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.  

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 (£500,000 – 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).

Doctoral supervision 

Please contact me if you are interested in researching for a PhD in any area of financial crime or competition law.

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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