Managing Partner: Sara Teasdale
Senior Partner: Michael Potts
Number of partners: 9(5 Criminal and 4Civil)
Number of assistant solicitors: 12(5 Criminal and 7Civil)
Number of other fee-earners: 4(1 Criminal and 3 Civil)
Commercial Litigation: Nicola Boulton, Yvonne Jefferies
Criminal Litigation: Sara Teasdale
Regulatory Investigations: Michael Potts
THE FIRM Byrne and Partners LLP is a specialist litigation firm, with particular expertise in commercial litigation, financial crime and regulatory 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.
Since its establishment in 2003, Byrne and Partners has consistently been ranked as a leading civil and criminal fraud practice by all of the major legal directories. In October 2018 it was named as one of the top 200 law firms in the UK by The Times newspaper.
PRINCIPLE AREAS OF WORK Byrne and Partners comprises civil, criminal and regulatory teams, who between them deal with commercial disputes, freezing orders, financial crime and regulatory investigations.
The civil litigation team is routinely instructed in the largest cases heard by the Commercial Court, usually where claims for misrepresentation and breach of trust are involved. The team has particular expertise in dealing with claims pleaded as a matter of foreign law before the English court, as well as freezing orders and other types of injunctive relief.
Current cases of note include: acting for Defendants to the US$500 million US Department of Justice civil proceedings targeting the family and associates of the late General Abacha; representing a major defendant in the US$1 billion breach of duty claim brought by Russia’s National Bank Trust; acting for a Ukrainian oligarch in his defence of claims brought by a major Russian oil company; and acting for a group of defendants to the £1.5 billion fraud claim brought by the Danish tax ministry.
The criminal team deals with all aspects of financial crime, including fraud allegations, money laundering issues, tax investigations and prosecutions, bribery and corruption, market abuse investigations, stock exchange enquiries, restraint, sanctions issues and investigations pursued by competition authorities. Often such investigations have a cross border element.
The team currently acts for individuals involved in complex, high profile cases such as the SFO Rolls Royce corruption investigation, the investigation into Tesco PLC for false accounting, the Unaoil/KBR corruption investigation, the SFO investigation into ENRC and the SFO’s prosecution of senior Alstom executives.
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. The firm has particular experience in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Russia, Greece and the US, as well as offshore jurisdictions such as the BVI, Cayman, Nevis and the Channel Islands.
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.