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Elisabeth Bremner

Elisabeth Bremner


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Elisabeth is a Partner in the Financial Services Regulatory team at CMS. Her practice focuses on contentious matters dealing with all aspects of the investigation and enforcement process. She has more than 20 years’ experience representing clients, both firms and senior managers, in cases involving both UK and overseas regulators, including the FCA, FSA, IMRO, SFO, JFSC, SEC and CFTC. She has significant experience in undertaking independent internal investigations involving insider dealing, market abuse and trader mis-marking in the investment banking and hedge fund sectors. Within the retail industry she has expertise in investigating fraud, sanctions breaches, mis-selling and complaints mishandling.

She has also advised on conduct issues in the SME corporate banking sector. In 2010-2011 she spent a year on secondment to a major bank where she managed the global retail internal investigations team spanning the UK, Western Europe, Africa and India. She has acted as a Skilled Person for the FCA on a significant appointment.

In 2018, Elisabeth was independently nominated an Acritas Star by in-house counsel. Acritas interviewed over 2000 senior in-house counsel around the world and asked them to nominate outstanding lawyers with whom they had worked.

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"Elisabeth has an extraordinary command of her subject area and is highly respected in that area and is therefore an extremely effective advocate."

Acritas respondents

“Elisabeth Bremner has ‘superior knowledge of the regulatory landscape’ and is recommended”.

Legal 500 UK 2017 – Financial Services Contentious Regulatory

“Elisabeth Bremner is a ‘superstar’ in the regulatory matters we consult on with her”.

IFLR 1000 Review 2016 – Financial and Corporate

“The ‘highly technical and responsive’ Elisabeth Bremner has excellent credentials in the market and is regularly involved in large-scale internal and FCA-led investigations”.

Legal 500 UK 2016 – Financial Services Contentious Regulatory

“On the contentious side, the ‘highly skilled and solution-oriented’ Elisabeth Bremner ‘understands the regulatory morass better than most in the market’”.

Legal 500 UK 2015 – Financial Services Contentious Regulatory


1996 - Admitted as a Solicitor

1994 - Legal Practice Course: Commendation - College of Law Chester, Chester

1993 - BA (Hons) (Law) 2:1 - Durham University, Durham

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  • A Practitioner’s Guide to Individual Conduct and Accountability in Financial Services Firms Thomson Reuters 2016
  • The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations GIR 2017 and 2018
  • Former editor of Butterworths Financial Regulation Service (DEPP)
  • Compliance Complete, The Insurers Compliance Handbook – Enforcement, Thomson Reuters online current
  • Compliance Complete, The Compliance Handbook – Internal Investigations, Thomson Reuters online
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