Ian Ko

Associate (Foreign Qualified Lawyer)


Ian is an Associate (Foreign Qualified) in Kingsley Napley’s Regulatory department. His practice focuses on acting for regulators and defending regulated individuals/organisations in investigations and enforcement proceedings. He also advises in public inquiries and reviews.    

Regulatory Investigations and Enforcement

Ian has experience acting for regulators and defending regulated individuals in investigations and enforcement proceedings, particularly in the financial services and healthcare sectors.

Recent examples include:

  • Leading complex investigations on behalf of healthcare regulators in cases involving fraud, clinical competence, and behavioural misconduct.
  • Advising individuals and firms in investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by accountancy and audit regulators (FRC, ICAEW, ACCA).
  • Advising a professional financial services regulator on the drafting of Disciplinary Rules for its globally regulated membership.

Inquiries and Reviews

Ian also has experience advising clients involved as core participants or witnesses in major public inquiries and reviews.

Recent cases include:   

  • The Grenfell Tower Inquiry and related proceedings.
  • Inquests into the deaths arising from the Fishmongers’ Hall and London Bridge terror attack of 29 November 2019.
  • The Connaught Review, which considered the FCA/FSA’s supervision of the Connaught Income Fund Series 1, following its collapse and resultant investor losses of >£100m.                                                                              

Ian is qualified in New Zealand and New York, and holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School. He is also involved in Kingsley Napley’s pro bono initiatives, including assisting Amicus ALJ, a charity representing those facing the death penalty in the United States.  

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