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Our experience and cases of note

A track record of fearlessness, from headline litigation to specialist dispute resolution and arbitration.

Since our foundation in 2009, our work has included a wide range of notable cases, including some of the most high-profile litigation against major banks in the last decade. We’ve also worked on ground-breaking cases in a wide variety of other areas, including civil fraud, competition disputes, contentious insolvency and financial services regulation.

You can read more about our core Practice areas, and find out more about our cases of note below.

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Hardy v Government of India and IIFC (UK) [2018] EWHC 1916 (Comm): Acted successfully for IIFC (UK) in a Commercial Court case, discharging a third party debt order obtained in connection with an approx. US$ 70 million arbitration award. The challenge was successful on two grounds: that the situs of the debt in question was abroad and that the debt was not due or accruing due. The judgment (http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Comm/2018/1916.html) clarified the law in relation to the situs of debts and the jurisdiction of the English Courts to make third party debt orders.

Acting in an application for judicial review of the decision of a Royal Charter regulatory body in respect of its decision making procedure affecting professional qualifications. The matter was settled prior to the hearing of the application, as the regulatory body agreed to re-consider its decision in accordance with proper procedure.

Acting for Justice in respect of its intervention in the House of Lords appeal in R (on the application of Corner House Research and others) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office. This was a judicial review of the decision by the Serious Fraud Office to halt investigations into alleged bribery on the part of BAE Systems Plc in respect of a Saudi arms deal.

Acting in judicial review proceedings related to the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service to consider complaints arising out of the conduct of banks in their approach to the implementation of the FCA review scheme for mis-selling of interest rate hedging products.

Acting in a judicial review of a decision of an Independent Reviewer (appointed under section 166 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) to the effect that the redress offered to a client in respect of a mis-sold financial product was “appropriate, fair and reasonable”.

Frans Maas (UK) Ltd v. Habib Bank AG Zurich (banking, performance bonds).

Acting in litigation brought by JSC BTA Bank, Kazakhstan, where the total alleged fraud exceeded $1.5 billion in value. The various sets of High Court proceedings, taken together, made this one of the largest civil fraud claims in the history of the English Court. The case was featured in “The Lawyer” magazine (3 January 2011) as one of the Top 20 Cases of 2011.

Acting successfully on high-profile fraud claims against major banks. See our banking litigation page for further details.

Acting swiftly to obtain an injunction against a firm of solicitors and their corporate client to prevent the misappropriation of a bearer bond of substantial value which had been deposited with that firm as security for a transaction.

Advising the court-appointed liquidators of a distributor of pharmaceutical products concerning the alleged fraudulent misappropriation of significant sums of money by former directors.

Defending a former director of a company in a substantial value claim brought by the liquidator, alleging misfeasance and breach of fiduciary duty.

Acting for the defendants in respect of substantial and complex fraud claims arising out of a commercial transaction, which involved dealing with freezing injunctions obtained against the defendants and the co-ordination of actions in various jurisdictions. The litigation also gave rise to an important Court of Appeal decision relating to the enforcement of English freezing orders in foreign jurisdictions.

Various trade credit and political risk insurers (based in Bermuda, the USA and the UK) including various Lloyd’s led underwriters and members of the Companies Market in significant LCIA arbitrations.

A significant Peruvian insurer in claims against the London market reinsurers arising out of bankers’ blanket bond fidelity policies.

A significant Latin American insurer in negligence claims against the London market producing and placing brokers.

Insurers in the Far East who have had claims against London-based reinsurers arising out of casualty coverage relating to very high-value manufacturing plants.

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