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Fraud: Civil — UK-wide


Herbert Smith Freehills - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 50 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Brings the resources of a City firm to bear in complex fraud-related litigation. Clients benefit from its strength in related practice areas, such as commercial litigation and banking and insurance law, as well as from its global network of offices. Adept at using the law to swiftly locate, freeze and recover assets. Offers clients in-house advocacy ability. Regularly instructed by financial institutions, both in pursuit and in defence of claims.

Strengths Sources say: "They have tremendous depth and skill sets."

Work highlights Continued to defend Bernie Ecclestone in claims brought against him concerning Formula 1 shares, which were allegedly sold at an undervalue.

Acted for Jyske Bank (Gibraltar) in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar in defence of proceedings brought by the liquidators of Marrache & Co, a law firm which became insolvent amid allegations of misappropriation of funds from a client account.

Significant clients Tarek Investments, Unipec Asia, Alpha Bank, Société Générale, Excalibur Almaz.

Notable practitioners

Jeremy Garson is a key contact.

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Hogan Lovells - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Established civil fraud practice involved in landmark disputes worth billions of pounds and arising in various jurisdictions. Assists with tracing, freezing and recovering the proceeds of fraud across multiple jurisdictions worldwide. Well known for its expertise in cases with links to or originating in Russia and the CIS.

Strengths One source says: "The people at Hogan Lovells are excellent. The partners have built up a huge amount of experience and that's a big advantage for them. The fact that they have very able associates is also a big advantage."

Market commentators say: "They are very slick and very experienced. Overall, a very distinguished collection of individuals."

Work highlights Represented BTA Bank in relation to the long-running, multibillion-dollar fraud case against Mukhtar Ablyazov. Recent work has included continuing a worldwide freezing injunction against Ablyazov's son-in-law, on the grounds that he was part of a conspiracy with the defendant to breach English court orders.

Continued to advise Grant Thornton as liquidators on asset recovery matters arising out of the insolvency of RBG, which was the victim of a fraud perpetrated by its former owners and managers.

Significant clients Merchant International, Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund, Victor Pinchuk, Stephen Mullens, Sergiy Taruta.

Notable practitioners

The "exceptionally good" Chris Hardman is repeatedly highlighted by market sources as "one of the best around," with one source saying: "He is hugely experienced, very clever, very approachable and gets along well with clients." He is known for his expertise in dealing with large, complex and multi-jurisdictional fraud cases, as well as worldwide asset tracing and freezing measures.

"Extremely capable advocate" Crispin Rapinet is praised by market commentators as "highly responsive and extremely experienced in this area." He has a wealth of experience dealing with cases linked to both bribery and conspiracy claims.

Cary Kochberg works on major international fraud cases with a global reach. He has noted expertises in cross-border and offshore matters.

Jeremy Cole advises on global fraud, corruption and conspiracy matters. He has recently been involved in advising Merchant International in a debt enforcement dispute with Ukrainian state-owned oil and gas company Naftogaz.

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Jones Day - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Handles challenging fraud-related matters on behalf of both claimants and defendants. Possesses significant international expertise, which facilitates the pursuit of assets across multiple jurisdictions. Frequently instructed by institutional investors, including funds and private equity houses.

Strengths A client says: "They are a very good to work with - a very powerful firm and very large globally, which means they have other offices in the countries where I work. The people I work with are top-notch."

One client comments: "This is the team I want in my corner for contentious matters. I trust them implicitly."

Work highlights Acted for 37 limited liability partnerships in a multi-jurisdictional claim for £65 million against Carbon Capital and ten other defendants. The claim relates to the collapse of a tax-efficient carbon credits trading scheme.

Advised the Bin Mahfouz family in complex High Court fraud proceedings arising out of the misappropriation of EUR35 million by multiple defendants.

Significant clients Bonhams 1793, Langbar International, Standard Bank, Evans Randall, Value Discovery Partners.

Notable practitioners

Barnaby Stueck is "the real deal in terms of asset tracing work," according to market commentators, who add that he "has an enviable array of offshore contacts." He is well known for his international and offshore fraud work, and is dual-qualified in England and Wales and in the Cayman Islands. Sources say he is "a great rainmaker, an original thinker and very good with clients."

Sion Richards is well known for his advisory work on large-scale fraud cases and his work in multi-jurisdictional matters. Sources describe him as "very strongly focused on the needs of his client" and "very calm, on top of things and reassuring."

"Tough and experienced litigator" Craig Shuttleworth is involved a number of substantial fraud cases. He is considered "robust and straightforward" by market commentators, who add that "he has a very good sense of what is and isn't likely to appeal to a judge."

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PCB Litigation LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Assists high-end clients, including banks and corporations, in getting to the bottom of sophisticated fraud scenarios. Skilled at obtaining global interim relief, asset tracing and dealing with jurisdictional issues that arise from cross-border cases. Active in matters originating in or with links to the Middle East and Russia.

Strengths Clients say: "They are always imaginative and proactive in every situation, and will always give the client various options to choose from."

Another adds: "Under considerable time pressure, they still have this calm, quiet confidence which is very reassuring. They are very capable, pragmatic, astute individuals."

Work highlights Acted for 34 of the 48 respondents to fraudulent trading claims made by the liquidators of Hellas II, a Greek telecoms company, in relation to the transfer of approximately USD1 billion from the company to private equity funds.

Acted for the Bank of Moscow in its claim against Vladimir Kekhman, alleging that Mr Kekhman made fraudulent misrepresentations to induce a USD150 million loan.

Significant clients Albertino Abela, VTB, Ritz Hotel Casino, Gerhard Amman, Majid Al Refai.

Notable practitioners

Trevor Mascarenhas is well known in the market for his long experience and expertise in fraud and asset recovery work. Clients appreciate that "he is very understanding and lends a very human touch to very emotionally charged situations, without ever sacrificing the highest level of professionalism."

Steven Philippsohn handles large-scale commercial fraud cases and is described by clients as a "highly intelligent individual who has always stepped up in tricky matters."

Anthony Riem has extensive experience in dealing with fraud cases, and a marked specialism in cases that originate in Russia and the CIS. He is described by clients as a "superb lawyer," and he is praised for the calibre of his advice and his creative approach.

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Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Well-known name in the financial crime and civil fraud arenas. Manages substantial civil fraud proceedings in the UK and internationally. Obtains and resists applications for injunctive relief to locate and freeze assets. Active in high-profile defence work, particularly in multi-jurisdictional matters.

Strengths Market commentators say: "They are a superb team. They are well known in this space and they deserve their reputation."

Sources say: "They have been doing civil fraud for a very long time and are absolute specialists. They're very experienced operators in this field."

Work highlights Acted for the Secretary of State and the UK Department of Health in relation to a claim for approximately £250 million against the French pharmaceutical group Servier. The claim concerns the blood pressure drug perindopril and allegations that Servier paid generic competitors to stay out of the market.

Acted for Anthony Barness and 68 other claimants against 114 defendants in two sets of linked proceedings before the Chancery Division of the High Court concerning the mis-selling of investments in well-known film schemes.

Significant clients Fame Hall Holdings, Prestige Prosperity, Gela Mikadze, Bestfort Development, Frederic Marino, Newmafruit Farms.

Notable practitioners

Sarah Gabriel is described by one market commentator as "frighteningly intelligent, and one of the most meticulous and forensic solicitors I have ever worked with." She advises defendants and third parties on fraud allegations, with experience co-ordinating the defence of multi-track proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

The "extremely impressive" Keith Oliver is the department head and is known for his work in large international fraud cases. Sources describe him as "very creative in pursuit of clients' interests" with "a desire to think up new ways of solving problems and a sixth sense for negotiations."

Jonathan Tickner has extensive experience in dealing with large-scale multi-jurisdictional fraud cases. Market commentators agree that he is "switched-on" and "very savvy."

Jason Woodland has experience co-ordinating litigation across multiple jurisdictions. He is described by market commentators as "a rising star" and "very skilled at making the right calls.”

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We are regularly instructed in some of the most high-profile and cutting-edge civil fraud claims to come before the High Court. We have successfully pursued and defended claims valued in the hundreds of millions of pounds and we have managed serious and complex matters, often with multiple claims being pursued across different jurisdictions.

We specialise in tracing and recovering stolen or misappropriated funds or property. Clients value our ability to identify the key issues in a case quickly and to take the necessary steps to preserve assets without delay. The majority of our cases are international and we work closely with leading practitioners in many other jurisdictions to achieve outstanding results for our clients.

Peters & Peters is also renowned for acting for clients against whom serious allegations of fraud are made, and in particular where Freezing Injunctions & Search Orders have been obtained.

We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver a hands-on, pro-active service to claimants and defendants, both here and abroad with a strong focus on crisis-management throughout. For more information see - https://www.petersandpeters.com/expertise/civil-fraud/

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Baker McKenzie - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Conducts heavyweight investigations and litigation involving such allegations as conspiracy, fraudulent misrepresentation and duress. Expert at cross-border tracing and recovery of lost assets. Offers a deep knowledge of offshore trusts and insolvency. Clients includes financial institutions, institutional investors, multinationals and high net worth individuals.

Strengths Clients say: "They are good people to work with - skilled, keen and approachable."

Sources say: "They provide precise advice, are to the point and are very responsive."

Work highlights Acting for Dubai Islamic Bank in proceedings to recover approximately USD500 million stolen from it in a complex receivables financing fraud.

Advised Grupo Torras, a Spanish conglomerate owned by the Kuwait Investment Office, in ongoing asset recovery efforts following an USD800 million judgment obtained on its behalf in 1999.

Significant clients IKON Finance, Bidcorp, FremantleMedia, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Consolidated Contractors Company.

Notable practitioners

Charles Thomson co-heads the business crime unit and is held in high regard by commentators, who describe him as "a very meticulous and thoughtful lawyer." He advises on large-scale complex fraud matters as part of a wider practice, with a focus on high-value cross-border matters.

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Byrne and Partners LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for High-quality boutique practice engaged in high-profile fraud disputes, many of which are international. Acts for both individual and corporate clients. Significant experience with asset freezing and tracing.

Strengths One client comments: "They have the expertise and the depth to take on much larger firms and win. We have had impressive results and a very personal service from the team."

Another adds: "This firm cares and focuses on client needs."

Work highlights Acted for Abdourahman Boreh, a high-profile French-Djibouti businessman pursued by the Republic of Djibouti, in various civil and criminal proceedings brought in multiple jurisdictions.

Acted for Pavel Ovcharenko in relation to allegations brought against him and three other oligarchs by Tatneft, alleging that they had defrauded the company of the proceeds of certain oil transactions.

Significant clients Blue Holdings, Shamoon Alibhai, Graham Wilson, Nikolai Fetisov, Lycalopex.

Notable practitioners

Yvonne Jefferies is known for her work on high-profile international fraud cases. One client comments: "She is a pleasure to work with. She is a highly impressive communicator, combining a wealth of experience with technical and strategic brilliance. Relentlessly determined and hard-hitting when necessary, she knows when to take a more subtle approach to achieve our commercial objectives. An extraordinary litigator."

Nicola Boulton deals with large-scale fraud cases, often involving multiple jurisdictions and worldwide freezing orders. Her clients say she is "very approachable and very astute," while commentators note that "her appreciation of complex legal and non-legal issues is second to none."

Elizabeth Seborg is well regarded for her skills in dispute resolution, in particular complex fraud cases. Sources praise "her resolve and calmness under serious pressure," and clients are impressed by "her ability to review and analyse massive, complicated documents and get to the point of the problem."

The "brilliant" Ben Davies is "very knowledgeable about freezing orders," according to clients. He advises on significant fraud claims and injunctive relief measures.

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Byrne and Partners civil litigation team is frequently involved in the largest cases heard by the Commercial Court. Recent examples include successfully defending prominent businessman Abdourahman Boreh in a multi-million dollar, cross-border dispute with the Government of Djibouti and acting for Defendants to the US$500 million US Department of Justice International civil proceedings targeting the family and associates of the late General Abacha. The team has particular expertise in Interim Injunctions including obtaining and discharging freezing orders.

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Enyo Law LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Advises clients in prominent court cases and arbitrations relating to alleged fraud all around the world. Particular expertise in the realm of banking and financial services, and benefits from being conflict-free. Handles claims arising out of directors' duties, insolvency and investment fraud.

Strengths Sources say: "They are fantastic; we really enjoy working with them. They have fantastic contacts at the Bar and with other professionals. Service levels are also good."

Work highlights Acted for the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) in bringing a claim of more than USD1.5 billion against Société Gén����rale, alleging that the bank funnelled corrupt payments of approximately USD58 million through a Libyan intermediary with connections to the Gaddafi regime, in order to secure business with the LIA.

Acted for Mikhail Shlosberg in relation to litigation and arbitration proceedings arising out of investments in a multinational aluminium business.

Significant clients David Mace and Rupert Faure Walker, Arora Management Services, Capita Fiduciary Group.

Notable practitioners

Pietro Marino advises clients on cross-border fraud cases and recovery measures, with particular experience in the financial services sector. He is praised by market commentators as "very diligent and hard-working, with a huge depth of legal knowledge."

"Star of the future" Edward Allen acts in high-value civil fraud disputes. Sources say he is "hugely energetic and can turn documents around at very short notice."

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Mishcon de Reya LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 36 partners
- 82 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Serves both claimant and defendant clients in high-profile domestic and international fraud disputes. Substantial expertise in such issues as market abuse, competition and bribery. Assists clients in obtaining and discharging search and freezing orders. Clients include multinationals, financial services companies and high net worth individuals.

Strengths Market sources say: "They have a very good mix of experience and specialisms. No matter the nature of the case, they have a depth of talent that means that they can always assemble an ideal team."

Sources say: "Their fraud team’s international connections are very impressive within the jurisdictions where money ends up being hidden. You need local knowledge in those places, and they have it."

Work highlights Acted for Walid Giahmi in a USD2.1 billion dispute with the Libyan Investment Authority concerning allegations of civil bribery.

Acting for Sana Sabbagg in her dispute with certain family members over ownership of one of the world's largest construction groups, valued at around USD5 billion. The dispute concerns allegations of fraudulent deprivation of shares.

Significant clients Mohammad Anwar Farid Al-Saleh, Orange S.A., Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, Anthony McVeigh, Hewlett-Packard.

Notable practitioners

Head of dispute resolution Kasra Nouroozi "has a depth of experience and a fearlessness" that impress those who work with him. He has substantial experience advising on high-value international fraud cases, as well as cross-border recovery efforts.

Gary Miller is noted for his expertise in injunctive relief and asset recovery work, as part of a broader commercial dispute and fraud practice. One market commentator reports: "He is about the most tenacious solicitor I have ever worked with. He does not just go the extra mile for the client; he goes to the ends of the earth."

Kathryn Garbett is head of the fraud defence group and is noted for her defence work in complex, high-value fraud cases. Sources say: "She is excellent at getting to the right points quickly, and has a great clarity of thought and expression."

Robert Wynn Jones is noted for his specialism in both obtaining and opposing a variety of injunctive orders in large-scale fraud disputes. Sources say he is "very responsive and cuts to the chase," and add that "clients seek him out because he has the ability to take a strategic view and not get lost in the detail."

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We have the largest dedicated group of international injunction specialists in the UK. Wherever possible we seek pre-emptive relief to locate and freeze assets and preserve evidence. Our own International Network of Fraud Specialists, The International Fraud Group, gives us a critical edge when securing piggyback injunctions in other countries. Our anti-fraud and counterfeiting product Mishcon Tulip- (Turning Losses into Profits) - remains the only anti-counterfeiting product devised by a law firm to combat the multi-billion dollar industry of international fraud and counterfeiting.

Our ability to control costs and manage the recovery exercise means we are able to convert the pressure we have created into a swift tangible return on investment for our clients. Our reputation as fraud solicitors for negotiating directly with both fraudsters and their lawyers enables us to resolve complex and sensitive cases in ways that protect our clients from endless litigation and mounting costs.

We have unique relationships with investigators; both private and governmental and ensure that our investigators work side by side with us, the barrister and clients as a team from day 1; preparing the evidence and applying for and executing injunctions.

Our understanding of the most aggressive tactics employed on behalf of claimants in fraud cases also enables us to provide the defendants we act for with comprehensive protection.

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Stephenson Harwood LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Specialises in managing weighty fraud-related litigation originating in Russia, the CIS, Africa and India. Obtains and opposes injunctions to trace, freeze and recover assets, with the ability to apply pressure to ensure enforcement. Has particular expertise in matters relating to international arbitration, including the enforcement of arbitral awards and allegations of fraudulently obtained awards.

Strengths A source says: "They are brilliant - absolutely great! They are very friendly and easy-going, but still professional; their clients love them both on a personal level and on an ability level."

Another adds: "They are very responsive and put the resources onto matters straight away. They are particularly good at large, complex cases."

Work highlights Acted for the former shareholders of Yukos Oil Company to enforce in England a USD54 billion arbitration award against the Russian Federation, which arises from the Russian Federation's expropriation of Yukos's assets.

Acted for the Tchenguiz brothers in claims against various parties for allegedly making misrepresentations to the SFO, which led to raids on the Tchenguiz brothers' properties.

Significant clients Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, SPL Guernsey ICC, RFC 2012, Unitech, The Trustees in Bankruptcy of Georgy Yurievich Trefilov.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department John Fordham has a wealth of experience dealing with large-scale international fraud claims. He is identified by sources as "one of the best lawyers in the UK market" and "a really good man to have at the helm" of a complex case.

Sources say Ros Prince "is very gifted and has a particularly good understanding of matters involving former Soviet Union states." She handles high-profile and high-value fraud cases, with particular experience in work with links to Russia and the CIS. Market commentators identify her as an "incredibly tough, resilient and charming" litigator.

Alan Bercow has a great deal of experience in asset tracing and recovery work, as well as multi-jurisdictional cases. He is well regarded in the market, with sources describing him as "very tactically able" and "a sensible litigator."

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Dedicated team achieving successes in important, high-value disputes stemming from alleged fraud. Well known for its capabilities both domestically and internationally. Clients include foreign and multinational banks, financial institutions and corporates.

Work highlights Continued to act for Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig in its long-running dispute with UBS over credit derivatives transactions.

Acted for Pendragon (Master) Fund in its dispute with Porsche Automobil Holding, concerning alleged fraudulent and/or negligent misrepresentation of shares and share options in Volkswagen.

Significant clients Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Company, BP, Bank Alkhair, Popli Khalatbari Charitable Foundation.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Michael Barnett is a key contact.

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Allen & Overy LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Handles major civil fraud claims for claimants and defendants, including businesses and individuals. Deeply familiar with taking legal measures such as disclosure, search, freezing and seizure orders. Well equipped to run cases with a worldwide scope spanning a number of jurisdictions. Particular expertise in dealing with fraud cases from the financial and banking sectors.

Strengths Sources say: "The team is a class act. It's a pleasure to work with them."

Market commentators say: "It's a very good group on terms of junior lawyers. It's a well-run ship."

Work highlights Acted for Kazakhstan Kagazy, one of Central Asia’s largest paper and packaging manufacturers, in a multimillion-dollar fraud case against its former directors.

Acted for the estate of Iraqi businessman Basil Al Rahim and an associated company, Merchantbridge Managers, in defence of a High Court claim brought by a former director, shareholder and employee of the Merchantbridge group. The dispute involves claims of fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty.

Significant clients Ricardo Manuel Dos Santos Oliveira, RO-Car Classic SA and Grupo Ricardo Oliveira.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Mona Vaswani handles high-value and high-profile fraud cases for both claimants and defendants. Clients praise her for "giving calm, sound advice even in high-pressure situations." Other sources say: "She is very impressive - she is able to protect the client's best interests and able to cut through the chaff and get to the main body of the case."

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Clifford Chance LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- Office location: London

What the team is known for London fraud practice well integrated into an international regulatory investigations, enforcement and white-collar team. Supports clients in challenging investigations and claims.

Strengths Market commentators say: "They only hire and promote really good people, so everything is high-quality. The partners are really clever and commercial, and the senior associates all work incredibly hard."

One source says: "They worked well as a team and were very agile."

Work highlights Advised Mike Lynch on allegations of financial impropriety and misrepresentation made by Hewlett-Packard, in relation to its acquisition of Autonomy.

Significant clients Citi, Apax Partners, CBC Standard Bank.

Notable practitioners

Roger Best is a well-known name in the market. He has experience advising on commercial litigation involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation.

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DLA Piper LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- 23 partners
- 39 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Conducts cutting-edge investigations, arbitrations and litigation arising out of alleged fraudulent activity. Endeavours to recover misappropriated assets by harnessing the global resources of the firm and working closely with colleagues in Europe, America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS. Clients include banks, institutional investors, insurers and corporates.

Strengths Clients say: "They offer sound practical advice, are calm under pressure and are well prepared for client briefings. They are nice people to work with and work very well as part of a multidisciplinary team."

Work highlights Acted for Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) and Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad in a dispute arising from the attempted alleged wrongful misappropriation of USD140 million of secured assets in Tanzania.

Represented Simetra Global Assets in claims against multiple defendants over the alleged misappropriation of USD375 million worth of investments in an online FX trading platform.

Significant clients AB Bank, Automotive and Insurance Solutions Group.

Notable practitioners

Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry is a key contact.

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Farrer & Co LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Deals with major fraud matters on behalf of corporates and high net worth private individuals. Displays impressive international expertise, especially in the Caribbean, the Middle East, South-East Asia and Eastern Europe. Well known for its expertise in handling fraud claims with trust elements. Advises clients with links to the metals industry, the art world and financial services.

Strengths Sources say: "They have excellent strategic instincts and a very good eye for detail."

Work highlights Acted for RP Explorer Master Fund on its USD80 million claim for fraud against multiple defendants, arising out of its investments on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. The dispute includes claims of conspiracy, deceit and fraudulent misrepresentation.

Defended GB Minerals in a multimillion-pound dispute with an engineering consultancy involving unpaid invoices and allegations of bribery.

Significant clients Stephanie Overton, Sir Owen Glenn and Kea Investments.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Parkhouse has a long-established commercial and corporate dispute practice with a significant fraud element. Sources say he is "very experienced and very well regarded in the market and can turn his hand to any sort of commercial litigation."

Jeremy Gordon advises both private clients and companies on fraud matters, including cases with insolvency elements. Sources say he is "a very safe pair of hands and good tactically."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 35 partners
- 171 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Tackles high-profile civil fraud cases for an elite set of clients, including banks and institutional investors. Undertakes co-ordinated multi-jurisdictional asset tracing and recovery efforts. Experienced in dealing with offshore jurisdictions.

Strengths Sources say: "They are responsive, commercial and real team players."

Work highlights Acted for the receivers responsible for managing over £5 billion worth of assets formerly belonging to Mukhtar Ablyazov, the Kazakh businessman accused of having defrauded BTA Bank of billions of pounds.

Advised Arcadia Group on bringing USD350 million fraud proceedings against certain former members of its senior management.

Significant clients Dunbar Assets, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Alvarez & Marsal Europe.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding" James Kennedy heads the commercial disputes department and has a well-established fraud practice. Clients say: "He's extremely responsive, and puts across complex areas of law in an understandable manner. He gives practical guidance, going beyond just thinking about winning to assess whether a case is worth it, in terms of cost and time."

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Linklaters - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 22 partners
- 99 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Team of experienced advisers managing challenging investigations, litigation and arbitrations relating to allegations of fraud. Focuses on serving financial institutions, corporations and liquidators. Additional experience in measures to preserve and recover misappropriated assets.

Strengths Sources say: "The calibre and intellect of the team is very high. They rate highly for client service."

Work highlights Advised Grant Thornton as liquidators of various companies within the Saad group in relation to a major fraud trial in the Cayman Islands.

Acted as the administrator of Snoras, the insolvent Lithuanian bank, in a EUR500 million claim against two major shareholders who are alleged to have appropriated its assets.

Significant clients RBS, Bayerische Landesbank, BAE Systems, Ophir, KBC Lease.

Notable practitioners

Christa Band specialises in fraud work arising from the banking and financial services sector. Her practice also spans related regulatory issues.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 25 partners
- 34 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Advises businesses and individuals affected by fraud in high-profile disputes. Carries out complex cross-border investigations, focusing in particular on instructions emanating from Eastern Europe and Russia, and those with a banking and finance angle. Experienced with handling cross-border asset tracing and recovery work.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very responsive and attentive. As a team, the lawyers within the firm seem to work really well together; we feel like their team is part of our team. You feel like they understand you and your company."

Work highlights Acted on behalf on Prince Jefri Bolkiah in worldwide litigation arising out of claims by the Brunei Investment Authority that he misappropriated USD40 billion of assets.

Acted for Russian businessman Vladimir Kekhmann in his USD150 million dispute with the Bank of Moscow over the repayment of a loan and its claim of conspiracy to defraud.

Notable practitioners

Nick Benwell is a key contact.

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Slaughter and May - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 51 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Represents companies, governmental bodies, financial institutions and private individuals in investigations, arbitrations and litigation arising out of alleged fraud. Offers comprehensive global coverage across a range of market sectors. Also advises on disclosure and freezing orders, as well as asset tracing and recovery measures.

Strengths Commentators highlight "the smart, talented lawyers" on the team, adding that they "are creative and provide expert legal advice."

Work highlights Defended Dentsu Aegis in relation to claims brought by Ipsos S.A., following the sale of a division of the business to Ipsos in October 2011. The claims were for breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation.

Acted for Barratt Developments in relation to an internal investigation into its procurement manager, Michael Neill Fitzpatrick, and his company Top Construction Services. Advised on subsequent civil fraud proceedings against both.

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase Bank, Mercuria Energy Europe Trading, Gain Capital Group, Olympus Corporation, Deutsche Bank.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Cotton is a well-regarded practitioner who handles both criminal and civil fraud cases. His experience includes accounting and investment fraud, as well as claims of fraudulent misrepresentation in the context of M&A.

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Stewarts - Fraud: Civil Department

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- 11 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Boutique litigation practice representing financial institutions, companies and high net worth individuals in challenging, high-value disputes involving serious allegations of wrongdoing. Covers both UK and offshore jurisdictions. Benefits from being conflict-free and is prepared to take on banks in heavyweight litigation. Experienced advising on fraud cases with insolvency elements and related directors' duty claims.

Strengths One client says: "Everyone I have dealt with, from trainee to partner, has been easy to deal with, contactable, personable, had an in-depth knowledge of the case and has ensured they have given us the very best service."

Work highlights Represented Orb and others in relation to multi-jurisdictional claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties and dishonesty relating to assets in various jurisdictions.

Acted against a lawyer in a claim involving misappropriation of trust funds.

Significant clients Minardi Investments, Kaupthing Bank, Chesterfield United FC, Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank eG.

Notable practitioners

Sean Upson has a broad commercial and banking disputes practice, with substantial experience of cross-border fraud cases and injunctive relief work. Sources say: "He is very pleasant to deal with, never loses his cool and always remains calm under pressure. He is very thoughtful and open-minded."

Clive Zietman is "a very commercial guy" with "incredible presence when he walks into a room," according to sources. He heads the commercial litigation department at the firm.

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Our clients include major UK companies and international corporations, as well as institutional investors, foreign governments, public bodies, and individuals.

Our lawyers have a record of successfully advising on large multi-jurisdictional and domestic commercial fraud claims. These include claims in deceit, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, misfeasance and breach of trust.

We act quickly and confidentially in cases of international civil fraud and wrongdoing in order to protect our clients’ interests, recover assets and penetrate trusts.

We have expertise in pursuing and defending emergency injunctions including:

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•    Computer searches
•    Delivery up of passport orders
•    Breach of confidence injunctions

We are effective at uncovering information and tracing money. We have experience of forensic investigations including working with teams of investigators and accountants, and coordinating lawyers in multiple jurisdictions to trace and freeze assets.

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Taylor Wessing LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Features a dedicated corporate crime and fraud unit. Advises claimants and defendants in major investigations, arbitrations and litigation concerning such allegations as corruption, bribery and misappropriation of assets. Particular strength in the fields of financial services and technology. Co-ordinates with a global network of offices and is known for its capabilities in Russia and CIS countries. Clients include accounting firms and insolvency administrators, as well as institutional investors.

Strengths Sources say: "The team has been very good and very knowledgeable."

Work highlights Advised Castle, a British Virgin Islands investment fund, in multiparty, high-value, cross-border litigation in the English High Court and the Netherlands concerning business deadlines between three Russian businessmen.

Advised C&F Green Energy on the misappropriation and misuse of its confidential information, comprising source code used in programmable logical controllers which control wind turbines.

Significant clients PwC, AS Ventbunkers, The Madoff Trustee and Liquidators, CVR Global, Independent Trustee Service.

Notable practitioners

David de Ferrars is co-head of the corporate crime and fraud group, and advises on litigation, including international fraud and asset tracing. Clients say he "has a great manner and is good to work with, and is tough enough to get the job done."

Shane Gleghorn heads the disputes and investigations department. He has a focus on cases arising in the banking and finance sector, and has additional experience in fraud arbitrations.

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Travers Smith LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Represents claimant and defendant clients in highly publicised fraud cases, working closely with lawyers overseas to cover international aspects. Provides corporations with quality advice in relation to compliance with anti-bribery and anti-corruption legislation. Clients include institutional investors and real estate companies.

Strengths Sources say: "They are thorough and think about everything - they have always thought about every aspect of the case. They are very committed and dedicated."

Others add: "They are very easy to work with, very cool and client-friendly."

Work highlights Represented Hewlett-Packard in a claim against members of the former management team of Autonomy, the British software company that HP purchased in 2011 for USD11.7 billion, alleging that they misrepresented its true value.

Acted for Kaupthing and a former member of the winding-up committee, Jóhannes Jóhannsson, in an ongoing dispute with the Tchenguiz brothers involving allegations of unlawful means conspiracy and fraud by false representation.

Significant clients Pathfinder Mineral, Hans Ekstrom and Stefan Peterson, Parvalorem.

Notable practitioners

Head of the dispute resolution department Stephen Paget-Brown is held in high regard by market commentators, who say that he is "just what a senior City litigator should be" in that "he has very sound judgement, does not get bogged down in details while still taking them on board, and is an excellent leader of his team."

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Brown Rudnick LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Investigates and prosecutes cases of alleged fraud, both domestically and worldwide, including in the Caribbean, Russia, the CIS, the Middle East and Africa. Effective at obtaining interim relief such as freezing and disclosure orders to pursue missing funds. Clients include institutional investors and other financial institutions.

Work highlights Assisted the Hermitage fund and its directors with cross-border asset tracing and recovery efforts following the theft of USD230 million from the Russian Treasury.

Significant clients National Bonds Corporation of Dubai.

Notable practitioners

Jane Colston is described by market commentators as "very client-friendly and commercially minded," and by clients as someone who has "demonstrated strong ability to effectively deal with very complex and multifaceted matters under severe time pressure." She is acts for individuals, corporates and institutions in fraud cases.

Head of department Neil Micklethwaite handles cross-border fraud cases, as well as asset tracing, with particular experience in matters linked to Russia and CIS countries. Clients say he has "a very strategic, clear mind" and endeavours to "find the optimal positions for a client."

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Charles Russell Speechlys - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Cheltenham, Guildford

What the team is known for Represents clients in large, high-value fraud disputes. Pursues the proceeds of fraud around the world, including the Middle East, North America, the Caribbean and Africa. Offers particular expertise in relation to wrongdoing in the sports sector. Significant experience in obtaining cross-border orders and injunctions.

Strengths One market commentator says: "I have found them sterling in everything that they do."

One client comments: "They are on top of everything and I never felt the need to chase them for anything."

Work highlights Acted for the joint official liquidators of various Cayman-incorporated subsidiaries of Awal Bank BSC in defence of proceedings brought by AHAB for fraud, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance, conspiracy and unjust enrichment.

Acted as external administrator of Awal Bank in litigation against Mr Maan Al Sanea in respect of equities which are alleged to have been fraudulently recorded on the bank's balance sheet.

Significant clients Grant Thornton, RSM, The FA, FRP Advisory, Ooredoo QSC.

Notable practitioners

Stewart Hey is head of department and handles international fraud work, with particular experience in the Cayman Islands. Sources say he is "meticulous, creative, flexible" and "incredibly effective."

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Clyde & Co LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for London fraud practice well integrated into an international regulatory investigations, enforcement and white-collar team. In-depth knowledge of the banking and finance sectors and related fraud cases. Clients include insurers and high net worth individuals.

Work highlights Acted for Zurich in a claim against a number of people involved in a complex employee-led fraud ring, where workers for a local authority were deliberately staging accidents with outside parties for financial gain.

Significant clients AIG, Stichting Vestia, XL Catlin.

Notable practitioners

Chris Burdett is a key contact.

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Fieldfisher - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Advises clients in high-value commercial fraud proceedings and investigations in the UK and internationally, often in parallel with criminal prosecutions. Obtains urgent interlocutory relief, including freezing, search and passport orders. Notable expertise in directors' duties matters, and regularly acts for liquidators in relation to fraud claims against former directors.

Strengths Clients say: "They are responsive and thoughtful."

Work highlights Acted for Igor Kolomoisky, one of four main defendants, in relation to a claim for over USD368 million worth of oil payments, which were alleged to have been diverted as part of a substantial fraud.

Acted for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as liquidators of tour operator Goldtrail, in relation to appeals and enforcement proceedings arising from a successful fraud claim against the former principal of Goldtrail.

Significant clients BDO, Oiax, Autogas (Europe), NGK Spark Plugs, Jill Jehan Barley and Paul Barley.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Tony Lewis acts in fraud and asset tracing cases. He is praised by market commentators as "very good at strategic overview and able to see the big picture very clearly."

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Gowling WLG (UK) LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Birmingham

What the team is known for Successful fraud practice supported by a large commercial litigation team. Deals with challenging civil fraud litigation. Makes the most of the firm's international footprint in efforts to recover misappropriated assets. Advises accounting firms and insolvency practitioners, as well as trustees.

Work highlights Advised the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Municipality of São Paulo in the enforcement of a multimillion-dollar fraud judgment against Paulo Maluf, the former mayor of São Paulo, and two associated companies.

Continued to advise professional trustees in high-value, multi-jurisdictional litigation arising out of Madoff's Ponzi scheme fraud.

Significant clients Grant Thornton, Naftogaz, KPMG, Griffins, Wilkins Kennedy.

Notable practitioners

Chairman of the firm Andrew Witts is well regarded in the market. He advises on international and offshore fraud cases.

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HFW - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Acts predominantly but not exclusively for claimants, in high-value proceedings arising out of alleged fraud in the transport, financial services and energy sectors. Focuses in particular on cases involving offshore trusts and frauds that emerge in the context of insolvency. Frequently called upon by insolvency practitioners and bankruptcy trustees to assist with litigation. Works worldwide to trace and recover stolen assets, including in the Caribbean, the Middle East and the Far East.

Strengths One client comments: "I believe that HFW provide an excellent service and what makes them stand out is their approachability and teamwork."

Sources say: "They're a large international law firm with wide offshore experience. They have a very capable and suitably sizeable team that they can apply to matters as and when necessary."

Work highlights Acted for a British Virgin Islands company owned by Portcullis TrustNet in defeating all of the claims brought against it by the Republic of Djibouti and state-owned entities in connection with Djibouti's dispute with Abdourahman Boreh.

Represented Grant Thornton as trustees in a bankruptcy in claims against a bankrupt who allegedly defrauded his creditors by transferring property into a Bahamian entity.

Significant clients Quantuma, BDO, Eivi Energy.

Notable practitioners

Noel Campbell has extensive experience in civil fraud and asset recovery, particular in offshore Caribbean jurisdictions. Clients say: "We know we can rely on him if we have a fraud case in the UK or across multiple jurisdictions, and he is very strong on offshore work. He has very in-depth and insightful knowledge of fraud work."

Rick Brown has "extraordinary talent in client care," according to market sources. He handles complex cross-border fraud and insolvency matters.

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Kingsley Napley LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Well-known criminal fraud practice with a growing profile in civil fraud. Advises victims of fraud on investigations and hard-fought litigation, and also defends those on the receiving end of allegations, responding to interlocutory orders that have been served and managing reputational risks. Substantial experience of internal investigations and internal disciplinary actions.

Strengths Sources say: "They have a really deep expertise in fraud."

Work highlights Acted for Madiyar Abylazov in his dispute with BTA Bank over its contention that Madiyar was holding funds on trust for his father, Mukhtar Ablyazov, and that these funds were therefore subject to worldwide freezing orders.

Acted for Kevin Swayne, a former director and shareholder of Transact Group (in liquidation), in defence of a claim for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty relating to the payment of money into an employment benefit trust for the benefit of Mr Swayne and two other directors.

Significant clients Rangers FC, Confiance and Musa Holdings, Genting Casinos UK.

Notable practitioners

William Christopher acts in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud cases, for both claimants and defendants. Sources say he is "able to explain very complex issues of common law and make tactical judgement calls for foreign clients."

Sue Thackeray is "very well known" in the market. She acts in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud cases.

The "excellent" Richard Foss leads the dispute resolution practice. He has particular experience representing individuals and their associated companies.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Provides companies and individuals in the UK and across the globe with advice in high-profile civil fraud-related disputes involving elements such as bribery, corruption or cyber crime. Handles both initial investigations and ensuing litigation. Also offers preventive regulatory compliance guidance. Acts for a broad range of clients, including banks, financial institutions and insurers, as well as energy and engineering companies.

Work highlights Advised Citibank and Citigroup Global Markets on a suspected fraud by a Chinese trading company relating to metal supposedly stored in warehouses at the Chinese ports of Qingdao and Penglai.

Acted for a former senior executive at J.P. Morgan over allegations of securities fraud and falsifying books and records.

Significant clients TeliaSonera, Tesco.

Notable practitioners

Deidre Walker is a key contact.

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Pinsent Masons - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Team of complementary specialist civil and criminal fraud practitioners with a UK-wide and international presence. Acts for corporations and high net worth individuals. Carries out fast-moving investigations into alleged wrongdoing and obtains urgent injunctive relief to recover stolen assets. Also conducts defence work on behalf of clients facing allegations of fraud. Particular experience in fraud cases with connections to Russia, the CIS and offshore jurisdictions.

Strengths Clients say: "They are a very good, strong fraud team. They know absolutely what they are doing."

Work highlights Acted for Aeroflot in multimillion-pound fraud proceedings against the late Boris Berezovsky and his associates for defrauding Aeroflot of its international income.

Successfully overturned a USD3.4 billion 'without notice' worldwide freezing injunction brought by Tatneft against eight trusts and corporate entities in England, the British Virgin Islands, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

Significant clients Gold Point Media and Uniquedo, LLB Verwaltung (Schweiz).

Notable practitioners

The "tenacious and creative" Alan Sheeley acts for banks and businesses in large-scale, complex fraud disputes. Sources say he is "fantastically energetic and adept at looking at all of the options."

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Reed Smith LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Prosecutes and defends clients from a number of sectors, including energy, banking and commodities, that find themselves caught up in cases of alleged fraud. Co-ordinates with an international network of offices, taking all legal measures necessary to locate, freeze and seize assets, and to resist such attempts. Civil capabilities are complemented by an impressive criminal practice. Clients include investment companies and insolvency practitioners.

Strengths Sources say: "They are very thorough, they want results and they get work done fast."

Work highlights Acted for Osiris Trust and others in an approximately £2 million fraud dispute with a former solicitor to the trust.

Advised HCA International on the bankruptcy of a former senior employee guilty of fraud and in relation to cross-border asset recovery.

Notable practitioners

Eoin O'Shea is a key contact.

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Withers LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Champions the interests of claimants and defendants caught up in alleged wrongdoing. Involved in a variety of sizeable disputes in the English courts and internationally relating to such matters as bank fraud and the theft of works of art. Extensive experience in fraud cases which involve trusts and private capital.

Strengths One source says: "They are hard-working and did a good job on the case."

Work highlights Acted for Ivanbridge Company Corporation and the Ivan Trust in fraud proceedings against the trust protector and financial adviser and an offshore company which wrongly received funds from the trust.

Represented Antonio Somma as one of the defendants to claims of bribery, misappropriation of data and the submission of false documents to court proceedings. The claims were brought by AmTrust Europe.

Significant clients OMV Petrom, QPR Holdings, Vitaly Arkhangelsky and Julia Arkhangelskaya and Oslo Marine Group Ports, Equitas Limited and RiverStone.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Ross heads the civil fraud group at Withers. Sources praise him as "sensible, very commercial and always calm," while further commentators say: "He has very strong judgement and is a master strategist." He handles international fraud work.

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Ashurst - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Acts for corporations and financial institutions in high-profile investigations, litigation and arbitrations relating to alleged fraudulent activity, such as breach of duty, conspiracy and dishonest assistance. Works seamlessly with colleagues across the globe to locate and recover the proceeds of fraud. Clients include corporates and institutional investors.

Work highlights Advised Nomura on litigation arising out of a series of structured product transactions it entered into with an international businessman and his companies, as a result of an adverse fraud judgment against the businessman by an Indonesian court.

Significant clients RoadChef, Anglo American, Cattles.

Notable practitioners

Ben Tidswell is the firm's chairman. He has particular experience in litigation involving financial institutions, including cases of fraud and insolvency.

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Bird & Bird - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Advises on high-profile proceedings arising out of suspected fraud. Works within a global network of offices to deliver a seamless service to clients in a variety of industry sectors, including financial services, construction, aviation and energy. Also able to assist claimants with asset tracing and recovery.

Strengths One client says: "A key strength of the firm was the capacity to mobilise a strong and deep litigation team at short notice."

Work highlights Acted for Property Alliance Group in its dispute with a bank over claims that the bank mis-sold four interest rate swaps, acted improperly in relation to fixing Libor and breached a customer agreement.

Successfully defended Banca Nazional Del Lavoro against a claim by Playboy Club casino that it had negligently provided a banker's reference as to the solvency of a customer who, it transpired, was a fraudster with no funds in his account.

Significant clients Matrix Aviation, Global Marine Drillships, Estate of Christo Michailidis, TASARRUF MEVDUATI SIGORTA FONU, Mauritius Commercial Bank.

Notable practitioners

Sophie Eyre is experienced in advising on domestic and international fraud cases. Market commentators say: "She is super-positive. She will take on really hard cases and fight hard for her clients."

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Bird & Bird has extensive experience with complex civil and criminal fraud related regulatory investigations. The global trend to crack down on bribery and corruption, false accounting, fraud, market abuse and other illegal activities has led to an increase in enforcement activity. We have a long established practice of advising corporations, professionals and individuals from various industry sectors.

Bird & Bird is also experienced in advising clients about making a voluntary disclosure to regulatory bodies and the related consequences and risks. We assist our clients in retrieving hidden assets in highly complex structures and have developed an in-depth understanding of current tactics, strategies and best practices which will facilitate successful recovery actions. Members of our fraud, group are invited regularly to speak at international conferences on asset tracing.

We have acted in the following fields: 

  • International risk management and compliance advice
  • HMRC investigations and associated fraud 
  • Pension fraud 
  • Corporate fraud including asset tracing 
  • Market abuse such as defrauding shareholders and the public 
  • Money laundering 
  • Frauds on client funds 
  • FCA investigations 
  • Self reporting and investigations conducted by the SFO
  • Employee fraud such as diversion of contracts, commercial opportunities and theft of monies 
  • FCPA/ OECD advice 
  • Mortgage/ valuation fraud 

We are also one of the few firms that handle an extensive range of fraud arbitrations. 

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Conducts far-reaching investigations, arbitrations and litigation relating to alleged fraud and financial crime. Particularly successful at representing blue-chip clients in the financial services sector, including banks, corporates and individuals. Substantial experience in dealing with complex, multi-jurisdictional fraud cases.

Strengths Sources say: "They're a very good, collaborative group and they work well together. They're savvy, they work hard and they are certainly there to do the best for their clients."

Work highlights Acted for Access Bank in its successful claim against its former CEO/managing director, Erastus Oladipo Akingbola. The claim included allegations of misappropriation of the bank's funds and the operation of an illegal share purchase scheme.

Significant clients Thames Water, Central Bank of Nigeria.

Notable practitioners

Segun Osuntokun is particularly active in fraud cases arising in the banking and finance world. Sources say he "is pragmatic, hands-on, very experienced and respected by the courts."

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Cooke Young & Keidan LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Well-known litigation boutique with a focus on the banking and finance world. Experienced handling fraud claims, as well as injunctive action.

Strengths Clients say: "The team is very strong and their communication is extremely good."

Sources say: "The team is very organised and responsive."

Notable practitioners

Philip Young acts in fraud-related disputes on behalf of individuals and institutions. Market sources say he is "very clever and experienced, and great tactically as well."

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Eversheds Sutherland - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Fraud and investigations group managing high-profile disputes for claimants and defendants, including private prosecutions with concurrent criminal litigation. Co-ordinates international strategies to trace and recover lost assets with the support of offices in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Experienced representing individuals, as well as corporates in life sciences and construction, among other industries.

Strengths Clients say: "The team’s client service is outstanding – they are proactive and convey the feeling that they are 110% behind you as a client."

Work highlights Represented Centinel Spine in defence of allegations by the liquidators of Surgicraft that intellectual property was fraudulently transferred to Centinel at an undervalue.

Advised the former director of a major European commodities company on a cross-border dispute with the company, including the defence of a civil fraud claim filed by the company in England and Wales.

Significant clients National Iranian Oil Company, Mark Newson Smith, Credit Suisse Trust, FCA, Louis Dreyfus.

Notable practitioners

"Tough negotiator" Neville Byford is praised by clients for his "independent, critical mind." He handles cross-border fraud cases for individuals and companies, with particular experience representing US clients.

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Macfarlanes LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Works for both claimant and defendant clients in substantial civil and criminal fraud investigations, as well as arbitrations and litigation. Capable of handling both domestic matters and those with cross-border aspects, with particular expertise in the USA, the Caribbean, the Channel Islands and the CIS. Strong experience of working with financial institutions and for private clients in fraud matters.

Strengths Market commentators say: "They're all thoroughly nice people and, in terms of quality, they are universally excellent."

Work highlights Acted for the British Bankers' Association in relation to FCA investigations into the alleged manipulation by multiple member banks of the Libor rate and subsequent SFO prosecutions.

Acted for Sheikh Majid bin Ibrahim al Ibrahim in relation to a claim for an orally agreed loan. The client contends that there was no loan and that the claim is a fabrication.

Significant clients ARMS, KrysGlobal, Jetivia S.A., Trustee of Roskilde Bank, KI Finance SARL.

Notable practitioners

Iain Mackie is a key contact.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Boutique dispute resolution firm representing companies and individuals in high-value fraud cases arising around the world. Well equipped to handle both litigation and arbitration.

Strengths Sources say: "They are very creative. They have the muscle and they know how to use it."

Work highlights Acted for the former CEO and CFO of the Arcadia Petroleum group, who are defendants to a claim that they fraudulently diverted profits away from the group by inserting intermediaries into the company’s trading structure.

Represented Zvi Dekel and associated companies in fraud proceedings against an individual who is alleged to have siphoned off money through abuse of his fiduciary powers.

Significant clients FIFA, Avonwick, Gerald Metals,Trafigura, Walter Merricks CBE.

Notable practitioners

Nick Marsh handles large cross-border fraud disputes, with particular experience in cases arising in the CIS. Market sources say: "He's a very intelligent, bright, efficient and thoughtful chap who comes up with ideas which are unusual but very effective."

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Signature Litigation LLP - Fraud: Civil Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Boutique dispute resolution firm acting in cross-border matters. Acts for both claimants and defendants in fraud cases. Experienced handling all forms of injunctive action.

Work highlights Advising Bidzina Ivanishvili and Georgian Co Investment Fund on global strategy to recover substantial losses on various investment portfolios trusted by the client with Credit Suisse AG in Geneva. The losses are alleged to have occurred as the result of fraud by the bank's relationship manager.

Acted for Quindell (now Watchstone) in relation to an unauthorised hack of its computers by former employees.

Significant clients Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, Erste Group Bank, Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund.

Notable practitioners

Simon Bushell regularly advises high net worth individuals and has extensive experience working in Russia and CIS-related fraud cases. Market contacts say that “he is a good operator” who “knows his stuff.”

Founding partner Graham Huntley is a highly experienced commercial litigator with expertise in complex and high-value fraud cases. He is particularly active in cases with CIS elements.

Julian Connerty is noted for his work in large-scale fraud cases, with substantial experience in asset recovery actions. He represents both individuals and companies in proceedings.

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The department has recognised strength in managing all aspects of civil fraud in relation to its intersection with business crime and regulatory intervention. This includes investigating, initiating and defending all types of civil fraud claims. The department acts for a number of clients and other professionals, including foreign lawyers, forensic accountants, private investigators, IT specialists, liaising as appropriate with criminal and regulatory authorities on their behalf, to ensure the most effective strategy is adopted to deal with the interplay of the civil, criminal and regulatory landscape. 

The department's notable practitioners have been involved in guiding clients through investigation and litigation, managing the complex evidential and privilege issues often arising, and working effectively with other specialists, both domestically and internationally. 

The department has been involved in some very high profile cases involving accusations of dishonest and fraudulent activity against businesses and individuals, and is rapidly expanding its work in this area. 

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Senior Statesperson

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Jeremy Cole advises on global fraud, corruption and conspiracy matters. He has recently been involved in advising Merchant International in a debt enforcement dispute with Ukrainian state-owned oil and gas company Naftogaz.

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Eminent Practitioner

Ashurst

From the Chambers UK guide

Ben Tidswell is the firm's chairman. He has particular experience in litigation involving financial institutions, including cases of fraud and insolvency.

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Star Individuals

Edmonds, Marshall, McMahon Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

"Superstar" Robert Hunter of Edmonds, Marshall, McMahon Ltd is exceptionally well regarded in the market for his work in fraud, asset tracing and breach of trust matters. He has particular expertise in disclosure and freezing injunctions.

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Band 1

Byrne and Partners LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicola Boulton deals with large-scale fraud cases, often involving multiple jurisdictions and worldwide freezing orders. Her clients say she is "very approachable and very astute," while commentators note that "her appreciation of complex legal and non-legal issues is second to none."

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Band 1

HFW

From the Chambers UK guide

Noel Campbell has extensive experience in civil fraud and asset recovery, particular in offshore Caribbean jurisdictions. Clients say: "We know we can rely on him if we have a fraud case in the UK or across multiple jurisdictions, and he is very strong on offshore work. He has very in-depth and insightful knowledge of fraud work."

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Band 1

Brown Rudnick LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jane Colston is described by market commentators as "very client-friendly and commercially minded," and by clients as someone who has "demonstrated strong ability to effectively deal with very complex and multifaceted matters under severe time pressure." She is acts for individuals, corporates and institutions in fraud cases.

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Band 1

Stephenson Harwood LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Co-head of department John Fordham has a wealth of experience dealing with large-scale international fraud claims. He is identified by sources as "one of the best lawyers in the UK market" and "a really good man to have at the helm" of a complex case.

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Band 1

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Gabriel is described by one market commentator as "frighteningly intelligent, and one of the most meticulous and forensic solicitors I have ever worked with." She advises defendants and third parties on fraud allegations, with experience co-ordinating the defence of multi-track proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

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Band 1

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

The "exceptionally good" Chris Hardman is repeatedly highlighted by market sources as "one of the best around," with one source saying: "He is hugely experienced, very clever, very approachable and gets along well with clients." He is known for his expertise in dealing with large, complex and multi-jurisdictional fraud cases, as well as worldwide asset tracing and freezing measures.

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Band 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gary Miller is noted for his expertise in injunctive relief and asset recovery work, as part of a broader commercial dispute and fraud practice. One market commentator reports: "He is about the most tenacious solicitor I have ever worked with. He does not just go the extra mile for the client; he goes to the ends of the earth."

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Band 1

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "extremely impressive" Keith Oliver is the department head and is known for his work in large international fraud cases. Sources describe him as "very creative in pursuit of clients' interests" with "a desire to think up new ways of solving problems and a sixth sense for negotiations."

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Band 1

Steven Philippsohn

PCB Litigation LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Steven Philippsohn handles large-scale commercial fraud cases and is described by clients as a "highly intelligent individual who has always stepped up in tricky matters."

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Band 1

PCB Litigation LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Anthony Riem has extensive experience in dealing with fraud cases, and a marked specialism in cases that originate in Russia and the CIS. He is described by clients as a "superb lawyer," and he is praised for the calibre of his advice and his creative approach.

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Band 2

Signature Litigation LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Bushell regularly advises high net worth individuals and has extensive experience working in Russia and CIS-related fraud cases. Market contacts say that “he is a good operator” who “knows his stuff.”

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Band 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David de Ferrars is co-head of the corporate crime and fraud group, and advises on litigation, including international fraud and asset tracing. Clients say he "has a great manner and is good to work with, and is tough enough to get the job done."

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Band 2

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

Stewart Hey is head of department and handles international fraud work, with particular experience in the Cayman Islands. Sources say he is "meticulous, creative, flexible" and "incredibly effective."

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Band 2

Byrne and Partners LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Yvonne Jefferies is known for her work on high-profile international fraud cases. One client comments: "She is a pleasure to work with. She is a highly impressive communicator, combining a wealth of experience with technical and strategic brilliance. Relentlessly determined and hard-hitting when necessary, she knows when to take a more subtle approach to achieve our commercial objectives. An extraordinary litigator."

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Band 2

Fieldfisher

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Tony Lewis acts in fraud and asset tracing cases. He is praised by market commentators as "very good at strategic overview and able to see the big picture very clearly."

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Band 2

Enyo Law LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Pietro Marino advises clients on cross-border fraud cases and recovery measures, with particular experience in the financial services sector. He is praised by market commentators as "very diligent and hard-working, with a huge depth of legal knowledge."

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Band 2

Trevor Mascarenhas

PCB Litigation LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Trevor Mascarenhas is well known in the market for his long experience and expertise in fraud and asset recovery work. Clients appreciate that "he is very understanding and lends a very human touch to very emotionally charged situations, without ever sacrificing the highest level of professionalism."

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Band 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of dispute resolution Kasra Nouroozi "has a depth of experience and a fearlessness" that impress those who work with him. He has substantial experience advising on high-value international fraud cases, as well as cross-border recovery efforts.

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Band 2

Bernard O'Sullivan

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very impressive" Bernard O'Sullivan of CMS has extensive experience in civil fraud proceedings, with particular expertise in matters with Russian and CIS elements. One market source comments: "He co-ordinates complex strategic plans in a very practical, commercial and efficient manner. His knowledge of international laws, asset recovery tools and litigation procedure in multiple countries is unparalleled."

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Band 2

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

"Extremely capable advocate" Crispin Rapinet is praised by market commentators as "highly responsive and extremely experienced in this area." He has a wealth of experience dealing with cases linked to both bribery and conspiracy claims.

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Band 2

Jones Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Sion Richards is well known for his advisory work on large-scale fraud cases and his work in multi-jurisdictional matters. Sources describe him as "very strongly focused on the needs of his client" and "very calm, on top of things and reassuring."

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Band 2

Jones Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Barnaby Stueck is "the real deal in terms of asset tracing work," according to market commentators, who add that he "has an enviable array of offshore contacts." He is well known for his international and offshore fraud work, and is dual-qualified in England and Wales and in the Cayman Islands. Sources say he is "a great rainmaker, an original thinker and very good with clients."

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Band 2

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Tickner has extensive experience in dealing with large-scale multi-jurisdictional fraud cases. Market commentators agree that he is "switched-on" and "very savvy."

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Band 2

Stewarts

From the Chambers UK guide

Sean Upson has a broad commercial and banking disputes practice, with substantial experience of cross-border fraud cases and injunctive relief work. Sources say: "He is very pleasant to deal with, never loses his cool and always remains calm under pressure. He is very thoughtful and open-minded."

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Band 2

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Mona Vaswani handles high-value and high-profile fraud cases for both claimants and defendants. Clients praise her for "giving calm, sound advice even in high-pressure situations." Other sources say: "She is very impressive - she is able to protect the client's best interests and able to cut through the chaff and get to the main body of the case."

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Band 2

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Chairman of the firm Andrew Witts is well regarded in the market. He advises on international and offshore fraud cases.

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Band 3

William Christopher

Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

William Christopher acts in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud cases, for both claimants and defendants. Sources say he is "able to explain very complex issues of common law and make tactical judgement calls for foreign clients."

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Band 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kathryn Garbett is head of the fraud defence group and is noted for her defence work in complex, high-value fraud cases. Sources say: "She is excellent at getting to the right points quickly, and has a great clarity of thought and expression."

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Band 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Shane Gleghorn heads the disputes and investigations department. He has a focus on cases arising in the banking and finance sector, and has additional experience in fraud arbitrations.

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Band 3

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Hargreaves of Covington & Burling LLP is held in healthy regard by those in the market. He advises clients on fraud and asset recovery matters.

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Band 3

Signature Litigation LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Founding partner Graham Huntley is a highly experienced commercial litigator with expertise in complex and high-value fraud cases. He is particularly active in cases with CIS elements.

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Band 3

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Cary Kochberg works on major international fraud cases with a global reach. He has noted expertises in cross-border and offshore matters.

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Band 3

Neil P Micklethwaite

Brown Rudnick LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Neil Micklethwaite handles cross-border fraud cases, as well as asset tracing, with particular experience in matters linked to Russia and CIS countries. Clients say he has "a very strategic, clear mind" and endeavours to "find the optimal positions for a client."

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Band 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Segun Osuntokun is particularly active in fraud cases arising in the banking and finance world. Sources say he "is pragmatic, hands-on, very experienced and respected by the courts."

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Band 3

Stephen Paget-Brown

Travers Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the dispute resolution department Stephen Paget-Brown is held in high regard by market commentators, who say that he is "just what a senior City litigator should be" in that "he has very sound judgement, does not get bogged down in details while still taking them on board, and is an excellent leader of his team."

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Band 3

Farrer & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Adrian Parkhouse has a long-established commercial and corporate dispute practice with a significant fraud element. Sources say he is "very experienced and very well regarded in the market and can turn his hand to any sort of commercial litigation."

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Band 3

Withers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Ross heads the civil fraud group at Withers. Sources praise him as "sensible, very commercial and always calm," while further commentators say: "He has very strong judgement and is a master strategist." He handles international fraud work.

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Band 3

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

The "tenacious and creative" Alan Sheeley acts for banks and businesses in large-scale, complex fraud disputes. Sources say he is "fantastically energetic and adept at looking at all of the options."

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Band 3

Craig C Shuttleworth

Jones Day

From the Chambers UK guide

"Tough and experienced litigator" Craig Shuttleworth is involved a number of substantial fraud cases. He is considered "robust and straightforward" by market commentators, who add that "he has a very good sense of what is and isn't likely to appeal to a judge."

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Band 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sue Thackeray is "very well known" in the market. She acts in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud cases.

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Band 3

Charles M Thomson

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers UK guide

Charles Thomson co-heads the business crime unit and is held in high regard by commentators, who describe him as "a very meticulous and thoughtful lawyer." He advises on large-scale complex fraud matters as part of a wider practice, with a focus on high-value cross-border matters.

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Band 4

Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

Christa Band specialises in fraud work arising from the banking and financial services sector. Her practice also spans related regulatory issues.

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Band 4

Stephenson Harwood LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alan Bercow has a great deal of experience in asset tracing and recovery work, as well as multi-jurisdictional cases. He is well regarded in the market, with sources describing him as "very tactically able" and "a sensible litigator."

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Band 4

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Roger Best is a well-known name in the market. He has experience advising on commercial litigation involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation.

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Band 4

HFW

From the Chambers UK guide

Rick Brown has "extraordinary talent in client care," according to market sources. He handles complex cross-border fraud and insolvency matters.

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Band 4

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

"Tough negotiator" Neville Byford is praised by clients for his "independent, critical mind." He handles cross-border fraud cases for individuals and companies, with particular experience representing US clients.

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Band 4

Signature Litigation LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Julian Connerty is noted for his work in large-scale fraud cases, with substantial experience in asset recovery actions. He represents both individuals and companies in proceedings.

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Band 4

Slaughter and May

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Cotton is a well-regarded practitioner who handles both criminal and civil fraud cases. His experience includes accounting and investment fraud, as well as claims of fraudulent misrepresentation in the context of M&A.

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Band 4

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers UK guide

Sophie Eyre is experienced in advising on domestic and international fraud cases. Market commentators say: "She is super-positive. She will take on really hard cases and fight hard for her clients."

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Band 4

Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "excellent" Richard Foss leads the dispute resolution practice. He has particular experience representing individuals and their associated companies.

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Band 4

Farrer & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jeremy Gordon advises both private clients and companies on fraud matters, including cases with insolvency elements. Sources say he is "a very safe pair of hands and good tactically."

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Band 4

gunnercooke LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Laurence Katz of gunnercooke LLP handles significant fraud and asset tracing actions. He also has related expertise in contentious insolvency.

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Band 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "outstanding" James Kennedy heads the commercial disputes department and has a well-established fraud practice. Clients say: "He's extremely responsive, and puts across complex areas of law in an understandable manner. He gives practical guidance, going beyond just thinking about winning to assess whether a case is worth it, in terms of cost and time."

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Band 4

Keystone Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Lawrie of Keystone Law handles civil fraud and commercial litigation. Clients say: "He has good organisational skills and attention to detail, is dedicated and hard-working, and has a good client focus and understanding of the overall goals." Market commentators add that he "has an engaging, can-do attitude laced with good humour and charm."

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Band 4

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nick Marsh handles large cross-border fraud disputes, with particular experience in cases arising in the CIS. Market sources say: "He's a very intelligent, bright, efficient and thoughtful chap who comes up with ideas which are unusual but very effective."

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Band 4

Stephenson Harwood LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Ros Prince "is very gifted and has a particularly good understanding of matters involving former Soviet Union states." She handles high-profile and high-value fraud cases, with particular experience in work with links to Russia and the CIS. Market commentators identify her as an "incredibly tough, resilient and charming" litigator.

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Band 4

Fladgate LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sophia Purkis of Fladgate LLP handles civil fraud work, with considerable experience in complex cross-border work. Market sources say: “She is extremely experienced, very easy-going, really into the detail and a very strategic thinker.”

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Band 4

King & Spalding International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tom Sprange of King & Spalding International LLP is an advocate with experience in fraud-related commercial disputes. He is well regarded in the market.

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Band 4

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Wheeler of Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP advises on complex cross-border fraud cases. Clients praise him as "very knowledgeable and calm," while commentators say that he is "absolutely incisive and very creative."

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Band 4

Robert Wynn Jones

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Wynn Jones is noted for his specialism in both obtaining and opposing a variety of injunctive orders in large-scale fraud disputes. Sources say he is "very responsive and cuts to the chase," and add that "clients seek him out because he has the ability to take a strategic view and not get lost in the detail."

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Band 4

Cooke Young & Keidan LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Philip Young acts in fraud-related disputes on behalf of individuals and institutions. Market sources say he is "very clever and experienced, and great tactically as well."

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Band 4

Stewarts

From the Chambers UK guide

Clive Zietman is "a very commercial guy" with "incredible presence when he walks into a room," according to sources. He heads the commercial litigation department at the firm.

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Up and Coming

Enyo Law LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Star of the future" Edward Allen acts in high-value civil fraud disputes. Sources say he is "hugely energetic and can turn documents around at very short notice."

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Up and Coming

Byrne and Partners LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "brilliant" Ben Davies is "very knowledgeable about freezing orders," according to clients. He advises on significant fraud claims and injunctive relief measures.

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Up and Coming

Byrne and Partners LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Elizabeth Seborg is well regarded for her skills in dispute resolution, in particular complex fraud cases. Sources praise "her resolve and calmness under serious pressure," and clients are impressed by "her ability to review and analyse massive, complicated documents and get to the point of the problem."

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Up and Coming

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jason Woodland has experience co-ordinating litigation across multiple jurisdictions. He is described by market commentators as "a rising star" and "very skilled at making the right calls.” 

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