GIR Live London: FCA won't delegate investigations

28 April 2016

The FCA will never view internal investigations as a substitute for its own inquiries, says the regulator’s director of investigations, Jamie Symington.

GIR Live London: disclosing first accounts could waive privilege, says Standard Bank QC

29 April 2016

Lawyers for Standard Bank deliberately kept all references of witness interviews out of the internal investigation report presented to the SFO, Nicholas Purnell QC said at GIR Live London on Thursday.

GIR Live London: middle management targeted by new FCA regime

29 April 2016

The FCA’s new scheme to hold senior managers to account for financial misconduct will affect the middle management of banks more than senior managers, a former official from the agency says.

GIR Live London: the most important developments of the past year

From left to right: Chris Warren-Smith, Paul Gully-Hart, Peter Burrell, Mark Leppard and Jane Shvets

11 August 2016

A full transcript of a symposium-style session at GIR Live London in April 2016, where panellists and the audience discussed recent developments with the biggest impact on the practice of international investigations.

GIR Live London: DPAs and privilege

29 June 2016

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office concluded its first deferred prosecution agreement with Standard Bank in late 2015. At GIR Live London in April, panellists – including counsel to Standard Bank – scrutinised the case, from the importance of witnesses’ first accounts to scepticism on the part of the judiciary.

GIR Live London: mind your language, investigations lawyer warns

22 April 2015

In-house counsel need to use carefully worded language in any written document about an internal investigation or face the consequences in subsequent litigation, Covington & Burling's John Rupp told the audience at GIR Live London on 21 April.

GIR Live London: UK DPA system is "as unattractive as possible"

23 April 2015

The legal framework for deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) forces companies to offer up much for very little in return, say former government prosecutors.


Judith Seddon

Clifford Chance

Judith specialises in all issues of national and international white collar crime, fraud, corruption and regulatory enforcement investigations. She has deep experience and expertise in advising corporates and individuals facing complex criminal investigations and prosecutions, both domestically and cross-border, from a strategic and pragmatic perspective. She is described by Legal 500 (2015) as ‘cool and calm in a crisis’, and as ‘rapidly becoming the go-to woman for all financial services investigations with a criminal dimension’.  

Chris Warren-Smith

Norton Rose Fulbright

Chris Warren-Smith is Global Head of Investigations. Chris advises on regulatory investigations and enforcement, corporate investigations and commercial and international dispute resolution across all sectors. He advises clients globally on a broad range of regulatory issues including financial crime, corruption, and fraud and related disputes. Chris represents major corporates, financial institutions, and senior executives in connection with regulatory and civil litigation proceedings. He has significant experience in heavyweight litigation, arbitration and judicial review proceedings, including group actions.

Keynote Speaker

Jamie Symington

Director of Investigations, FCA

Jamie Symington is Director of Investigations at the FCA with responsibility for markets, wholesale conduct, unauthorised business and intelligence. He is a lawyer with experience at the Bar and in government, before joining the FSA in 1999. He has worked in policy and casework roles in the FSA/FCA Enforcement and Market Oversight Division, and has previously headed up investigation departments for both wholesale and retail conduct. 


Peter Burrell

Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Laura Durrant

Head of Litigation, Regulatory and Investigations, Royal Bank of Scotland

Paul Gully-Hart

Schellenberg Wittmer

Marc Leppard

Head of Business Integrity, BP

Kimberly Parker

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

Nicholas Purnell QC

Cloth Fair Chambers

Jane Shvets

Debevoise & Plimpton

Bankim Thanki QC

Fountain Court Chambers

Gavin Williamson



8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Judith Seddon, Clifford Chance
Chris Warren-Smith, Norton Rose Fulbright

9.10: Keynote speech

Jamie Symington, Director of Investigations, FCA

9.40: Session one: DPAs and privilege

This session will explore the grey areas that exist around privilege and the availability/negotiation of DPAs. It will examine lessons from the first DPA concluded in the UK and debate the role of the judiciary in that process, both in the UK and the US. The panel will include counsel to Standard Bank, the first company to agree to a DPA in the UK.

Questions the panel are expected to discuss include:

  • In reality, do you need to waive privilege to be offered a DPA and, if so, should you?
  • Does the perception (or reality) that waiver of privilege is probably a condition of a DPA affect the conduct of a company's internal investigation?
  • What lessons can be drawn from the first UK DPA about how to negotiate one?
  • What practical issues do you need to consider – anonymity, duties of disclosure to the market etc?
  • The US is usually regarded as the trend-setter in criminal justice. But is the UK now playing the leader in terms of the judiciary's involvement in the DPA process? Where are things heading in the US when it comes to the role of the judge?

Judith Seddon, Clifford Chance

Bankim Thanki QC, Fountain Court Chambers 
Laura Durrant, Head of Litigation, Regulatory and Investigations, Royal Bank of Scotland
Nicholas Purnell QC, Cloth Fair Chambers
Kimberly Parker, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: GIR Live Symposium: the five most important developments of the past year from around the world

In this session, our panel – and audience – will discuss which developments, from home and abroad, could have the greatest impact on practice in the UK.

It will include the GIR Live symposium – an expanded Q&A section built around questions submitted in advance. On the day, audience members will be invited to introduce their question from the floor before a facilitated discussion of it by the room.

Chris Warren-Smith, Norton Rose Fulbright

Gavin Williamson, BDO
Jane Shvets, Debevoise & Plimpton 
Marc Leppard, Head of Business IntegrityBP
Peter Burrell, Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Paul Gully-Hart, Schellenberg Wittmer

13.00: Chairs’ closing remarks

Judith Seddon, Clifford Chance
Chris Warren-Smith, Norton Rose Fulbright

13.10: Networking lunch

14.10: Close of conference


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