SFO hires à la mode as A&P makes it three

A third senior SFO ­figure has left to join the City office of a US firm.

Washington DC-headquartered Arnold & Porter has taken on SFO fraud business group chief Kathleen Harris. She will join the London office in June as a partner in its white-collar criminal defence team.

While at the SFO Harris revamped the critical policy function and oversaw all fraud cases, as well as its use of the Regulation of ­Investigatory Powers Act. Before joining the SFO she was senior strategic policy adviser at the Attorney ­General’s Office.

Arnold & Porter chair Thomas Milch said: ­”[Harris is] especially well-positioned to help navigate the new Bribery Act and address the difficult ­investigatory, compliance and defence challenges that companies face in a heightened global enforcement environment.”

Harris said: “Arnold & Porter has a prominent group of white-collar defence lawyers with extensive criminal law experience on the prosecutorial side from the US Department of Justice and other regulatory agencies, as well as on the defence side.”

Last month Covington & Burling recruited SFO anti-corruption and proceeds of crime chief Robert Amaee as of counsel, while White & Case hired SFO senior policy adviser Charlie Monteith as a counsel.