Dianne Bell#6743

Dianne Bell

Solicitor, Freelance
Dianne is a financial services regulatory solicitor with a wide range of private practice experience relating to the funds, wealth management, and banking sectors. This includes advising clients on regulatory change events and implementation of, for example, MiFID II, AIFMD, CRD IV, MAR, PSD2, EMIR and the UK’s Retail Distribution Review (RDR). 
Dianne also has prior experience as a regulator with the UK Listing Authority (UKLA) and FSA (now FCA) where she dealt with the disclosure obligations of public companies and directors, and gained investigative/enforcement experience in the wholesale sector (conduct matters and senior management obligations). She was also responsible for developing expertise in the UKLA’s early Sponsor Regime, and subsequently contributed to recommendations for policy reforms which led to improvements in the Sponsor Regime. Dianne has been an active participant in several industry groups and takes an active interest in emerging and developing areas of EU/UK regulation. 
Dianne commenced her legal career as a Barrister in Ontario, Canada where she dealt with banking and commercial contracts matters. 
Contributed to


Sustainable finance and ESG—key global principles for financial institutions
Sustainable finance and ESG—key global principles for financial institutions
Practice notes

This Practice Note covers some of the key international environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainable finance initiatives and principles that are relevant to financial institutions, including the United Nation (UN)-supported Principles for responsible investment (PRI), Principles for sustainable insurance (PSI) and Principles for responsible banking (PRB), as well as the Financial Stability Board (FSB)’s task force on climate-related financial disclosures (TCFD). Written in collaboration with Dianne Bell.

The EU sustainability-related disclosure regulation (SFDR)—essentials
The EU sustainability-related disclosure regulation (SFDR)—essentials
Practice notes

This Practice Note analyses the scope and requirements of the EU regulation on sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector (Regulation (EU) 2019/2088).

Practice Area


  • Contributing Author


  • LLB
  • BA Hons


  • Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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