Of counsel, Simmons & Simmons LLP
Cherie Spinks is of counsel in the Simmons & Simmons criminal law and sanctions team in London, specialising in financial crime compliance and investigations. Her depth of experience in investigations, supported by strong technical criminal law expertise, marks her as a true trailblazer.
Cherie joined the team from a leading specialist crime practice in November 2007. Since then, she has advised financial institutions and corporations on numerous high-profile fraud and corruption investigations in the UK and internationally, including both internal investigations and those run by external agencies and enforcement authorities, such as the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Financial Reporting Council and the UK police.
Cherie complements her investigations practice with expertise in technical money laundering issues and is a contributor to A Practitioner’s Guide to UK Money Laundering Law and Regulation. Cherie is also a lead member of the firm’s sanctions team, and has significant experience of advising corporates and financial institutions on compliance with UK sanctions regimes.
Cherie has spent time on secondment to the legal department of an international energy company advising on financial crime compliance issues.
She is listed in Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders: Investigations 2022 and has been recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ by The Legal 500 2022 in the Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime, and Fraud: White Collar Crime categories.