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Clifford Chance

Ellen Lake

Ellen Lake

Senior Associate

Senior Associate
Ellen Lake

Ellen Lake specialises in investigations, advising in particular on internal investigations, contentious regulatory matters, financial crime, white collar crime and cyber security. She also acts in financial services litigation, particularly where there are follow-on actions to regulatory investigations.

Ellen works with a broad range of corporate and financial services clients and was seconded to a global bank for ten months to run a legal team providing the bank's response to a section 166 skilled person review into financial crime related matters. She has also been seconded to the dispute resolution team of another global bank where she worked on a broad range of financial services related litigation. Ellen is a member of Clifford Chance's Tech Group and an L&DR lead associate for the Global Cyber Security Team.

Regulatory Investigations and Financial Crime Insights

The latest global trends, risks and developments in regulatory investigations and financial crime

  • Advising a major bank on concurrent investigations by criminal and regulatory authorities in relation to tax-related matters
  • Advising a major bank on concurrent investigations by criminal and regulatory authorities in relation to financial crime matters
  • Advising a life insurance firm subject to an FCA enforcement investigation in relation to fair treatment of customers
  • Advising various financial institutions on FSA/FCA enforcement investigations in relation to money laundering
  • Advising a major bank on investigations by multiple foreign regulators and law enforcement authorities into the setting of benchmark rates
  • Advising a major financial institution in relation to investigations into FX rate-setting activity
  • Acting as a skilled person on a section 166 skilled person review involving various financial institutions
  • Advising various financial companies on internal investigations and whistleblowing allegations
  • Advising various companies on the interpretation of various aspects of the UK financial services regulatory regime, UK anti-money laundering regime and the Bribery Act 2010

Contact details

Career and qualifications

  • University of Bristol (BSc) 2006
  • University of Law (LLB) 2008
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2008
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2010

Professional bodies

  • Member of the Operating Committee of the International Law Book Facility
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association
  • Women's White Collar Defense Association