadian Competition Bureau), as well as complex extradition, Interpol red notices and mutual legal assistance matters. Joanna also has considerable experience with international sanctions, as well as corporations requiring compliance and litigation advice arising from the enforcement of sanctions by the European Council, OFAC and the Swiss Federal Council.

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ALI SALLAWAY

Partner, Freshfields

Corporate Crime Group, Global Investigations

Ali is a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and is co-head of the Global Investigations and Corporate Crime practice with a record of acting on major cross-border and domestic investigations for clients in all sectors, including pharma and healthcare, oil and gas, consumer/retail and financial services. Ali specialises in corporate and financial crime defence and regulatory enforcement actions, particularly defending actions brought by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and/or Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Financial Reporting Council (FRC) as well as other domestic agencies and overseas authorities. Ali has significant expertise handling money-laundering, false accounting, fraud, bribery/corruption and counter terrorism related matters. She has acted on many of the leading enforcement decisions brought by the FCA, especially in cases involving financial crime, cyber, market abuse, market manipulation, and disclosure and listing obligations cases. Ali is recognised as a leading individual in corporate and financial crime, contentious financial services and global investigations by all major directories. Ali is a sector group leader of Freshfields' London pro bono practice and is a member of the firms Responsible Business Board. She is also a trustee of the RCJ Citizens Advice Bureau.

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JOHN BINNS

Partner, BCL Solicitors

John is a partner from BCL Solicitors, a leading Legal 500 white-collar crime firm, with particular expertise in the business crime sector. His main area of interest includes cases involving allegations of bribery, fraud and money laundering. John is not only an expert on the many and various legal provisions on the anti-money laundering requirements in the regulated sector, but he also has years of experience dealing with high profile confiscation and civil recovery cases. He is both a business crime expert that represents domestic and international clients as well as an author who actively writes publications.

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KATIE WHEATLEY

Partner, Bindmans

Head of the Crime Fraud and Regulatory Team

As the Head of Bindmans LLP’s leading Crime Fraud and Regulatory team, Katie has a wide range of experience of criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. She has acted in high profile cases involving specialist prosecution agencies such as the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Katie advises a broad range of clients including employees, directors and trustees of organisations, businesses and NGO’s, doctors teachers and journalists and media organisations. With strong expertise in dealing with cases involving allegations of business and work related crime, Katie offers invaluable insight into the area of criminal law.

Modern Slavery

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PAROSHA CHANDRAN

Barrister, One Pump Court

Parosha Chandran is the UK’s leading anti-slavery lawyer and she has been practicing at the Bar of England and Wales for 21 years. She is an award-winning human rights barrister and a leader at the Bar in the fields of human rights, human trafficking, forced labour and labour exploitation, immigration, trafficking-related criminal appeals and public law.

Parosha Chandran is a human rights barrister based in London and a world-leading expert on the law relating to human trafficking for the UN, Council of Europe and OSCE. She represents adult and child victims of modern slavery and human trafficking and has set critical legal trafficking precedents in the asylum, slavery, criminal non-punishment, civil and public law contexts. She has contributed to key international legal guidance on trafficking, provides judicial training and has advised on legislation including the Modern Slavery Act 2015. She has received many honours for her work including the Trafficking in Persons Hero Award 2015 from John Kerry in Washington DC for her work in developing the rule of law on trafficking in the UK and abroad and for her “unparalleled achievements in providing legal services to survivors of modern slavery”.

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DAVID WESTLAKE

CEO of International Justice Mission UK

David Westlake is the CEO of International Justice Mission UK. He has worked 24 years in leadership positions in the Christian not-for-profit sector. David previously served as International Director for Tearfund, where he was responsible for Global Programmes, including advocacy, media, network engagement, international communications, global volunteering, as well as developing approaches to tackle sexual and gender-based violence and enhance peace-building.

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KATE ROBERTS

UK and Europe Programme Manager at Anti-Slavery International

Kate Roberts is the UK and Europe Programme Manager at Anti-Slavery International. She has over 17 years of experience of working for not-for-profit organisations. Prior to her role at Anti-Slavery International, she was the Head of Office for the Human Trafficking Foundation and Head of Policy at KALAYAAN.

Crime & Covid-19

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EVE GILES

Partner, Allen & Overy

White Collar Crime

Eve Giles is partner in the Litigation and Investigations group at Allen & Overy. Eve is a corporate crime specialist with more than 20 years of experience advising both corporates and individuals on high profile criminal investigations. She specialises in cases involving international and national corruption, cartels, insider dealing, market abuse, fraud, money laundering and extradition, in addition to advising clients on internal and regulatory investigations relating to the same issues. She is an experienced criminal trial litigator and has defended a number of cases at trial against the UK SFO, FCA, CPS and the UK Competition Regulator (now the CMA).

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DIANA CZUGLER

Associate, Allen & Overy

Corporate Crime - Litigation and Investigations

Diana is an associate in Allen & Overy’s Litigation and Investigations team, specialising in corporate crime and criminal investigations. She advises both individuals and corporates on matters involving fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption, including representation at trial or during regulatory enforcement action. Diana has experience across of range of areas, including navigating criminal and regulatory investigations, responding to information and document requests and dealing with asset restraint and freezing orders, in addition defending extradition proceedings. Diana is also a chartered accountant and previously worked as a risk consultant at a “Big 4” firm prior to becoming a lawyer.

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JILL LORMIER

Partner, Kingsley Napley

Jill Lorimer is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s Financial Services Group. She has an extensive track record in advising firms and individuals facing regulatory and criminal investigations as well as having a particular insight into the organisation’s approach to the investigation and prosecution of serious financial offences. Jill has a broad fraud practice and has involvement in many of the largest Serious Fraud Office investigations.