Miss Susannah Cogman > Herbert Smith Freehills LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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Corporate Crime and Investigations




Susannah advises financial institutions, corporates and professional services firms in connection with anti-corruption, financial sanctions, anti-money laundering, insider dealing/market abuse and fraud issues, both contentious and non-contentious. She was appointed as one of the UK’s first anti-corruption monitors for the purposes of a company’s settlement with the World Bank and Serious Fraud Office.

Susannah has been ranked as Band 1 for ‘Financial Crime: Corporates’ by Chambers UK from 2011 to date. Legal 500 recognises her in the Hall of Fame for Corporate Crime, and Who’s Who Legal as a Thought Leader for Investigations and Business Crime Defence (Corporates). She was named in Global Investigation Review’s inaugural “40 under 40” list of ‘the world’s leading your investigations specialists’ in 2014. Legal 500 2024 comments that she is: “one of the best in the area. Very knowledgeable and experienced. An original thinker and very bright indeed”.

Susannah’s advice covers a spectrum of work including: technical financial crime compliance advisory work, assisting clients to develop appropriate risk-based financial crime compliance policies and procedures, advising on financial crime risk and diligence in transactional matters, conducting internal investigations for clients, and supporting clients as suspects or witnesses in external investigations. In particular, she frequently represents clients in Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority investigations. She also represents clients in relation to regulatory and criminal mutual legal assistance and extradition matters.

Susannah is a member of the Law Society’s Money Laundering Taskforce and the City of London Law Society Corporate Crime and Corruption Committee. She is a consultant editor of the Lloyds Law Reports: Financial Crime series.


Susannah speaks and publishes widely.  She is a member of the UK Law Society’s Money Laundering Taskforce, ICC UK Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption Committee and the ABA International Criminal Law Committee.  She is a consultant editor of the Lloyds Law Reports: Financial Crime series and runs the BBA’s ‘Newly appointed MLRO’ worksho


Susannah graduated from The University of Oxford.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s client roster comprises many of the best known financial institutions across the globe. Operational resilience, consumer duties and market disclosures are just some of the core areas of focus for the firm. Lauded expert Jenny Stainsby heads up the global financial services regulatory offering, with Hywel Jenkins taking the lead in London. The team has ‘seen it all before from both sides‘, and fields numerous practitioners with experience working for major domestic and overseas regulators, including Karen Anderson. Chris Ninan primarily acts on FCA and PRA enforcement actions, while Susannah Cogman operates at the intersection between regulatory obligations and criminal law. Andrew Procter now acts as a consultant for the department. In other team news, Jon Ford made partner in May 2023.

London > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs

Representing major international companies and governmental bodies, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP enjoys a stellar reputation across the gamut of WTO and trade law areas, encompassing investment treaty arbitration, trade policy and agreements, subsidy control, sanctions and customs issues. Practice head Lode Van Den Hende has over 25 years experience in EU regulatory and international trade matters, regularly advising major public and private sector clients. Consultant Eric White is highly experienced in WTO law and EU rules governing trade with non-EU countries, which he brings to bear as he handles significant UK post-Brexit work. Sanctions specialist Susannah Cogman regularly advises clients on complex sanctions imposed in relation to Iran, Russian, Syria and Libya, while Daniel Hudson boasts extensive experience in bribery, corruption, and money laundering issues. Other names to note include Morris Schonberg, who has built a solid reputation for his experience in relation to anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s ‘industrious and efficient’ practice covers prosecution and advisory work for high-net-worth individuals, directors, and executives, drawing upon its global network of offices to expertly handle multi-jurisdictional investigations. The team shows particular strength in complex criminal tax proceedings, regularly defending clients in proceedings brought by the FCA and HMRC. ‘Top expertSusannah Cogman leads the group, where she demonstrates her considerable expertise in sanctions issues and anti-money laundering enforcement measures. Brian Spiro is noted for his capabilities in offshore tax fraud investigations and financial crime matters, while Robert Hunt focuses on prosecutions involving fraud, bribery and corruption. Kate Meakin‘s expertise is concentrated in corporate crime issues. Daniel Hudson left the practice in April 2023.

London > Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

(Hall of Fame)

Susannah CogmanHerbert Smith Freehills LLP

Demonstrating strong cross-border capabilities, the Herbert Smith Freehills LLP practice is ‘superb’ at advising on all aspects of corporate crime, including fraud, money laundering and bribery, for financial institutions and global companies. The team shows significant strength in the advisory sphere- particularly regarding sanctions and AML issues- and has significant experience defending clients in high-profile SFO, HMRC, and FCA investigations. Susannah Cogman is ‘one of the best in the area’, leading the group with her extensive expertise in anti-money laundering and financial crime matters, while the ‘world class’ Brian Spiro routinely acts for corporates on tax and corruption cases. Robert Hunt is an expert on compliance issues, and Kate Meakin handles fraud and sanctions affairs. Elizabeth Head and Jessica Chappatte  are also recommended. Daniel Hudson left the firm in April 2023 for Seladore Legal .