Louise Hodges

Partner and Head of Department

Criminal Litigation | Financial Regulatory Litigation | White collar crime

"a formidable lawyer that adds depth to the firm."

Chambers and Partners, High Net Worth Guide, 2019

"She is tough and pragmatic, with phenomenal foresight as to what is likely to happen in an investigation - she calls it right pretty much every time."

Chambers and Partners, 2019

Louise represents individuals and companies embroiled in criminal proceedings in the UK.  She was part of the team representing Tesco in the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) criminal investigation and Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA).

"Louise Hodges is a lead partner in the firm's internal investigations team and "one of the best around" in the eyes of our sources.... "If you can get her, get her" said one interviewee."

The International Who's Who Legal: Investigations, 2015

Louise is experienced in advising companies and senior management in relation to corporate criminal liability and economic crime. She is experienced in conducting or advising on internal investigations and is part of the Kingsley Napley Corporate Investigations Group. She is frequently represents witnesses being interviewed either by employers or by investigating authorities, including those being compelled to attend interviews.

Louise is well known for representing individuals subject to financial regulatory and/or criminal investigations for market abuse or market misconduct including insider dealing and misleading the market, mainly dealt with by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or the SFO. She co-heads the KN Financial Services Group

Louise often advises early in an investigation, aiming where possible to avoid criminal charges and either secure no further action or an alternative regulatory disposal.  She has a track record of securing acquittals at trial.

Her cases frequently have an international dimension, including involving the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as well as many European prosecutors and regulators, including Consob, BaFin, and FINMA, she has been involved in representing individuals in the Libor, Euribor and FX investigations and prosecutions. Louise represents individuals embroiled in HM Revenue and Customs criminal tax investigations. She was part of the team representing Rebekah and Charlie Brooks in the phone hacking trial. 

Louise has public law experience, including the Leveson Inquiry and in the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry.

Louise was the first Chair of the Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA) and is currently the Immediate Past Chair. She was previously the Vice Chair of the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) which is a network of European criminal lawyers and is a member of the European Fraud and compliance Lawyers (EFCL).  She was part of a Law Society working group looking at issues of Legal Professional Privilege. In 2018, she gave evidence to the House of Lords (HoL) Bribery Act 2010 Committee and previously gave evidence to the HoL Select Committee on the European Union.

Louise is listed by Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2020 and is recognised as a Global Elite Thought Leader for both Corporate and Individual Defence. She is also listed in Who's Who Legal Investigations 2020 as a Global Thought Leader.

The “exceptional” Louise Hodges has a “tremendously strong presence in the market” and is “vastly experienced in regulatory and criminal proceedings."

Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2020

Recent cases

  • Part of the team representing Tesco in the SFO investigation.
  • Conducting an independent investigation on behalf of an FCA regulated company.
  • Advising a company in relation to disclosure requirements in a private prosecution.
  • Advising a senior manager with regards to an FCA investigation into Anti Money Laundering systems and controls of a global bank.
  • Securing “no further action” in relation to an FCA regulated individual investigated for allegations of not dealing with the regulator in an open and cooperative manner (Principle 4).
  • Acting on behalf of a number of individuals in connection with the wide-ranging EURIBOR and LIBOR investigations and prosecutions being conducted by UK and overseas authorities and related regulatory and civil litigation.
  • Representing an individual in the global investigation in to mirror trades and anti-money laundering controls at Deutsche Bank.
  • Acting for an individual in the US and UK “London Whale” investigation related to JP Morgan.
  • Acquittal of Rebekah and Charlie Brooks for offences arising from the investigation in to phone hacking at the News of the World. 
  • Assisting a global bank in relation to an internal investigation following leaks of confidential information.
  • Advising a regulated company with regard to money laundering disclosure requirements.
  • Representing various individuals accused by HM Revenue & Customs of fraudulent evasion of tax in their personal tax affairs.
  • Advising individuals in the Davis Inquiry relating to press briefing of information in the FCA's 2014/15 Business Plan.
  • Advising witnesses being interviewed either by employers or by investigating authorities using their compulsory powers, in particular the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority.

Professional societies and memberships

  • Immediate past chair, Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA)
  • Former Vice Chair, European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA)
  • Member of the European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers (EFCL)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the New Journal of European Criminal Law (NJECL)
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA)
  • Committee member of City of London Law Society Business Crime Committee.
  • Member of The City Law Club.


What Clients and the directories say

Whenever we have a conflict situation, we will refer to Louise. She is very strong on the tactical side; she impressed us with her ability to see through the swirl of details and allegations and come up with a precise strategy in a compressed timeframe."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2020

Unflappable and hugely experienced. She understands how every inch of the City works."

Chambers UK 2020 – A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Louise Hodges is universally respected in this field."

Legal 500 UK 2020

A real leader in this space and a complete specialist for this work."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2020

A very thoughtful and insightful leader of the team."

Chambers UK 2020 – A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Comes “highly recommended” by market commentators, particularly for her excellent work representing individuals in relation to major FCA and SFO investigations."

Who’s Who Legal , Investigations 2018

Experienced and quick on her feet" and say: "She really is fantastic.""

Chambers and Partners, 2018

Extraordinarily hard-working, she is extraordinarily knowledgeable, very grounded and pragmatic."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

The ‘first choice for traders and other regulated persons who find themselves in the line of fire’. "

Legal 500, 2017

Blessed with ‘extraordinary emotional intelligence’,"

Legal 500, 2017

Is able to appreciate the finer points of corporate crime and FCA regulation, is very efficient and has very good judgement."

Chambers and Partners, 2017

" highly rated white-collar crime specialist with an “absolutely terrific practice” focusing on SFO, FCA, COLP and HMRC investigations and proceedings."

Who’s Who Legal and GIR top lawyers for internal /external investigations, 2017

Thank you for your flawless handling of the FCA and your kind support. I think it’s greatly thanks to you that I still work in finance today. "


The ‘first choice for traders and other regulated persons who find themselves in the line of fire’. "

Legal 500, 2017

Blessed with ‘extraordinary emotional intelligence’,"

Legal 500, 2017

Is able to appreciate the finer points of corporate crime and FCA regulation, is very efficient and has very good judgement."

Chambers and Partners, 2017

A highly rated white-collar crime specialist with an “absolutely terrific practice” focusing on SFO, FCA, COLP and HMRC investigations and proceedings."

Who’s Who Legal and GIR top lawyers for internal / external investigations, 2017


Chambers UK, 2017

Hugely knowledgeable with all of the criminal law experience you would hope for." 

Chambers UK, 2017

Very strong on client relationships and a good tactician." 

Chambers UK, 2017

..".The 'absolutely superb' Louise Hodges receives praise from market sources regarding her representation of individuals on contentious FS matters, which often draws upon her broader criminal expertise. Interviewees note in particular that she is"incredibly responsive and extremely thorough," and appreciate that "she will consider an issue from every angle..."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Louise Hodges is a "market leader", praised by her clients and peers alike for her "calm, insightful and effective counsel" in relation to FCA, SFO and HM Revenue and Customs investigations."

Who’s Who Legal Investigations

Hugely respected and admired" by peers and clients alike...one of the best out there, especially when it comes to cross-border cases....she is excellent to deal with."

Who's Who Legal Business Crime Defence 2017: Analysis

A go-to for individuals under suspicion of fraud and business-related criminal proceedings. Sources say: "She's phenomenally hard-working, very personable and great with clients. She has good judgement and is not unrealistic in assessment of the case."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession


Publications, press highlights, Speaking Engagements & Blogs

Recent press highlights 



Further information

  • Listed in the Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders Global Elite 2020 for Business Crime Defence and Investigations - a highly select group of individuals. 
  • Listed in the Who’s Who Legal: Global Elite Thought Leaders listings for both Corporate and Individual Defence 2018 - a highly select group of individuals.
  • Listed by Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence, Most highly Regarded, Corporate Defence and Individual Defence
  • Listed by Who's Who Legal as a 'Thought Leader' 2017
  • Listed in Global Investigations Review (GIR) Top 100 Women in Investigations Lawyers 2015
  • Listed in directories including Chambers, International Who's Who, Legal 500
  • Listed in The Lawyer's 2012 Hot 100 Lawyers
  • Regularly invited to expert meetings by the European Commission, European Parliament and NGOs in relation to Criminal Justice in Europe
  • Has given evidence to the House of Lords European Union Select Committee


Read Louise Hodges' and Caroline Day's Chapter 'Witness Interviews in Internal Investigations: The UK Perspective'  in GIR's Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigations, Fourth Edition

She is the best criminal solicitor out there. She has a good sense of how to work tactically with prosecution agencies to ensure that clients get the best possible result."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2020

The doyenne of white-collar crime with real in-depth experience. She is highlighted for her no-nonsense approach and for delivering it straight."

Who's Who Legal: Investigations, 2020

Without a shadow of a doubt she's the best I've worked with. She's extraordinarily hard-working and really experienced. She has impeccable judgement and she's very level-headed."

Chambers UK 2020 - A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Louise Hodges stands out for her experience, grasp of broader strategic issues and the practical advice she gives clients caught up in complex litigation."

Legal 500 UK 2020

Louise Hodges is a wise counsellor and a source of great tactical awareness in cases."

Legal 500 UK 2020

She is phenomenally bright and very experienced in dealing with financial crime - she's not pompous but is grounded and tactically astute."

Chambers & Partners, High Net Worth Guide, 2019

She is one of the best solicitors out there and a joy to work for as a barrister."

Chambers & Partners, High Net Worth Guide, 2019

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SFO v ENRC: what did the Court of Appeal decide and what does it mean for lawyers?

Tackling economic crime 2018-19

Reform of corporate liability – renewed calls for change

PEPs and anti-money laundering: The FCA issues guidance

FCA Annual Report 2016/17: conducting regulation with confidence

FCA prepares for Fourth Money Laundering Directive

SRA NOT SFO: Professional obligations and s2 interviews - Law Society says do not compromise

FCA’s use of private warnings under scrutiny

New amendments to FCA/PRA decision-making practice and procedure from 1 March 2017: partly contested cases and abolition of stage 2 and 3 settlement penalty discounts

FCA and PRA joint policy statement regarding enforcement decision-making

Senior Managers Regime – the FCA predicts more enforcement litigation in the new regime

Corporate Criminal Liability – Consultation opened over need for reform

Q & A – What do FCA regulated firms need to know about Financial Crime Return reporting?

EU adopts rules to guarantee legal aid in criminal proceedings

Insider trading: the new market abuse regime

FCA annual report 2015/16: overview of Enforcement, improving standards and the strategic priority to combat Financial Crime

FCA issues its annual report card

Judicial Review challenge to new rules in relation to advice given by legally qualified chairs to fellow panel members

Criminal Finance Bill: legislative action to back up political commitments

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Launch of Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation: understanding, implementing and enforcing sanctions

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"Relentless in pursuit of tax evasion and avoidance”: HMRC sets out plan to 2020

Tackling overseas corruption - MPs ask questions of Government approach

Fifth Money Laundering Directive on the horizon?

Public Account Committee hauls Google and HMRC over the coals

Politically Exposed Persons - House of Commons debates money laundering rules

Anti-money laundering - speeding up the pace of change

Contracts for difference: FCA issues open letter re compliance with financial crime prevention procedures

SFO’s policy on dealing with seized material potentially subject to legal professional privilege deemed lawful

MPs question HMRC’s response to tax evasion, the hidden economy and criminal attacks

Strengthening accountability in banking: FCA issues final rules for UK branches of foreign banks

FCA Consultation on MiFID II

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