Areas of expertise

Maia is experienced in advising clients across cases spanning both white collar and general criminal investigations.

In financial crime, Maia has advised clients in a number of large and high-profile cases being investigated and prosecuted by the SFO, NCA, and FCA. This includes cross-border investigations representing clients being investigated in multiple jurisdictions.

In general crime, Maia has represented individuals at every stage from their first interview at the police station through to trial in a wide variety of cases including sexual offences, assaults, and drug offences. This includes experience of representing high-profile individuals in sensitive cases with significant media interest. Her prior experience of practise at the independent bar has given her particular insight into tactics in both Magistrates’ and Crown Court proceedings.

Maia also has experience of advising individuals in relation to extradition proceedings, INTERPOL, restraint, confiscation, cash forfeiture, and civil recovery.

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Recent Work

  • Representing a defendant in the SFO’s trial of senior executives from Barclays in relation to its fundraising during the financial crisis
  • Advising clients investigated and interviewed under caution by the SFO in two separate investigations arising from alleged LIBOR manipulation. In both of these cases, the SFO decided not to charge
  • Securing an acquittal at trial for a client charged with rapes allegedly committed when he was a teenager
  • Advising on potential liability of a company and its director in respect of a police and HSE investigation into gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter
  • Acting for a high-profile individual charged with offences relating to indecent images of children
  • Advising a suspect in a long-running Metropolitan Police investigation into a large alleged conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office
  • Advising a suspect in an investigation concerning an alleged international bribery / corruption conspiracy

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Maia completed her undergraduate degree at Oxford University, before going on to obtain a Distinction in her Graduate Diploma in Law, and an Outstanding in her Bar Professional Training Course. During her studies, Maia was awarded the Lord Brougham and Lord Denning scholarships by Lincoln’s Inn, as well as being named the runner up best overall student in her year on the Bar Professional Training Course.

Maia was called to the bar in 2012, prior to successfully undertaking pupillage, and subsequently practising as a tenant at 2 Bedford Row chambers. Whilst at the bar, she advised and appeared in court on behalf of her clients at every stage of proceedings, from first appearance through to trial and confiscation hearings, as well as on appeal. In addition, she prosecuted cases on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service and the Probation Service.

Maia is a member of Lincoln’s Inn, the Young Fraud Lawyers Association, and the Criminal Bar Association.

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News and Posts

To speak or not to speak: Adverse inferences and the Court of Appeal’s decision in R v Black

Where there’s a (directing mind and) will, there’s a way (to prosecute a corporate)

Why is telling the court you lied not enough to overturn a conviction?

Sex, Lies, and Undercover Police

Maia Cohen-Lask discusses the Sentencing Council’s new guidelines in cases of Domestic Abuse in Criminal Law & Justice Weekly

Domestic Abuse: Removing Victims’ Voice

Maia Cohen-Lask examines criminal cash forfeiture in Lawyer Monthly

Cash Forfeiture: Insufficient Protections?

Maia Cohen-Lask examines the impact of the SMR on the recruitment of CCO’s in Thomson Reuters Accelus

The Trial: A Murder in the Family (Part Four)

The Law Society strikes back on SFO section 2 interviews – but to what effect?

Necessity of arrest – an opportunity missed?

New proposals on victim anonymity: a step too far

Getting away with murder: Christopher Halliwell’s inadmissible confession

Maia Cohen-Lask’s article re Christopher Halliwell’s inadmissible confession published in Solicitors Journal

Stanford sexual assault – what sentence would be imposed in England?

Maia Cohen-Lask’s article re sexually transmitted diseases and the criminal law published in The Barrister

Casual sex, STIs, and the criminal law

New guideline on reduction in sentence for guilty plea – A further erosion of defendants’ rights?

Maia Cohen-Lask’s article re new guideline on reduction in sentence for guilty plea published in The Law Society Gazette and The Barrister

The “everyone was at it” defence and the meaning of dishonesty