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Serle Court

Fraud: Civil

14 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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The experienced commercial barristers at Serle Court are routinely instructed in high-profile fraud cases on both a domestic and international scale. Members offer significant expertise in claims involving allegations of bribery, as well as the tracing, freezing and recovery of assets across a wide range of jurisdictions. Several of the set's instructions involve offshore jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and the BVI, while the team is also regularly instructed in disputes arising in Russia and the Middle East. Recent work handled by the set includes acting in Qatar v Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, a high-value dispute involving claims of conspiracy brought against two Middle Eastern banks by the State of Qatar

Client service:

"The clerks are very responsive and always provide an efficient and high-quality service. They give excellent advice, are very commercial and have an excellent focus on the client. The team always go the extra mile to help." "The head clerk Steven Whitaker is very efficient and responsive. All the clerks are super professional, know the details of the case, understand the clients' demands and are sensible on fee negotiations." "A seamlessly run, top-notch operation."

Strengths:

Adil Mohamedbhai
Adil Mohamedbhai is regularly called upon to handle complex and high-value disputes involving allegations of bribery, conspiracy, dishonest assistance and breach of fiduciary duty. He offers expertise in securing freezing injunctions and disclosure applications.
"He is great to work with, very straightforward and extremely commercial. He's very technically sound and very good at looking at the commercial strategies behind things."
Recent work: Acted for Equix DMCC in a complex dispute involving several Russian businessmen. Claims for an indemnity and restitution were made against Equix.

Strengths:

Dan McCourt Fritz
Dan McCourt Fritz regularly acts for both claimants and defendants in complex fraud cases. He is experienced in the handling of disputes involving allegations of conspiracy, bribery and breach of fiduciary duty. He is particularly well regarded for his expertise in breach of confidence claims, and frequently appears in civil contempt proceedings.
"He's magnificent in court and his advocacy is exceptional." "A thoughtful, calm and measured barrister. He works incredibly hard, is a delight to work with and is very responsive and bright."
Recent work: Acted for the successful defendants in Russell v Cartwright, a case in which the claimant alleged that the defendants fraudulently conspired to conceal a development opportunity from him. He claimed £60 million in damages.

Strengths:

David Drake
David Drake advises on complex cases of civil fraud, and is an expert on freezing and document preservation orders. In addition he appears in criminal proceedings. He has experience advising on disputes involving allegations of dishonesty, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence.
"A real powerhouse. He is a brain on a stick, unbelievably nice to deal with, good-humoured, very hard-working and everything you would want in a junior."
Recent work: Acted for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in a £200 million damages claim arising from allegations that a French pharmaceutical company fraudulently obtained patents for a popular prescription drug.

Strengths:

Dominic Dowley QC
Dominic Dowley QC works on pivotal fraud cases within the context of an international commercial practice that also covers banking and financial services, professional negligence and trusts work. Many of his instructions emanate from the Caribbean.
"A very bright barrister."

Strengths:

Elizabeth Jones QC
Elizabeth Jones QC is an experienced commercial practitioner frequently instructed in major fraud matters. Her cases concern the full raft of allegations including forgery, bribery, conspiracy and deceit. She is also a skilled mediator.
"She leaves no stone unturned." "A fantastic advocate that you want on your team. She lives and breathes her cases and her litigation strategy skills are unrivalled."
Recent work: Continued to act in eOne v Monex, a case involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and bribery.

Strengths:

Hugh Norbury QC
Hugh Norbury QC is an excellent silk with an expansive commercial practice. He is instructed in high-profile and high-value civil fraud cases involving allegations such as breach of fiduciary duty, bribery and conspiracy.
"He's an expert on freezing orders and fraud-related matters. He's very good to deal with and user-friendly."
Recent work: Represented Charles Saatchi in Saatchi v Gajjar, a dispute with a former trusted adviser in relation to the misappropriation of the storage and transportation of Mr Saatchi’s hugely valuable art collection.

Strengths:

James Mather
James Mather is noted for his adroit handling of high-value asset recovery actions, and regularly appears in complex multi-jurisdictional litigation. He has experience of handling cases involving serious allegations of conspiracy and deceit.
"He's super bright, very practical and very commercial." "The delivery of his analysis is extremely clear, concise and very well thought out, even amongst the most difficult issues. He's very easy to deal with, exceptionally bright and strong on legal research."
Recent work: Acted for Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank in a large conspiracy claim brought by the State of Qatar.  The alleged conspiracy is said to arise out of an international scheme to manipulate the value of Qatari currency and bonds.

Strengths:

Jonathan Adkin QC
Jonathan Adkin QC is an impressive advocate who has acted in a large number of prominent, multi-jurisdictional fraud disputes. He has great experience of cases involving high net worth individuals. He has experience handling cases involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty.
"He drives through obstacles and judges like him. He's thorough, lovely to work with and a very safe pair of hands." "He's very in control, has a full grasp on the issues involved and is very good in court."
Recent work: Instructed in Magdeev v Tsvetkov and Others, a high-value Commercial Court dispute between Russian oligarchs in which each side claims to have been defrauded by the other in relation to the operation of a very high-value jewellery business.

Strengths:

Justin Higgo QC
Justin Higgo QC is an admired silk with a broad commercial chancery practice. He receives a steady supply of significant fraud instructions relating to diverse allegations including deceit, breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of funds.
"He's excellent at communicating legal concepts to the client, which makes decision making easy. He is super in court and a really good communicator." "He is always on top of the detail and is a very tactical lawyer."
Recent work: Acted in Glenn v Watson, proceedings to set aside a shareholders' agreement relating to the establishment and operation of an investment business on the grounds of deceit and for want of authority.

Strengths:

Matthew Morrison
Matthew Morrison prosecutes and defends high-profile fraud proceedings concerning such issues as unfair prejudice, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy and misappropriated assets. He has acted in cases relating to numerous overseas countries including in North America and the Middle East.
"A very robust advocate who is unstinting in his efforts in terms of preparation. He has a laser-like focus on the issues, does a great job explaining things in laymen's terms and has a great manner with clients."
Recent work: Acted for Haz International in relation to misfeasance proceedings brought against Mr Il, a former director and minority shareholder.

Strengths:

Nicholas Harrison
Nicholas Harrison handles high-value fraud claims emanating from all around the globe. Jurisdictions in which he has appeared include Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Isle of Man and the BVI. He has dealt with a range of allegations including misappropriation of funds and undue influence.
"His energy and ability are quite extraordinary."

Strengths:

Philip Jones QC
Philip Jones QC provides carefully crafted advice in difficult fraud disputes and is adept at addressing jurisdiction issues. His cases originate all over the world including the Caribbean, the CIS and Asia.
"A consummate professional with excellent client skills. His advocacy skills are an art form to observe, and he inspires confidence in clients. He is hands-on as a silk, readily contactable and always informed on the papers." "He's a pleasure to work with and his advice is very sound. He's very dependable, clear, detailed and practical."
Recent work: Acted for the principal defendant, Beny Steimetz, in a dispute brought by Vale SA relating to allegations that Vale had entered into a fraudulent joint venture agreement with BSG Resources. The claim is worth in excess of £1.2 billion.

Strengths:

Philip Marshall QC
Philip Marshall QC is a specialist fraud advocate instructed in significant pieces of litigation involving the full range of allegations. He also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.
"He is extremely quick at focusing in on the right points and his ability to build a case and argue it is stellar." "A class act - he's a very smooth operator who pushes his opponents hard." "He's very good at finding different ways to think about a problem and comes up with innovative solutions. He's not afraid of a challenge."
Recent work: Acted in Commercial Bank of Kuwait v Bhutti, a large fraud claim arising out of the USD1.5 billion collapse of NMC Healthcare.

Strengths:

Simon Hattan
Simon Hattan manages a general commercial and chancery practice and is regularly instructed in fraud matters involving such allegations as breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation and dishonesty.
"He's commercial, pragmatic and a pleasure to deal with." "He's thorough, diligent and very persuasive in court." "A very bright, thorough and knowledgeable barrister."
Recent work: Acted for one of the defendants in complex proceedings brought by the Public Institute for Social Security. The claimants alleged that valuable banking relationships were tainted by the payment of secret commissions.

Fraud: Civil

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Fraud: Civil


Dominic Dowley QC
Band 4
Elizabeth Jones QC
Band 3
Hugh Norbury QC
Band 2
Jonathan Adkin QC
Band 3
Justin Higgo QC
Band 4
Philip Jones QC
Band 2

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