Elly Proudlock

Counsel, London

“I am an investigations and criminal defence lawyer with a focus on business crime. I aim to achieve the best possible outcome for clients facing criminal and/or regulatory exposure”.

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Elly’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defence, internal investigations and advising on cross-border financial crime compliance.

Elly acts in investigations involving the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and other authorities, representing companies and individuals facing allegations of financial crime including fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering and other types of misconduct.

Elly is a specialist in sanctions. She has advised many clients on compliance issues relating to the Ukraine-related sanctions imposed in 2022, as well as on strategies to comply with anti-boycott legislation while mitigating sanctions risk.

Elly regularly advises companies on the whole range of issues relating to business crime, including helping clients to mitigate their exposure under the UK Bribery Act and Proceeds of Crime Act, developing and implementing corporate compliance programmes and conducting pre-acquisition due diligence.

 
Work highlights

Elly acts for clients in both external and internal investigations as well as advising on financial crime issues. Her experience includes:

  • advising a company in connection with a self-report to the SFO regarding suspected offences under the Bribery Act
  • acting for a UK listed company in an SFO fraud investigation
  • conducting an internal investigation into alleged fraud and other misconduct for an international entity
  • advising a multinational energy services company in relation to an SFO investigation into its historic use of agents
  • conducting an internal investigation into allegations of misconduct for a global energy company
  • advising multiple clients – from utility companies to asset managers and financial institutions – on the implications of the rapidly evolving Russian sanctions regime introduced by the UK in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine 
  • conducting pre-acquisition anti-corruption, sanctions and general compliance due diligence (seller and buyer side) for multiple UK and EU corporates and private equity firms
  • implementing post-acquisition compliance uplifts for a global assurance provider and a multi-national telecommunications network engineering company

Professional experience

Elly is a member of the Fraud Lawyers Association and sits on the City of London Law Society’s Corporate Crime & Corruption Committee.

Education and qualifications

Elly studied French and Spanish at Cambridge University.