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Partner Stuart Ponting to join award-winning Regulatory Team at Walker Morris

Senior lateral hire reinforces expertise in expanding team

Walker Morris has announced the appointment of Stuart Ponting as a partner in its Regulatory & Compliance Team. Stuart is a senior appointment to the team and will bring extensive experience in this specialist area.

Stuart joins the team from DLA Piper, where he was a partner. He has over 14 years’ experience in specialist corporate investigations and prosecutions, handling a range of regulatory issues including health & safety, corporate manslaughter, environmental and fraud and corruption cases.

During his career Stuart has successfully advised on some of the UK’s most sensitive and complex regulatory investigations. Recognised in Chambers and Legal 500 as a leader in his field, Stuart is qualified a solicitor with higher rights of audience, enabling him to represent clients if criminal cases progress to the higher courts.

His appointment means that Walker Morris now offers a Regulatory & Compliance Team with three partners dedicated to this specialist field, supported by a further 11 fee earners, making it one of the largest such single site teams of its type outside London.

Jeanette Burgess, Head of Regulatory & Compliance at Walker Morris commented:

“We have built a strong nationally recognised team in this specialist area and we are delighted to reinforce that expertise with someone of Stuart’s calibre and national reputation. With regulatory compliance posing increasing challenges for all businesses, there is a growing need for expert legal advice and Stuart’s experience will further enhance our service offering for clients.”

Stuart Ponting added:

“I am delighted to be joining such a prestigious and highly regarded practice and I look forward to playing my part in the continued growth and success of this award winning team.”

Earlier this year Walker Morris was awarded a string of accolades including: the ‘Acquisition International – Leading UK Risk & Compliance Adviser of the Year’; the ‘Corporate Vision Health & Safety Awards – Best Regulatory & Compliance Law Practice North England’ and the ‘Global 100 – Best Regulatory & Compliance Team – UK’.

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