Irwin Mitchell Expands Regulatory Team In The North

New Senior Associate Appointed

01.11.2010

Law firm Irwin Mitchell has added to its renowned northern Regulatory & Criminal Investigations Group (RCG) by appointing a new Senior Associate to work across the Sheffield and Manchester offices.

Joanne Hall moves north from the London office to join the RCG North team at Irwin Mitchell as a qualified barrister and has spent time on secondment to both the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Financial Services Authority (FSA).

The team now comprises of 11 people in the North and also draws on expertise from other offices, including London when required to ensure the most appropriate expertise for each case.  This includes the ability to put together multi-disciplinary legal teams to deal with matters involving, for example, a civil, or employment law element.

Paul Haycock, Associate Director in Irwin Mitchell's RCG team, said: "We are delighted to welcome Joanne to our specialist team.  She has a wide range of experience working across a range of regulatory investigations.

"With the Bribery Act just around the corner it is important that businesses get up to speed with their due diligence processes and Joanne's experience with the SFO and FSA will be a real benefit to our clients".

The Irwin Mitchell RCG team has a strong reputation for defending complicated criminal investigations and prosecutions and is currently handling a caseload where the fraud is alleged to exceed £150m.

Irwin Mitchell has seen a rise in the number of instructions to defend in criminal fraud cases recently, including include those brought by HM Revenue and Customs, the Fraud Prosecution Teams of the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office.