Public and Regulatory
Victoria Sheppard-Jones is a highly experienced regulatory barrister who has worked in-house and in private practice for two UK regulators, the General Dental Council (GDC) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). She has considerable experience of white-collar criminal prosecutions and disciplinary cases, particularly complex and lengthy fraud and money laundering cases.
Victoria was invited in January 2020, because of her previous experience, to join the FCA’s Enforcement Department as a consultant. She worked as part of a team on a regulatory investigation into the Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorist Financing (CTF) controls of a bank.
Her key responsibilities have been:
- Customer file analysis using the online platform, Citrix
- Interviewing witnesses using compelled powers
- Drafting Information Requirements and liaising with the bank and their lawyers
- Consideration and drafting of policy decisions
- Advising on law and procedure
- Communicating with internal and external stakeholders
- Consideration and application of the relevant Money Laundering Regulations (MLRs), FCA Handbook and Joint Money Laundering Steering Group Guidance (JMLSG)
In 2014 Victoria also spent six months working on a highly sensitive investigation into the Anti Money Laundering practices in the Middle Eastern branches of a well-known bank.
She has also been seconded to a specialist corporate fraud solicitors to join the team in representing two businessmen and their wives in a high profile fraud and tax prosecution alleging manipulation of the Guernsey Stock Exchange.
In healthcare, Victoria was invited to join the GDC as interim Head of the Illegal Practice (IP) team in late 2016. Her responsibilities included:
- Providing guidance and accountability for all decisions to prosecute
- Providing legal advice to the team and wider GDC
- Drafting policy, contracts and charging advices
- Preparing and presenting Registration Appeals before the Registration Appeals Tribunal
- Considering and drafting judgment on applications to review the decisions of casework not to refer a fitness to practice complaint to a GDC practicing committee
Even at the outset of her career - in 2005, the year she was called to the Bar - Victoria was involved in regulatory cases. She was employed by a Midlands law firm to assist in the preparation of the defence case in relation to a prosecution by The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) which involved large volumes of material disclosed by them.
She was later asked to join the firm permanently as a Crown Court case manager. This saw Victoria obtain her police station accreditation and she has considerable experience of assisting defendant clients in police and regulators' interviews.
- Bar Vocational Course: Very Competent, Nottingham Law School
- LLB Law degree: 2:1, Kings College, University of London
Professional qualifications & appointments
- Fee Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care - Mental Health)
- Criminal Bar Association
- Fraud Lawyers Association
- Inner Temple