Jo Rickards


Jo is a partner in DLA Piper's Corporate Crime and Investigations, Litigation and Regulatory Group in London.

Jo joined DLA Piper in March 2010 from her previous position as partner and former Joint Head of a Fraud and Regulatory Department.

Jo specialises in Corporate Crime; Competition (criminal cartels); Fraud and Contentious Financial Services Litigation.

Jo made the first ever successful application for dismissal under the Criminal Justice Act 1987. She acted for a UK executive charged with price fixing in the landmark first prosecution by the OFT (Marine Hose). This involved an innovative Plea Agreement in the US which allowed for the return of the defendants to the UK where their UK sentence counted towards the discharge of their sentence in the US.

Jo has extensive experience in corruption cases; acting for Harry Greenway M.P in the Plasser corruption case which was stopped in the early 1990s and more recently for a multi-national company where a global settlement of corruption investigations here and in the US was agreed with a civil outcome in the UK.

Jo has significant experience representing many corporate and individual clients facing internal, criminal or regulatory investigations in the UK, US and other jurisdictions, including in high-profile SFO, FSA, OFT and HMRC investigations.

Jo is regularly asked to speak at seminars and write articles on cartels and corruption.

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