Jo Rickards is Co-Chair of the White Collar Defense & Special Investigations Practice where she represents a wide range of companies and individuals. Jo is recognised as a leading individual in her practice area advising clients in investigations involving allegations of corruption, cartels, tax and investment fraud and contentious financial services. She has advised directors and companies in the UK and internationally for over 20 years. She represents companies and individuals investigated by the SFO, FCA, CMA and HMRC and those who are subject to mutual legal assistance requests from criminal authorities abroad.
Jo's corporate representations range from advising a U.S. parent whose subsidiary agreed to a civil recovery order with the SFO, conducting an independent review for a UK casino chain, advising an online gambling platform in respect of a money laundering investigation and advising a sovereign wealth fund involved in a high profile sanctions matter. She has advised numerous companies on corruption, money laundering and fraud issues. She has acted for individuals in relation to investigations into Unaoil, Patisserie Valerie, Quindell, Rolls Royce, and a multinational tobacco company. She also has deep experience with insider dealing prosecutions and market abuse investigations. She was involved in the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press and the Manchester Arena Inquest/Inquiry.
She has a particular interest in bribery & corruption, environmental crime and greenwashing and regularly writes and speaks on these subjects.
Jo has been recognised by The Legal 500 UK 2019 as Individual of the Year for Crime, Fraud and Licensing, as well as being recognised in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for her work in Criminal Practice and Fraud, the 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal: Business Crime, and in GIR's inaugral special on Women in Investigations in 2018, recognising 100 outstanding female lawyers in the field. She also won the White Collar Crime European Women in Business Law award in 2014, and has been ranked twice in The Lawyer's Hot 100, in 2003 and 2013. According to the Legal 500 UK 2022 guide, “She has a great ability to pick up on nuances to help guide clients to a correct resolution. She also stands firm when she believes that other lawyers are wrong in their position. She is a great choice if someone needs an attorney in the UK”.
She is ranked in Band 1 for Financial Crime: Individuals and Band 2 for Financial Crime: Corporates by Chambers Guide UK 2021, and according to clients “She fights her corner for her clients and leaves no stone unturned”. She is also recognised among the Hall of Fame for Fraud and White Collar Crime, and as a Leading Individual for Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime in the Legal 500 UK 2022 guide, which states that “Jo Rickards has a wonderful feel for the art of the possible and gives well-considered, insightful and strategic advice”.