Jo Rickards is the Head of the White Collar Crime & Investigations Group. Recognised as an expert in white-collar crime handling cases involving corruption, cartels, fraud and contentious financial services, she has advised directors, boards and companies in the UK and internationally for over 20 years. She represents both corporates and individuals embroiled in corruption, fraud and money laundering in multiple jurisdictions, including those being investigated by the SFO, FCA, CMA and HMRC.
Jo's numerous high profile cases includes: the representation of former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson in respect of phone hacking allegations at the Old Bailey, Silvio Berlusconi in mutual legal assistance proceedings initiated by the Italian prosecutor in respect of allegations of corruption involving David Mills, and Mazher Mahmood, known as ‘the fake sheikh’. She has been involved in all the major SFO investigations since the Office was created, from Guinness, Barlow Clowes and Maxwell, through to Versailles and Wickes. She also has extensive experience of insider dealing prosecutions and market abuse investigations, successfully navigating clients through internal investigations arising from the last financial crisis involving LIBOR and Forex.