Claire Lipworth

Claire Lipworth


Email [email protected]​

Phone +44 20 7296 2000

Fax +44 20 7296 2001


Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

"A fantastic solicitor" with "brilliant judgement"

Chambers UK 2020

"Claire has the rare advantage of having worked at the highest level for both prosecution and defence in the most significant corporate crime cases of the last 25 years" (Legal 500 2021). Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, as Chief Criminal Counsel she headed up the criminal prosecution function at the UK financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority; before that she was a partner at a leading UK law firm in London focusing on white collar crime. Her combined prosecution and defence experience allows her to bring a unique insight to her work.

Claire focuses on money laundering, fraud, false accounting, bribery and market abuse. As a member of the Crisis Leadership Team she helps clients with internal investigations and external investigations conducted by UK enforcement agencies and regulators, and works closely with colleagues abroad on cross-border matters. She also guides companies and financial institutions in respect of financial crime compliance, including preparing policies and processes and providing training.

Awards and recognitions


Global Leader: Investigations
Who's Who Legal


Thought Leader in Business Crime Defence
Who's Who Legal

Education and admissions


LL.B., Manchester University, 1989

Representative experience

Internal investigation for a firm into allegations of false accounting following a whistle-blower report.

Proceeds of crime advice to a variety of financial institutions and corporate clients.

Representing individuals in the SFO's bribery investigations into Petrofac, Unaoil and ENRC.

Drafting AML rules for an international financial centre.

Advising a variety of clients on financial crime issues arising from Canadian cannabis business.

Conducting risk assessments relating to 'failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion'.

AML advice to retail banks and wealth managers.

Helping a number of regulated firms with FCA financial crime supervisory issues.

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

Advising an international bank in relation to an FCA AML investigation.

Acting for a number of individuals in FCA insider dealing investigations.

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