Chair: Richard Coleman KC, Fountain Court Chambers
Speakers: Claudia Mortimore, Deputy Executive Counsel, Financial Reporting Council, Jamie Symington, Deputy Executive Counsel, Financial Reporting Council
Richard Coleman KC practises at Fountain Court Chambers. He is recognised in the legal directories as a leading practitioner in professional discipline, financial services, banking and finance, commercial dispute resolution and professional negligence. He has appeared in a number of leading cases concerning the regulation of solicitors, accountants and financial services firms including mostly recently: Your Lawyers v Harcus Sinclair  UKSC 32, Supreme Court (whether an agreement by a solicitor not to act for other claimants in the VW emissions litigation was enforceable); Financial Reporting Council v KPMG and David Costley-Wood, Accountancy Scheme Tribunal, 2021 (on the duties of objectivity and integrity owed by accountants when giving restructuring advice); Solicitors Regulation Authority v MdR and another, SDT, 2021 (on the prohibition against providing a banking facility through client account); Solicitors Regulation Authority v Solicitor Z, SDT, 2021 (on abuse of process and non-disclosure agreements); Solicitors Regulation Authority v Baker McKenzie & others, SDT, 2020 (on the duty to investigate and report sexual misconduct); final notice issued by the Financial Conduct of Authority against Aviva plc, 2020 (on the disclosure obligations under the Listing Rules); and Solicitors Regulation Authority v Wingate & Evans  1 WLR 3969, Court of Appeal (on the meaning of integrity in professional codes of conduct).
Claudia Mortimore started her career at Red Lion Chambers, spending 10 years prosecuting and defending the spectrum of criminal cases. After time off with children, she moved in-house, first to Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office, where she prosecuted importation and money laundering offences, then to the Department for Business, where she prosecuted insolvency fraud. She joined the FRC in September 2013 and led the investigations in the cases of iSoft, Connaught and BHS. She was promoted to Deputy Executive Counsel in August 2018, having acted as interim Executive Counsel between October 2017 and July 2018.
Jamie Symington joined the Government Legal Service shortly after qualifying as a barrister, serving in the Department of Trade and Industry and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In 1999 he moved to the Financial Services Authority at the time of its formation where he remained for 18 years, latterly as Director of Investigations. Jamie spent two years as a partner in the London Office of US law firm Brown Rudnick before joining the FRC as Deputy Executive Counsel in 2020.