We are highly ranked in both the The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories. We act on many of the largest international and domestic fraud cases.
Our team has extensive experience of bringing and defending:
- fraud claims
- multi-jurisdictional and domestic asset tracing
- freezing injunctions, in support of domestic and foreign proceedings
- other injunctions, including search and seizure order, receivership orders and gagging.
We regularly act for financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, companies and individuals. We work with our clients to develop imaginative and effective strategies, while giving clear, commercial and constructive advice.
Much of our work is international. We regularly work with lawyers, clients and other advisers in many offshore jurisdictions such as the BVI, Cayman Islands and Cyprus. We have particular experience in emerging markets and have assisted parties in Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean. We have particular expertise in Russia and the CIS.
We often manage fraud claims with concurrent parallel proceedings (both national and multi-jurisdictional). These include civil and criminal proceeding, regulatory investigations, insolvency proceedings and arbitrations (including investment treaty arbitrations).
"They are an absolutely exceptional litigation department and have an exceptional quality of lawyers, clients and work."
Chambers UK 2017
An insolvent CEE Bank
Acted for an insolvent CEE bank in bringing multiple fraud claims against the bank's former owner, including successfully obtaining a freezing order, search orders, and other injunctive relief.
The Arab Republic of Egypt
Multi-billion dollar asset tracing exercise into the country's former leaders – one of the largest investigations into a former leader's mismanagement of state funds ever carried out.
Defended Mukhtar Ablyazov in eight separate High Court claims for in excess of $4 billion, some of the largest fraud claims ever before the English Court.
Venezuela's state oil company
Successfully discharged a $12 billion world-wide freezing order against our client, to our knowledge the largest freezing order ever discharged in England.
Fiona Trust litigation
Successfully defended the former Director-General of Sovcomflot in claims in excess of US$700 million for bribery and fraud, described in the press as the 'trial of the century'. Successfully defended an appeal to the Court of Appeal.
The liquidators of Rangers football club
Advised the liquidators of Rangers football club in relation to conspiracy claims against its former owner and his solicitors, relating to the takeover of the club.
The trust of Vincent Tchenguiz
Acted for the trust in a high-profile billion pound claim against Kaupthing Hf, including advising in relation to related criminal investigations and the largest ever dawn raid undertaken by the Serious Fraud Office.
A Russian oligarch
Bringing fraud claims against an oligarch's former business partners and advisers, including a successful freezing order freezing cash in Georgia and the Cayman Islands.
Advised banks on claims arising out of the collapse of the Saad group and its dispute with the Algosaibi family, involving complex fraud allegations and actions in a number of jurisdictions.
Former director of Weavering hedge fund
Acted for a the collapsed Weavering hedge fund manager, defending fraud and negligence claims in excess of US$400 million brought by the company's liquidators.