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. This has involved advising and representing clients in relation to criminal investigations in many jurisdictions, usually as the subjects of the investigations but also as witnesses. She is a regular commentator and speaker at conferences and on panels on white collar and corporate crime issues. In April 2016 she co-chaired a GIR Live conference in London on DPAs and Privilege. She is co-editor of a forthcoming book on Global Investigations
[Director, Regulatory Enforcement and White Collar 2011-2014]
Her recent experience includes:
- advising a major financial institution n relation to a multi-jurisdictional investigation into bribery and money-laundering.
- secondment from June – September 2014 to the Financial Crime team within Barclays advising the business on a variety of issues, including the use of third party agents and compliance with the internal policies;
- advising an individual suspended by Tesco in relation to the issues being investigated by the SFO. Given that the SFO's investigation relates to the accounting practices under investigation, this involves close liaison with our in-house forensic team;
- advising a multinational company in relation to potentially corrupt payments to agents 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 a major financial institution on the SFO's investigation and prosecutions in relation to LIBOR;
- advising a major financial investigation in relation to an overseas bribery investigation and requests for mutual legal assistance; and
- advising two major corporates and their senior executives on, and successfully challenging, applications for Interpol Red Notices based on unfounded criminal allegations made by the counterparty in commercial disputes.
- King's College London (LLB with German Law) 1990
- Yale Law School (LLM) 1992
- New College, Oxford (BCL) 1995
- Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1997
- Joined Clifford Chance 2008
- Partner since 2014
- Speaks German
- Member of the Fraud Lawyers' Association and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.
- "Judith Seddon is "one of the foremost practitioners" in the UK market, described by many as "extremely sharp and astute". Her practice covers both national and international high-profile white-collar crime matters, including investigations and responses to dawn raids. Considered "the best white-collar crime lawyer in London" among peers and clients alike" Who's Who Legal Business Crime Defence 2016
- Judith is listed as a leading individual by Legal 500 UK 2015 for Corporate Crime and included in Global Investigations Review's "100 Women in Investigations" list.
- Judith was awarded the 'Best in White Collar' at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2016.
- "Judith Seddon is 'rapidly becoming the go-to woman for all financial services investigations with a criminal dimension'" Legal 500 UK 2015 - Financial Services (Contentious)
- "Judith Seddon is highly sought after for her expertise in global criminal and regulatory investigations "she has superb attention to detail, is very hands-on and gives very pragmatic advice."
Chambers UK 2016 London (Firms): Financial Crime: Corporates Band 1
Deferred Prosecution Agreements webcast
- Judith presents a Thomson Reuters hosted webcast with Luke Tolaini, "Deferred prosecution agreements: worth the wait?" (June 2014), looking at:
- the law and Code of Practice on Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) and other related relevant guidance
- the hurdles the prosecutor has to satisfy to enter into a DPA
- the practical issues to consider including: waiver of privilege, the use of
- material disclosed during the process and potential impact on civil proceedings.
This week at the UK regulators - 22 May 2017
22 May 2017
This week at the UK regulators - 15 May 2017
15 May 2017
Litigation privilege limited
10 May 2017
This week at the UK regulators - 8 May 2017
8 May 2017
This week at the UK regulators - 2 May 2017
2 May 2017
This week at the UK regulators - 24 April 2017
24 April 2017
This week at the UK regulators - 18 April 2017
18 April 2017
Serious Fraud Office concludes deferred prosecution agreement with Tesco Stores Limited
11 April 2017
This week at the UK regulators - 10 April 2017
10 April 2017
This week at the UK regulators - 3 April 2017
3 April 2017
Tesco market abuse
28 March 2017
This week at the UK regulators - 27 March 2017
27 March 2017
This week at the UK regulators - 20 March 2017
20 March 2017
This week at the UK regulators - 13 March 2017
13 March 2017
This week at the UK regulators - 6 March 2017
6 March 2017