Clifford Chance cashier jailed for stealing £63,000 from firm

A second former Clifford Chance employee has been jailed for fraud this year after former chief cashier Emma Rowsell admitted stealing £63,000 from the firm.

Rowsell was jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to the offence at Snaresbrook Crown Court earlier this week.  She claimed she stole the money because she was frustrated at being paid less than other workers at the magic circle firm. 

The news follows January’s jailing of former secretary Jodie Groom after she pleaded guilty to 15 counts of fraud totalling more than £23,000 between January 2007 and July 2009 (1 February 2011). Groom was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment.

The firm said that Rowsell’s acts came to light following an internal audit of the finance team in which she worked. It has since revamped its internal processes.

A Clifford Chance spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Emma Rowsell, a junior member of the firm’s finance team, was dismissed in 2010 following routine audit checks which highlighted fraudulent financial activity.

“An internal investigation was carried out and the police were informed. As a result, the firm has made a number of changes to its internal systems. There has been no financial loss to Clifford Chance clients as a result of this fraud.”