Claire Cross Partner


Claire Cross is a senior lawyer, specialising in all areas of white collar fraud. Claire joined Corker Binning as Of Counsel in November 2016. Prior to this she acted as a Senior Lawyer at the Financial Conduct Authority in the Enforcement Division, advising and prosecuting the full spectrum of enforcement action. Claire is recommended by The Legal 500 2021 in the following practice areas: Financial Services: Contentious, Fraud: White-Collar Crime, and Professional Discipline.

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Areas of expertise

Claire has expertise in all areas of white collar crime, with considerable and proven experience in complex FCA criminal and regulatory investigations, money laundering, fraud and cartel cases.

Her prior experience at the FCA and CMA has given her an invaluable insight into the investigation and decision making procedures and policies employed by regulatory and prosecutorial authorities in both the UK and US, which she effectively deploys to her clients advantage.

She has advised individuals in proceedings involving insider dealing, misleading statements and impressions, market abuse, conspiracy to defraud, bribery, and breaches of various regulatory regimes such as the SMCR, APER Principles for individuals, MAR and Money Laundering Regulations.

She also has extensive experience in international legal matters including multi-jurisdictional investigations, foreign regulatory and criminal cases, obtaining evidence from abroad, mutual legal assistance and Letters Rogatory.

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Recent work:

  • Successfully acting on behalf of an approved person in a complex, multi-jurisdictional  FCA dual criminal and regulatory investigation into the making of false/misleading statements to the market, resulting in the termination of the investigation with no further action.
  • Acting for an individual in the ongoing SFO investigation into the alleged manipulation of LIBOR.
  • Acting for a Senior Director of a listed company in an investigation relating to insider dealing and breaches of the Market Abuse Regulations.
  • Advising a Global Head of a bank in respect of an internal investigation into potential mismarking.
  • Acting in respect of approved persons for breaches of APER Principles 1, 2 and FIT.
  • Advising a Fund Manager in respect of criminal allegations of disclosing inside information and encouraging dealing on that information.
  • Representing and advising senior individuals in SFO section 2 interviews.
  • Advising on potential cartel prosecutions and offences of providing false or misleading information to regulators.
  • Acting for a Partner of a multi-national company in respect of a large scale conspiracy to defraud.  Investigation resulted in no further action after representations made.
  • Advising in multi-jurisdictional spoofing cases.
  • Representing a senior individual in respect of allegations of breaching the Money Laundering Regulations.

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Claire joined Corker Binning as Of Counsel in October 2016, having previously acted as a Senior Lawyer in the FCA’s Criminal Prosecution Team, since 2008. From October 2015 to July 2016, Claire also acted as the Assistant Director in the Cartels and Criminal Group for the Competition and Markets Authority.

Prior to joining the FCA, Claire worked at SOCA/RCPO/Inland Revenue from 2005, prosecuting a wide range of cases relating to large scale drugs importation, VAT fraud, missing trader fraud, money laundering, and CITES offences.

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News and Posts

Claire Cross quoted in media on Natwest action

Claire Cross writes for Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence on Burford v LSE

Burford v London Stock Exchange: Making a splash in Muddy Waters

Claire Cross quoted in GIR on MLAT requests

Claire Cross writes for Law360 on FCA’s “Dear CEO” letter

Claire Cross comments in GIR on FCA investigation into cum-ex fraud scheme

The Special Relationship – How the FCA Assists Sec Investigations

Claire Cross writes for HFMCompliance on the FCA’s response to asset management

Claire Cross to speak at Anti-Corruptie Conference 2019

Claire Cross comments in GIR regarding EU whistleblowers protections

Claire Cross writes for FT Adviser on authorised corporate directors

SMCR roll-out: Less than three months to go, are firms ready?

Claire Cross comments in FT Adviser about the FCA and SEC

Claire Cross discusses FCA annual enforcement performance report in GIR

The criminal future of AML enforcement

Ignorance is not bliss at the FCA

What to expect when you are the subject of an FCA investigation

FCA enforcement interviews: Tips and best practice

Claire Cross discusses the extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime in Criminal Law & Justice Weekly

All change here: extending the Senior Managers and Certification Regime

Far away, yet so close: extended jurisdiction in the DOJ and SFO FX investigations

Claire Cross discusses the FCA’s Senior Manager Regime in Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence

One Year On – A Review of the Senior Managers Regime

THE FCA: Less Ho Ho Ho, More CRO

The ‘reckless’ Andrew James Tinney – a failed tactic from the FCA