Lawyer Profile Michael Ruck
I started out as a trainee at a high street practice in East Anglia and spent my first six years post qualification as a criminal defence lawyer attending Police Station interviews, representing individuals in the Magistrates Court and subsequently obtaining Higher Rights of Audience in order to represent individuals at the Crown Court. I then moved to the Financial Conduct Authority (Financial Services Authority as it was then) in order to work in its Enforcement Division as a case team lawyer undertaking investigations across a range of areas including insider dealing, market abuse, mis-selling, fraud and other regulatory issues.
Joining Pinsent Masons was an important decision at the time and any move back into private practice can raise issues as to how supportive or welcoming the proposed firm will be. I have found Pinsent Masons and all the people I have had contact with have been extremely friendly and helpful. Pinsent Masons and, in particular, the Corporate Crime team in which I sit were welcoming from day one and have supported me in growing my workload whilst also encouraging me to grow the practice of financial services investigations.
I specialise in financial services litigation including criminal and regulatory investigations. I provide advice to firms and senior individuals regarding potential mis-selling of financial products and systems, illegal trades, fraud and general breaches of regulatory requirements. I also provide advice on mitigating the risks to corporates through the creation and implementation of effective compliance programmes.
I am now a trainee supervisor and take great pride in the trainees who have worked within our team during this period. They have been, and will continue to be, valued members of the team taking part in a wide range of activities from business development through to client meetings and interviews.