Leading Regulatory & Compliance team boosts expertise with latest appointment

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27/05/2021

Walker Morris has appointed Simon Tingle as Director in its specialist Regulatory & Compliance team.

Simon joins the team from Pinsent Masons where he was a Regulatory Associate, specialising in trading and consumer law with a particular focus in the retail, manufacturing, and transport sectors.

With over five years’ experience as a regulatory, investigations and corporate defence lawyer, Simon’s expertise spans compliance and strategy, along with criminal and regulatory investigations, and extends to international trade and the post-Brexit regulatory landscape.

Described as a “stand out lawyer” by The Legal 500, Simon has also been recognised as a “future star in the making” in the legal sector.

Walker Morris’s Regulatory & Compliance team is one of the leading, and largest, specialist teams outside London, advising on some of the UK’s most significant investigations. As one of the few dedicated Regulatory teams nationally to offer extensive experience in the complete range of regulatory services, Walker Morris has built up an enviable list of UK and international clients.

The team includes former FCA, SFO and Environment Agency Investigators and former in-house lawyers, providing valuable insight into regulators’ mindsets alongside a unique understanding of individual client needs. The team has extensive experience advising in connection with regulatory investigations and defending civil and criminal proceedings.

This latest announcement follows a series of senior hires across the firm since the start of the year, with the Regulatory & Compliance team now comprising three partners and 10 fee earners.

Commenting on Simon’s appointment, Jeanette Burgess, partner and Head of the Regulatory & Compliance team, said:

“Attracting and retaining the best people is at the heart of what we do at Walker Morris and Simon’s Director appointment further reinforces this, as well as demonstrating our commitment to growing our Regulatory & Compliance team.

“Further strengthening our skilled team complements our ability to provide a broad range of national and international clients with the expert advice they require and expect from us. The skills and experience that Simon brings to the team are a great fit for the firm, boosting our growing international trade practice.”

Simon added:

“I’m thrilled to be joining Walker Morris and its specialist Regulatory & Compliance team, as one of the few dedicated Regulatory teams in the UK. Along with its unique position as a one-site firm located in Leeds, Walker Morris’s entrepreneurial philosophy and excellent reputation give it a real distinctive edge, and I look forward to working with the team and the wider firm to deliver a first-class service to our clients.”

This latest announcement follows a raft of additional senior appointments and promotions across the firm in the last six months, including the landmark 21 internal promotions announced earlier this month, which saw the appointment of four new Partners, five Directors and an additional 12 Senior Associates.

Walker Morris has followed a strategy of investing in the full spectrum of commercial legal expertise including specialist practice areas such as competition law, financial services and consumer finance which, typically, are reserved for City firms. While Walker Morris works with a number of Yorkshire clients, it also works with national and international clients, with a fifth of its clients headquartered overseas.

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