Commercial Litigation — Our Services
Corporate, Joint Venture, Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
We regularly advise on complex business disputes across a wide range of industries. Our approach is carefully tailored to meet the needs of each client. But in every case, it’s designed to be commercially sound and strategically strong.

Our focus is on providing clear, candid advice to our clients. We act for companies, shareholders, directors and partners, covering everything from unfair prejudice petitions and derivative actions by shareholders to joint venture and shareholders disputes and breach of duty claims against directors.

Most of our cases are international in scope, where main or ancillary proceedings may be taking place in other jurisdictions. There may also be issues of jurisdiction or the application of foreign law. We have particular expertise acting in cases where significant assets are at stake, and have successfully defended clients against potential multi-million-pound losses.

Our notable experience
  • A US$30 million shareholder dispute between investors in a collapsed oil and gas joint venture, with related criminal proceedings in Germany and Luxembourg and mutual legal assistance requests between EU states.
  • Acting for foreign corporate shareholders in a Commercial Court dispute concerning a joint venture, with related criminal investigation.
  • Representing investors/shareholders in a multi-jurisdictional dispute, including obtaining a worldwide freezing order.
  • Acting in an unfair prejudice petition brought by a shareholder investor in an investment management company, with in excess of £100 million under management.
  • Acting in a breach of duty claim brought against a director of a trading company by its liquidator (appointed by the Inland Revenue), in connection with supposed fraudulent trading, and in connected director disqualification proceedings.
  • Acting for the investors/shareholders in a $10 million unfair prejudice claim relating to an Anglo/American education joint venture.
  • Representing the Management team against a major insurer in a disputed $1 billion merger dispute.
  • Representing the appellant in a successful appeal from the BVI Court of Appeal to the Privy Council in what is now the leading authority on rectification of a company register.
  • Acting in a US$100 million unfair prejudice claim relating to oil refineries in Ukraine.
  • Representing a former director of a listed company in respect of a £200 million claim said to arise from misleading listing particulars.
  • Prosecuting and defending numerous claims for breach of fiduciary duties by directors, including for a listed company in a US$500 million claim and defending a former director of a football club.
Our specialists
Nicola Boulton
0207 842 1659
Nick Ractliff
0207 842 1660
07920 005303
Ben Davies
0207 842 1651
07921 603481
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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