PhD title: Corporate wrongdoing: why abuses have gone unchecked, and what needs to be done
BA History First (UCL) (1993), MA Law Distinction (City) (1997)
Flora is an experienced barrister, now a practising door tenant at 23 Essex Street Chambers, and a Board Member for the Legal Services Board (the oversight regulator for legal services). She has also recently completed a secondment as a policy developer at the Financial Conduct Authority. When in full-time practice, she focused on financial crime. Before joining chambers she had a varied legal career, which began at Clifford Chance, took in a spell at the Law Commission, and included part-time lecturing at the University of Law as well as running her own firm. She holds an MA in Laws, and her dissertation was granted a distinction and published in full (see below). She graduated from UCL in 1993, with a First in History.
Areas of Expertise
Financial crime and financial regulation
Flora’s work will take in shareholder and other civil law remedies, as well as criminal and regulatory procedures.
UCL Associations / Academic and Professional Memberships
Flora is a member of the Financial Services Lawyers Association, the Fraud Lawyers Association and the Criminal Bar Association.
A criminal advocate of some seniority, Flora has been leading counsel in fraud trials involving multi-million pound losses, and is a Grade 4 CPS Prosecutor, which is the highest grade. Her practice was evenly balanced between prosecuting and defending.
Flora’s article on whether the Carillion scandal could lead to market abuse investigations was published in The Times:
Defining Fraud: An Argument in Favour of a General Offence of Fraud(1997) JFC 4(4), 287–307
By stages this led to Flora’s work at the Law Commission, and she was part of the team who drafted Law Com No 276 Fraud
The Prosecutor's Trap: Conspiracy to Defraud(2016) 9 JIBFL 550