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Claire Lipworth


Claire Lipworth
Practice Group

Claire advises financial institutions, corporate and individual clients and professional firms in relation to a variety of financial crime matters including fraud - related issues, money laundering, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, market manipulation and cartel activity.

She 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.

Claire's combined prosecution and defence experience allows her to bring a unique insight to her cases and to help her clients negotiate the minefields of investigation and prosecution.

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. 

Representative experience

Assisting a UK wealth/asset management firm to put in place appropriate AML policies

Defending numerous individuals in relation to money laundering investigations/prosecutions

Advice in relation to long running money laundering investigation conducted by Dutch and UK authorities regarding the operation of the First Curacao International Bank

As Chief FCA Prosecutor advising on the prospects of prosecution of firms and individuals for breaches of UK Money Laundering Regulations under the UK POCA

Advising a multinational manufacturing company in respect of its AML policies

Advice to a large insurance broker regarding its CDD procedures

Providing advice to a number of financial institutions and companies in relation to the Criminal Finances Act offences of "failing to prevent facilitation of tax evasion"

AML compliance advice to a private equity house

Education and admissions


  • LL.B., Manchester University, 1989

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