Our colleague and friend, Partner Rod Fletcher has passed away.
Rod led the Corporate, Crime and Investigations practice for Herbert Smith Freehills in London, and was a significant figure in London's legal profession.
He was a brilliant lawyer and a man of extraordinary integrity – one of life's true gentlemen.
His hugely successful career spanned nearly 35 years and saw him act on many of the UK's leading white collar matters. Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills in 2013, he had spent many years at Russell Jones & Walker leading its business crime defence team; and he was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2003.
During his time with Herbert Smith Freehills, amongst his many stellar credentials, Rod led the team that acted for ICBC Standard Bank plc in the UK’s first Deferred Prosecution Agreement. Lord Justice Leveson, who approved the DPA, hailed the team's work as "the benchmark against which future such applications may fall to be assessed".
Those who worked closely with Rod will know that he was not only experienced and talented but also kind, patient and supportive. He was generous with his time and expertise, and unflappable under pressure. He brought people together within teams and across offices, and led with a mixture of charm, humour and persuasiveness – underpinned with a steely determination when required. In its most recent edition, Legal 500 put it very succinctly: "Rod Fletcher is a legend".
He will be sorely missed by the entire firm.