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Caroline Houghton

T: +44 20 7809 2117 Email Caroline | Vcard Office: London

Caroline Houghton Senior associate

Contact details

Caroline Houghton

Caroline Houghton
Senior associate

T: +44 20 7809 2117 Email Caroline | Vcard Office: London

Caroline is a senior associate specialising in dispute resolution. She has acted in some of the firm's most high profile cases including the Fiona Trust litigation where she was the lead associate. The team's work was praised at The Lawyer Awards for being "tactically and legally excellent".
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Caroline has a broad commercial practice which includes acting in complex contractual disputes (both within and outside the jurisdiction) and insolvency related disputes, instructed by insolvency practitioners, creditors and debtors. Caroline has a particular interest in litigation within the art market having acted for auction houses, galleries and private collectors.

Caroline has wide experience of proceedings in the county court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She has also been instructed to act in arbitrations and mediations.

Caroline regularly advises in the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau.

  • Fraud and asset tracing
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Dispute resolution
  • Commercial litigation

Fiona Trust litigation

Acting for two of the successful defendants, Mr Izmaylov and Mr Skarga in this litigation which The Times labelled as "the shipping trial of the century" and Tradewinds calling it "the trial of the decade".

Acting for a board investigating losses to investors

Representing a board in its investigations into the actions of, amongst other, the former directors which included applying for and successfully obtaining a without notice freezing order against one of the former directors.

Enforcement of a US judgment in the jurisdiction

Acting for two banks in respect of the enforcement of a US judgment in England & Wales. A complex case whereby a freezing order was successfully obtained against the perpetrators of a fraud on the banks.

Auction house

Advising an auction house on enforcement of a costs judgment in its favour. This case had an international angle given that the judgment debtor attempted to avoid service in a number of jurisdictions.

More: Fraud and asset tracing

Office holders

Advising various Trustees in Bankruptcy, Liquidators and Administrators in respect of their duties as office holders

Debtors

Acting for debtors in respect of, amongst other things, bankruptcy proceedings.

Creditors

Acting for creditors in insolvency situations including successfully defeating reservation of title clauses in order to obtain possession of the client's goods.

Company disqualifications

Successfully acting for a former director of a company in defeating an application under the Companies Directors' Disqualification Act 1986.

More: Restructuring and insolvency

Fiona Trust litigation

Acting for two of the successful defendants, Mr Izmaylov and Mr Skarga in this litigation which The Times labelled "the shipping trial of the century" and Tradewinds as "the trial of the decade".

Acting for a board investigating losses to investors

Representing a board in its investigations into the actions of, amongst other, the former directors which included applying for and obtaining a without notice freezing order against one of the former directors.

Important double taxation treaty case

Successfully acting for the Issuer of notes in respect of a complex international claim involving double taxation treaties which led to HMRC publishing draft guidance seeking to clarify how this decision would affect its practice on claims to relief from UK withholding taxes under the UK Double Tax Treaties.

More: Dispute resolution

Fiona Trust litigation

Acting for two of the successful defendants, Mr Izmaylov and Mr Skarga in this litigation which The Times labelled "the shipping trial of the century" and Tradewinds as "the trial of the decade".

Acting for a board investigating losses to investors

Representing a board in its investigations into the actions of, amongst other, the former directors which included applying for and obtaining a without notice freezing order against one of the former directors.

Important double taxation treaty case

Successfully acting for the Issuer of notes in respect of a complex international claim involving double taxation treaties which led to HMRC publishing draft guidance seeking to clarify how this decision would affect its practice on claims to relief from UK withholding taxes under the UK Double Tax Treaties.

More: Commercial litigation
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