Nell Perks is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department.

Ms. Perks has advised and represented leading financial institutions in a wide range of disputes and contentious regulatory investigations, frequently with an international element.

Ms. Perks has firsthand experience investigating disputes from an early stage through to settlement, gathering and preparing evidence for use in litigation, and drafting statements of case and other documents for use in proceedings. She has worked on cases across the spectrum of financial services litigation, including complex and structured products disputes and disputes following on from regulatory proceedings.

Ms. Perks has significant experience acting for institutions in regulatory and criminal investigations. She has acted on some of the most significant investigations for financial services clients in recent years, involving UK and US enforcement authorities (including the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)) as well as regulators in other jurisdictions.

In addition, Ms. Perks advises banks on their anti-money laundering and anti-bribery obligations.

She has spent time seconded to the commercial and retail litigation team and the compliance team of a major bank client. She has also spent three months on secondment as a judicial assistant at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Ms. Perks has higher rights of audience in the courts of England and Wales.

Ms. Perks’ representative experience includes:

  • Acting for one of the banks involved in the international investigations into the alleged manipulation of LIBOR submissions, culminating in simultaneous settlements with the FCA, DOJ, and CFTC*
  • Advising and representing a leading bank in relation to litigation against it arising out of adverse regulatory findings*
  • Acting for a bank in proceedings relating to the sale of a credit card portfolio – CCUK Finance Limited and another vs. Barclays Bank PLC*
  • Investigating potential breaches of EU and US sanctions obligations in the context of a syndicated loan and advising and assisting an asset manager in handling the position*
  • Advising a global bank on implementation of policies and procedures following the introduction of the UK Bribery Act 2010*
  • Acting for a leading retail bank in test case proceedings relating to the Consumer Credit Act – Carey & Ors vs. HSBC & Ors*
  • Acting for a bank in proceedings including allegations of mortgage fraud in which the proceedings included applications for freezing orders and Norwich Pharmacal disclosure orders*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)


  • LPC (Distinction), Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, 2003
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law, University of West England, Bristol, 2002
  • BA, English, University of Bristol, 2001