Judith Seddon

Partner

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  • BCL, New College, Oxford, 1995
  • LLM, Yale Law School, 1992
  • LLB (with German Law), King's College London, 1990

Qualifications

  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 1997
  • German
  • Fraud Lawyers' Association
  • Ranked as ‘Best in White Collar Crime,’ Euromoney Europe Women in Business Law Awards, 2018
  • Thought Leader, Who’s Who Legal: Investigations, 2018
  • Ranked in top 5 most highly regarded individuals in England for corporate defence, Who’s Who Legal 2016, Business Crime Defence.
  • Leading Individual “Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime”, Legal 500 UK, 2015 – 2017
  • Band 1, “Financial Crime: Corporates”, Chambers 2017
  • Women in Investigations 2015, GIR
  • Best in White Collar, European Women in Business Law Awards, 2016

Judith Seddon

Partner

Judith Seddon specialises in all areas of national and international white-collar crime, fraud, corruption and regulatory and criminal investigations and prosecutions.  She has deep experience and expertise in advising corporates, financial institutions and individuals in internal investigations and when facing complex investigations and prosecutions, both domestically and cross-border, as suspects and as witnesses. She has worked and is working on some of the most complex and high profile investigations and prosecutions.

Judith joined Ropes & Gray in 2018 to co-lead the London anti-corruption and international risk practice. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Judith was a partner at a Magic Circle firm in London and before that, at a specialist criminal law practice.

Judith is a regular commentator and speaker at conferences and on panels on white collar and corporate crime issues. She is co-editor of GIR’s “The Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigations”, first published in January 2017, second edition published January 2018. In 2016 she co-chaired two GIR Live conferences in London.  In December 2017 Judith was on a Federal Bar Council Panel at the Southern District of New York court house, speaking from the UK perspective on the subject of “Privilege under siege here and abroad? The state of corporate attorney privilege.”

Judith is consistently ranked as a band 1 leading practitioner by Chambers and Legal500. Legal500 describe her as “a leading solicitor in the field with excellent judgement and analytical skills”; as “'cool and calm in a crisis’ and rapidly becoming the go-to woman for all financial services investigations.” Chambers describe Judith as “excellent,” with one client commenting “she has such a sensible and strategic approach to really quite complex issues.”

Who’s Who Legal 2018 named Judith ‘Business Crime Lawyer of the Year’, and list her as one of a short list of 10 ‘Thought Leaders’, namely those individuals regarded as “truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.” They describe her as “one of the most highly regarded investigations lawyers in the UK, highlighted for her “brilliant” work on behalf of both corporates and individuals.”

Experience

Experience prior to joining Ropes & Gray:

  • Advising a major financial institution in 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
  • Advised senior executives at a leading British retail corporation in a high profile investigation 
  • Advised 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
  • Advised 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 alleged benchmark manipulation
  • Advised a major financial institution on the SFO's investigation in relation to alleged FX manipulation
  • Advised a major financial investigation in relation to an overseas bribery investigation and requests for mutual legal assistance
  • Advised 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
  • Advised a major corporate in relation to allegations concerning fraudulent conduct perpetrated on a substantial number of consumers over several years. Liaising with investigations authorities and conducting an internal investigation and a review of the company’s terms and conditions

Publications