Initially graduating in Government from the London School of Economics, Cerian was called to the Bar in 2007 and went on to work for a number of prosecution agencies including the Serious Fraud Agency, the Financial Services Authority, and the Office of Fair Trading. Cerian has taught criminal law, evidence law, and financial crime at several universities including Birkbeck College, University of London and the University of Warsaw.
She was awarded her PhD from the University of Liverpool in 2017, the title of which was ‘Prosecuting Fraud in the Metropolis, 1760-1820’. Much of the research from this thesis forms the basis of Cerian’s book, Prosecuting London’s Fraudsters 1760-1820: Swindlers, Tricksters and the Law, (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2023).
From 2017 to 2019, Cerian was a national expert (UK including Gibraltar) on a DG FISMA commissioned project examining national compliance with EU financial sector Directives (specifically, the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive)
Cerian’s current research concerns matters of financial crime, evidence, and procedure, particularly on the topics of disclosure and digital forensics. She is currently leading a project with the Home Office on digital forensics usage across the criminal justice system, and a project on fraud within the NHS.
Cerian has worked closely with members of Chambers on several teaching and research projects since 2019 and often speaks at Chambers’ Fraud Forum.