Elisabeth Lees

Elisabeth Lees


Elisabeth is Co-Founder of Claritas, a boutique regulatory and litigation law firm in the Cayman Islands where she is Head of Regulatory Law.

Elisabeth also provides consultancy services in relation to compliance with the FATF standards, particularly advising governments, law enforcement agencies and supervisory bodies. 

She sits as Deputy Chair of the Health Appeals Tribunal.

Prior to founding Claritas, Elisabeth served as the National Coordinator to the Anti-Money Laundering Steering Group in the Cayman Islands from 2019 until January 2022, leading the Cayman Islands' response to its Fourth Round Caribbean Financial Action Task Force Mutual Evaluation Report. She advised on both legislative and operational enhancements leading to improvement in all areas. In 2022, Elisabeth was awarded a Badge and Certificate of Honour for legal services rendered to the Cayman Islands Government.

Elisabeth has also worked as a Legal Expert in assessing countries against the FATF standards in both Fourth Round Assessments and Technical Compliance Re-ratings and has sat as a member of the Joint Group of the Americas.

Elisabeth was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2002, following which she practised as a criminal barrister in London before prosecuting cases as Crown Counsel and being responsible for Mutual Legal Assistance Requests as Senior Crown Counsel (International Cooperation) in the Cayman Islands. She was called to the Bar in the Cayman Islands in 2022.

Elisabeth was appointed as a Member of the Anti-Corruption Commission on 1 July 2024 for a one-year term.