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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. Ably assists clients with defending against orders for the disclosure, freezing or seizure of assets around the world. Strong experience working with financial institutions as well as for private clients.
Strengths A source notes that Macfarlanes is "a classy outfit with highly professional, dedicated lawyers."
A commentator describes the team as "friendly, approachable and results-focused."
A source reports: "The lawyers are hard-working and deliver superb-quality work."
Work highlights Represented Vitaly Orlov, the owner of Russia's largest fishing company Norebo, in a dispute with former business associate Alexander Tugushev, who claims that he is entitled to a third of Norebo as well as other businesses in Hong Kong and Norway. Successfully challenged a worldwide freezing order against Mr Orlov in 2019.
James Popperwell is head of fraud at the firm and is highly skilled at managing substantial civil fraud proceedings in the UK and internationally. He has particular knowledge of Russia and Ukraine, regularly handling high-value matters issuing from those countries.
"James is always available to provide vital strategic advice in the most complex of matters. He is able to coordinate teams in multiple jurisdictions and generate excellent results for clients." "A brilliant tactician who is super organised and efficient." "James is a great litigator. He is very dedicated and has his clients' interests at heart."
Nikolas Ireland is a senior solicitor who is developing a strong civil fraud practice, particularly in relation to cases emerging from Russia and the CIS. He is familiar with litigation as well as obtaining interim injunctions such as worldwide freezing orders.
"Nikolas has the ability to quickly grasp the most relevant aspects of a case and target his work accordingly." "A good all-round lawyer who is very diligent and careful."