Fraud

Fraud

What our fraud barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers offers expertise in all areas of commercial fraud and asset recovery. Members of Chambers are regularly instructed in high-value, complex fraud litigation, including applications for freezing injunctions, search orders and disclosure orders. They also appear in arbitrations concerning allegations of fraud and corruption.

Our barristers have significant experience of offshore and international fraud cases. A number of our members have been called to the Bars of other jurisdictions, including in the Caribbean, Australia, Ireland, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and Gibraltar. Members of Chambers are frequently instructed in cross-border cases conducted in Europe, the USA, the Far East, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Asset tracing and recovery
  • Bank frauds
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Bribery/corruption cases
  • Conspiracy and deceit
  • Constructive trust claims
  • Contempt proceedings
  • Directors’ duties
  • Disclosure, including issues of legal professional privilege
  • Fraudulent misrepresentation
  • Freezing injunctions
  • Investigations
  • Money laundering
  • Relief under the Insolvency Act 1986
  • Search and seizure orders
  • Tracing and following

Recent significant cases:

  • Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale SA: US$2.1bn claim by Libya’s sovereign wealth fund to set aside derivative investments made during the Gaddafi era (one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2017).
  • JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank v Pugachev: US$ multi-billion fraud claim against ‘Putin’s banker’.
  • Tarascona v Yarur and Fintair, BVIHC2015/0128: complex fraud proceedings in the USA, Chile and BVI, including freezing injunction and Norwich Pharmacal/Bankers’ Trust relief in the BVI.
  • US$3.6bn fraud claim in Singapore concerning alleged diversion of funds from the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.
  • Avonwick v Vi Holdings: US$200m claim in England with related proceedings in the Netherlands.
  • New Ventures v Moser: Commercial Court fraud proceedings concerning ownership of main port in Moldova.
  • Litigation in Cyprus concerning raider attacks on the financial services sector of Moldova.
  • Al-Jizzi v KPMG: US$10m claim before the Supreme Court of Oman, defended on grounds of fraud.
  • TIBC (in administration) v Amhed Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers: complex fraud claims being litigated in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, USA, the UK and other jurisdictions.
  • Kolyada v Yurov: Commercial Court claim relating to sale of shares in a Russian bank.
  • Wilcox LLC v Balmore Invest [2013] EWHC 3876 (QB): contempt proceedings concerning fraudulent seizure of control of Ukrainian television station TVi.
  • Proceedings by a European group of chemical companies resulting in freezing injunctions, charging orders and relief under s.346 Insolvency Act 1986.
  • Market manipulation case concerning the 2013 penny stock crash which wiped US$8bn off the value of shares in Singapore.
  • JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov & Ors [2012] EWHC 278 (Comm).
  • OJSC TNK-BP Holding v Lazurenko [2012] EWHC 2781 (Ch): fraud claim regarding alleged corrupt receipts.
  • Claims concerning major theft of crude oil in Iran and Iraq

Who to contact

Alastair Davidson

Alastair Davidson is the Senior Clerk for the Fraud team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Alastair DavidsonEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1181


Mobile: +44 (0)7736 154 109


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Neil Block QC

Neil Block QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2002

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1987

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1994

Richard Spearman QC

Richard Spearman QC

Call: 1977 Silk: 1996

Susan Rodway QC

Susan Rodway QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2002

Stuart Catchpole QC

Stuart Catchpole QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2002

Adrian Hughes QC

Adrian Hughes QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Charles Manzoni QC

Charles Manzoni QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Sean Wilken QC

Sean Wilken QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2010

Marion Smith QC

Marion Smith QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2015

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

Michael McParland QC

Michael McParland QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 2017

Kate Grange QC

Kate Grange QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Karim Ghaly QC

Karim Ghaly QC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2017

Adam Robb QC

Adam Robb QC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2018

Parishil Patel QC

Parishil Patel QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2018

James Todd QC

James Todd QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2019

Rory Dunlop QC

Rory Dunlop QC

Call: 2002 Silk: 2019

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

Call: 1978

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

Bernard Doherty

Bernard Doherty

Call: 1990

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

John Denis-Smith

John Denis-Smith

Call: 1998

Judith Ayling

Judith Ayling

Call: 1998

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Jess Connors

Jess Connors

Call: 2000

Sadie Crapper

Sadie Crapper

Call: 2004

Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Andrew Deakin

Andrew Deakin

Call: 2006

Peter Mant

Peter Mant

Call: 2006

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Emma Corkill

Emma Corkill

Call: 2010

Samar Abbas

Samar Abbas

Call: 2011

Denys Hickey

Denys Hickey

Call: 1975

Michelle Pratley

Michelle Pratley

Call: 2006

Augustus Ullstein QC

Augustus Ullstein QC

Call: 1970 Silk: 1992

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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