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Elizabeth Head

Elizabeth Head

Senior Associate

Elizabeth advises and represents clients on financial crime matters.



Based in London, Elizabeth advises clients in relation to fraud, corruption and money laundering and also regularly advises clients in different industries on issues relating to various international sanctions regimes.  She acts on complex national and international investigations and compliance matters, and has a particular specialism in relation to UK and EU sanctions, particularly those affecting Russia, Iran, Syria and Libya. 

Elizabeth is part of our top-ranked and award-winning global financial crime and investigations team.  She advises a wide range of clients on internal and external investigations, including investigations conducted by, or at the instigation of, the Serious Fraud Office and Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs. In 2018, she was named as one of only 11 associates in Global Investigations Review's "Women in Investigations" Survey, which profiled 100 female investigations specialists.

Elizabeth also advises companies on their internal sanctions compliance procedures and advises on contractual protections in relation to sanctions compliance and risk in the context of corporate and finance transactions.  She has significant experience working with clients on their anti-corruption procedures, particularly in relation to the Bribery Act 2010.

Elizabeth has spent time working in the corporate crime and investigations team in Herbert Smith Freehills' New York office and has also completed secondments to the compliance teams of two international investment banks in both London and New York. 

Elizabeth's experience includes advising:

  • an individual in relation to the SFO investigation into Barclays' capital raising
  • acting as part of the team appointed as the independent monitor of Oxford University Press, pursuant to settlements into entered into by it with the World Bank and the Serious Fraud Office in relation to corrupt conduct in East Africa
  • advising a large multi-national client on the UK law aspects of an international corruption investigation, carrying out an internal investigation into allegations of corruption and liaising with the Serious Fraud Office in relation to the investigation
  • advising a number of global financial institutions in respect of anti-money laundering compliance (including customer due diligence and suspicious activity reporting) and sanctions compliance (including advising on sanctions policies and procedures and reporting/seeking licences from HM Treasury)
  • advising international energy sector companies on issues relating to UK and EU sanctions, in particular as regards Russia, Iran and Syria, their applicability to non-EU headquartered groups and their interrelationship with secondary criminal offences under English law.