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Sian Wakeling trained at Cameron Markby Hewitt (now CMS Cameron McKenna) working in both the London and Brussels offices. In 1997 she qualified into their financial services team, where she spent eight years as an associate. Sian joined Practical Law in 2005 and is Head of Financial Services. Sian is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Helen D’Ardenne trained at Simmons & Simmons, working in both the London and New York offices. In 2005, she qualified into Simmons & Simmons’ financial services department, where she practised for five years. During her time there, she advised on a wide range of regulatory reforms and regularly advised buy and sell side firms on compliance with UK regulation, cross-border issues and establishing and operating financial services businesses. Helen joined Practical Law Financial Services in May 2010 and is Deputy Head of Financial Services. Helen is currently a non-practising solicitor.
David Bickley trained at Landwell (now PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal), qualifying into the financial services department in 2003 before joining the financial services team at CMS Cameron McKenna in June 2004. He moved to Eversheds' financial services department in January 2007, where he advised clients on a broad range of regulatory issues including the implementation of MiFID. David joined Practical Law Financial Services in December 2009. David is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Kirsten Bukht trained at Denton Hall (now Dentons) and qualified into the insolvency litigation team in 1995. Kirsten subsequently transferred to the banking department and, following the merger with Wilde Sapte in 2000, she worked in the financial markets and regulation group of Denton Wilde Sapte. In 2004, Kirsten joined the Financial Services Authority, where she was based in the retail policy division and later in the financial promotions mitigation and strategy team. Kirsten joined Practical Law Financial Services in October 2007. Kirsten is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Liz Cramb trained at Freshfields, qualifying into their financial services department in 1993. She joined Practical Law in February 2012 after 11 years as a fee earner at Clifford Chance, where she advised on a broad range of regulatory issues such as MiFID/MiFIR, EMIR, SEPA and conduct of business requirements. Her time at Clifford Chance included a year’s secondment to Citibank. She has also worked as a professional support lawyer at Freshfields, Clifford Chance and Norton Rose. Liz is currently a non-practising lawyer.
Catriona de Jongh is a non-practising solicitor. She trained at Slaughter and May, working in both the London and Paris offices. In 2001 she qualified into Slaughter and May's financial regulation group, where she practised for six years. During this time she undertook a secondment to the central compliance department of Goldman Sachs, and in 2006 she was seconded to the markets and wholesale firms team within the general counsel's division of the Financial Services Authority, where she worked on the implementation of MiFID. Catriona joined Practical Law Financial Services in November 2007.
Zsuzsa Elek trained at Gide, Loyrette, Nouel and GFMT, a law firm in Budapest, and qualified into GFMT's banking and finance group in 2008. She advised on financial regulatory issues and represented banks and investment firms in financial dispute resolution. Zsuzsa completed the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme in 2015 and joined Practical Law Financial Services in August 2016. Zsuzsa is currently a non-practicing solicitor.
Dimitar Lesov graduated from Queen Mary University of London in 2012 with the LLB (Honours). He then completed the LLM at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London in 2016, having read modules in Regulation of Financial Markets, Corporate Finance Law, Corporate Insolvency Law, and written a dissertation titled "Structural, regulatory and legal aspects of Contingent Capital under CRD IV and BRRD". Dimitar joined Practical Law in July 2016 as an Assistant Editor in the Practical Law Financial Services Team.
Sara Poole is a former solicitor. She trained at MacRoberts in Glasgow before joining the banking group of Dundas & Wilson in 1996, where she worked in the property finance and retail finance teams. She spent a year in the in-house legal department of National Australia Group and then moved to Denton Wilde Sapte (now Dentons), where she worked in the financial markets and regulation group for seven years. Sara joined Practical Law Financial Services in May 2007.
Angharad Smith trained at Addleshaw Goddard, qualifying in 2004. Following qualification, she joined the financial markets and regulation group at Denton Wilde Sapte (now Dentons), before moving to the financial services team at CMS Cameron McKenna in 2007. In 2011 she joined the financial services legal team at Barclays where she advised on a broad range of regulatory and commercial issues. Angharad joined Practical Law in August 2012 and is currently a non-practising solicitor.