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Karla  Sheerin-Griffin

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Karla Sheerin-Griffin Associate

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Karla  Sheerin-Griffin

T: +44 20 7809 2205 Email Karla | Vcard Office: London

An associate in the commercial litigation department, Karla advises on all types of commercial disputes with a particular focus on civil fraud, finance and the art market. The majority of Karla's work has a substantial international element.
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Karla has acted on a number of proceedings before the High Court and has experience in obtaining urgent injunctive relief including world-wide freezing orders, search orders and disclosure orders.

Karla advises clients in a wide range of sectors including financial institutions, office holders, public bodies, international auction houses and high-profile individuals.

“calm and capable, well beyond her years of experience"

The Legal 500 2015 
  • Commercial litigation
  • Fraud and asset tracing
  • Banking and financial services litigation

High value fraud claim

Acting for a financial institution in relation to a high value claim involving allegations of fraud against a former shareholder.

Payment diversion fraud claim

Advising a company in respect of the recovery of monies misappropriated through a payment diversion fraud.

Alleged misappropriation of monies

Advising the trustees of an offshore fund in respect of an alleged misappropriation of monies.

More: Commercial litigation

High value fraud claim

Acting for a financial institution in relation to a high value claim involving allegations of fraud against a former shareholder.

Payment diversion fraud claim

Advising a company in respect of the recovery of monies misappropriated through a payment diversion fraud.

Alleged misappropriation of monies

Advising the trustees of an offshore fund in respect of an alleged misappropriation of monies.

More: Fraud and asset tracing

High value fraud claim

Acting for a financial institution in relation to a high value claim involving allegations of fraud against a former shareholder.

Foreign exchange trade dispute

Advising a financial institution in respect of a dispute relating to a foreign exchange trade.

High value securities transaction dispute

Advising on potentially contentious aspects of complex and high value securities transactions.

More: Banking and financial services litigation
  • Art and cultural property

Consignment claim

Advising in respect of judicial review proceedings relating to the consignment of artworks for sale.

Artist's Resale Right Regulations

Advising on issues arising under the Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006/346.

Artwork title dispute

Advising in respect of disputes over title to artworks.

Attribution dispute

Advising on a dispute between a consignor and an auction house in relation to the attribution of an artwork.

Consignment by a public body

Advising in respect of judicial review proceedings seeking to challenge the consignment of artworks for sale by a public body.

Art acquisitions

Advising on contentious issues arising out of the acquisition of a high value artwork.

Dispute arising from a private sale mandate

Advising the seller of a high value artwork on a dispute involving allegations of breaches of contract and fiduciary duties with the auction house through which the seller sold the artwork.

Export licence

Advising the purchaser of an artwork in relation to an application for a licence to permanently export the artwork outside the UK.

Seizure of artworks

Advising on the seizure pursuant to a court order of artworks consigned to an auction house in satisfaction of a debt owed by the consignor to a third party.

More: Art and cultural property

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30 May 2017

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New US law facilitates claims to recover Nazi-looted art

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30 May 2017

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30 May 2017

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10 Mar 2016

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When will the English Courts have jurisdiction over a dispute? (Russian version)

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05 Feb 2016

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Relief for art experts as French court finds author of catalogue raisonée not liable for opinion expressed outside of a transaction

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05 Feb 2016

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Cultural property – rules governing exports from the UK and the case of the portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet

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05 Feb 2016

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California Resale Royalty Act – Supreme Court refuses artists' appeal

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05 Feb 2016

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Repeal of Section 52 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 - when will it happen and how?

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29 Oct 2015

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When will the English Courts have jurisdiction over a dispute?

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06 Oct 2015

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Freezing orders and discretionary trusts - disclosure orders regarding trusts

We consider disclosure orders the English Court can make in fraud litigation in relation to trust assets.

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07 Sep 2015

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Fraud litigation – the claimant's 'toolkit': third party disclosure orders webcast

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24 Jun 2014

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The effect of disclosure orders on third parties webcast

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