Backed by the experience of our skilled civil fraud team, we have become known for our tenacity in building effective cases tracing, freezing and recovery of assets. With four Global Elite Thought Leaders in Asset Recovery according to Who's Who Legal, we have double the number of experts than any other firm in the world.
We work at the cutting edge of the law, using the full legal armoury to obtain results for our clients. Cases are often complex and international by nature, with assets frozen in multiple jurisdictions, simultaneously.
We have secured recoveries for our clients of hundreds of millions of pounds, unravelling complicated structures – such as offshore discretionary trusts, Jersey foundations, Liechtenstein anstalts, nominee owners and webs of companies spanning several jurisdictions.
Our notable experience
Who's Who Legal Asset Recovery Law Firm of the Year 2019.
Acting for the liquidator of a bank in obtaining a US$1.4 billion worldwide freezing order and search order.
Obtaining an order in the US against Google to disclose emails from a Gmail account with information relevant to asset disclosure.
Obtaining orders to crack passwords to access electronic devices holding information about assets.
Obtaining the first judgment which established that a search order can be granted against a third party, against whom there is no claim, which led to the discovery of previously unknown assets of the defendant.
Establishing the jurisdiction of the Cayman Court to grant freezing orders in support of foreign proceedings, so as to be able to freeze effectively substantial assets held through Cayman vehicles.
Acting for a company listed on the main board of the London Stock Exchange in simultaneously serving US$500 million freezing orders in four jurisdictions and executing search orders at three premises.
Obtaining the leading judgment on when it is appropriate to order cross-examination of a respondent to a freezing order on their asset disclosure, with the case settling shortly after that cross-examination.
We have worked with clients from around the world, who seek us out for our outcome-driven approach and pragmatic advice. We ensure every case is tailored to meet the needs of each client – often leaning on our litigation colleagues to support arbitration proceedings, for example in the case of interim relief applications.
With one of the most experienced teams in the country, we routinely tackle asset seizure and forfeiture investigations for a wide range of clients. We have established a number of legal precedents in this space, and have become the go-to firm for proactive, expert advice.
In a fast-evolving, global environment, where penalties for any breach are severe and the need to bring timely challenges is crucial, our sanctions team provides specialist advice, backed by worldwide experience.