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Maia is experienced in advising clients across cases spanning both white collar and general criminal investigations.

In financial crime, Maia has advised clients in a number of large and high-profile cases being investigated and prosecuted by the SFO, NCA, and FCA. This includes cross-border investigations representing clients being investigated in multiple jurisdictions. Recent work includes representing a defendant in the SFO’s trial of senior executives from Barclays in relation to its fundraising during the financial crisis, and advising clients being investigated by the SFO in investigations arising from alleged LIBOR manipulation.

In general crime, Maia has represented individuals at every stage from their first interview at the police station through to trial in a wide variety of cases including sexual offences, assaults, and drug offences. This includes experience of representing high-profile individuals in sensitive cases with significant media interest. Her prior experience of practise at the independent bar has given her particular insight into tactics in both Magistrates’ and Crown Court proceedings.

Maia also has experience of advising individuals in relation to extradition proceedings, INTERPOL, restraint, confiscation, cash forfeiture, and civil recovery.


Maia Cohen-Lask is a member of Lincoln’s Inn, the Young Fraud Lawyers Association, and the Criminal Bar Association.


2007 – 2010 University of Oxford – BA Philosophy Politics and Economics

2010 – 2011 BPP Law School – Graduate Diploma in Law

2011 – 2012 Kaplan Law School – Bar Professional Training Course

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

(Rising stars)

Maia Cohen-LaskCorker Binning

Corker Binning is widely praised as ‘one of the best recognised firms in the UK for white-collar crime’. The firm has been a destination preferred by suspects and defendants for white-collar defence for over two decades, with name partners David Corker and Peter Binning being repeatedly singled out as ‘two of the leading lawyers in this field’ who stand out for their ‘great integrity’. The group has experience in dealing with all UK agencies and provides the full scope of services relating to investigations involving allegations of money laundering, fraud, bribery and corruption, criminal cartels and insider dealing, among other offences. The recent practice of Jessica Parker (who ‘masters detail but retains strategic oversight’) stands out in relation to dealings with the US authorities, which comes in addition to her strength in criminal tax fraud work. Mutual legal assistance and extradition work is another area in which the practice is very active; Edward Grange is a key name to note in this respect. Claire Cross is recommended for her wealth of experience gained in a previous senior position at the FCA. Practice head Andrew Smith ‘brings total focus and professionalism to each case he conducts’ – skills which he brings to bear in multiple high-profile investigations by the SFO. Senior associate Maia Cohen-Lask is a rising star in the team. Consultant Robert Brown retired in June 2020.