Louise Hodges

Partner and Head of Department

Criminal Litigation | Financial Regulatory Litigation | White collar crime

"she gets right to the heart of the issue and is hard-working and committed."

Chambers and Partners, 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 is part of the team representing Tesco in the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) criminal investigation.

Louise is particularly 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 heads the KN Financial Services Group

She 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, in particular with regard to the allegations of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.   

"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 individuals with regard to internal investigations and is part of the Kingsley Napley Corporate Investigations Group. She frequently represents witnesses being interviewed either by employers or by investigating authorities, including those being compelled to attend interviews.

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 recently 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 2018 and is recognised as a Global Elite Thought Leader for both Corporate and Individual Defence. She was also listed in  Who's Who Legal's Business Crime Defence 2017 as Most Highly Regarded for Corporate Defence and Individual Defence and as a Thought Leader.

“a real market leader” who is described as “absolutely fantastic” when it comes to handling both corporate and individual defence work. One peer effuses: “There is nothing about criminal law that she doesn’t know.”

Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2018

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)
  • Forever 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)

 

What Clients and the directories say

"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. "

Client

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

Chambers and Partners, 2018

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

Legal 500, 2017

"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

"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

"fabulous"

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 leadier", praised by her clients and peers alike for her "calm, insigtful 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 and press highlights

Recent press highlights 

Publications

 

Further information

  • Listed in the new 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: The UK Perspective'  in GIR's Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigations, Third Edition


"Extraordinarily hard-working," as well as noting that she is "extraordinarily knowledgeable, very grounded and pragmatic."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

"Excellent"

Legal 500, 2018

"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. "

Client

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

Chambers and Partners, 2018

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

Legal 500, 2017

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

"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

"fabulous"

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

“hugely respected and admired” by peers and clients alike. She is “one of the best out there, especially when it comes to cross-border cases”, according to sources who also note that “she is excellent to deal with”.

Who’s Who Legal Guide, Business Crime Defence 2017

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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

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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

2016-17: Tackling financial crime and ensuring AML compliance a UK and FCA top priority

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

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

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

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New whistleblowing rules from FCA

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+44 (0)20 7814 1236

lhodges@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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