Margaret Cole

Chief Risk Officer & General Counsel, PwC LLP


Margaret Cole, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer and a member of the Executive Board of the UK firm, joined PwC LLP as a partner in September 2012.

Prior to her joining PwC, Margaret held the position of Director of Enforcement at the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) and subsequently joined the FSA’s Board as Managing Director of the then newly-merged Enforcement and Financial Crime Division, having spent over 20 years in private practice, specialising in commercial litigation with an emphasis on financial services.

As founder and head of the Dispute Resolution Department at the London Office of international law firm White & Case in 1995, Margaret built on experience from her Partnership at Stephenson Harwood between 1990 and 1995 where she was responsible for the recovery actions in relation to the Maxwell Pension Fund on behalf of the Pension Funds Trustee.

Margaret is a graduate in Law from Murray Edwards (formerly New Hall), Cambridge. She is also qualified as a Mediator with CEDR and the ADR Group. Until 2011 she was a Non-Executive Director of the National Skills Academy, Financial Services and from 2012 has served as Trustee and Exco member for the Institute for Fiscal Studies.