Herbert Smith Freehills

Fraud: Civil Department

UK-wide
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What the team is known for Brings to bear the resources of a City firm on complex fraud-related litigation. Clients benefit from its strength in related practice areas, such as commercial and banking litigation, as well as from its global network of offices and in-house advocacy ability. Adept at using the law to swiftly locate, freeze and recover assets. Regularly instructed by financial institutions, both in pursuit and in defence of claims. Also represents a wide range of other blue-chip companies as well as high net worth individuals.

Strengths An interviewee says: "They are very experienced if you have a big case, and the associates they have are brilliant."

"The team was excellent at keeping me informed of the next steps and explaining the procedure to me," a source says, adding: "I do not think we could have been better prepared."

Work highlights Represented Gazprom Export in a Commercial Court claim against Bulgarian joint venture gas company Overgas and its executive director Sasho Dontchev. The claim concerns alleged dishonest dilution of shares as well as alleged breaches of fiduciary duty by Mr Dontchev.

Notable practitioners

Head of civil fraud
Jeremy Garson
attracts praise for his knowledge of and experience in complex fraud cases. He adroitly handles cross-border matters, often involving Russia, including asset recovery across multiple jurisdictions.
"Jeremy is strategically smart, realistic and has good judgement - he always keeps the big picture in mind." "He is a class act, a very polished speaker who knows his subject very well." "Jeremy is on top of all the matters and always provides comprehensive advice with a variety of practical solutions."