Mishcon de Reya has hired Kingsley Napley partner Jo Rickards as a partner in its business crime group.
Rickards joined Kingsley Napley in 2014 from DLA Piper where she was a partner for four years. Prior to that she was a partner at Peters & Peters, where she worked for 17 years.
Specialising in Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations work, Rickards’ recent cases include representing former News of the World editor Andy Coulson in relation to Operation Weeting, Operation Elvedon and Operation Rubicon, all related to phone hacking. She also represented ‘fake sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood.
Mishcon’s business crime group was established in 2014 and sits within its wider disputes team, which accounts for over a third of the firm’s revenue. Mishcon posted revenue up 16 per cent in 2015/16 to £127.9m. Profit per equity partner (PEP) also broke the £1m barrier in the last financial year.
Rickards said in a statement: “I’m very pleased to be joining Mishcon de Reya at such an exciting time. The firm has carved out a reputation for having one of the go to dispute resolution teams in London. There is reform in the pipeline for corporate criminal liability, something I look forward to working with our clients – both corporate clients and individuals – to understand and navigate.”
Other noteable hires by Mishcon in recent months include Clyde & Co private client partner Martin Davies, who brought over the Saudi royal family as a client.
It also expanded its IP practice with a three-lawyer team from KWM; boosted its insurance disputes practice with two hires from Addleshaw Goddard; made acommercial litigation hire from Enyo Law; and built up its corporate capability with a lateral hire from Proskauer Rose.
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