DLA Piper white-collar corporate crime partner Jo Rickards, who represented former News of the World (NotW) editor Andy Coulson in the recent phone-hacking trial, is leaving the firm to join Kingsley Napley.
Rickards was originally instructed by Coulson to act in his legal fees battle against News Group Newspapers (NGN) and subsequently represented him in the parallel investigations into phone hacking.
Ultimately Coulson was found guilty of phone-hacking charges and sentenced to 18 months in jail while former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, who was represented by Kingsley Napley partner Angus McBride, was acquitted (24 June 2014).
Other recent matters Rickards has handled include representing parties involved in the Libor scandal and the Serious Fraud Office’s investigation into chemicals company Innospec.
Rickards, who has extensive experience in corporate crime, competition and contentious financial services litigation, joined DLA Piper in February 2010 from Peters & Peters (15 February 2010) where she was a partner and former joint head of the fraud and regulatory department. Her move coincided with a surge in demand for regulatory advice relating to white collar crime investigations.
DLA Piper did not comment.