Jo Rickards has extensive experience in corporate crime, competition (criminal cartels), fraud and contentious financial services litigation.

Jo joined DLA Piper in March 2010 from her previous position as partner and former joint head of a Fraud and Regulatory department.

Jo made the first ever successful application for dismissal under the Criminal Justice Act 1987. She acted for a UK executive charged with price fixing in the landmark first prosecution by the OFT (Marine Hose). This involved an innovative plea agreement in the US which allowed for the return of the defendants to the UK where their UK sentence counted towards the discharge of their sentence in the US.

Jo has extensive experience in corruption cases. She acted for Harry Greenway MP in the Plasser corruption case which was stopped in the early 1990s and more recently for a multi-national company where a global settlement of corruption investigations here and in the US was agreed with a civil outcome in the UK.

Jo has significant experience representing many corporate and individual clients facing internal, criminal or regulatory investigations in the UK, US and other jurisdictions, including in high-profile SFO, FSA, OFT and HMRC investigations.

Jo has experience of FSA compulsory interviews, mutual legal assistance investigations where the FSA have conducted investigations at the behest of the SEC. She represented Kevin Foster who was investigated by the FSA and prosecuted by the SFO under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Theft Act in connection with the unauthorised collective investment scheme the KF Concept. She also acted on a number of insider dealing cases earlier in her career including R v McCormick and R v Morrisey and another.

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