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Stephen Pollard


Stephen Pollard is a seasoned litigator with more than 25 years of experience on the full spectrum of business crime and securities enforcement work. He represents members of the investor community including senior managers, brokers and traders facing allegations of insider trading, market manipulation and market abuse, particularly in proceedings brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Judith Seddon

Clifford Chance

Judith Seddon specialises in all issues of national and international white collar crime, fraud, corruption and regulatory enforcement investigations. Judith has considerable experience and expertise in advising on regulatory and criminal investigations and prosecutions. Prior to joining Clifford Chance, Judith was a partner in a criminal law practice for almost 15 years. She has a depth and range of experience unusual in a magic circle firm, and has worked and is currently working on some of the SFO's largest and most high-profile investigations. 

Keynote Speaker

Alan Milford

General Counsel, Serious Fraud Office

Alun Milford became General Counsel at the Serious Fraud Office in April 2012. Alun joined the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in 1992 after working as a solicitor in a City firm. He covered central London crime and became a solicitor-advocate in 1999. 


Arnondo Chakrabarti

Allen & Overy

Susannah Cogman

Herbert Smith Freehills

David Corker

Corker Binning

Kaley Crossthwaite


Matthew Fitzwater

Managing Director - Head of Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement for the Americas, Barclays

Paul Laffan

Managing Director, Head of AML (UK), State Street

Clare Montgomery QC

Matrix Chambers

Jonathan Pickworth

White & Case

Karolos Seeger

Debevoise & Plimpton


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ welcome 

Stephen Pollard, WilmerHale
Judith Seddon, Clifford Chance

9.10: Keynote speech

Alun Milford, General Counsel, Serious Fraud Office  

9.40: DPAs – does the glove always fit?

Rolls Royce’s DPA represents a huge leap forward for the SFO’s new option. But does that mean the floodgates are about to open? Will all cases be resolved by a DPA now, or is it still a bespoke and rare outcome? What are the attractions and the risks of the DPA process? And do the UK agencies have the firepower to catch those who decide to hunker down and if needs be fight their case?

Questions the panel are expected to discuss include:

  • Have the recent developments changed the risk/reward analysis for companies?
  • Given the size of the Rolls Royce fine, is fighting a case a cost-effective option?
  • Was the Rolls Royce DPA the game-changer that some have claimed?

Stephen Pollard, WilmerHale

Susannah Cogman, Herbert Smith Freehills
Paul Laffan, Managing Director, Head of AML (UK), State Street
Alun Milford, General Counsel, Serious Fraud Office
Clare Montgomery QC, Matrix Chambers

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: GIR Live Question Time

A panel of leading names will discuss hot topics submitted by the moderator and our audience.

Topics they’re likely to discuss include:

  • The Criminal Finance Bill – changes to the SAR regime and the new corporate tax offence
  • The Call for Evidence re a possible reform of the law on corporate criminal liability
  • The RBS Rights Issue privilege ruling and its impact on interviewing witnesses in internal investigations
  • Implications of the judgment in Financial Conduct Authority v Macris – and the question of anonymity for third parties in the criminal context
  • Section 2 powers
    • Changes to the regime for interviewing under section 2 – a year on. What has the impact been?
    • Application of section 2 powers to material held overseas?

Judith Seddon, Clifford Chance 

Arnondo Chakrabarti, Allen & Overy
David Corker, Corker Binning 
Kaley Crossthwaite, BDO
Matthew Fitzwater, Acting Global Head of Litigation, Investigations & Enforcement, Barclays
Jonathan Pickworth, White & Case
Karolos Seeger, Debevoise & Plimpton

13.00: Chairs’ closing remarks

Stephen Pollard, WilmerHale
Judith Seddon, Clifford Chance

13.10: Networking lunch 

14.10: Close of conference


One Bishops Square, London, E1 6AD, United Kingdom


  • "Excellent discussions on key topics"


  • "Topical questions, explored in depth"

  • "Very good; lively conversation with robust exchange of views"

  • "An excellent conference, with high quality panels"

  • "A good range of delegates providing good networking opportunities"