Hot 100: Elizabeth Robertson, K&L Gates

At the start of 2012 US firm K&L Gates took a major step forward in UK litigation circles when it hired Addleshaw Goddard’s highly respected corporate crime chief Elizabeth Robertson (scroll down for video interview) as its first partner in its white collar crime and criminal defence practice.


Robertson, also formerly of Peters & Peters, is best known for representing clients facing prosecution by the Serious Fraud Office or the Financial Services Authority (FSA). She also has particular experience in the defence of multi-jurisdictional white collar crime cases involving allegations of fraud, corruption and money laundering, and internal investigations.

She had already featured in the headlines when in 2010 she represented three Pakistani cricket players – Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt – who were subsequently jailed for their part in a betting scam. But it was bigger fish that brought her to K&L Gates. Robertson says she was partly attracted by K&L Gates’ stellar insurance coverage practice along with its increasingly global platform, a helpful factor bearing in mind the increasingly global nature of major cartel, fraud and regulatory investigations.

“Clients love not having to repeat themselves,” she quips.

November’s win in London’s Southwark Crown Court for Christina Weckwerth in an insider trading case brought by the FSA, in which Robertson’s client was found not guilty of illegally trading and profiting on tips allegedly provided to her by investment banker Thomas Ammann, only served to underscore the success of the hire.