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Sarah Hitchins

Partner

London

Hitchins Sarah
Sarah Hitchins

Partner

London

Sarah specialises in representing firms and senior individuals involved in internal and regulatory investigations.

She has significant experience of advising on UK and cross-border investigations involving a broad range of issues, including market abuse, insider trading, financial crime, cyber and data security breaches, individual accountability, operational resilience, misselling, systems and controls failures, whistleblowing, cultural issues and non-financial misconduct.

She has also represented a number of clients in regulatory investigations concerning compliance with UK listing and Takeover Code requirements. Sarah frequently represents clients that are involved in regulatory investigations, including investigations by the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), where she previously completed a secondment in its Enforcement Division.

In addition to her investigations experience, Sarah has also advised over 75 firms (including banks, building societies, insurers, asset and fund managers) on the implementation of the UK Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR), as well as a variety of post-implementation issues. In particular, Sarah has significant experience advising clients on the individual accountability aspects of investigations, including assessments of fitness and propriety and potential breaches of the FCA and PRA Codes of Conduct.

Sarah was previously selected by Global Investigations Review (GIR) as one of the top 100 women in investigations.

News & insights

Panoramic view of the London skyline

Publications: 27 APRIL 2021

FCA proposes to take enforcement action against an individual relating to "non-financial misconduct"

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) is proposing to take enforcement action against an individual, Jon Frensham, relating to "non-financial misconduct".

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FCA fines and imposes prohibition order on trader for market manipulation

Publications: 21 APRIL 2021

FCA fines and imposes prohibition order on trader for market manipulation

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) has fined a trader for committing market manipulation under the Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014) (MAR). It also issued a prohibition order banning the…

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New operational resilience requirements and guidance for UK financial services firms

Publications: 15 APRIL 2021

New operational resilience requirements and guidance for UK financial services firms

Following a year that saw firms’ operational resilience arrangements put to the test, the FCA, the PRA and the Bank of England published their long-awaited final rules and guidance on operational…

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Publications: 25 FEBRUARY 2021

A new perspective on the FCA's focus on market abuse

Sarah Hitchins considers the FCA's commentary on market abuse risks in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as recent enforcement activity in this area.

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Office

London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as a solicitor, England and Wales, 2011

Academic

BA and MA, Law, University of Cambridge (Gonville & Caius College), 2008

LPC, BPP Law School (London), 2009

Published work

Regular contributor to Practical Law Company’s contentious regulatory materials.

Editor of Allen & Overy’s Investigations Insight blog, which focuses on the latest trends, risks and developments in financial services investigations.