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Eleanor Davison

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 3 departments
Ranked in : Financial Services , Financial Crime , Financial Crime: Corporates
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Financial Services - London (Bar)

Band 3

Eleanor Davison
Eleanor Davison is an accomplished junior counsel with a respected practice at the intersection of criminal law and civil regulatory matters. Her astute advice is highly valued by household-name financial institutions, and she is also noted for frequently counselling the FCA.
Strengths: "A very good operator."
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Financial Crime - London (Bar)

Band 3

Eleanor Davison
Eleanor Davison is a strong team player with superb communication skills who provides high-quality input under challenging conditions. She has an impressive record of counselling clients from the financial services industry facing multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency investigations. Her areas of expertise include market manipulation and money laundering allegations.
Strengths: "Has strong analytical skills and is very good with clients." "She has excellent judgement."
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Financial Crime: Corporates - London (Bar)

Band 1

Eleanor Davison
Eleanor Davison is a strong team player with superb communication skills who provides high-quality input under challenging conditions. She has an impressive record of counselling clients from the financial services industry facing multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency investigations. Her areas of expertise include market manipulation and money laundering allegations.
Strengths: "Has strong analytical skills and is very good with clients." "She has excellent judgement."
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Eleanor Davison is a leading junior in regulatory law, financial services and commercial crime. She specialises in cross-border cases and corporate internal investigations into fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering, sanctions and PRA and FCA regulatory issues.

Eleanor is regularly instructed by government agencies, multinational banks, the insurance sector and senior executives on FCA and PRA risk, compliance and enforcement issues. She is also instructed by the FCA the PRA and the FRC and is on the SFO A panel. Her practice extends to advising the legal sector on compliance with requests from UK and international enforcement agencies. Eleanor has been appointed to APEX as the BSB’s money laundering expert.

Eleanor has considerable experience as a sole advocate in the commercial and criminal courts as well as acting as part of a broader counsel team. Recent cases include instruction by the Bank of England in the PRA’s first case against a Category 1 PRA-regulated firm (i.e. a systemically important institution) for failures in its regulatory reporting systems, controls and governance arrangements, the Dame Linda Dobbs Review into Lloyds Banking Group, instruction by the Enforcement division of the FCA in the Standard Chartered Bank case where the second largest financial penalty for AML control failings was imposed by the FCA, the Barclays Qatar investigation, the global Libor investigation and the Forex investigation. Eleanor advised a number of banks on their ring fencing requirements under Part 7 of FSMA 2000 and its interaction with the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Her work extends internationally and she has been instructed on behalf of the investment arm of the UK government in a cross border financial sanctions matter and the Home Office in relation to AML issues.

Her practice includes Public Inquiry work and she acts on behalf of a senior executive at Post Office.

Eleanor is recommended in Who’s Who Legal 2021 in Investigations as “an exceptional advocate”, renowned for “analysing complex evidence” and as “having strong expertise in banking and commercial fraud law” and was listed in Who’s Who Legal as a Future Leader in investigations in 2021 as “a brilliant lawyer” with “a rare expertise in both financial services regulation law and those aspects of criminal law which engage with regulated financial activity,”. She is recommended as a leading junior by Chambers and Partners in Financial Crime, Financial Crime Corporates and Financial Services.

Career

Called to the Bar 2003. Educated at Warwick University and Bristol University. Lord Denning scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn). Thomas More scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn). Peter Duffy scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn) at the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice.

Professional Memberships

Fraud Lawyers Association, Financial Services Lawyers Association.

Publications

Co-editor of the Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations. Contributing author to Lissack and Horlick on Bribery. Contributor to Lloyds Financial Crime Law Reports.

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