Eleanor Davison > Fountain Court Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Eleanor Davison is a leading junior in regulatory law, financial services and commercial crime. She specialises in cross-border cases and corporate internal investigations into fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering, sanctions and FCA regulatory issues.

Eleanor is regularly instructed by government agencies, multinational banks, the insurance sector and senior executives on risk, compliance and enforcement issues. She is instructed by the FCA and PRA and was on the SFO panel for a number of years. Eleanor has also recently been appointed to APEX as the BSB’s money laundering expert. She also regularly advises senior executives in relation to their FCA and other regulatory obligations.

Eleanor has considerable experience as a sole advocate in the commercial and criminal courts as well as acting as part of a broader counsel team. Recent cases include instruction by the Bank of England in the PRA’s first case against a Category 1 PRA-regulated firm (i.e. a systemically important institution) for failures in its regulatory reporting systems, controls and governance arrangements, the Dame Linda Dobbs Review into Lloyds Banking Group, instruction by the Enforcement division of the FCA in the Standard Chartered Bank case where the second largest financial penalty for AML control failings was imposed by the FCA, the Barclays Qatar investigation, the global Libor investigation and the Forex investigation. Eleanor advised a number of banks on their ring fencing requirements under Part 7 of FSMA 2000 and its interaction with the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Her work extends internationally and she has been instructed on behalf of the investment arm of the UK government in a cross border financial sanctions matter and the Home Office in relation to AML issues.

Eleanor is recommended in Who’s Who Legal 2020 in Investigations as “an exceptional advocate”, renowned for “analysing complex evidence” and “providing expertise in banking and commercial fraud law” and was listed in Who’s Who Legal as a Future Leader in investigations in 2018. 


Called to the Bar 2003. Educated at Warwick University and Bristol University. Lord Denning scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn). Thomas More scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn). Peter Duffy scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn) at the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice.

Co-editor of the Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations. Contributing author to Lissack and Horlick on Bribery. Contributor to Lloyds Financial Crime Law Reports.


Fraud Lawyers Association, Financial Services Lawyers Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Eleanor DavisonFountain Court ChambersVery smart junior who is easy to work with on financial services regulatory investigations matters.

Fountain Court Chambers is ‘quite simply one of the best chambers in London with the bench strength and quality to handle the largest and most complex cases‘. The set has a ‘good range of silks and senior juniors in the financial services field‘, several of which, including Richard Coleman QC and Andrew Mitchell QC offer strong non-contentious advisory support. On the contentious side, members have been involved in proceedings arising out of Barclays Bank’s Qatar capital raising, with Richard Lissack QC and Eleanor Davison among those representing Barclays. Lissack, Tamara Oppenheimer QC, Bankim Thanki QC and Rebecca Loveridge were also on ENRC’s team in Director of the Serious Fraud Office v ENRC.

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Eleanor DavisonFountain Court ChambersPragmatic, meticulous and approachable. Rolls up sleeves and gets on with it. Great with clients and a good link in the team between solicitors and a QC on a case.

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Eleanor DavisonFountain Court ChambersEnergetic, intellectual and decisive. She has a good knowledge of substantive law in this area and solicitors like her approach.