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New hire: Rachel Quickenden joins all-female regulatory team

Constantine Law, the “agile” employment and regulatory specialist law firm welcomes new consultant hire, Rachel Quickenden, who joined the firm on 8 January 2024.

The appointment takes Constantine Law to a headcount of 12 partners and 16 fee earning staff- with an all-female team of four senior lawyers within the firm’s regulatory and criminal investigations practice.

Rachel is an experienced lawyer, specialising in complex, white collar crime, general crime and regulatory matters. She advises and defends individuals and corporations who are subject to investigation or prosecution and has extensive experience of dealing with the police, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Serious Fraud Office (SFO), US Department of Justice (DOJ) and a variety of regulators.


She is adept in advising clients accused of conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to cheat the Revenue, theft and money laundering and many of her cases have an international element. She has years of experience acting for clients who are the subject of restraint orders and confiscation orders to the value of tens of millions.


Rachel has worked on regulatory matters involving the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Air Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB). Many of her clients have faced multi-faceted investigations, sometimes spanning internal employment matters, regulatory and criminal investigations. Praised for her calm, personable manner, Rachel is known for providing exceptional client care.


Having qualified as a police station representative early on in her career, Rachel has acted for clients facing a vast range of allegations; from assault to theft, drugs offences to sexual offences. She understands both the emotional impact and the potential for collateral damage as a result of such an allegation, and thus gives consideration to wider implications facing such individuals and/or corporations.


Rachel has acted in a number of high profile and very high value cases in recent years.   A link to her profile and further details of her previous cases can be found here: Rachel Quickenden | Constantine Law


Before joining Constantine Law, Rachel previously worked in a top-tier, boutique London firm, specialising in business crime, general crime, and regulatory matters.


Rachel is the latest addition to Constantine Law’s growing all female Regulatory and Criminal Investigations Team led by Sarah Wallace along with regulatory and corporate crime partners Emmeline Coerkamp who joined in 2023 and Jemma Sherwood-Roberts who has been with the team since 2021.


Commenting on the new appointment, Managing Partner John Hayes said, “Our continuing recruitment of lawyers of Rachel’s calibre is a testament to our business model and the attractions of working for a progressive, collegiate firm like ours in these modern times. We are without the fixed costs of many firms, and we don’t impose targets, so our solicitors have more freedom to work and develop their work in a way that suits them best.”


“Legal advice on regulatory, financial crime and misconduct matters is a growing market - both for individuals and for businesses and Rachel’s appointment boosts our offering to clients and our reputation in this area even further.”

Sarah Wallace, Regulatory and Criminal Investigations Partner noted; “Non-financial misconduct complaints triggered by #metoo and #blacklivesmatters remain in the spotlight for the employers, the FCA and other professional disciplinary bodies. More professional services and financial firms are undertaking internal investigations involving allegations against their senior personnel. The SFO continues to urge companies to invest in strong compliance programmes, there is new legislation to help tackle fraud prevention and the SFO have had a recent arrest spree in domestic fraud cases.” “We are delighted Rachel has decided to join our team which positions us even stronger to deal with this upsurge in activity


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