Elisabeth Lees was appointed National Coordinator on behalf of the Anti-Money Laundering Steering Group in March 2019. In this role she has coordinated the Cayman Islands’ response to its Fourth Round CFATF Mutual Evaluation Report.
Elisabeth worked as Senior Crown Counsel (International Cooperation) in the Cayman Islands for over five year. Prior to that she worked as Crown Counsel prosecuting all manner of criminal offences.
Elisabeth was appointed Legal Assessor for the Fourth Round Mutual Evaluation of Bermuda in 2018 and has training in Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, Targeted Financial Sanctions and Proliferation Financing. Elisabeth has attended both CFATF and FATF Plenaries on behalf of the Cayman Islands.
Elisabeth was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2002 and worked as a barrister in London before moving to the Cayman Islands in 2006.
Elisabeth has an LLM in Public International Law (Distinction) from the University of London and published the article 'Ending Impunity in Relation to the Supreme Crime? The International Criminal Court and the Crime of Aggression' (2013 (3) European Human Rights Law Review 284). Elisabeth also has a first class degree from the University of Manchester.
Elisabeth has been the recipient of numerous awards including the University of London Georg Schwarzenberger Prize in International Law for Outstanding Achievement in International Public Law, The Queen Mary, University of London, Principle’s Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement, the Ray Goode Prize for achieving the highest mark on the LLM as well as scholarships from Inner Temple and Lincoln’s Inn.