WilmerHale hires Kingsley Napley’s Pollard for white-collar push

US firm WilmerHale has bolstered its London investigations and criminal litigation practice with the hire of Kingsley Napley big-hitter Stephen Pollard.

Pollard joined Kingsley Napley in 1989 before being made partner in 1990. In his 22-year stint at the firm he worked on a number of high-profile cases, including advising former Barings trader Nick Leeson as well as a raft of traders accused of insider dealing, market manipulation and market abuse.

Pollard’s particular expertise lies in the defense of financial services fraud, internal investigations, multijurisdictional white-collar crime allegations, corruption allegations and competition or cartel allegation.

Most recently Pollard acted for the former Kosovo Liberation Army commander and Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj who was acquitted by the UN tribunal in the Hague of war crimes allegations arising out of the Serb invasion of Kosovo.

Commenting on Pollard’s appointment WilmerHale managing partner William Perlstein said that his expertise would significantly boost the firm’s white-collar defence practice, which has seen an increase in international work.

Pollard’s recruitment continues a trend for US firms to bulk up in white-collar crime in the City. Notably Sullivan & Cromwell picked up Simmons & Simmons partner Louise Delahunty earlier this year (24 May 2011).