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Joanna Ludlam

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Joanna Ludlam is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team in the Firm's London office, where she leads the market-leading Regulatory, Public & Media law team and also co-leads the office's Compliance & Investigations Practice Group. At an international level, she chairs the Firm's EMEA Compliance & Investigations Group, and is a member of the steering committee of the Global Compliance & Investigations Group. In 2016, Joanna was named as one of The Lawyer's "Hot 100" for her practice, and is recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Joanna advises clients in the areas of administrative and public law, procurement law, litigation and investigations. She has particular experience in sectors including media, financial services, healthcare, technology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, professional services, and consumer goods. Joanna handles all kinds of high court litigation as well as investigations, including into issues of bribery, corruption and fraud. She advises clients, frequently at board-level, on regulatory compliance and crisis and reputation management. Joanna focuses on bringing practical solutions to client issues, and designed the Firm's innovative Investigations Academy, a comprehensive and state-of-the-art training programme for investigations practitioners within the Firm team and our clients'.


Qualified 1997; senior associate Clifford Chance LLP; senior associate Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP; partner Baker McKenzie 2009.


English; French


Law Society of England & Wales


University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) (1994); King's College London, UK (1994); College of Law at London (1995)


Skiing, cycling, travel.

London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Joanna Ludlam leads the practice at Baker McKenzie, which has a particular focus on the financial and legal sectors. Jonathan Peddie has experience acting for various bodies within the financial sector, including the Financial Conduct Authority, and has worked closely with UK government departments, including HM Treasury and the National Crime Agency. Ludlam has represented two high-profile law firms in respect of separate Solicitors Regulation Authority investigations into their professional conduct.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

Baker McKenzie’s client list comprises of public bodies and preeminent corporate businesses, including the FCA, Disney and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The Scottish Government was a significant addition to the firm’s client roster and instructed practice head Joanna Ludlam in the Supreme Court proceedings brought by Gina Miller, in order to intervene in the government triggering Article 50 without the permission of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Another significant mandate saw the practice assist BBC Trust with the publication of Dame Janet Smith’s report into the BBC’s practices during the time Jimmy Savile worked for the broadcaster. Recently promoted partner Francesca Richmond is noted for competition, EU law, human rights and judicial review matters.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Baker McKenzie utilises its strengths in litigation, financial services, and EU and competition to advise on the full spectrum of corporate crime matters, including internal investigations, anti-bribery, trade sanctions and cyber risks. Key individuals in the team include Charles Thomson, who focuses on civil and criminal cases involving fraud, asset tracing and tax violations; Sunny Mann, who specialises in UK and EU export control, sanctions and anti-bribery rules; compliance and investigations practice head Joanna Ludlam; and Jonathan Peddie, who has notable expertise in financial crime. Highlights included representing Bidcorp Foodservice in a claim against a former manager alleged to have misappropriated company assets and derived secret profits from bribe payments.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Baker McKenzie specialises in technology and digital media matters, acting for a range of tech and media content clients. It advises Sovereign Films on film and investment agreements, acts for Google on a range of matters including complex e-commerce, consumer, regulatory and data protection issues. It is also defending Associated Newspapers in a data protection and privacy claim brought by Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis against MailOnline. Take-Two Interactive, Virgin Media and BBC Trust are also clients. Steve Holmes, who handles non-contentious media matters and has a focus on major transactions for media companies, and Ben Allgrove, who focuses on cutting-edge issues in the digital media space, jointly lead the team. Joanna Ludlam is noted for contentious matters, while Helen Brown and Julia Hemmings (both of counsel) are joint heads of the consumer and commercial advisory practice. Of counsel Nadia Banno advises on crisis response, media handling and risk management relating to sensitive investigations and litigation, public inquiries and select committee hearings. Senior associate Julia Dickenson is also recommended.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Baker McKenzie continued to act for leading global pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector clients on non-contentious issues and in high-stakes patent litigation. In 2016 Jane Hobson and Julian Thurston were part of a sizeable multi-disciplinary team that advised Baxter International on the spin-off of its biopharmaceutical division, creating new company Baxalta. In other highlights, Ben Allgrove is advising a technology company on its collaborations with NHS trusts, which involves handling data protection issues, medical devices regulations and Freedom of Information Act issues, while IP litigator Hiroshi Sheraton represented a global pharmaceutical company in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. Joanna Ludlam leads the compliance and investigations group and represented Biogen in a claim against a distributor regarding unpaid invoices, including advising on competition law and reputational risks. The team also assisted a pharmaceutical company with an internal investigation following a set of allegations made internally by a whistleblower in connection with alleged breaches of regulatory, competition and anti-bribery laws. Regulatory specialist Julia Gillert provides ‘excellent-value adding advice in a timely fashion’. Product liability defence specialist John Leadley and commercial lawyer Duncan Reid-Thomas are also names to note.

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United Kingdom: Bribery & Corruption

May 2018. By Joanna Ludlam, Partner

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to bribery & corruption law in  United Kingdom . It will cover the definition of bribery, regulation, compliance, liability and enforcement as well as insight and opinion and any upcoming legal changes planned for their respective country. This Q&A is part of the global guide. [Continue Reading]

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