Dr Diana Johnson

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  • Qualifications:PhD, Solicitor, SFHEA, PGCertTLHE, PGDipLaw, PGDipLegal Practice, B.A.(Hons)
  • Position:Senior Lecturer
  • Department:Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Telephone:+4411732 81326
  • Email:Diana.Johnson@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am a qualified Solicitor and a Senior Lecturer on the LLB. I am the module leader for the Commercial Law module and the Financial Crime module on the LLB. I supervise LLM and PhD students. Please ccontact me if you're interested in researching for a PhD in financial crime or competition law. 

My research interests lie in financial crime and competition law. I am interested in corporate criminal liability, Fraud, Deferred Prosecution Agreements and criminal cartels. I have written several publications and presented conference papers on these topics. In 2023 I completed a PhD which examined how competition law can be used to enforce the financial crime of benchmark interest rate manipulation. 

I am currently working as a Co-Investigator on an externally funded project for Innovate UK (£490,000 – Transform Suspicious Activity Reports: UK's First Technology Line of Defence) and am involved with teams bidding for further research funding.

I am a member of the Research in Public International Law and the Global Crime, Justice and Security Research Groups at UWE. I am also a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, the White Collar Law Group and the Anti-Money Laundering, Cybersecurity and Financial Crime Compliance Network.

I have written and submitted evidence to policy makers and influential organisations including the Law Commission, the Financial Conduct Authority and HM Treasury.

Before working at UWE, I worked as a solicitor in the Corporate Department of the International law firm Osborne Clarke for four years, during which time I specialised in Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate Restructurings. Prior to this, I worked in Brussels at both the European Commission (Directorate General for Competition) and the Brussels office of Taylor Wessing (International law firm).

Area of expertise

  • Competition law
  • Cartels
  • Whistleblowing
  • Financial crime
  • Corporate Criminal Liability
  • Deferred Prosecution Agreements
  • Money Laundering
  • Commercial law
  • European Law
  • US Law


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