Judith Seddon, Director, Business Crime and Regulatory Enforcement at Clifford Chance, specialises in all issues of national and international business crime, fraud, corruption and regulatory enforcement investigations. She frequently advises firms in relation to all aspects of UK anti-corruption legislation, including its jurisdictional reach. She has represented individuals and firms in investigations and proceedings brought by a number of different prosecuting and regulatory authorities including the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Services Authority. She has considerable expertise and experience in advising on and conducting cross border internal investigations into allegations of corruption.
Her recent relevant experience includes:
- Advising a multinational company in relation to potentially corrupt payments made by its subsidiaries; advising on the conduct of such investigation and reporting obligations / potential liability in four different jurisdictions;
- Advising an international organisation, its employees and former employees in relation to criminal investigations into companies’ and individuals' alleged corruption overseas;
- Advising and representing financial institutions, and firms, in relation to FSA enquiries and Enforcement proceedings in relation to breaches of FSA Principles for Businesses and FSA Statements of Principle and Code of Practice for Approved Persons, including advising in relation to payments to third parties and potential money laundering allegations;
- Advising witnesses in connection with requests by overseas authorities for mutual legal assistance;
- Advising a listed company in an SFO investigation concerning allegations of corruption;
- Representing firms in responding to dawn raids by regulatory authorities and police and to compulsory requests for documents and interviews.
QualificationLL.B. Law with German Law (1st) (King's College, London), BCL, New College, Oxford, LL.M. Yale Law School, USA