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Keydata’s Ford used former FSA lawyer for court bid

Keydata founder Stewart Ford has appointed the FSA’s former “trouble shooter” Harvey Knight at law firm Withers to act as his solicitor.

Knight was the FSA’s lead authorisation and approvals lawyer and internal trouble shooter for six years.

He advised the regulator’s senior management in relation to its legal and reputation management issues across authorisation, supervision and enforcement activities.

He now advises individuals and firms working and investing in the financial services industry on the scope of FSA regulation. Last week, it emer-ged that Ford lost a court bid to prevent the FSA from accessing a company computer ser-ver as part of its investigation.

The FSA confirmed that Ford attempted to get an injunction preventing it from accessing the server but he was defeated in the High Court as the regulator successfully argued that it formed a necessary part of its investigation.

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