Barrowfen Properties Limited v (1) Girish Patel; (2) Stevens & Bolton LLP; (3) Barrowfen Properties II Limited  EWHC 1145 (Ch) . Acting in a successful claim involving allegations of professional negligence and conspiracy.
Marathon Asset Management LLP v Seddon and others - Successfully defending a three year £30m claim concerning the removal of confidential information and conspiracy. After a long battle, our client was ordered to pay only £1 in nominal damages and negotiated the recovery of his legal costs.
Since 2019, working with Ravan Maharramov defend our client, a high-profile Azeri MP and businessman, in the case of a multi-million pound Account Freezing Order against the National Crime Agency. Judgment on the largest contested Account Freezing Order case to date was delivered in January 2022 by Westminster Magistrates Court.
Acting for the Saudi Algosaibi Group in relation to a US$9.2 billion fraud claim.
Defending a £100 million claim for fraud brought by a hedge fund against a former employee.
Acting on a multimillion pound family shareholder dispute in Barbados on appeal to the Privy Council.
Advising an internet gaming company on employee fraud and coordinating the arrest of the culprit and seizure of his computers within 24 hours.
Helping a Saudi Family Office recover the proceeds of a large fraud.
Assisting a renowned gallery on freezing and recovering the proceeds of a bank mandate fraud.
England and Wales, 2001
Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
Me in a minute
I love this challenge of my specialist area
I own a small vineyard in Somerset and working there at the weekends helps blow away the cobwebs from a week of international fraud litigation and often gives me time to ponder on the right strategy for a case.
Producing wine does not pay the bills, so it is lucky that I always wanted to be a lawyer and a litigator at that.
In my career at Withers, I soon became drawn to large scale international disputes, mostly involving allegations of fraud or dishonesty. When clients are affected by a fraud or drawn into ‘bet the farm’ litigation in several countries, you have to treat the matter like a game of three dimensional chess and plan each move in each jurisdiction accordingly. I love this challenge of my specialist area.
In the run up to a big trial I tend to be tee-total, which is challenging when you own a vineyard and frustrating given that I have regularly been involved in some of the largest fraud trials in the English Courts over the last decade.