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Byrne and Partners LLP

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Managing Partner: Michael Potts
Senior Partner: Nicola Boulton
Number of partners: 10 (5 Criminal and 5 Civil)
Number of assistant solicitors: 17 (9 Criminal and 8 Civil)
Number of other fee-earners: 5 (2 Criminal and 3 Civil)

Commercial Litigation:
Nicola Boulton, Yvonne Jefferies
Insurance Litigation: Yvonne Jefferies
Criminal Litigation: Sara Teasdale
Regulatory Investigations: Michael Potts

THE FIRM Byrne and Partners LLP is a specialist ten partner litigation firm, with particular expertise in commercial litigation, regulatory and criminal investigations. The firm’s practice is built on its expertise in managing complex, high value cases, often spanning several jurisdictions. It provides clients with high level partner attention and finds solutions that protect their reputations and businesses. Byrne and Partners has grown consistently since its formation in 2003, during which time the workforce has more than tripled in size.

PRINCIPLE AREAS OF WORK The firm combines civil, criminal and asset tracing regulatory teams who between them deal with general commercial litigation, civil and criminal fraud, confiscation and asset recovery, insurance and reinsurance disputes and regulatory, disciplinary and tax investigations. Byrne and Partners’ civil litigation team is frequently involved in the largest cases heard by the Commercial Court. Recent examples include successfully defending prominent businessman Abdourahman Boreh in a multi-million dollar, cross-border dispute with the Government of Djibouti and acting for Defendants to the US$500 million US Department of Justice International civil proceedings targeting the family and associates of the late General Abacha. The team has particular expertise in interim injunctions including obtaining and discharging freezing orders. The criminal team defends major prosecutions by the principal prosecution agencies (including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, CMA, HMRC, MHRA (Medical & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) and specialist departments of the Crown Prosecution Service). Work covers all aspects of fraud allegations, money laundering issues, bribery and corruption, market abuse investigations, stock exchange enquiries, tax investigations, restraint and sanctions issues and investigations pursued by competition authorities. Often such investigations have a cross border element.

CLIENTS Byrne and Partners’ clients range from large commercial organisations to individuals. The firm was instructed in the largest ever FCA criminal prosecution for insider dealing where its client was acquitted. Members of the civil team have acted in the worldwide defence of the Abacha family since 2000.

INTERNATIONAL Although London based, a large percentage of Byrne and Partners’ civil and criminal cases are multi-jurisdictional, meaning the firm has extensive experience in foreign courts and works closely with a well developed network of international law firms. Byrne and Partners has particular experience in the US, Singapore, Swiss and BVI courts. The criminal team has provided specialist advice on investigations in the USA, Europe, Australia and throughout Africa.

RECRUITMENT Byrne and Partners’ recruitment strategy is simple: the firm takes on talented people when it finds them and rewards them for success. Byrne and Partners prides itself on having a close-knit, motivated workforce and most staff members stay with the firm long term.

Those interested in working for Byrne and Partners should send a CV and covering letter to [email protected]