Julie Matheson

Partner

Regulatory

"personable, incisive and knows the factual area and legislation back to front.” She has particular expertise in financial services regulation.

Chambers UK 2017, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

'supremely bright’ and ‘both personable and robust’

Legal 500 UK 2017

Julie Matheson is a partner in the Regulatory team. She has particular expertise in the fields of financial regulation, criminal regulatory prosecutions, healthcare and training for regulators.

Julie leads the financial regulation arm of the Regulatory team.  She regularly defends professionals in proceedings before their regulatory bodies and provides advice on issues with registration.  She has particular expertise in representing those within the financial and professional services sector, including FCA regulated financial professionals, accountants and accountancy firms in ICAEW, ACCA, CIPFA, CIMA or FRC proceedings and solicitors regulated by the SRA.  She also has significant experience in representing medical and dental professionals in regulatory proceedings.

"...I truly believe that having Julie Matheson represent me gave us the edge that we required to get the unbelievable result we did. She is magnificent as a lawyer and an exceptional individual for support through very difficult circumstances. Both myself and my wife are indebted to her."

A client

Experience

Julie has longstanding experience in representing regulatory bodies, for example the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and has demonstrated her skills as a fair and balanced prosecutor.  This experience also allows her understand the approach of the regulator, and to evaluate appropriate tactics and strategy when defending cases, with a view to achieving the best possible outcome for her client.

She has represented the FCA in the Davis Inquiry, a wide-scale inquiry into the way in which the FCA handled the launch of its 2014/ 2015 business plan.  She also provides bespoke advice to organisations on regulatory compliance.

Julie understands the stress that being subject to regulatory intervention can cause, and employs an empathetic approach.  She listens, gives proportionate and sensible advice and seeks to obtain the best outcome for her clients.  She has been described as “magnificent as a lawyer and an exceptional individual for support through very difficult circumstances”.

Julie will consider every legal avenue available, and will seek to have complaints ceased at the earliest possible opportunity.

Recent notable cases

  • Providing compliance advice to a consultancy firm in relation to its obligations to disclose information to the FRC
  • Providing advice to a CIMA member in proceedings brought before CIMA’s Disciplinary Committee
  • Providing advice to an ICAEW regulated audit firm in relation to proceedings brought before ICAEW’s Audit Committee, including its requirement to conduct hot and cold file reviews
  • Advising an ICAEW registered accountant in FRC proceedings involving international regulators
  • Advising Chief Financial Officers in proceedings brought by CIPFA
  • Advising ACCA members in relation to Disciplinary Committee proceedings
  • Advising ACCA registered audit firms on proceedings brought by the Admissions and Licensing Committee of the ACCA
  • Providing advice and guidance to several FCA Approved Persons/ Senior Managers/ Certified Persons in relation to their regulatory responsibilities and compliance with APER and COCON
  • Assisting clients with the regulatory changes which will take place under the FCA/ PRA’s Senior Managers’  and Certification Regimes
  • Leading a team of lawyers in providing advice to the FCA in the Davis Inquiry
  • Advising a senior member of staff at a short term credit agency in relation to an FCA compelled interview
  • Advising doctors in disciplinary proceedings
  • Advising a private equity administration firm on the regulatory requirements for employees to hold practising certificates with the ICAEW
  • Advising the IFoA on its disciplinary matters, conducting complex investigations including interviews with its member and conducting advocacy at Disciplinary Tribunal Panel hearings

 

what clients and directories have said

“I truly believe that having Julie Matheson represent me gave us the edge that we required to get the unbelievable result we did. She is magnificent as a lawyer and an exceptional individual for support through very difficult circumstances. Both myself and my wife are indebted to her."

A registered professional

Julie has twice constructed and presented training for the Disciplinary Pool of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, which involved drafting a complex case study and filming a mock disciplinary tribunal to provide delegates with guidance on law and procedure in a disciplinary tribunal setting. Feedback included:

"Thank you for organising such a successful and stimulating training event. I thought the case study was quite the best I have ever read and used"

“The training we received was perfectly tailored to our needs.  It kept a diverse team engaged, we learned a great deal and it was a perfect mix of learning and active practice.  Julie’s vast experience in disciplinary hearings also meant we could draw fresh ideas from current experience”.

 

Professional societies and Memberships

  • Law Society of Scotland
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Deputy Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Appeals Committee
  • Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)

 

 "She's very hands-on, knowledgeable and easy to work with."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2018

‘knowledgeable about complex financial regulatory issues’.

Legal 500 UK 2017

The "incredibly impressive" Julie Matheson receives praise from market commentators who say she is "personable, incisive and knows the factual area and legislation back to front.”

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2017

Julie and Michelle have been outstanding in dealing with my case.  They both understood the technical aspects of it well, which allowed them to give me the best legal and strategic advice

FCA regulated banker in FX sales

able to get to grips with technical issues quickly and is then able to present them in lay terms, which is a valued skill.

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2016

...truly believe that having Julie Matheson represent me gave us the edge that we required to get the unbelievable result we did. She is magnificent as a lawyer and an exceptional individual for support through very difficult circumstances. Both myself and my wife are indebted to her.

AF – Registered dentist       

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Blogs

Shining a spotlight on the culture of financial services firms

To tweet or not to tweet …?

FCA 2016-17: Culture and Governance take centre stage but AML and financial crime remain key priorities

ICAEW takes a dim view of failure to comply with an investigation

‘The Senior Managers’ Regime: the end of the ‘regulate/de-regulate’ cycle?

FCA is to consult over whether the head of legal role falls within the Senior Managers’ Regime

The PRA’s disapproval of a short-termist approach

Case update: Upper Tribunal finds FCA sanction was not commensurate with facts found proved by FCA (then the FSA) and reduces financial penalty imposed

Holding individuals to account in financial services - unexpected shift in burden of proof

Decisions, decisions: FCA shines a light on enforcement process

A tax advisor's professional responsibilities

Professionals: are you clear on your ethical responsibilities?

Professionals beware: your conduct outside of the office could be under regulatory scrutiny

Regulatory Press Update: March 2014

Case Update: Janet Baines v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2012] EWCH 2615

Will Grant Thornton be the catalyst for change in the audit market?

Accountancy Profession Breaking Down Geographical Borders

IWD: Combatting casual sexism: #BeLikeAndy

Directorships in the financial or insurance sector: a career pinnacle or poisoned chalice?

Does recent guidance set clearer parameters for taxation loopholes?

Top tips for managing an accountancy disciplinary investigation

Case update: NMC Conduct and Competence Panel’s analysis of the credibility of witnesses is strongly criticised

Regulatory references in the financial services industry – PRA & FCA consultation

Scottish private prosecutions back in the spotlight

Financial Reporting Council demonstrates its strong stance on dishonesty

Case update: R (on the Application of Bar Standards Board) v Disciplinary Tribunal of the Council of Inns of Court [2014] EWHC 1570 (Admin)

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Contact Julie

+44 (0)20 7369 3844

jmatheson@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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