Hat-trick of new partners in the UK doubling Addleshaw Goddard’s Global Investigations practice

Addleshaw Goddard has doubled the size of its Global Investigations practice following the arrival of two new partners who between them have more than 50 years’ experience and the promotion of three internal candidates in the UK and Hong Kong.


In the UK the addition of London-based David Young and Polly Sprenger, partners previously at Eversheds and Katten respectively, and the promotion of Sarah Thomas to partner nearly doubles the partner team in AGs corporate crime, FI investigations and Health & Safety practice to create one of the largest specialist teams of its kind in the UK.

This brings the total number of partners in the practice in the UK to seven. In addition two further partners have been promoted in Hong Kong, Ivan Chang and Janie Wong who respectively deal with regulatory and corporate crime investigations.

David Young – health & safety and food law

David has practised food law over much of his career alongside his recognised health and safety practice. He joins from Eversheds where he spent his entire career since qualification in 1984, co-founding the environment, health and safety team, and leading the food sector group. He also brings considerable experience of working in retail, energy, manufacturing and transport in fatal accident investigations, inquests, environmental investigations and enforcement, trading standards and consumer protection and product safety. Most recently, David has been advising clients in relation to COVID-19 issues.

David successfully defended a client in the first ever norovirus prosecution and advised on the establishment of the Food Industry Information Network (FIIN) in 2015 following the “horsemeat scandal”. He has been FIIN’s sole legal adviser for the last seven years, which now has 40+ leading food industry manufacturers and retailers as members.

He is listed as “Star” in the Chambers & Partners rankings, and solely occupies the “Senior Statespeople” category in the 2020 edition.

Polly Sprenger – corporate crime, civil litigation, asset recovery and internal investigations 

Polly Sprenger joins Addleshaw Goddard from US firm Katten Muchin Rosenman where she was a Partner, having previously been Head of Strategic Intelligence at the SFO, spent five years as a private investigator, was the Technical Advisor to a Parliamentary Inquiry into private investigative misconduct and was a member of the prosecution team in the high profile trial of News of the World journalists.

Polly has a unique offering in the London and international market, representing corporate and financial services clients either dealing with allegations of misconduct or as the victims of fraud, corruption and money laundering in the cross over space between corporate crime and civil remedies. She is experienced in private prosecutions work; and her multi-jurisdictional practice includes extensive experience conducting litigation across both civil and criminal courts, and managing cases involving evidence collection and legal action in multiple countries and regions.

Polly and AG Global Investigations Head, Nichola Peters and partner Michelle de Kluyver have all been ranked in Global Investigation Review’s top 100 women practicing globally in investigations, and are listed in Who’s Who Legal as an expert in investigations. In 2019, Polly was also listed by Chambers & Partners in the first-ever rankings of private prosecution specialists

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