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Stephenson Harwood LLP

Fraud: Civil

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What the team is known for

Specialises in managing weighty fraud-related litigation originating in Russia, the CIS, Africa and India. Obtains and opposes injunctions to trace, freeze and recover assets, with the ability to apply pressure to ensure enforcement. Demonstrates particular expertise in matters relating to international arbitration, including the enforcement of arbitral awards and allegations of fraudulently obtained awards. Notable expertise advising insolvency practitioners on fraud claims and associated asset tracing and recovery.

Strengths

"They are very good at dealing with the curveballs that occur in fraud cases," says one interviewee.

Sources commend the firm's strategy of "putting forward small yet strong teams that are very focused on a case rather than spreading resources over a vast number of lawyers."

Interviewees say: "They're a real pleasure to work with, have tremendous attention to detail and are very client-focused."

Work highlights

Successfully defended Ravi Ruia and Prashant Ruia against a USD1.5 billion freezing order and disclosure applications, brought by the claimant as part of a long-running dispute between ArcelorMittal USA and the Essar conglomerate, with an underlying claim of conspiracy.

Notable practitioners

Alan Bercow co-leads the fraud and asset recovery team. He has substantial experience in handling fraud proceedings and asset tracing, with notable expertise in cases that have complex insolvency aspects.
"Alan is a very capable and experienced solicitor with an attention to detail." "He is extremely experienced and very good with clients."

Becky Gardner acts for both claimants and defendants in complex fraud cases, often involving multiple jurisdictions. She is particularly skilled at handling enforcement and asset recovery proceedings.
"She's a very strong, impressive speaker and is very technical." "Becky is very hard-working and very dedicated."

John Fordham is widely recognised in the market for his depth of experience in handling sophisticated commercial fraud cases. He has vast expertise in litigation as well as in obtaining or opposing the application of freezing, search and seizure orders.
"John is an amazing guy and a stalwart of the industry." "A brilliant lawyer."

Priya Grigoriadis is a senior associate who assists on an array of multi-jurisdictional fraud proceedings, as well as helping clients with resisting and obtaining worldwide freezing orders.
"Priya is one of the best solicitors I've ever come across in terms of procedure. She manages issues very swiftly and efficiently, knows all the minute details and is so responsive and great with clients."

Ros Prince maintains an excellent reputation for her civil fraud practice and is co-head of the firm's fraud and asset recovery team. She regularly acts in high-value fraud proceedings relating to a range of complex claims, with notable expertise in advising clients from Russia and the CIS.
"She's very hard-working, collaborative, always available and is good at thinking of cases from different angles." "She's very client-oriented and is great at working with lawyers across jurisdictions with a grasp of the specificities of foreign litigation."

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Overview

Our specialist team has unparalleled experience at both bringing and defending fraud claims. 

Our lawyers' in-depth knowledge means we can step in to take urgent action to protect our clients. 

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 have acted on many of the largest fraud claims in England and globally. We have significant expertise of fraud claims arising from emerging markets, including the CIS/CEE, Africa and India.

Our team includes specialists in financial services fraud, who have decades of experience of fraud claims for and against banks, funds, and senior employees/directors of companies in the financial services sector. We often manage fraud claims with concurrent parallel proceedings including civil, criminal, regulatory and arbitration proceedings (domestically and abroad).

Winning a case is not the final step in litigation. We regularly assist clients to trace assets and enforce judgments and arbitration awards, in England and abroad.

Our lawyers are proactive and imaginative, and our advice is always clear and commercial. We help clients reach the outcomes they want. Often, this is settlement and we can devise strategies to help achieve this. But where a case goes to trial, we can be trusted to achieve the best possible outcome. 

Members

Bercow, Alan (Head of Department)

Prince, Ros (Head of Department)

Fordham, John

Gardner, Becky

Grewal, Priya

Grigoriadis, Priya

Shah, Kamal

Fraud: Civil

Stephenson Harwood LLP

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Location

1 Finsbury Circus

London

Greater London

UK

EC2M 7SH

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Fraud: Civil


Alan Bercow
Band 4
Becky Gardner
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John Fordham
Senior Statespeople
Priya Grigoriadis
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