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Rod Fletcher

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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Rod leads the award-winning Corporate Crime and Investigations practice.


Rod advises clients on complex national and international investigations and compliance matters. He has helped clients with issues involving the SFO, FCA, OFT, CPS and HMRC in the UK, and the DOJ and SEC in the US. He leads groundbreaking and highly sensitive work, such as the UK’s first ever deferred prosecution agreement and the global LIBOR and FX investigations.

Rod heads up the team ranked as top tier in major legal directories for financial crime and investigations work. This team has won several recent awards including Legal Business Disputes Team of the Year 2016 and The American Lawyer’s Transatlantic Innovators of the Year 2016.

He represents both corporate and individual clients under investigation by regulators and prosecutors in many jurisdictions, including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Department of Justice, the Securities Exchange Commission, the Office of Fair Trading, the Crown Prosecution Service and Revenue & Customs. This work often involves assisting clients with internal corporate investigations


A recognised expert in his field, Rod is ranked in Band 1 for corporate crime investigation and professional discipline in Chambers UK, as well as for corporate crime work in the Legal 500 UK and for investigations in Who’s Who Legal.

Rod speaks and publishes widely, and is a consultant editor for Global Investigations Review. He was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2003.


Rod studied law at the University of Birmingham and graduated in 1978.

London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Acting for leading professional bodies as well as firms and individuals involved in disciplinary proceedings, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is 'excellent for City-related problems and its service is first class overall; the advice is always well thought through and delivery by the team is reliable and seamless'. The practice is well known for its strengths in both public law and financial services disciplinary work and the majority of its work was recently in the financial and accountancy sectors; it acted for a multinational professional services firm in relation to a professional disciplinary investigation being conducted by the executive counsel to the Financial Reporting Council, which involved reporting to the (then) FSA on a multinational investment bank's compliance with the FSA's client asset rules. Andrew Lidbetter heads this practice area and he has experience of prosecuting, defending and advising adjudication committees in disciplinary cases, in addition to revising disciplinary schemes and judicial reviews; Rod Fletcher's clients include senior city executives under investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority and also individuals subject to investigation in the police, legal, financial, healthcare and ecclesiastical sectors; and Nusrat Zar'gives calm, clear advice whether on general strategy or specific issues'. Of counsel Jasveer Randhawa  is also highly regarded.

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London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

At Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, the 'superb' department is 'commercially astute, legally knowledgeable and deeply resourced' with 'exceptionally experienced lawyers who are highly capable negotiators and have the ear of the HSE'. Howard Watson leads the practice; clients praise him as 'a superstar lawyer' who is 'immensely knowledgeable, thorough and a great tactician'. Watson's recent work includes advising Chevron on an investigation following an explosion at one of its refineries which resulted in four fatalities and multiple injuries, acting for BAE Systems in multiple investigations relating to the death of two servicemen following the misfiring of a tank gun, and representing SIG as cladding supplier to Grenfell Tower in the public inquiry and the police and HSE investigations. BP and Perenco are also clients. Rod Fletcher is also a name to note.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Leading individuals

Rod Fletcher - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP¬†has ‚Äėa reputation in this area that is deservedly exceptional‚Äô. In 2017 it represented clients under investigation by the SFO, the police, the FCA, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the Pensions Regulator (TPR), the FRC, the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA), the DOJ and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). A particular highlight included advising PwC in relation to an investigation by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) into PwC's Client Money and Asset (CASS) audits of Barclays Bank. In October 2017 the investigation was abandoned. Other clients include Goldman Sachs, Lloyds, RBS, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS and Vanquis Bank. Susannah Cogman¬†heads the team, supported by Rod Fletcher¬†and Daniel Hudson, who are ‚Äėvery professional and capable colleagues and a pleasure to work with‚Äô. Hywel Jenkins¬†is ‚Äėa stand-out star of the team and incredibly clever‚Äô. Brian Spiro¬†joined as partner from BCL Solicitors LLP¬†.

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