Elisabeth Lees

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Elisabeth is an attorney specializing in regulatory law and financial crime.

Elisabeth also offers consultancy services in relation to compliance with the FATF standards, particularly advising governments, law enforcement agencies and supervisory bodies. Elisabeth also offers AML compliance services to Cayman Islands’ entities.

Prior to founding Claritas, Elisabeth served as the National Coordinator to the Anti-Money Laundering Steering Group in the Cayman Islands from 2019 until January 2022, leading the Cayman Islands’ response to its Fourth Round Caribbean Financial Action Task Force Mutual Evaluation Report. Elisabeth advised on both legislative and operational enhancements leading to improvement in all areas. In 2022, Elisabeth was awarded a Badge and Certificate of Honour for legal services rendered to the Cayman Islands Government.

Elisabeth has also worked as a Legal Expert in assessing countries against the FATF standards in both Fourth Round Assessments and Technical Compliance Re-ratings and has sat as a member of the Joint Group of the Americas.

Elisabeth was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2002, following which she practised as a criminal barrister in London. Elisabeth also worked as Senior Crown Counsel (International Cooperation) in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as well as Crown Counsel. Elisabeth was called to the Bar of the Cayman Islands in 2022.

Elisabeth has an LLM in Public International Law University and was awarded the London Georg Schwarzenberger Prize for Outstanding Achievement in International Public Law.

Elisabeth also sits as Deputy Chair of the Health Appeals Tribunal.