Our Expertise

Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

Members of 4 New Square Chambers are frequently instructed in commercial fraud work both on and offshore. That work arises in many different contexts and includes civil fraud in all its forms: from international conspiracy cases, to cases involving bribery or corruption, to fraudulent insurance claims, to claims involving trusts and fiduciaries. Our work includes asset recovery and enforcement.

Given this expertise, Members of Chambers are regularly instructed at short notice to seek, resist or discharge urgent injunctive and other pre-emptive relief, including freezing injunctions, search orders, Norwich Pharmacal and Bankers Trust orders, and we also have substantial experience of committal applications arising out of breaches of injunctive orders.

Chambers’ expertise ranges from cases in the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division in England and Wales, to courts in foreign jurisdictions, with a particular focus on work in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman, and the Isle of Man. Further, Members of Chambers have significant experience of international arbitration under a very broad range of domestic and international institutions, including where fraud is alleged. Consequently, we have significant experience of the jurisdictional disputes that often arise in these cases.

Members of Chambers have been involved in many of the largest and most high-profile cases in this field in recent years, including:

  • Vale v Steinmetz & Ors – acting for a number of parties in this high profile US$1.8bn claim brought in the Commercial Court by a Brazilian mining company, for misrepresentation and unlawful means conspiracy against a number of defendants.
  • Vneshprombank v Bedzhamov & Others – acting for the main defendant in a fraud claim pleaded at £1.34bn and brought in the Chancery Division, relating to the collapse of a Russian bank, which has been the subject of numerous reported decisions.
  • Kazakhstan Kagazy v Arip & Others – acting for the claimants in a long running US$300million Commercial Court fraud claim. The matter went through a thirteen week trial, various appeals, and was then the subject of a complex enforcement battle involving extremely valuable trust assets held in London, Switzerland, Cyprus, Dubai and elsewhere, resulting in a further four week trial.
  • Serious Fraud Office, KPMG, Harbour Fund & Others v Litigation Capital Limited & 24 other parties – representing the Serious Fraud Office, KPMG, Harbour Litigation Funding, Stewarts Law and Quantuma in a 10-week trial in the Commercial Court concerning claims to assets worth over £100m.
  • Public Institution for Social Security v Al Rajaan & Others – acting for the main defendant in respect of alleged unlawful secret commissions obtained during his role as Director General of the Kuwait state entity. The multiple governing laws, the extent of the alleged wrongdoing and scale of the damages claimed (at least $900m) made this one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2021.
  • Eurochem v Rogalskiy and others – Substantial civil fraud proceedings in the BVI which involve 18 defendants and also involve connected proceedings in a range of offshore jurisdictions. The case was the subject of a significant appeal to the Privy Council on jurisdictional issues.
  • In the liquidation of the Stanford International Bank acting for the liquidators of Stanford International Bank bringing a US$1bn claim in Antigua and Barbuda.
  • Danilina v Chernukhin & Others  – a high-profile fraud claim relating to assets held in Russia (including a large textile manufacturer and development site in Moscow) and other jurisdictions.

 

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Legal 500

“4 New Square has in the last ten years become a top commercial litigation chambers, harnessing its very strong international links in the US, CIS, Middle East and Continental Europe. They have strength in depth at all levels and some real superstars at every level. "

Chambers Global 2022

“The set’s barristers are recognised for being well acquainted with domestic commercial cases and also gain recognition for their involvement in high-profile cross-border litigation. The practitioners here are in high demand and are noted by solicitors for being “excellent across the board.”"

Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief Barristers

Justin Fenwick KC

Call: 1980 Silk: 1993

Murray Rosen KC

Call: 1976 Silk: 1993

David Halpern KC

Call: 1978 Silk: 2006

Graeme McPherson KC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2008

Ben Elkington KC, FCIArb

Call: 1996 Silk: 2012

Hugh Jory KC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2014

Graham Chapman KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2014

Neil Hext KC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2015

Nicole Sandells KC

Call: 1994 Silk: 2018

Daniel Saoul KC

Call: 2008 Silk: 2019

Richard Liddell KC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2020

Clare Dixon KC

Call: 2002 Silk: 2021

George Spalton KC

Call: 2004 Silk: 2021

Helen Evans KC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2022

Matthew Bradley KC

Call: 2004 Silk: 2022

Michael Bowmer

Call: 1997

Tim Chelmick

Call: 2004

Shail Patel

Call: 2006

Kendrah Potts

Call: 2017    Solicitor: 2006

Tom Asquith

Call: 2007

Tom Shepherd

Call: 2008

Nicholas Broomfield

Call: 2010

Saaman Pourghadiri

Call: 2012

Mark Cullen

Call: 2013

William Harman

Call: 2016

Seohyung Kim

Call: 2016

Usman Roohani

Call: 2016

Dr Benjamin Archer

Call: 2017

Hannah Daly

Call: 2017

Ian McDonald

Call: 2017

Melody Hadfield

Call: 2018

Will Cook

Call: 2019

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