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Maitland Chambers

Fraud: Civil

9 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Maitland Chambers is noted for its expertise in high-value fraud disputes. Members are adept at representing their clients through all stages of a claim, from the obtaining and opposing of freezing orders through to asset tracing and recovery proceedings. The set is regularly called upon to handle both domestic and international matters, and offers expertise in disputes arising in jurisdictions in Asia, the Middle East and the CIS. Recent work handled by the set includes Tugushev v Orlov, a USD350 million dispute involving allegations of unlawful means conspiracy in relation to the ownership of a vast international fishing business.

Client service:

"The clerks are approachable, sensible and easy to get hold of." "The clerking is top-notch, and John Wiggs, the senior clerk, is incredible and very responsive."

Strengths:

Benjamin John
Benjamin John is an accomplished senior junior who is frequently instructed in large-value fraud proceedings involving various allegations including corruption, dishonesty and bribery. He has dealt with cases pertaining to numerous regions of the world including Africa, the Middle East and the CIS.
"Ferociously hard-working and brilliantly responsive." "He is extremely user-friendly and a lovely person to work with - clients rely on him and he is very much part of the team."
Recent work: Acted for a series of Russian, Hong Kong and English companies in JSC-Karat-1 & Others v Tugushev, a multimillion-dollar claim for damages arising from losses caused to them by the respondent's improperly obtained worldwide freezing order.

Strengths:

Catherine Newman QC
Catherine Newman QC has an extensive commercial chancery practice that encompasses many civil fraud instructions, including ones with an international dimension. She also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge. She has appeared at all levels of the judicial system including the Supreme Court and the Privy Council.
"A solid operator who knows how the courts works really well."

Strengths:

David Mumford QC
David Mumford QC appears in substantial pieces of civil fraud litigation arising out of such issues as dishonest assistance and the misappropriation of assets. He is skilled at employing legal tools such as search, seizure and disclosure orders.
"David is so articulate and has the ear of the court, making him capable of arguing the most difficult points. He can make any argument sound reasonable and is absolutely tremendous." "His written advocacy is superb and he's got a mind like a steel trap. He's a real intellectual with a brain the size of a planet and his submissions are wonderful. He's meticulous in his preparation."
Recent work: Defended Tesco against claims brought by institutional shareholders arising from a substantial accounting scandal in 2014.

Strengths:

George Hayman QC
George Hayman QC is a well-liked silk who takes on challenging fraud cases as part of a practice that also encompasses wider commercial chancery and media law. He is adept at obtaining and responding to injunctions such as freezing orders. His cases involve various allegations including deceit and breach of trust.
"A very diligent and careful barrister who is excellent on complex matters and very persuasive in court." "A pleasure to work with - he is able to absorb lots of information and identify the key strengths and weaknesses in a position." "He's brilliant with clients and is able to bring them on-side even when the advice is not easy to hear."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in Tugushev v Orlov and Others, a USD350 million fraud claim concerning the ownership of a vast international fishing business run by the Norebo Group.

Strengths:

Matthew Collings QC
Matthew Collings QC is routinely instructed in significant cases of alleged fraud, including courtroom trials and arbitrations. He has appeared before the Supreme Court multiple times.
"Wonderful to work with."

Strengths:

Richard Morgan QC
Richard Morgan QC applies an expert understanding of the law to fraud disputes, particularly when it comes to freezing, tracing and recovering assets. He is deeply familiar with jurisdictional issues, having acted in a number of cross-border cases.
"He has an encyclopedic knowledge of injunction fraud and really gets into the details." "A fantastic advocate who really knows his law."
Recent work: Appeared in Convoy Collateral v Broad Idea, a case concerning the availability of freezing orders in support of foreign proceedings and against third parties.

Strengths:

Thomas Grant QC
Thomas Grant QC is an experienced silk who offers considerable expertise in freezing orders and other injunctions. He is regularly instructed in high-value disputes arising from serious allegations of fraud, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.
"An excellent and talented all-rounder with a great intellect and an easy charm. He is forceful and compelling in court." "Tom is a very good, bullish and strong advocate. He is willing to get stuck in and take difficult points." "An intellectual and very forensic barrister."
Recent work: Acted in Cunico v Daskalakis, a claim brought by mineral mining companies against former officers of those companies for alleged fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, relating to the management of a mine in Macedonia.

Strengths:

Thomas Munby
Thomas Munby is experienced in the handling of high-value international fraud disputes. He offers expertise in cases involving allegations of conspiracy, breach of contract and bribery.
"Thomas has first-rate analytical skills - he immediately gets to the heart of any legal issue and will identify arguments that others would miss. He is also very tactically astute, immensely hard-working and professional." "He has a really measured and likeable advocacy style."

Strengths:

Watson Pringle
Watson Pringle is experienced in the handling of complex civil fraud disputes involving allegations of breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of confidence. He is regularly instructed in multi-jurisdictional disputes, and has a recognised expertise in conflict of laws matters.
"He's very intelligent and able to spot the tricky points and find solutions. He really gets involved and is excellent with clients."
Recent work: Acted for Watchstone in a high-profile claim for £63 million in breach of confidence and conspiracy arising out of the alleged unlawful disclosure of Watchstone's confidential information by its trusted adviser PwC in secret meetings with Watchstone's counterparty in a large commercial transaction.

Fraud: Civil

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London (Bar)

Fraud: Civil


Catherine Newman QC
Band 4
David Mumford QC
Band 2
George Hayman QC
Band 4
Matthew Collings QC
Band 4
Richard Morgan QC
Band 3
Thomas Grant QC
Band 3

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