Elizabeth Robertson
Elizabeth Robertson has more than 20 years of experience advising on multijurisdictional white collar crime cases involving allegations of fraud, corruption and money laundering, and on internal investigations.


Ms. Robertson regularly represents clients facing prosecution by the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority and other regulatory agencies around the globe. She also has experience in dealing with ancillary matters such as extradition and mutual legal assistance.

Ms. Robertson is ranked in the top tier in both The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, and was included in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 in 2013, a feature on the most influential people in the U.K. legal sector. Chambers UK describes her as “… just fantastic. She has an exceptionally good touch with clients. … She is the real deal.”

Her representations, prior to joining Skadden, include:

  • advising a large multinational company that provides services to the government in relation to alleged improper distribution of profits; advising on SFO and City of London Police investigations into the company; and advising its subsidiary on the U.K. Bribery Act;
  • advising a major newspaper in connection with investigation into bribing public officials (Operation Elveden) and phone hacking (Operation Weeting);
  • compliance advice for a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund in connection with anti-money laundering and anti-corruption policies;
  • compliance advice for a Canadian-listed mining business operating in Europe relating to whistleblowing, data protection and anti-corruption procedures;
  • conducting internal investigations for an international broker in connection with allegations of corruption and fraud;
  • advising a financial institution following a thematic review by the Financial Conduct Authority;
  • successfully defending enforcement action in connection with breaches of FCA rules relating to the conduct of mortgage business as well as the FCA’s principles for business;
  • representing the Pakistani Cricket Board and the Pakistani cricketers in connection with the Metropolitan Police investigation into spot fixing and Mohammad Asif in relation to the disciplinary investigation by the International Cricket Council;
  • pro bono work for a leading charity that campaigns to separate political power from mineral wealth;
  • advising media organisations in connection with the “Diana” inquiry and the Leveson Inquiry into the Media, Culture and Ethics;
  • defending FCA enforcement action in relation to insider trading, market abuse and LIBOR cases;
  • advising clients affected by sanctions restrictions and assisting in making applications to HM Treasury and in obtaining licences in compliance with various sanctions regimes; and
  • responding to coordinated dawn raids both in the U.K. and overseas.



  • Legal Practice Course, College of Law, Guildford, 1992
  • LL.B., Nottingham Trent University, 1991


  • England & Wales

Elizabeth Robertson

Partner, Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime