Claire Lipworth

Claire Lipworth


Email claire.lipworth@​

Phone +44 20 7296 2000

Fax +44 20 7296 2001


Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

‘brings a phenomenal level of experience from her time at the FCA as well as her earlier career in private practice’

Legal 500 2019

Claire's combined prosecution and defense experience allows her to bring a unique insight to her cases. She advises financial institutions, corporate and individual clients and professional firms in relation to a variety of financial crime matters including money laundering, fraud - related issues, bribery and corruption, insider dealing and market manipulation .

Claire began her career at well-known white-collar crime boutique Peters & Peters where she was a partner for 10 years, before joining the UK's Financial Conduct Authority where she served as Chief Criminal Counsel/Chief Prosecutor.

Clients also seek Claire's advice on prevention and compliance measures as well as on guidance and training to assist them to meet their legal obligations.

Awards and recognitions


Recognised as an expert
Who's Who Legal -Corporate Crime Defence


Top 100 Women in Investigations

Education and admissions


LL.B., Manchester University, 1989

Representative experience

Operation Tabernula and a large number of insider dealing cases. (FCA)

Advising on cases involving breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations. (FCA)

Advising on use of investigative techniques, interviews and searches. (FCA)

Advice to a large insurance broker regarding CDD procedures.

AML compliance advice to a private equity house and a UK wealth management firm.

Proceeds of Crime Act advice to an aircraft leasing company, an online marketplace, an engineering company and a number of asset management firms.

Advising an international bank on AML policies and procedures.

Advising a number of companies and financial institutions on 'failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion' procedures.

Drafting AML rules for an international financial crime centre.

Advising in respect of FCA insider dealing and AML investigations.

Advising an individual in ENRC investigation.

Advising an individual in Unaoil investigation.

Assisting a client with internal fraud-related investigations.

Internal investigation for a regulated firm following a whistleblower report.

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