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About Cindy

Cindy is an associate in the Global Investigations and White Collar team at HFW, specialising in business and financial crime. She has particular experience in fraud, bribery and corruption, and money laundering. Cindy has advised individuals in large-scale investigations and prosecutions brought by enforcement agencies including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Cindy undertook her training contract at a boutique criminal defence firm, where she gained extensive experience representing professionals and other high-profile individuals throughout all stages of criminal proceedings from making representations during pre-charge engagement through to trial, sentence and appeal stage. Her experience is in both white-collar crime as well as serious and general crime investigations brought by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Cindy’s experience includes:

– Assisting in the defence and acquittal of the former UK Commercial Director of Tesco, who was alleged to have been involved in accounting irregularities in relation to income recognition. This followed Tesco’s decision to enter into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the SFO, the fourth ever DPA in the UK. The acquittals of the individuals were upheld in the Court of Appeal.

– Assisted in the defence of a Member of Parliament against a private prosecution for misconduct in public office. The private prosecution was discontinued and there was a subsequent successful judicial review of the decision to issue summons.

– Represented former CFO of a mining PLC subject to SFO investigation into bribery and corrupt business practices in Sierra Leone.

– Represented Turkish businessmen against an extradition request by the Government of Turkey. The extradition requests were successfully resisted on the grounds of political motivation.

– Assisted a Swiss based commodity trader in conducting an internal investigation in relation to potential sanctions breaches and advising them in parallel investigations by various sanctions regulators.

– Represented various corporate clients who were the subject of adverse media interest from the UK and other international media publications pre-publication and post-publication, resulting in non-defamatory stories removal of the offending publications.

Cindy is qualified in England and Wales.