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Twenty Essex

Fraud: Civil

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Twenty Essex is routinely instructed in both domestic and international fraud matters arising across the banking, energy and commodities sectors. The set's members are experienced in the handling of sophisticated disputes involving allegations of bribery, conspiracy and dishonest, and appear for their clients both in complex litigation and in arbitral proceedings. An area of particular strength for the team is cyber fraud claims, including those concerning issues surrounding cryptocurrency and other technologies.

Client service:

"The clerks are very accessible and efficient." Arron Zitver, Christopher Theobald and Anthony Carroll are the practice directors.

Recent work:

Andrew Fulton QC
A gifted new silk handling significant banking and finance, energy and commercial fraud litigation. Many of his instructions have an international aspect.
Appeared in Tonstate Group & Others v Wojakovski & Others, a complex fraud case in which claimants alleged that a director misappropriated approximately £15 million.

Strengths:

Anthony Beswetherick
Manages a wide-ranging commercial caseload covering various areas including civil fraud, banking and finance, insolvency and company law. Many of his cases have an international aspect. He offers notable experience in cases of alleged conspiracy and fraudulent misrepresentation.
"A measured and very clever advocate." "An excellent and efficient barrister who is calm under pressure and has a good rapport with the judiciary."
Recent work: Appeared for the claimant in Gorbachev v Guriev, a case arising out of allegations that Mr Guriev, a former Russian senator, acted in fraudulent breach of trust in respect of a 24.75% interest in the world's largest fertiliser business.

Strengths:

Duncan Matthews QC
An ideal counsel for international fraud disputes who has extensive experience of handling matters both at home and in offshore jurisdictions such as the BVI and Nevis. He was lead defence counsel in the substantial Mukhtar Ablyazov litigation which was freighted with allegations of fraud. He has significant expertise relating to injunctive relief.
"Brilliant in cross-examinations." "He has a great courtroom manner."
Recent work: Successfully acted in Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings and Alexander Vik, a matter arising out of a banking dispute between in which Deutsche Bank claimed USD250 million and Sebastian Holdings counterclaimed some USD8 billion in relation to certain FX and equities trades.

Strengths:

Paul Lowenstein QC
Dedicated commercial advocate who has taken to trial many cases containing allegations of civil fraud. He is proficient in a panoply of fraud-related issues including injunctive relief and enforcement proceedings. He is experienced in the handling of matters arising in the banking and finance sector.
"He has a wealth of experience in civil fraud matters." "A very determined advocate who is up to speed, pays attention to detail and understands the commercial realities of a case." "His power of analysis is excellent."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Alessandra Foglia v The Family Officer and others,an action to recover EUR15 million of the claimant's money which was stolen from a bank account in Cayman following a cyber fraud.

Strengths:

Philip Edey QC
Manages a busy commercial practice and is recognised for his provision of expert advice and advocacy in civil fraud disputes. He has dealt with a raft of allegations in the course of his work including bribery, conspiracy and dishonesty. He is experienced in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.
"A good advocate who has impeccable judgement and presents his advice in an understated manner." "He has a razor-sharp intellect."
Recent work: Defended Boris Mints, a Russian businessman, against claims for over USD500 million brought against him and his sons for an alleged fraudulent conspiracy in relation to the restructuring of loans from the claimant banks.

Strengths:

Philip Riches QC
Has a growing expertise in complex fraud cases, and is regularly instructed in high-value cross-border matters involving the CIS and Africa. He is experienced in the handling of matters arising in the banking, commodities and natural resources sectors.
"A brilliant, incredibly bright and responsive advocate." "He is very thorough, very commercial and thoughtful."
Recent work: Acted for the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Process & Industrial Developments v Federal Republic of Nigeria. Nigeria was seeking to set aside a multibillion-dollar arbitration award made against it on the grounds of fraud.

Strengths:

Stephen Atherton QC
He is experienced in handling cases with an intersection between fraud and insolvency law. He has impressive international credentials and receives instructions from across the globe including the Caribbean and the Far East.
"Very user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for the second defendant bank in (1) DMS Bank and Trust, (2) DMS Organization v CWM, a case concerning claims brought against the bank alleging dishonest assistance, negligence and unjust enrichment by investors arising from the alleged fraud of the first defendant.

Fraud: Civil Department

Twenty Essex

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20 Essex Street

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Fraud: Civil


Andrew Fulton QC
New Silks
Duncan Matthews QC
Band 2
Paul Lowenstein QC
Band 3
Philip Edey QC
Band 4
Philip Riches QC
New Silks
Stephen Atherton QC
Band 4