Maia Cohen-Lask

Senior Associate

"Senior associate Maia Cohen-Lask is a rising star in the team."

THE LEGAL 500 2022

BIOGRAPHY & EXPERTISE
Maia Cohen-Lask specialises in both financial and general crime. She joined Corker Binning in November 2015, having formerly practised at the self-employed criminal bar.

Maia became a Senior Associate in March 2020. The Legal 500 UK 2022 describes her as “an intellectual powerhouse, utterly committed to her cases and brimming with energy.”

Areas of expertise

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

Maia has represented clients in some of the largest and most high-profile financial crime cases in recent years. This includes cases being investigated and prosecuted by the SFO, NCA, and FCA, as well as cross-border investigations where clients are being investigated in multiple jurisdictions.

In general crime matters, Maia regularly represents individuals at every stage from their first interview at the police station through to trial. Her experience covers a wide variety of cases including sexual offences, assaults, blackmail, and drug offences. This includes experience of representing high-profile individuals in sensitive cases with significant media interest. Her prior experience of practice 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.

WORK HIGHLIGHTS
  • Securing the acquittal in June 2019 of a former Barclays Chief Executive prosecuted by the SFO in a case relating to the bank’s 2008 capital raisings. Advising clients investigated and interviewed under caution by the SFO in two separate investigations arising from alleged LIBOR manipulation. In both of these cases, the SFO decided not to charge.
  • Persuading the crown to offer no evidence in a blackmail prosecution rising out of a complex business dispute.
  • Securing an acquittal at trial for a client charged with rapes allegedly committed when he was a teenager.
  • Representing a company and its director in respect of a prosecution for corporate manslaughter and other health and safety offences.
  • Acting for a high-profile individual charged with offences relating to indecent images of children. The case was eventually stayed as an abuse of process.
  • Advising a suspect in a long-running Metropolitan Police investigation into a large alleged conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
  • Advising suspects in several investigations by both the SFO and NCA arising from allegations of international bribery / corruption
Career

Maia completed her undergraduate degree at Oxford University, before going on to obtain a Distinction in her Graduate Diploma in Law, and an Outstanding in her Bar Professional Training Course. During her studies, Maia was awarded the Lord Brougham and Lord Denning scholarships by Lincoln’s Inn, as well as being named the runner up best overall student in her year on the Bar Professional Training Course.

Maia was called to the bar in 2012, prior to successfully undertaking pupillage, and subsequently practising as a tenant at a Band 1 ranked criminal set. Whilst at the bar, she both prosecuted and defended, appearing on behalf of her clients at every stage of proceedings.

Maia joined Corker Binning as an Associate in 2015, and became a Senior Associate in 2020.

Maia has spearheaded Corker Binning’s partnership with the Social Mobility Foundation, providing work experience to students who would not otherwise have access to such opportunities.

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

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Testimonials
"Maia Cohen-Lask is an intellectual powerhouse, utterly committed to her cases and brimming with energy, as a result of which she often has the best grip on the facts of any team member and plays a crucial role in litigation."

THE LEGAL 500 2022

"Senior associate Maia Cohen-Lask is a rising star in the team."

THE LEGAL 500 2022

  • Securing the acquittal in June 2019 of a former Barclays Chief Executive prosecuted by the SFO in a case relating to the bank’s 2008 capital raisings. Advising clients investigated and interviewed under caution by the SFO in two separate investigations arising from alleged LIBOR manipulation. In both of these cases, the SFO decided not to charge.
  • Persuading the crown to offer no evidence in a blackmail prosecution rising out of a complex business dispute.
  • Securing an acquittal at trial for a client charged with rapes allegedly committed when he was a teenager.
  • Representing a company and its director in respect of a prosecution for corporate manslaughter and other health and safety offences.
  • Acting for a high-profile individual charged with offences relating to indecent images of children. The case was eventually stayed as an abuse of process.
  • Advising a suspect in a long-running Metropolitan Police investigation into a large alleged conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
  • Advising suspects in several investigations by both the SFO and NCA arising from allegations of international bribery / corruption