Civil Fraud — Our Services
Claimant Fraud
As market leaders in fraud litigation, we have a long track record of successfully representing claimants in substantial international fraud cases.

We have the expertise to advise claimants on every stage of the process, from the investigation of a potential fraud to tracing assets and applying the full range of legal powers available to achieve recovery.

Regularly acting for financial institutions, state-owned banks, state bodies, multinationals and high-net-worth individuals, we provide insight, strategy and a seamless cross-border approach.

We are well-practised in obtaining freezing and search orders, and in bringing contempt proceedings, and have an established network of contacts in foreign jurisdictions – so that we can put together the multidisciplinary teams to cover every angle.

Our notable experience
  • Acting for a multinational pharmaceutical company in a £300 million claim for fraudulent misrepresentation against high-profile entrepreneurs, against whom freezing orders were obtained.
  • Conducting a fraud and asset recovery action on behalf of Middle East investors in failed property development schemes.
  • Acting for a prominent Dubai businessman in arbitration against an African state, arising out of the expropriation of his business assets.
  • Investigating the misappropriation of assets from a company and bringing related claims.
  • Representing a listed company in a US$500m claim against its former owners and directors in claims for deceit, breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy.
  • Obtaining a judgment in excess of US$180m for deceit where the case against the defendant was always entirely built on inferences that he had procured the fraudulent documents that had misled our client into making substantial loans to his companies.
  • Acting for the liquidator of a bank in obtaining a £1.3bn freezing order and search order against the alleged former controller of the bank.
  • Acting for a global car manufacturer in claims against HSBC for knowing receipt of the proceeds of a multi-million pound fraud.
  • Acting for an insurance company in relation to a series of claims against rogue traders for conspiracy to injure by deceiving the customers of the insurance company.
Our specialists
Nicola Boulton
0207 842 1659
Anthony Riem
Senior Partner
0207 842 1650
07887 732522
Trevor Mascarenhas
0207 842 1656
07775 910586
Civil Fraud and Commercial Dispute Services
Asset Recovery and Enforcement
We have decades of expertise working across complex international fraud and asset recovery cases – delivering creative solutions, at pace.
All Asset Recovery and Enforcement Services
Civil Fraud
Regarded as a leader in the civil fraud space, our team is experienced representing both claimants and defendants in all areas of fraud litigation.
All Civil Fraud Services
Commercial Litigation
We have a wealth of experience in dealing with high-value, complex and heavily contested commercial litigation cases – often against large City and international firms.
All Commercial Litigation Services
Insolvency and Restructuring
With wide-ranging experience acting for corporations and individuals alike, members of the PCB Byrne team have dealt with some of the largest insolvency cases to reach the English Courts.
All Insolvency and Restructuring Services
International Arbitration
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.
All International Arbitration Services
Business Crime and Regulatory Services
Asset Seizure and Forfeiture
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.
All Asset Seizure and Forfeiture Services
Corporate and Financial Crime
Working across jurisdictions on all areas of corporate and financial crime, we regularly advise on issues such as fraud, bribery and corruption, economic sanctions and money laundering.
All Corporate and Financial Crime Services
Crypto Currency and Cyber Crime
We have built a reputation for our tenacity in building cases and in tracing, freezing and recovering assets. We work at the cutting edge of the law on interim relief, using the full armoury of the law in order to obtain results for our clients.
Financial Sanctions
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.
All Financial Sanctions Services
Regulatory and Disciplinary
Whether clients are facing investigations by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Dental Practice Board, we bring a wealth of international experience across regulatory and compliance enquiries.
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Serious and General Crime
We bring our criminal defence expertise to bear across a range of general crime issues, from theft and fraud to sexual and violent offences.
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